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Karen Acres Elementary School

Urbandale, IA  50322
Grade K-5
T/S Ratio -
Type public
SubType Coed, Elementary

Reviews for Karen Acres Elementary School

May 18, 2015

I am a new parent to this school but I love how welcoming everyone has been. The teachers seem to genuinely care about the students and making sure they are learning and being challenged academically. The principal is very hands on and makes a concentrated effort to get to the know the students and their families, and she really listens to parents when they have concerns. Every time I have been at the school, I have seen her in the hallways, the lunch room, and participating at all school & PTO functions. I feel good about the education and experiences my children will receive at Karen Acres Elementary.Read Full Review

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May 12, 2015

Karen Acres is a wonderful school! The teachers and staff are so caring! They give so much individualized attention to every one of their students. They offer so many different opportunities for the children to advance at their own pace. We have had children in other elementary schools, and the experience at Karen Acres has been absolutely amazing.Read Full Review

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May 11, 2015

We love KA! The teachers and staff are wonderful to work with. We were very nervous starting school due to my kids' food allergies but they worked closely with us to make school safe and welcoming. Academically, they are top notch. They challenge my kids and make school fun. The PTO sponsors fun family events on a regular basis.Read Full Review

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April 21, 2015

The staff is exceptional and so caring! I could ask for a better school for my kids. The PTO has come a long way due to a new president. She always makes you feel warm and welcoming. Can't say enough about this school!Read Full Review

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October 21, 2014

Karen Acres has been the best school for my boys. Small classrooms, and wonderful staff. I love how the teachers/Principle communicate well with the parents. Read Full Review

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August 07, 2014

The principal, teachers, and staff put our children and their needs first. Everyone at KA takes the time to get to know the students as people. Because they know the students all so well they are able to meet their needs on a personal level so that everyone can excel and live up to their potential. My children have grown leaps and bound with their academic skills as well as their self confidence. The teachers and principal answer questions and concerns immediately and work with parents as partners extremely well. Any concern that my family has ever had has been taken seriously and "resolved" quickly by the school. My children have surpassed all my academic goals exponentially thanks to the quality of education they've received. KA is an extremely talented team of educators!Read Full Review

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August 07, 2014

Great teachers and staff. Small class sizes, each student receives individual attention. Transferred here from a private school and couldn't be happier with the experience- have no regrets at all. Read Full Review

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February 03, 2012

Test scores do not tell the whole story at schools like Karen Acres. As a parent of 4 kids, who has experienced children at 3 different Urbandale Elementary Schools, I can honestly say this school has the best 5th grade teacher in the district and the 3rd and 4th grade teachers are awesome as well. This is a diverse school, particularly socio-economically with many English Language Learners. Consequently, scores aren't always great, however the teachers here do more to bring the kids they do have as far as they can with limited resources. The only negative here is that the PTO is run by a somewhat "cliquey" group of parents---very tough for "outsiders" to break into but this isn't the fault of the school and part of it is by default as there are a limited number of parents with the resources to be very involved in the PTO due to poverty, work, etc. Great school. My last child is done with elementary this year and I will be sad to leave this environment.Read Full Review

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January 25, 2009

Karen Acres staff - from Custodians to Support staff to Secretary to Teachers to Principal - all have one thing in common: Students are Priority! This is a wonderful, small-town feeling school in the Urbandale, IA area. We have had terrific experience with all teachers and grades! The parent involvement has been incredible. There is nothing KA staff wouldn't do! Go Cougars! Shame on the person who wrote the negative review...there couldn't be a better environment to have our children educated!Read Full Review

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October 09, 2008

This school is disappointing to say the least. A new principle and administrative staff took over the school in the Fall of 2005. The only thing this administration can boast is complete ineptitude and rudeness. Read Full Review

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May 10, 2005

This is an excellent elementary school for any parent wanting your child to obtain a top notch education from caring and professional staff. The parent involvement is highly encouraged. The children not only are obtaining a great education, but also developing character. Also, they provide excellent one on one guidance for any child behind in any subject.Read Full Review

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May 10, 2005

Excellent school. Great Teachers, exceptional parent involvement, and caring staff. The students not only get a great education, but have a lot of fun. The staff provides each student the special attention he/she may need in any subjects they may need improvement in. I would highly recommend Karen Acres for any parent looking for a quality elementary.Read Full Review

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