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Kerr Elementary School10

Allen, TX | Collin County


March 14, 2015

This school uses a very thumbs down approach to controlling children's behavior. When my Kindergarten child was sent to the Principal's office for not listening, they created a new behavior chart to be followed. Then when my child had a PERFECT day under their new system, her teacher didn't give her the reward (a brag walk to the Principal's office). We emailed the next day and the Principal said she would be happy to see her. But then when my child was sent for the brag walk, only the Asst. Principal was available. FAIL! This Principal is terrible! The communication with the teacher was also terrible. She redid my child's behavior chart so much in the last few weeks my child was at Kerr that I didn't even understand the expectations (so how was a 5 year old suppose to get it?) The best thing I did for my child was transfer out of Kerr. As my child would say "it is a hateful place with hateful people". My only regret was trusting that the school wanted to help get my child on track, and not making the transfer sooner. My child is now happy to go to school again and guess what, no Kerr = no behavior issues!

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August 27, 2014

This school is really fun..... Whenever I went to middle school a couple of years ago,I felt like I wanted to run away from middle school, and just go back into Kerr elementary! that is how much fun/memories are there !!! I cried because I wanted to go back to that place Kerr ! I always did feel that urge to go back..to the really fun place Kerr elementary... The teachers are really nice and take care of you very well.. This school gives you a very nice environment to work... Let me tell you their #1 priority is keeping children safe....... Please go to this school.....

March 12, 2014

This school is great. My kid has been here in the past 5 years from kindergarden to 5th grade. It makes me feel great every morning to say goodbye to her and watch her going to Kerr happily.

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January 23, 2013

I now have a Kindergartner and a 3rd grader at this school - the few times we have had concerns regarding our 3rd graders progress, the teachers were very quick to provide assistance and help us enhance her progress. If you read through the reviews - most of the reviews focus on lack of parental involvement. I think it's important to understand the differences in "parental involvement". First and foremost, there are several moms up at the school 20+ hours a week - volunteering in PTA, room mom, etc... I work full time, but do manage to be a room mom and have lunch with my kids at least 2 times a month on stage (cafeteria). Then, there are the moms that feel they are more educated than the teachers and they know best in how to teach children. These are where the negative comments are coming from. Parents need to put their children in a school that will teach their children, then, for any gaps in education, it is the parents responsibility to enhance academic learning at home. In short, the school administration will not let you sit in your child's class and interrupt with your way of teaching. If you are looking for that - this school is not for you.

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December 19, 2012

I am a retiring school teacher from another district whose daughter teaches at Kerr Elementary. Not all schools are wonderful to their teachers, but Kerr sounds like the kind of school I would love to have taught in myself--supportive parents, supportive administration, kind students, supportive co-workers. To the few bad-apple parents who think the school ought to be focused on you and willing to work with you and willing to help your child and willing to blah blah blah--you are clueless. I know you. I've had your children through the last thirty-two years. They are just like you--spoiled, selfish, lazy, and think that the world revolves around them. Grow up. Thank you, Kerr Elementary, for treating my daughter so well and making me even more proud of education in north Texas, some of the best schools in the nation!

November 5, 2012

So far this year there have been three BASIC science issues that have come to my attention. No luck discussing it with the teachers because they do not know what they don't know. My children like the teachers because they are "nice". Nice does not equal competence.

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September 25, 2012

I have had two kids attend Kerr elementary school and each one had an extraordinary learning experience. My kids were challenged in their scholastics and well supported by the teachers. This is a very positive and safe learning environment for students.

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August 12, 2012

The principal actions suggest that she considers parents to be intruders in HER school. There is no attitude of partnership with parents on behalf of the students or administration. If you want to help out at your child's school, if you believe education must be a partnership between you and the teacher, then Kerr is not where you should be.

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April 30, 2012

This school is awesome. My daughter is a 3rd grader and she has been in this school since Kindergarden. We are very pleased how much she loves this school, her teacher and her friends there.

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March 9, 2012

Have appreciated the support provided by Abbey Weinstein in working through IEP's. Very supportive and helpful.

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August 2, 2011

Kerr is an amazing school. The Principal is very far and works well with the parents and kids. You have to remember she is there to take care of the children and she does the best job I have ever seen. I am very involved in this wonderful school and I am so happy we are there! If you are looking for a great school with good teacher and a great principal then this is your school!

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June 23, 2011

Both of my children went there. They loved it! Most of the teachers are great and the principal is very receptive to suggestions. My son was in a math competition outside of school (AMC8, or American Math Competition for 8th grade and under) because it was not offered at the Kerr (or any of the Allen ISD schools for that matter). I told the principal about it. She immediately looked into this matter with the school district. Going forward, it will be offered at Kerr!

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July 3, 2010

Kerry and most of the teachers are outstanding.My quibble is that the ISD does not give teachers enough supplies. In the past three years, each of our child's teachers has constantly asked parents to "donate" school supplies. Our taxes are the highest in the region; the ISD should be able to afford supplies for the classrooms.

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June 24, 2010

I totally agree with the previous parent.I am not sure how the principal at Kerr still has a job.If you are an involved parent ,Kerr is not the school for you..

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June 5, 2010

We are so glad this school year is over! The principal of Kerr has made this year very difficult with her hostility towards parents and one teacher has caused one of our children physical problems because of the stress she put on the kids in her class. Our other child had a fabulous year because of his outstanding teachers. Teachers at Kerr range from those with an attitude of entitlement who believe the parents are a hindrance and a nuisance, to those who genuinely believe education should be a partnership between parents and teacher. As someone else wrote here, if you are looking for a partnership with your child's teacher you might want to look at the other elementary schools in Allen.

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