77 out of 10GreatSchools

Dryden Elementary School

Arlington Heights, IL
  • Public
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  • Grades K-5
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  • Enrollment: 501


Dryden Elementary School
722 South Dryden Place
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 398-4280
Dryden Elementary School is located in Arlington Heights, IL and serves grades K-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 7 out of 10
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Student Diversity



Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races

Reviews13 Reviews

Strong teachers, curriculum, and overall support. Kids were well prepared to succeed in middle school. The focus on art and music for all was core to a shared Dryden experience.
Great school, great teachers! I can not believe that my 2nd grader hobby is reading now - all because of the wonderful teachers there.
My son has been in the first grade for almost a year and he enjoys going to school (and stays in the after school program run by the Park District). From my personal experience, the principal is very active in student activities, be it morning greetings/afternoon goodbyes, classroom programs or periodic after school activities. I find the school/parents communications effective, and PTA always engaged with many helping parents. I am very impressed with the artworks by students with good guidance from the art teacher. The music teacher is also active, directing student performances by each grade. I have heard anecdotal negative comments about teacher departures, but reading some school reports, I found teacher turnover ratio to be at a normal level. The teacher for my child's class was new to school at the beginning of the school year, and I appreciate what she has done for the students. I do spend some time working with my child on his homework. The parts assigned by the teacher are very limited, but I know there are expectations, and developing a habit of reading and other learning would be helpful for his future growth. The approach to each child may be different, and, as a parent, leaving everything to school may not be practical or responsible.
Is there is any possibility to give zero stars to this school ? Personally, I would not recommend this school,it is totally overrated.Let's start with the principal , this woman does not have any idea how to communicate with the students and their parents. First of all, she is so rude(of course in the office,no outside when many parents watching her) , with no manners whatsoever. If you try to reach out for help, you DO NOT get it.The principal easy going out of control, and can you imagine she is actually yelling at the kids in their faces .....My question is how did she get hired as an educator? Also,she does not have any knowledge to control school staff . She definitely doesn't know how to act professional and civilized. The majority of the teachers tend to copy her behavior and it is often times impossible to communicate without causing any arguments. From what I am seeing the kids are under a lot of unnecessary stress and discrimination (all the foreign children of course). The lady which usually sits at the front desk always ignore people from other nationalities or responds very rudely, as if we are not worth her time. Whatever you do, don't force your child through a school like this. Thanks God there still working some wonderful educators which are not affected from principal incompetence.Unfortunately, this is the result .....incompetent leadership.
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