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Richard C. Haydon Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 609 students

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Posted July 24, 2014

My kids transferred into Haydon last fall from another city school. We are extremely happy with the school and the administration. I had the opportunity to volunteer in my kids' classrooms and in the office. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I'm baffled by the negative reviews here. My kids are happy and progressing nicely in their education. I have never seen any of the staff or administration being disrespectful nor belittling. Also, the PTA is extremely involved and does a ton for the school. I really appreciate all their hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

Here is an honest evaluation of this school.... My child is in his 5th year here and I have wanted to write a rating many times but have chosen not to for fear of being unfair. Unfortunately, my opinion at the end of the day is still the same. this is a sub par school. If your child is classified Gifted and talented or in need of extra resources, they are fine. However, if they are just average or in our case, very brite but not falling in the GT spectrum, well they get to become excellent artists by perfecting their coloring and drawing skills on the back of their completed work while the rest of the class catches up. The PTA is barely existing as there is no involvement.... not more than 6 people including its board members at any given meeting and it just feels like everyone does what needs to be done to get by. Tough place to leave your child everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2014

I LOVE this school and my kids do, too. Not only are they happy but they are learning. I'm sure that the disgruntled parents who posted negative comments here are negative people by nature who see their glass as perpetually half empty. I would not hesitate to ever recommend this school to a family considering a move to this community! I do, however, wish that more parents would be involved with the volunteer opportunities available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

Haydon is a wonderful school. The faculty and staff care very much for the students and really get involved with them. My child is receiving an excellent education by teachers who genuinely care about her learning and well being . Dr. Wilder greets the children daily and is very involved in the school. Haydon is a wonderful asset to our community and I can't wait for my other child to start school there. It's such a positive environment for the students and teachers- Haydon truly is a part of our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Contrary to what others have written, I feel Haydon is an exemplary school. The administration is quite visible working with students and staff, delivering necessary supplies, dealing with discipline, offering support, giving praise to students and staff vocally, and always being so positive. I believe the staff at this school truly cares about its students, parents, and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

I hope readers will not be discouraged by some of the negative comments they find here. (It is an unfortunate characteristic of humankind that people are sometimes quick to find fault but forget to speak words of praise when praise is deserved.) Haydon is a actually a wonderful school, with an incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated group of teachers and staff, an administration that is working hard to provide the very best opportunities and school environment for all Haydon students, a very supportive and engaged group of parents (which includes the PTA and other volunteers), and most importantly the most fantastic group of children you would ever want to meet. I certainly am greatly encouraged by the progress I have seen at Haydon in the past two years: students writing and critical thinking skills are showing great improvement, and students seem increasingly curious about the world around them and eager to learn. I wish every parent who is able to visit our school can take time to read some of the written work displayed in the hallways to see what I mean!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 25, 2013

We got what Faquier County didn't want , and our children have paid. We have 11 families that have chosen to send their children to other city elementary schools, or pay tuition at other area public schools. Please City of Manassas , wake up and see what's happening right before your eyes. Yes, scores have risen but that goes to show you that hard work was ALREADY in progress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

Although Haydon is struggling for countless reasons, I wish parents and teachers who post only negative things would stop damaging our school further. Many of the teachers who left retired and our assistant principal is leaving because her family is moving. There are still many excellent teachers at Haydon and they care for their students every day. Please stop speaking for all of us parents and teachers. I am both and plan on continuing to do my best for my students and I know my own children will have teachers who care about them. The garbage spewed on this blog does absolutely nothing for our students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 20, 2012

Many of these comments are just ridiculous! I am in a position to see all the students in the building and I have yet to run across a single student who was scared of the principal! The biggest reason "Happy Haydon" may not be so happy anymore is that we are in the bottom 10% of schools in Virginia and we are in improvement with the Commonwealth! There is lots of work to be done at Haydon, changes to be implemented and major progress that needs to be made. The students and their success should be the most important focus right now. I've seen and heard many parents in the building gossiping and whispering about the current administration. This is counterproductive and creates a toxic atmosphere. I would even go so far as to say that much of the information commented on here only came from a handful of parents who are broadcasting their dissatisfaction and bruised feelings far and wide. It's true that this administration may not be as warm and fuzzy as the last, but they also stepped in to take over a very big mess that warm and fuzzy left us in. Back off and give the woman a chance!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 2, 2012

I would like to thank the new admin staff! They are both very "kid friendly" and have made great changes already! This is a hard spot to be in...with the previous scores being where they are...it is evident what was happening here was not enough, and our kids deserve the best! I hope the complainers get on board, and start supporting them both...instead of hindering with ugly comments. The kids are the ones we should all be focused on. Instead of complaining... volunteer some time in the class... I am sure there are kids who could use help on math problems....or even read to a couple, It is time we all pitch in... these ladies did not make this mess (the SOL scores), and we all need to help our kids be successful! We have a great team of teachers ...from what I see and hear... I have heard very good comments about the needed changes that have happened from my kid's teachers. Change is always hard...but in this case, it is welcomed! Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

Last parent hasn't truly met principal, this lady talks down to parents, kids, and staff! Who can condone that behavior? I hope the school moves in a better direction, who wants there child's school to fail? The parents are just so used to a very friendly warm Haydon, the new atmosphere is just cold. Yes, lunch is quieter because the kids are SCARED and parents unwelcome. I don't send my child to school to be scared!


Posted November 1, 2012

Not sure what some of those comments are about... Like my sons teacher, my daughters teacher has been a bit harsh, but principal helped me. Only know about lunch and car pick up changes. My kids are happier with lunch now, is quieter and not so crowded finally. Am super worried about rating here of 2 out of 10. What's that about? Are test scores that bad?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

We have 3 of our children that attend Haydon and during the last couple of weeks there have been several changes in the school. The changes have recently come to "light" as I have had a chance to talk to fellow parents. The change in administration seems to be the biggest problem, and I totally see that! I can't say that I've been impressed with the changes, unfortunately. I can only hope that they will be able to improve over the next couple of months and that educating students will become its strongest feature.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

So sad what this school has become, the principal is uninvolved and seems to be easily bothered by students! I wonder what the City of Manassas was thinking when they hired this lady. I have never felt so uncomfortable in a public place in my life. I look forward to our lease being up so we can move out if the Haydon district. Where was the new superintendent when this lady was hired?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

I agree with the last post. My children have been going to Haydon for many years and we have gone through many principals and the new one has a lot to learn about being friendly and how to make the school inviting to all. I have never been a city of Manassas school, where I was not welcome. Haydon is probably the most unfriendly place I've ever visited. So hopefully the new administration will wake up and realize this isn t the way to run an elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

My daughter just started 3rd grade at Haydon and has been there since she started Kindergarten. She has severe food allergies and the nurse, office staff, specials teachers and her classroom teachers have all be amazing to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

My son attends Haydon Elementary School. He is going into the 2nd Grade. The school is absolutely wonderful. The teachers are great and the principal - Mrs. Stone truly cares and desires for every child to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

My son attended Haydon for 3 years. The teachers were WONDERFUL, the principal was involved and always available, the assistant principals were great, as well. It was a wonderful learning experience in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2007

This year had very good. I seen the school improve on everything. I want to say thank you for being the best school in city. The assistant principal is doing great as well. Keep it up. Go Haydon Hawks. Thank you again for the best school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

I have a first and a second grader at Haydon. In the past two years I've been actively involved in the PTA. I've seen so many changes and improvements at Haydon. The curriculum is outstanding. The teachers that my children have been with have been wonderful. My children are not involved in extracurricular activities at this point, but every parent I heard talk about it have been very pleased.
—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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students61%
Female students60%
Male students61%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students65%
Female students70%
Male students59%
Black students33%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students81%
Female students75%
Male students88%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English84%
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 Students61%
Female students74%
Male students52%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students66%
Female students73%
Male students61%
Black students31%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English71%
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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9075 Park Ave
Manassas, VA 20110
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