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Manassas, VA
Students enrolled: 654

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9553 Birmingham Dr
Manassas, VA 20111

(703) 530-7541
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April 23, 2015
One time when I dropped my kindergarten daughter off at Signal Hill in the drop off lane, she left her bookbag in the car. She ran back and got it and ran back toward the school. The teacher in charge of supervising was only a step or two in front of her. I started driving away as she ran back toward the school the second time with her bookbag. THANK GOODNESS, I looked back toward the school because my little girl was running after my van crying! The supervising teacher who was walking one stride ahead of her closed the door in her face and locked my kindergarten daughter out of the school! That is only the beginning of some of the ways some of the teachers at Signal Hill acted completely HEARTLESS. When I was chaperoning one of the students was sick. The kindergarten teacher said loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, "Oh, she's our CLASS DRAMA QUEEN." Another child knocked over my daughter as they were lining up to the leave the cafeteria by accident because there was a lot of rough housing. My daughter was bleeding, but Mrs. Ozl pulled her away from me and wouldn't let me near my daughter and snapped at me, "She's fine!"

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August 22, 2013
This will be th4th year that my child has been going to Signal Hill Elem. We have been extremely happy with the teachers, admin staff and PTA We are looKing foreward to another great year. My only complaint is the school web site is not kept up to date.

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June 30, 2013
We moved from out of state. My son was a grade ahead of where his 2nd grade class was. No tests or grades. My biggest concern was no spelling tests his vocabulary and spelling has fallen so far behind as a result. I wouldn't recommend this school. Both years he has attended both teachers have taken a leave of absence during the year for more than a month.

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June 23, 2013
We're a military family, and I used to be a teacher, so between my daughter and I, we've attended/taught at dozens of schools throughout the US. Our daughter only attended fifth grade here, but I have nothing but positive things to say. The 5th grade teachers are all fantastic, and I'm sad to see a couple of them retire. The administration is supportive of military families, my daughter loved PE for the 1st time ever, the French teacher is amazing, the librarians are fun and enthusiastic, and the music and art programs have young, enthusiastic teachers as well. My advice about the dreaded science fair project is: Don't miss the evening meeting the teachers provide for the parents beforehand!!! It was only an hour, and they explained everything from start to finish, and their willingness to go above and beyond made for an excellent learning process for my daughter. The staff's level of organization eliminated an untold amount of stress and tears!! I can only speak for our fifth grade experience, but I'd tell any military family arriving to have confidence in sending their child to Signal Hill Elementary.

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February 23, 2013
I have two children at Signal Hill. I like the school for the enthusiasm and commitment of its staff. It really creates a positive learning atmosphere where the students can feel valued and appreciated. They have interesting chess and robotics clubs now, and we like the French program too. The school library has everything a child may need or want to read, and the librarian is very helpful.

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September 10, 2010
Signal Hill is great school. I am very impressed with the principal's leadership at that school. My two sons attended have been attending that school for 4 years. They have never had any problems whatsoever with either the teachers or students. Academically, I feel they are very strong. This is a school to watch in my opinion. My wife and I are extremely pleased with that school. We like the family atmosphere fostered at that school. Keep up the good work.

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January 05, 2010
I have had three children attend this school and my family has bee involved with the school for 8 years. While there are some nice elements to the school: anti-bullying program and the learning garden to name a few there really is a lack of solid leadership at the school. My children went from a very strctured preschool where things like table manners were reinforced to a school where there are no teachers in or near the cafeteria during the entire lunch period. They rely on the cafeteria workers to handle the discipline for the room along with doing their primary job. All teachers and adminstrators eat tucked away--far removed from the chaos. My children have learned disgusting table manners at this school. My children haven't been challenged by any teachers. I feel that the teachers are aiming to get all children to be 'average': what an aspiration!

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April 01, 2009
My children are very smart and have never fit 'inside the box'. They have their own style of doing things. Some of the teachers there want to force children like mine to fit inside that box. Other than that I love the school and have spent many hours voluntering there.

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February 18, 2009
I have a first grader at Signal Hill who is above average in math and reading. Her teacher has given her the attention she needs to excell and not get bored with the classwork. The communication from her teacher has been helpful. It is a little overcrowded currently (2008-09), but that will be changing next year when another school in the area finishes its remodeling. Overall we've been very pleased! I love their garden program.

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January 28, 2009
They have excellant teacher and are the best for your child

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November 10, 2008
The staff at Signal Hill is fantastic. They are inspired and inspiring. The French program is really wonderful.

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September 25, 2008
This school is wonderful! My fourth grader has been inspired by the teachers and subjects taught. He started off doing average and is now doing well above average. The teachers are to be credited with the improvement. My first grader is doing average or better in everything but reading. Recognizing that she needs a little extra help, the school referred her to a reading recovery specialist. They called me in to talk with the specialist so I know what steps they are taking and what I can do to reinforce this when she is home. The communication between the teachers and the parents is outstanding and the principal is everything a principal should be. Only suggestion I have is I would like for a sidewalk to be built on Signal Hill Rd from Liberia Ave to the school. That would let parents be more actively involved during school programs and such.

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November 15, 2007
We have been 100 % pleased with Signal Hill Elementary. Teachers are enthusiastic, with a good teacher to student ratio and the school has a wonderful positive attitude. There always seems to be something to be involved in if you would like, from a wonderful assortment of extracurricular activities to fun family functions. Most importantly, my children LOVE school, are HAPPY and can't wait to go to school everyday.

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October 25, 2007
I'm not impressed with this school at all.Being new to the area and having a child start kindergarten, you would think that there would be more info to parents about the programs, there is a lack of organization, lack of communication from the principal leadership down. It is over crowded. And then that PTA, that is just a joke! It is a click,. Overall will be glad to leave..

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October 11, 2007
My [child] has had several issues at this school primarily do to the lack of leadership by the administration. He had two teachers in a row take maturnity leave early in the school year. The school chose to use different substitues for the majority of one of the school years instead of replacing her with a perminent sub until she returned. Teaching stafff has also talked down to us as parents during meetings. Avoid this school under current leadership.

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August 23, 2007
My fourth grader loves this school. I feel that all of her teachers have been outstanding and yes they do have programs for spanish but my daughter says it doesn't interfere with what they do in class.

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August 22, 2007
If you can avoid this school, it is the best optoin. Unsatisfactory programs, adminstration can't 'adminsiter', there really needs to be a change at this school.

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August 21, 2007
A nice variety of program are available. Teachers are usually young and while they might be smart, they lack practical application and experience to properly deal with a variety of kids or the teachers are very experienced and then they have lost the motivation to tackle a new way of approaching a topic with the children. It seems to be a 'top down' approach to not bring parents in as partners in education. Our family has found it very frustrating to stay involved in our child's educational experience (including education, discipline and extracurricular activities). Much of the information that comes home is outdated, events have already occurred and they certainly don't keep a website with updated information. The only thing useful I have pulled from the website is the telephone number for the school.

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July 09, 2007
This is a Great school!! Both of my children (6) and (10) attend Signal Hill and they love it. The teachers are very respectful and this school is more organized than the majority. Great School!!!

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July 06, 2007
We will be moving since this school is over crowded and in a somewhat poor area of the county. The school spends a lot of time with the non-english speaking students. Also not at all happy with the lack of communication.

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January 31, 2007
I haven't had the best of luck with this school, from lack of communication to a poor level of positive enforcement.

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December 06, 2005
So far I am not impressed, and would have never moved to this area if I had been aware of the lack of organization and programs this school has to offer. This school does not have a SAC program available, my child is to old for a daycare center. Communication is poor and activities poorly organized, arrival time is strict.

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Signal Hill Elementary School
9553 Birmingham Dr, Manassas, VA  20111
(703) 530-7541
Last modified Signal Hill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Signal Hill Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top