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PK-4
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Manassas, VA
Students enrolled: 646

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9601 Prince William St
Manassas, VA 20110

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(571) 377-6300
(703) 257-8688
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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

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 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
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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
February 08, 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
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
no rating 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
no rating February 03, 2010
Too much time wasted in constant movement between classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
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
January 13, 2009
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September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
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
April 30, 2008
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January 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
September 14, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 07, 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
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
August 25, 2007
turnover in faculty last year. Few teachers who remain are teaching their accustomed grades and curriculum. This adds up to a tremendous disruption in continuity of education.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
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August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
I would encourage any parents moving into the Manassas City Schools district to take the time to visit the school and talk with staff members--to include teachers, administrators, and specialists. As a parent, my first impression of Dean is that it doesn't appear child-centered. As an elementary school teacher myself, I find the teaching staff at Dean to be highly professional and well-intentioned, but they also appear to lack the administrative support to do their jobs even better. I worry that with the loss of seasoned staff members, Dean's children will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
Thank you, Mrs. Baker! Jennie Dean will continue to have a great staff and is a great school. Our individual commitment towards the common goal of improving student achievement will make the new school year a success.

- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2007
My name is Melissa Baker. Having just read the responses on this website, I felt compelled to write my own response. I taught at Jennie Dean for 15 years and decided to transfer to another Manassas City school this past spring. One response that concerns me is about change and how the people who left were all about themselves and not the students. Change is the reason I decided to leave. I was ready for a personal and professional change, not because I didn't care about the children or staff at Jennie Dean. I care very much about the students' achievement and I have always worked with highly dedicated colleagues. Jennie Dean has gone through many changes in the past two years but what has not changed is the love the teachers have for their chosen profession and their love for the children whose lives they have the privledge of touching.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 19, 2007
I have taught at Jennie Dean for many years. My focus was always about the children and not about myself. During the past two years, I have watched dedicated and outstanding teachers be harrassed and bullied by the administration. I myself have been harrassed and accused of conduct that I never participated in. Some of our new staff is not certified and not being supported in their development. The students suffer by their lack of knowledge and experience. These teachers are applauded, while dedicated teachers are pushed out the door. There is a very 'secretive' environment created by the administrators and 'selected' others who will 'report' to the administrators. These children deserve the highest quality of teachers and we have again lost too many.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2007
I can wholeheartedly say that the teachers @ Dean are caring, dedicated professionals who focus completely on their students. The current administration, both principal & assistant principal, are very defensive to both parent & teacher inquiries, questions, or complaints & they have no compassion for their teachers or the children.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 13, 2007
We teach our children that character counts. We focus on things like respect, caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility.

- submitted by a teacher
July 10, 2007
Having several children that have attended Dean I believe I am qualified to assess the major changes Dean has undergone in the last several years. First of all we could not have been happier with our childrens education at Dean under the past administration led by Diane Pate. After Diane retired the scholl has lost its direction, from the top all the way down to the children. The school is no more than a holding tank for children now. The excellent teachers and their compassion for the childrens education has dwindled as all the experienced teachers have fled the sinking ship. It is obvious even to the most casual school board member that there is a major problem at Dean. Many parents agree that Dean has gone from one of the finest elementary schools in Manassas to the worst. There needs to be a change in management.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
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July 02, 2007
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July 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
When the administration ignores parents, doesn't support teachers, and avoids the children's education, we are looking at a school where teachers should leave (who would want to work somewhere where they are not supported), parents move/transfer, and children do not learn. All the administrators care about is making Dean look good, and its doesn't look good when you see parents upset, teacher's transferring, and children not succeeding. The programs work because of the teachers and parents. The children learn because of the teachers and parents. I do not believe this is a safe school. My daughter did not feel safe in her classroom at times, because students were not following the Code of Conduct. Maybe someone should take a look at the discipline program at the school. I am glad my child will not be at Dean next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2007
A sigh of relief. The school year is over and I'm not coming back to Dean as a teacher. I have taught there many years and have never considered leaving until the current administrative policies have made it impossible to provide a quality education to 'all my children'. We now have an administration only worried about their survival and not the children's education. The PTA is unhappy, the school board and Superintendent of schools seem oblivious to what is going on. Dean is losing experienced quality teachers in mass. Please save the children and consider competent school management. It is so bad at Dean even our school nurse that has been here forever is leaving. How does all this support our mission of preparing our children for higher education? Please help!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 15, 2007
I am extremly disappointed with this school for letting the most qualified experienced teaching staff leave this year. It is obvious to the parents that there must be something driving the departure of all these experienced teachers. If the Manassas City School System cares about the loss of significant Jennie Dean experienced teachers they should look into the cause and fix it before they have a staff of all inexperiened teachers. Who are the mentors if all the good teachers leave?

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
Jennie Dean's faculty is terribly demoralized. The principal's policies have reduced dramatically the availability of school facilities for faculty class preparation time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 14, 2007
As a first year teacher I must say that I truly picked the wrong school to start my career. I can't begin to rationalize how so many good teachers are departing this school. It is a cold uninviting place to work with virtually no compassion from the management.

- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2007
As a teacher who has worked at Jennie Dean for at least 5 years, I am dismayed at what is happening to our school. Our once cohesive group of teachers who fought tooth & nail for our students has disintegrated under the present leadership. The climate is one of fear & intimidation. This cannot help but affect the quality of instruction brought to the students. Seasoned teachers are constantly being told they don't know what they are doing & new teachers are terrified to speak up at all. The teachers here are professionals who give their heart & soul to their students but their spirits are broken. This is evidenced by the large number of teachers who are leaving, as well as by those who are still actively looking for jobs elsewhere. The environment is now one that is cold & uncaring in which the children are no longer put first.

- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2007
Jennie Dean has high expectations of all students. A parent started a creative, and fun after school Geography Club. A Chess Club is available for students before school. Jennie Dean has a math lab, computer lab, and science lab as part of its specials. There is a broadcast team made up of students. In the spring, both the Science and Math showcase and Artists and Authors show were well attended by parents, students and administrators. The PTA evening functions (Boo Bash, Holidays Around the World etc.) are also well attended. The PTA offers several educational programs throughout the year. For one of the programs this year, Thomas Edison came for a visit and did an interactive educational science program that was very well received. Our child's teachers and specialists are professional, well qualified, and go that extra mile. Our child loves attending Jennie Dean!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
With the exception of some wonderful teachers and a very helpful support staff there have been very few positive things going on. Many parents are discouraged by the recent loss of so many teachers. I know that several of us have voiced this concern to the principal and as usual our voices have fallen on def ears. The principal is not interested in anything other than her own opinion and I have found it very difficult as a parent to communicate with her. I do not blame the teachers who have left or are leaving, but I feel concern for the next school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
My child is finishing her second year at Jennie Dean (1st Grade). She is constantly challenged academically, socially, and culturally. The access to science and computer labs as well as art and music is providing her a sound basis on which to continue her studies. The school and its environment (halls, administrators) are welcoming to all...parents, children, and siblings. The dedication the teachers have shown in establishing the Geography Club, continuing the Science Fair and Art show, and all of the parental feedback demonstrates an environment where teachers care about the children beyond the 'standard' work day. Schools are partnerships between parents and teachers -- our partnership is working.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
Jennie Dean was our choice after careful consideration of private school options and even homeschooling - and we are pleased with our decision. Our child's teacher obviously cares a great deal for her students. She is brilliant, enthusiastic, nurturing, communicative, organized and professional. Our child is being challenged and enriched at her own level. We have enjoyed meeting other dedicated parents, administration, and teachers through our involvement with the PTA. The PTA started a Geography Club with the support of administration and 3 dedicated teachers this year. Even though this is our first year, we have felt that our input has been respected and valued. We would like to see the core of involved parents grow, work together with administration and teachers to resolve conflict, and to create solutions and more enrichment opportunities for our children. Our child is proud to be a Dolphin!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
Jennie Dean Elementary has great teachers and academic programs. Teachers go out of their way to make their students feel comfortable and safe in their academic environment. My child's teachers have been wonderful. My child is very happy at Jennie Dean. While I have noticed some changes over the last few years, I feel that it is for the benefit of the children. Jennie Dean is a very student oriented school. I am very happy to have my child(ren) attend there.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
Since the departure of Diane Pate the quality of the educational experience has plummeted. The current administration has absolutely no compassion for the children or staff. The school is run more like a prison camp than elementary school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 24, 2007
Notice that only 1 comment is in the year 2007. The rest is 2 years ago. Jennie Dean has gone down. Teachers are leaving. The children are wonderful children, but there are no hallway displays of children's work and no feeling that this is an elementary school. There is no feeling of happiness when a parent walks through the doors. So sad. Teamwork is not represented.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2005
Jennie Dean is a fabulous school. My child is in 2nd grade and has had wonderful teachers at Dean. The student body is very diverse, however, the staff does a great job of engaging all students.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2005
The new principal at Jennie Dean is tremendous! We get excellent feedback from the school. The teachers really go out of their way to help our kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2005
Jennie Dean is a very diverse elementary school, with many Spanish-speaking students. We have found that the teachers have done an excellent job of focusing on the needs of both ESL and non-ESL students. The class sizes are small and the teachers have given our son a great deal of one-on-one attention. I think Dean has done a remarkable job and could serve as an example to other very diverse schools.

- submitted by a parent
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Jennie Dean Elementary School
9601 Prince William St, Manassas, VA  20110
(571) 377-6300
Last modified Jennie Dean Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jennie Dean Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top