Award Year: 2017

John Allen Elementary School

2560 Towner Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-5035

(734) 997-1210

Ms. Kerry M. Beal, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Ann Arbor Public School District

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Allen School strives to engage all stakeholders with innovation, collaboration, and success in learning. Data are embedded in our goals. We foster safe, valued relationships.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 18%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 12%
  • ELL: 18%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 50%
Welcome Back to Allen!

Welcome Back to Allen!

John Allen Elementary School is a neighborhood school with an amazing, diverse community in the Ann Arbor Public School system. Dedicated staff members create strong relationships with students and families. Our climate is engaging and safe for all students, and we provide a broad range of experiences and opportunities for students with core subjects, Fine Arts and Humanities, and Project Lead the Way (STEM) experiences.

In August of 2016, a flood severely damaged our school building just twelve days before the start of the school year. Our staff, community, and school district pulled together to hold our school community together. We were able to rent a school building four miles from our campus. We moved, and we began school on time. We waited for engineers and analysts to determine the future of our building, and once we knew the extent of the damage, our school restoration work began. Eight months after the flood, we moved home to our building, allowing us to complete our school year on our own campus. We learned through this experience that at the end of the day, you need people and not things. You need a community. You need each other. You can overcome barriers that seem mammoth in scope.

At John Allen, you know you belong in the school from the moment you walk in the door, no matter where that door is. Our school is about our people.