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PK-5
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Bristow, VA
Students enrolled: 748
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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8301 Linton Hall Road
Bristow, VA 20136

(571) 261-5300
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October 10, 2014
The principle is perhaps the most frustrating person I have ever dealt with. Shortsighted, bureaucratic, evasive and indifferent to parental concerns. Every issue I've had with her is met with some bureaucratic mantra she repeats over and over. Issues they need to solve include great variability in teachers, a shortage of clubs (and very limited openings in many of the clubs, "secretive" and unfair selection into clubs, leaving kids shut out and disappointed), and an almost pathological obsession with the SOLs, resulting in many tests being nothing more than memorization. The school could be dramatically improved with a more progressive, communicative principal willing to invest more resources into enriching student experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
The initial principal hired a great staff. The staff remains. The current principal lacks interpersonal skills. She also has questionable judgement and management skills. Both self contained autism classes were removed due to her poor leadership. The AP that was there in 2013-14 was fantastic and a great balance for the qualities the principal lacked. I am not surprised that she left since the principal is not good.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
The school has only been open since 2011, but there has been an administrative change - either the Principal or the AP - EVERY year since it's been open. Many parents are concerned with this constant transition. It's very challenging at the school to get answers over concerns. The administration, especially Principal Herritt, tend to run back to higher-ups at the Kelly Leadership Center for direction before they'll answer any concerns. We are lucky to have excellent teachers, an excellent support staff, and parents who give a darn - even though we could use more parent volunteers. Let's hope the next AP is parent-friendly, and isn't simply a pawn who has already drank the Walts' Kool-Aid. Just call me a dreamer...

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Overall the school is good regarding teachers and other staff, like the office staff. They are all friendly and my child has gotten a good education. However administration lacks a lot. Herritt only appears to care about test scores and finances. I doubt she even knows my child's name. I am hopeful that she will leave next year and someone else will take her place!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Great atmosphere, full of support. We were so lucky to land in this district. Mrs. Stenner is a wonderful 1st grade teacher!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Piney Branch is very well organized from the administration, down to the teachers. Each teacher I've been involved with has been very easy to communicate with and my kids have loved school since the 1st day on. There's a lot programs for kids to get involved with too, like robotics, cheerleading, math, sports. There is a lot of community support and ways for parents to get involved as well.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
Excellent school. Provides a vast program from 1st grade on up, including robotics, and computer science, mathematics, science and much more.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
We love this school. The teachers that we have worked with have been wonderful and they take their job seriously. There is fantastic community support here also.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
We just move to this area , but we all ready meet the teacher Mrs Grassy,she seems very nice and kind person. Everybody love her,kids and parents!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
I have 2 children here (1st and 3rd). The teachers are wonderful and open and are great to work with. The education they are receiving is excellent. I am thrilled.

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Piney Branch Elementary School
8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA  20136
(571) 261-5300
Last modified Piney Branch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Piney Branch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Top