Allen

Jerry D. Allen Elementary

Campus Information

Principal:
Erika Zagala
Vice Principal:
Sara Ramirez
School Hours:
7:45am - 2:55pm
Phone: (210) 397-0800
Fax: (210) 678-2946
Year Open:
1960
School Mascot:
Eagles
School Colors:
Purple, Teal

Boundary Information

Jerry D. Allen

101 Dumont Dr
78227 San Antonio , TX

Namesake

Throughout his four decades in education, Jerry Dean Allen put thousands of students on the path to success because he never wavered from his belief that achievement was possible for everyone, no matter their ethnic or socio-economic background.

Read more about the campus namesake

Throughout his four decades in education, Jerry Dean Allen put thousands of students on the path to success because he never wavered from his belief that achievement was possible for everyone, no matter their ethnic or socio-economic background.

His relentless passion for improving the lives of not just students but also their families and the entire community have made him one of the most beloved principals in Northside ISD history.

Allen grew up in north Texas as the son of a school superintendent and was familiar with the world of education and the high expectations that came with it. His two older sisters became teachers, and it was no surprise when Allen decided he, too, wanted to enter the profession.

He started his career in Fort Worth and joined Northside ISD in 1975 as a teacher at Mary Hull Elementary School. He moved on to Locke Hill Elementary School, where he was named Teacher of the Year, and was appointed Principal of Glenn Elementary School in 1980. He had been serving as Principal of Colonies North Elementary School for four years when he decided he needed a new challenge.

When Allen took over as Principal of Lackland City Elementary School in 1986, the west side campus was struggling. Test scores, attendance, and parental involvement were poor, at best.

Allen took a multi-pronged approach to school improvement.

He implemented innovative, research-based programs that improved both learning and instruction and that ultimately garnered national media attention. He hired a social worker to address the basic needs of students and their families and established academic family nights and parenting classes. He worked to build unity and partnerships within the entire Lackland City community, reaching out to homeowners associations and neighborhood businesses and churches.

And he made sure he hired compassionate teachers. He could teach a teacher to teach, he always said, but he couldn’t teach them to have heart.

Over time, test scores, attendance, and parental involvement started to climb. From 2000 until Allen’s retirement in 2011, Lackland City was rated either Recognized or Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency.

During Allen’s tenure, Lackland City earned the distinction of being a “90-90-90 school,” meaning 90 percent of students were minorities, 90 percent of students were classified as economically disadvantaged, and passing rates on standardized tests were 90 percent or higher.

In May 2012, a year after Allen retired, the Northside ISD Board of Trustees voted to rename Lackland City Elementary after the man who spent 25 years transforming it from one of the lowest-performing schools in the District to one of the highest.

Allen and his wife Lupita, also a retired NISD teacher, enjoy reading, gardening, and spending time with their four children and four grandchildren. Allen passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Pre-Kindergarten Registration

Pre-Kindergarten registration information for the 2018-19 school year. Verify which campus your child should attend by using the NISD School Boundaries Information System.
Also see the new schedule for the Pre-Kindergarten Program and the menu for Pre-K meals.

Northside's annual Kinder Roundup will be held April 2-6, 2018

Once again, Northside is expecting a large kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year, making it all the more critical that parents register their children during Kinder Roundup in order to secure a seat at their neighborhood school. More than 7,000 kindergarten students are expected to enroll for the 2018-19 school year.

NISD offers free & reduced-price meals for qualifying students

Northside Independent School District (NISD) announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.