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Herndon, VA
Students enrolled: 682

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1515 Powells Tavern Place
Herndon, VA 20170

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(703) 326-5200
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May 06, 2015
As I review some of the negative comments, I find myself laughing out loud3. I wonder how much time these people, who have so much to complain about, actually spend at the school. I am at Dranesville daily, and volunteer weekly. I have worked for FCPS for many years, spent time in many elementary schools, and wouldn't send my children anywhere, except Dranesville. I am very impressed with Ms. Manoatl's involvement. I visit schools where principals spend most of their time in their office with the door closed. Ms. Manoatl is always visible as well as an active participant in every aspect of the school day, and the myriad of after school activities. Further, Ms. Manoatl doesn't tolerate incompetence; she sets the bar high for herself; she sets the bar high for all of her staff. And unlike many other administrators in the county, she is quick to identify, and get rid of, ineffective teachers. In regards to previous comments made about the numerous non-English speaking students, and not enough staff to support English Language Learners, research shows full immersion is the fastest, and most effective way for children to acquire a new language.

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May 01, 2015
The school is very united they do a lot of great activities great team spirit. The teachers are friendly nice and very involved. I'll three of my children love to go to school each day.

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September 17, 2014
Two of my 3 children have gone through this school and the changes that have taken over the years have been quite shocking. Enough so that I yanked my 3rd out and put him in private school. The principal and now two vice principals appear heavily focused on the students who don't speak English while the average to above average kids are all forgotten. They have added a GT program, but oddly there are kids in there with SIGNIFICANT behavioral problems and causing great disturbances for the others that want to learn. All the schools resources seem go to those students that have difficult with English. (Gotta boost those test scores to save jobs.) When your child is being partnered with another child to teach the other child BASIC ENGLISH something is wrong. My child is supposed to go to school to LEARN, not to be a teacher to someone else who doesn't even want to be there much less understand what's going on. Many of the veteran teachers are running away from the school in droves (or being forced out by the administration) so the turnover rate is high.

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May 29, 2014
My son has been attending Drainsville for the past 3 years. He has loved all of his teachers. The office staff is all very friendly and welcoming. The kids that attend are very polite and thoughtful. I have been volunteering there every weeks for the past three years so I know first had.

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February 05, 2014
This school is great. The teachers are fabulous and caring! The office is helpful and you get the overall feeling that all of the adults care about children.

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February 04, 2014
Dranesville teaches manner but the academic level needed to improve big time. Comparing to the other public school my nephew and nieces attended the level is beyond below...

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February 01, 2014
We love Dranesville! There is a strong history and many veteran teachers that are committed to kids and families. The PTA does a great job, there is significant parent involvement, and great school spirit. The school is clean and well cared for. We are very happy there.

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August 28, 2013
My kids went to this school for a few years and it started fine but ended poorly. Grades 1-3 were fine but grades 4 and 5 were terrible. PTA slaves get special treatment, of course, while teachers struggle to use the hard won equipment purchased through fund raising - smart boards are a joke. The problem in this school is teachers who are not held accountable for their poor work performance. If I performed as poorly, I would have been fired. With a few exceptional teachers aside, this school is terrible. I am considering home school.

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August 18, 2013
My daughter has been very happy going to school here. She's been a student for 3 years now and she (and I) have been very happy with all the teachers she's had. It's a warm, caring environment. I've met with the principal and I think she is very personable and is doing a great job. Very happy that Level IV Academics are coming to Dranesville this fall. The PTA is also great, lots of opportunity for parent involvement.

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March 15, 2013
My child has come home with soiled clothes several times that they didn't even notice had happened. The children noticed but not the two adults in the "small" class. My child says he wasn't able to get their attention to go in time. When he tells them he had an accident they make him fend for himself or even worse once time told him to stand in the sun to dry off. Three hours later when I picked him up he was still wet through his pants & undies & was even bluish, it was a cold winter day. Some power seeking rude staff . They never co-operate with parents. They try to impose new rules like dictators; they try to dominate on Parents like small kids. Teachers are not great, whereas some of them are okay. Some of the good ones cannot even speak up to their co-workers & help the parents. Communication varies greatly.

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January 27, 2013
This school has undergone tremendous changes in the three years my children have been here. There seems to be a BIG problem with overall communication between those in charge and teachers. Principal Manoatl is a very micro managing leader who meddles quite a bit in the curriculum year to year. There is also a mismanagement of funds coming to the school and resources are NOT allocated to the places they need to be. There are many children in the school who do not speak English, and yet there are only two full time ESOL teachers to serve them. Teachers are rightfully annoyed and overall moral is so low, that some fabulous educators are leaving DES. Principal Manoatl concerns herself with aspect of "education" that really are none of her business. This school would be much better off taking a hands off approach to her educators and letting them do what they do best--teach! They know what works, what they need and how best to serve their students. I personally hope that Principal Manoatl gets board and moves on. This school could use some new leadership...pronto!

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July 27, 2011
Both of my kids love this school and we have been here for many years and gone through administration changes as well. The current administration and PTA do a TON of work to get parents and families involved with monthly activities. Not to mention keeping everyone up to date on events going on via newsletters/emails/website info etc. Fantastic school, Fantastic Administration and Fantastic Teachers - truly a rising star in FCPS. As for test scores, there is only so much you can do with demographics you are dealt with and if English isn't your native language, but the pull out specialists work diligently to get the kids that need extra help the assistance they need.

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June 11, 2011
Four stars out of ten is a gift. Dranesville was not a good school when we were there and I don't suspect much has changed. It is in the Fairfax County system, but don't be fooled. Look at the test scores. My child HATED going to school there. We are in a real school now and both of my children are learning.

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January 26, 2011
We have a new principal and great teachers! They really care about the kids, many of whom have challenges (disability, language, economics, etc). My kids love going to school on most days :) The parents are in the school on a regular basis helping in and out of the classroom. My oldest is in 4th grade and youngest is a kindergartener.

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August 23, 2010
Dranesville Elementary is a wonderful place. Everyone makes you feel welcome. Teachers are warm & caring & inspire the kids to strive for excellence. The PTA is very involved, committed & consistant in supporting the school. Dranesville is like an extended family & we love it!

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May 31, 2007
I am very pleased with DES. The front office staff is friendly and helpful and welcoming to the kids and parents. Ms. Romberg is highly qualified and leads her staff with a hands off attitude, which gives them leeway to encourage our kids to be themselves. The teaching staff is awesome, retention is good. The school is neat, the library is big, and most teachers know all of the kids in the building. The SACC program could use deeper supervision though. In general, it is a wonderful place to experience elementary school.

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September 10, 2006
Dranesville Elementary is such a wonderful school for our children. We are so fortunate to have such a high achieving, well rounded successful program. The principal and staff are top notch and their ability to teach and share their knowledge with the children is outstanding. Great school spirit and excellent programs for the children. I highly Praise the school, staff and all of their efforts on behalf of the children. A+++

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May 05, 2006
The principals and office staff are wonderful! They have been very accommodating to my special needs child. Good class sizes. PTA efforts are outstanding, but parental involvement could be higher. You see the same parents over and over again volunteering at the school, attending special events. Tremendous effort has been put forth in 2005-06 to offer more after school programs. Academic programs are very good...lots of opportunity for kids to learn a variety of things.

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Dranesville Elementary School
1515 Powells Tavern Place, Herndon, VA  20170
(703) 326-5200
Last modified Dranesville Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dranesville Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top