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Cougar Elementary School

Public | PK-2 | 845 students

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Posted August 22, 2013

As a grandparent of a Cougar elementary student who has volunteered for school activities and worked/dealt with the office staff and teachers alike, I find the school to be outstanding. Their curriculum, programs, activities and staff are all top notch, but the most important thing is that my grandson has learned so much since attending the school and he loves it there. The school deals with the students in a kind, caring manner, with a good balance of discipline when needed. Sometimes my daughter and I go to the school just to have lunch with my grandson, which they encourage, and we love the interaction with all of the children and staff while there. My daughter wants to move back to Arlington to be closer to her job but she stays in Mannassas so her boys can continue to attend Cougar Elementary.


Posted June 27, 2013

Cougar Elementary was a good school a few years ago. Ever since the principal changed, it has gone downhill. Some of the teachers are fabulous but its a 50-50. Not impressed with the unhealthy choices of cafeteria food either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

My son is halfway through his first grade year at Cougar and also attended his Kindergarden year there as well. I have really been wanting to move back to Arlington and closer to my job but honestly....Cougar Elementary is the reason I don't. Cougar is a great school. The teachers and staff are very attentive to my son's needs and any issue or question is addressed very well. They have good programs and activities at Cougar and I love that they have tech/computer lab (even for Kindergardeners!!) My son was having reading problems earlier in the year, Cougar also has reading specialists and that really helped my son and he is doing so well now! My younger son starts Kindergarden next year and after carefully checking other counties' schools reviews and stats, there is NO WAY that I am moving from Manassas Park anytime soon. I want my children to continue to have a great education in a good atmosphere. The school itself is also very nice, big and clean (Manassas Park Elementary as well).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2012

Cougar is a good school for teaching kids the fundamentals of learning. They do have block scheduling and Tech Lab which is I think is great. My first year with Cougar was not a great experience. My only daughter was in K and there were three incidents where she came home hurt. 1) Black eye from someone's shoe 2) Bruised check where someone ran into her 3) her two top front teeth knocked out because she was pushed and fell into a table at the front of the room. My complaint about Cougar is I had to take the third incident to the Superindent for a report to be filed. Cougar didn't want to acknowledge the incident because it would then need to be filed with the state. I demanded she be moved to a different teacher which they did and she had no more incidents. She is now in 1st and there have been no incidents to date. Cougar has good class structure as the block scheduling but some of their teachers need help. Don't get me wrong a lot of the teachers are great but there are those few and Cougar doesn't do anything about those few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

Our children are receiving an excellent education at Cougar! The teachers and administrators are top knotch educators and devote themselves to the kids. One of the features I like best at Cougar is the small class parallel block schedule which lets the teacher work with smaller groups of students for English and Math classes. There is also a heavy emphasis on technology so that even our Kindergardeners are working on computers in Technology Lab, and exciting music and art programs. The school administrators are very responsive to parents and they take pains to make a very diverse student body supportive of one another - students MUST treat each other with respect. I have not seen one bullying problem arise and that is because they start very early stressing the need to be kind and considerate of others. We moved to Manassas Park for the schools and we have not been disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

I love thi school. The teachers are wonderful. There is one teacher that both my girls have had and have learned a great deal from-Mrs. Boss. She is above and beyond to make sure every student is up to wherew they should be. Highly recommend Cougar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Mrs. Jones is a true gem of a teacher for Kindergarten. The nurse is also wonderful. I was a bit worried because the person that originally gave me the tour who was the Principal at that time resigned right before school began. She was a very estute and impressive principal. I have never come to contact with the new Principal but the teachers and everyone else I have come in contact with have been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My daughter attended Cougar for 2 years and we had a wonderful experience. The teachers and administrators were excellent. We moved out of the area this year and are missing Cougar greatly, although we love our new home. Great Job to all the faculty and staff at Cougar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Amazing, technologically advanced school. With block scheduling, 100 minutes of technology per day, as well as small group instruction, physical education, music, art and library, students are guarenteed a great education. In a small community, parent involvement is high throughout the entire district.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2006

I have had children in this school for 4 years and I have always recieved a class newsletter or something of that sort in their Friday folders. I have never had a problem with knowing what is going on in their classroom or what they are currently learning. And any time I may have had a question regarding my child or their academic standings, the teachers have always been more than willing to get together by phone or in person to talk about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Cougar is a great school all around. The teachers are wonderful - caring and nurturing and very available to the parents. The parallel block system works well -every child gets whole group and small group time in math, reading/language arts etc, plus computer lab every day. They have a large library and use the Accelerated Reader program too. And my kids truly enjoy the music and art programs as well. Of course they get Science and Social Studies too. Both of my children have thrived here (my last one has one more year). Unlike a school we were in previously, here they are very open to parental involvement. You can come and just have lunch, volunteer in your child's classroom, get involved in the PTO or any of several regular activities. Cougar is a great place to learn, as well as have fun and make good friends (for kids and parents).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

This school is absolutely beautiful! We are thrilled that our children small reading classes in a public school setting. Even our kindergarten student has a technology clas each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

I am disappointed. There is no curriculum given to me until I ask for one. SPECIFIC (not general)SPECIFIC Information on lessons for each week should be given in advance to parents, like every FRIDAY so on a weekend parents can have a specific idea how to help their child on the upcoming lesson on each subject. I think what I meant is 'STUDY GUIDES' must be required to all the TEACHERS and be provided to parents in advance per subject. This is the only way I can help my child be at their BEST and perform well on all task given by the teacher/school daily. Otherwise, there is no other way of me knowing what my child is learning each week in school. Example: Wk of April 11-15 Math-Subtraction,Reading-Story Main idea...,Science-About Temperature, Social Studies-About Egypt, etc. I hope that COUGAR will acknowldege my request for next school year. Many thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

This is my childs last year in that school, and hopefully the last year in Manassas Park all together. I have to admit he has a wonderful teacher this year and last year. Before that he had a teacher that lied, didn't tell me everything that I needed to know, until it ws to late to help my child. I would never move here if I already didn't live here, and I can't wait to get out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

The teaching staff at Cougar is first rate. The special ed teachers are open to parent suggestions, and make suggestions to parents about how home life could be improved as well (special needs kids often need different environmental restrictions than their siblings and Cougar special ed teachers were a wealth of ideas to make our son's transitions smoother for everyone).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2004

Cougar has a staff and leadership that actually cares about their students. All teachers and staff participate in activities and get the parents involved as well. My children have learned a great deal here. I must say that this school is very well set up as well as having the best teachers and staff possible! Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


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9330 Brandon St.
Manassas Park, VA 20111
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