About Van Allen

  • Van Allen Exterior Photo Van Allen Elementary School is located at 170 Abigail Avenue in North Liberty, Iowa. It is named after Dr. James Van Allen, University of Iowa Space Physics Scientist (1914-2006). Children from both North Liberty and the city of Coralville make up the attendance area of Van Allen Elementary. 

    The school opened on August 22, 2005. Approximately 442 children currently attend Van Allen, including a 20 student preschool housed within the school building. 

    Van Allen Elementary features many extraordinary designs which make it an environmentally friendly building holding Silver LEED certification. It was the first elementary school west of the Mississippi River to hold this certification. The building features natural lighting, recycled building materials, geothermal heating and cooling, and natural landscaping.

    The facility itself houses four areas of classrooms: there are currently 16 elementary classrooms (K-6), one preschool, and one Early Childhood Special Education classroom. Grades 1-6 have classrooms built around learning centers.

    Centrally located in the building are the multi-purpose room, the media center and the gymnasium. The multi-purpose room serves as a lunchroom by day and can be used by students, parents, staff, and the community for a variety of purposes outside of the school day. The gymnasium was built regulation size to accommodate community and school activities. A unique partnership between the City of Coralville and the Iowa City Community School District provides extensive opportunities for the development and use of the building and grounds as a joint recreational and educational facility.