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Jennie Dean Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 646 students

 

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Posted July 24, 2014

The PTA and Administration of this school work hard to educate the whole child at Dean. Every parent I know from Dean is happy with the quality of their education. The reciprocity with local clubs is a wonderful bonus for this school


Posted September 5, 2013

I had only heard negative things about this school and was happy to find they were all false! The staff is welcoming and friendly, and know many of the students by name. The teachers are enthusiastic and intuitive. There are many school sponsored activities that create a sense of community that my whole family has been able to enjoy. We had the chance to put our child in a different school this year, but turned down the offer in order to continue the great experience we are having with Jennie Dean Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

I see many caring teachers and staff every time I go into the school. I really like that the students are recognized every nine weeks with awards, including awards for greatest improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

Overall, I see hard working dedicated teachers. I am worried about too much $$$ being spent in some areas with no support of test data to see it's worth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

Someone is impressed because administration is in the building? Another's son has an aid? Is it an aid for the whole class? Questions are answered when asked? Have the standards gone so low that people are impressed by individuals showing up and doing their jobs? Has anyone looked at the test scores? How does the staff at Mayfield feel about the preparedness of the students coming from Jennie Dean? Parents volunteering, having lunch with students and joining the PTA says way more about the parents than it does about staff or administration. By the way, good for you if you got that great teacher, hope your luck continues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

My child is above and beyond grade level thanks to the dedication and encourage of his teacher. If we have a question, it is answered. If there is a function, we are there. If there is a doubt, it is clarified. I respect the adminstration and will support the school in any I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

Jennie Dean is a great school and the principal is present in the building every day that he is not at a meeting. Since we are in School Improvement, he is required to attend meetings more than once a week. The Assistant Principal is always present and they both do a great job of walking through the hallways and being present in the cafeteria on a daily basis. In reference to a comment about translating getting in the way of student's education, that is completely inaccurate. The teachers teach in English and the translator works in the office so there is no way that this could get in the way of instruction. Staff seems to all work together very well and help each other out when necessary. I love Jennie Dean despite the negativity that people may have towards the school. Most of the parents who complain are not the ones who volunteer their time with PTA, offer to help in their child's classroom, or ask what they can to do help... Teachers work very hard to change the future through teaching your children. They do their jobs because they care, we all can look up their salary and we know that there are other jobs they could go to college for 5-6 years and make plenty more money.


Posted February 10, 2012

We love Jennie Dean teachers and other school employees because they are always there for us. My 2 children enjoy coming there everyday. We participate in PTA meetings, lunches and various activities that the school offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

I love JDES my kids have attended Jennie Dean for the past 3 yrs, I love the community feeling there. School employees and teachers know the children and parents by name its a warm enviroment where your child is not jst a number like in some of the bigger county schools. We have had wonderful teachers and Im impressed with the level of communication from the schol and MCPS. In fact, I have put off moving in order for my kids to stay at Jennie Dean. I know many other parents who feel the same way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

I think this school has changed since I attended it myself some time ago. They have a few good teachers that are actually willing to try and teach your child, however, I believe a few of them might have been there just a little too long and their tolerance has gone down. The format for teaching, to me personally has changed pretty much everywhere now that we have to have translators. My child complains of the constant distraction it causes, and I don't feel like he's truly learning to the best of his abilities. I think the Principal at this school is really putting forth effort in making this school better than what it was 2 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I agree about time and learning being wasted with constant transitions due to the Parallel Block structure. It will be interesting to compare notes with schools who have also implemented Steps to Literacy but not Par. Block. I think above all else, the literacy program was a worthy investment, however not so much for the whirlwind daily schedule. We are trying our best as teachers to shed light on what it is really like: we never fully finish a lesson the way we want, we have kids in constant motion who can't remember the 12 teachers' names they see each day, and we can't create a sense of calm with all this movement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 3, 2010

Too much time wasted in constant movement between classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

I'm excited to see what happens at Jennie Dean with a new administration. There's only one way for the school to go---up!! I can't wait to see the SOL scores for this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

There are many dedicated and qualified teachers stil at Jennie Dean Elementary. Though some teachers have chosen to leave, others remain. These teachers give their heart and soul to their students every day despite adversity. These teachers value education, learning, and creativity. They continue to come to work everyday with a smile on their face to provide the best environment for their students because they love teaching and more importantly they love the students at Jennie Dean Elementary!!!!!


Posted February 18, 2009

This used to be a great school with the most dedicated teachers in Manassas. Now most of them have left and the school is a shell. It is truly sad to see what has happened here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

Jennie Dean has failed its SOLs this year. The Principal is driving away all of the good teachers (most of whom are not leaving town but just going to different schools in the same district). The Superintendent for the school district seems to be oblivious despite numerous complaints from many parents. The Principal needs to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

I go to Jennie Dean many times a week. I find it pleseant. Not depressing in anyway. The teachers & children are happy and smiling. I see the Principal greeting the children every morning and saying goodbye to them in the pm. And a 'welcome back' on Mon. mornings. You can't just go in and make an assumption by someone not receiving you properly. Everyone has a rough day and may or may have not noticed you. There are many seasoned teachers still at JD, only a few have left. Mostly for change, moves, etc. Only one has had a beef with the school. Change is good and if the teacher wants to stay in a rut then JD is not the school for them. There is constant aesthetic changes going on as well as changing how we shape our children's minds. Go Dolphins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2007

Jennie Dean continues to be a great school despite perceived problems with the Administration. While I have personally been satisfied with my interactions with the Principal and Assistant Principal at the school, my understanding is that many parents and teachers are not. One thing I have noticed is that many good teachers are leaving (usually to teach at other schools in Manassas or in surrounding counties). So far, the new teachers my kids have had, while not as experienced, have been very good. Both of my kids continue to do well on SOLs and Stanford 9s, so I believe they are getting what they need. However, I do believe the teacher flight issue could pose long-term problems if something isn't done about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

Experience is great. Credentialed, new and enthusiastic teachers are also important. Teacher-student ratios are important. Test scores are important. Morale is very important. The teachers make the greatest impact on the quality of the school. Parents should be engaged in this issue and have backup plans if this school doesn't measure up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

The new administration has high expectations for all students and staff. This means change. Teachers are being asked to update skills and teach more effectively (a good thing). Change is difficult but it was necessary at Dean. I have had 3 students go through Dean. The one who is currently there is significantly more prepared and educated.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
53%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
75%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students59%
Female students57%
Male students61%
Black students35%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students43%
Female students45%
Male students41%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficient students37%
Proficient in English51%

Science

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students77%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students53%
Female students61%
Male students48%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students70%
Female students66%
Male students72%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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