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15300 Bowmans Folly Dr
Manassas, VA 20112

(703) 583-8774
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4 stars
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August 05, 2014
As a parent who has multiple children go to school at Ashland, I find it laughable that anyone would think that any member of the staff at a school, be it Ashland or any other school, doesn't have the best interests of the children at heart. It is true that public education in the recent years has changed and is more centered around tests, and scores, School of Excellence and all of those sorts of accolades however, that is happening ALL over this country. To think that any of the staff at Ashland, including the administrative staff does not take into account the students best interests is just ludicrous. I have had a number of reasons to have to deal with both Mr. Jacks and Ms. Webb and have had nothing but support from either of them. My children's teachers have always communicated with me any concerns they have in regards to my childrens learning and my kids have always thrived at Ashland. Please remember that some of these "goals" that the schools and administration are pushing for are put on them by the County and well as the State, it's not just as easy to blame the immediate administration at Ashland. Thank you to the Ashland staff for their support!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
The teachers at Ashland put education and teaching first. My daughter's teacher went above and beyond to support my daughter and offered free tutoring to improve her math skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
We didn't know how bad this "School of Excellence" had become until we moved. Based on what we have gathered from teachers (many have since departed - fact), other parents, and even the kids, the atmosphere has become oppressive in its quest to be "Excellent" statistically - it appears fundamental teaching is now the afterthought. After a job transfer relocated our kids to another "Excellent" school, it has been a refreshing change to have teachers with freedoms and time to prepare and teach the fundamentals which is reflected in our kids renewed enthusiasm. The school transfer also highlighted the gap between what our kids don't know versus what is expected at their age (much like the Benton Middle School comment from another parent - "you should have learned that at Ashland"). We can only speculate that the pressure for teachers to have their students do well on the standardized tests in order to have a great looking "School of Excellence" bar graph has made those tests the emphasized curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I just have to laugh at the "positive" current reviews for this school. Either those parents haven't had any interaction or needed any help from the principal or it is the principal himself leaving the positive reviews.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Ashland is the best school ever they have an awesome principle. The teachers are always friendly. they have an awesome lunch menu im really happy for my child to go nhere

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
We are really happy with Ashland! The teachers work really hard and go out of their way to help my children. The administrators are both very helpful and the kids love them always saying hi to them and giving them hugs in the hallway. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
I have 2 children that attend Ashland and I can not say enough great things about it. The teachers and staff really work as a team to do the best that they can for each and every student. The Principal puts in every effort he can to keep this school at the highest standards possible.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
At one point in time, Ashland Elementary was a fine school. As a parent of a current student, we are not happy with the new principal. It's his way or no way at all. He has a lack of respect for his staff as well as parents and students. We have never met such an arrogant individual. The principal has a way of sweeping important issues under the rug. If he's not going to benefit from it he doesn't care. Suggestion, if you can send your child to another school. It's not worth the interaction with this man. The morale in this building is very depressing. You can see it on the teacher's face as well as other staff members. Ashland had some very good teachers who were enthusiastic about their jobs and coming to work. Now as parents in a good community we don't see much enthusiasm anymore. Such a waist of good talent. We too are dissappointed with the new male administrator and the quality of education my child is receiving this school year. This school can be improved by appointing a new principal, especially one who cares about the students and their families, as well as the staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
Ashland is a very fine Elementary School. What you find most on these review pages are complaints rather than compliments. Dedicated teachers, safe learning enviornment, a lot of work goes into each and every day that the school is open. Our kids are learning just fine, though at different speeds as most kids are not the same. A lot of complaints about the principal is very typical as he is the boss and most complaints in any industry are about the person in charge. Do I agree with everything he says or does? No, but we need to support him and the faculty rather than complain about every little thing. There are several things I would change about the school, but those are just personal opinions. The school is not run by the parents, but rather the professionals. I look forward to continuing my children's education at Ashland.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
Please do not judge the school by the banners, creative academic metrics and clean aesthetics; rather by parents and teachers honest assessments...the children's academic performance once they leave and enter Benton. You will frequently hear during your child's first year at Junior High, "well they should have learned that at Ashland! The school's administration has focused on themselves and how they are judged, rather how the children receive, retain and rewarded. I cannot compare to other schools since our child has only attended Ashland, but listen to the parents and more importantly listen to your children. As they say' out of the mouth of babes comes the truth.' By the way, this has been brought up directly to the school's administration, and the arrogance of the principal was both condescending and astounding. God provided us with two ears and one mouth to listen twice as much as we speak. During our meeting(s), if only the principal could listen twice as much as he talks when he deflects the real issues and concerns of Ashland parents. Parents have had to hire tutors this fall semester to catch up their children up based on what they should have learned at Ashland.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
This school has a lot of problems. Teachers are so overworked with a nit-picky micromanaging principal that they cannot take the time to enjoy teaching the kids. And don't even get me started on SOAR or School of Excellence. It takes more than good test scores and awards to make a school a good school. When your third grader comes home and says when the principal talks it seems like he is lying and doesn't really mean what he says-- that is never a good thing.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
I have to second the notion that there is no room for differentiation. Teachers are told that they are supposed to differentiate instruction for different levels, but rarely does the administration follow up on that promise. I'm starting to think that administration is all talk here. It seems like many of the teachers are only concentrating on the top achievers and only working with the children with academic issues at the bare minimum level. All the administration is concerned about is their "school of excellence" flag. Seems to me it's all a ruse. With respect to the SOAR awards, how is it that all children are required to get this award? If a child misbehaves the whole year and does nothing to deserve this award, why should the teachers be forced to hand one out to those that don't deserve it? I thought the point of an award was to recognize those that achieve and perform above and beyond. Seems to me that SOAR is nothing but feel good nonsense. Maybe if administration would actually focus on disciplinary matters for once the children would respect authority and SOAR wouldn't be such a joke. Seems that the reputation of this school has been inflated by old reviews.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
I do not recommend this school . I am disappointed with the current administrators and the quality of education my children are receiving this school year.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
Some teachers do not care to be a team with parents. There is no room for differentiation. When asked for clarification on grading on how it matched to VA standards or even the standard Bloom's taxonomy, there was no valid response. I was laughed at and told repeatedly, "IT'S ALWAYS BEEN DONE THIS WAY" "NO ONE HAS COMPLAINED BEFORE!" The behavior of the teachers during this conference was not helpful in the least. They made it very apparent that nothing of what I, as a parent said was valuable and took everything so personally. How sad is that? So it tells me that teachers have no imagination and do not want to CHANGE and upgrade anything about instruction. Scary. Quid pro quo. Your child is now part of the institution. Quid pro quo. The motto should be that instead of SOAR. Lunch room: Children permitted to SCREAM continuously. Nothing taught in the way of how to handle oneself in the large areas. Trays taken long before necessary. Children sitting at the table while being wiped down by worker. Noted on this day several teachers late to pick up classes, so many sat at tables, long time, that they could have continued to eat lunch.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
This is our child's second year at Ashland Elementary. We are very surprised at the rigidity of some of the teachers to consider suggestions from parents to improve the educational environment. They are argumentative and defensive to any change. Who helps pay their salaries? We fought hard to remain in this school district and now wonder why. Comparing this school to private school is easy to do as private school is better and we should have kept our child in it. We are not impressed with Ashland whatsoever at this point but remain hopeful it will improve. However, the arrogance of some of the elementary teachers is unacceptable. We will be contacting the administration to complain but from reading some of the comments on this site, it appears that won't fly. Anyway, we do not recommend Ashland Elementary at this time.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I have two children attending Ashland and we LOVE it! I had only ever had them in private school and was nervous about a public school but our experience has surpassed my expectations. We bought our house based on the school and have not been disappointed. Their teachers, education, and extra-curricular activities have been fabulous. The sense of "community", since the school is located in the neighborhood, gives something different than most schools. The kids live and go to school with each other and several of the teachers as well. The class sizes are always a concern since education funding is always being cut. While I would prefer smaller class sizes, I have been pleased with the ability of the teachers to handle the number of kids put in each class. I would recommend Ashland to anyone interested.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
Based on my experience with Ashland's Elementary, the faculty has no understanding of minority culture. Ashland's faculty solution to dealing with a minority child, send them to Alternative School, "because it's what's best". I would warn any parent that has a minority child attending (or will attend this school), ensure you quickly address the fairness and appropriateness of discipline this staff invokes on your child. I requested the demographics on disciplinary actions taken on children attending this school and was told I would be provided a copy, still waiting. The principal and staff will only communicate with me face-to-face or on the phone, as e-mail left a paper trail of event's that could be explained by the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
Both my children go to Ashland and we LOVE it! I had my reservations, having grown up a private school child but I do not regret it at all. Ashland is wonderful and I am so happy with the teachers and the education my kids are getting. Recommend it to all.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Our school is very friendly. We have a very active PTO who work hard for our children and our teachers!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
I have three children who attend Ashland. It is an awesome school with a caring staff, great extracurricular programs (e.g. running club, gardening club, etc.), and wonderful field trips. I agree with earlier comments that the P.E. teachers are phenomenal. Our kids come home and educate us about nutrition and exercise. I do not think this school is overrated. We love Ashland!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2009
I choose Ashland because it was rated the best in Prince William County. Don t let the ratings fool you, like they did me. This is the first school that my daughter couldn t wait to get out of. We are now moving, so that my 2 children do not have to attend Ashland. I was not impressed by anything at this school! It is very over-rated.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
Two of my children have attended Ashland for their entire elementary school education. I've been a parent volunteer in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom. My children have participated in the extracurricular activities. Based on all that experience/exposure to the teachers, staff and facilities, I believe I have a pretty good base to judge the school. Overall, it's a great school with a wonderful, caring faculty and staff. Teachers are enthusiastic to be there and that carries over to the classroom and interaction with the children. The staff is friendly and supportive. The principal and assistant principal make a great team and are truly dedicated to the kids and the school. The Music Teacher is very proficient and loves to teach music--my kids have thoroughly enjoyed their classes with her. The PE teachers are phenomenal! They do a great job teaching the kids about healthy living. Kudos to all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2009
I love this school. The teachers are very caring and concerned about each and every child's educational needs. All three of my grandson's teachers have left an indelible mark on him that I believe will shape him into a fine, outstanding gentleman in the future. If you are looking for a supportive school that cares about the family and not just the child, you need not look any further--the only choice is Ashland Elementary School.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 17, 2009
My children have been attending Ashland since it first opened and I have nothing to say but wonderful things about their educational experiences. Decisions are made based on what is best for the students. Ms. Jordan, principal is out front greeting students as they arrive each morning. It is obvious that she has a good rapport with the students! She and Ms. Webb, assistant principal work very well together. They pick top notch teachers to educate our children. I just cannot say enough good things about the staff at Ashland! It is the best school around!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
This school has an outstanding principal and asst principal. In addition, all the teachers are the absolute best. I agree w/ other positive comments in defense of the principal. Volunteer and take some time getting to know all the many tasks involved with the running of a school. There is so much more to the task of being an administrator and a teacher than most parents realize. The principal is not a politician-and is not there to play politics w/ parents. She is wonderful to the students, and very supportive of her team-the teachers etc. If given the time, you may see the bigger picture goal the principal has towards the education, inspiration, and genuine care of the students at Ashland.

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March 03, 2009
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no rating January 08, 2009
Average school... PE teachers have amazing ideas and plans, the PTO President is enthusiastic and the school is safe. There is one third grade teacher that teaches by telling stories and making the lessons interesting, everyone else seems to use a checklist! Not an impressive staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
The principal at this school is what keeps a good school from being a great school. She seems to have no people skills at all. She is very unfriendly and unapproachable. I choose this school based on the high test scores, but if I had met the principal beforehand, I would have picked a different school. The assistant principal is wonderful, and very approachable and friendly. I think when you have a principal that doesn't seem to like the students or the parents, it sets the tone for the entire school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2008
amazing school! There is a new K teacher there Mrs. Neufang. Mrs. Neufang is an outstanding teacher. She teaches way above the pwc standards and she treats the children as they are her own. The first three years of education are extreamly important and i feel so blessed that my son had her.

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September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
In defense of the principal...she is the person who has to make the difficult decisions that may upset parents. My thought is, she is always thinking big picture since she has the school as a whole to worry about. I'm sure there are a lot of things about her day we aren't aware of...my first meeting with her was a wonderful experience and that is the main reason I decided to transfer my daughter there. I've subbed in the school there and can tell you...everyone has a bad day every now and then but that doesn't make them unapproachable...besides there is a reason we have an assistant principal (a great one at that)...both are very approachable...if they seem in a hurry, it's probably because they are. I think maybe everyone should volunteer at their childrens school to see just how busy a day can be for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
Ashland is a great school. The teachers are fantastic, office staff, cafeteria hostesses & custodial staff are wonderful! The Specialist Teachers (Art, PE, IT, Sci Lab, Librarians, Guidance Counselors) are top of line. As mentioned by another parent, I'm not impressed w/ the Principal. She's not people friendly and unapproachable. I also have to question her decisions regarding the gifted (Signet) program. It seems very odd that certain 'all gifted' classes were created last school year and then suddenly this current school year just as her own child would benefit from the newly created classes. In my opinion she has very poor management and people skills but the AP well makes up for the Principal's shortcomings. The school has more volunteers than you can imagine. The community is also very active in supporting the school. Overall, we are thrilled to have our child attend this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2008
We just moved to Ashland from Arlington, at first I was very concern; however my daughte is in Ms. Capotoso's 1st grade class and we love it. The school is great and the teacher is wonderful. I can't wait for my other daughter to start kindergarten here.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
This school is excellent school! We want all of our children to be in this school. The best education, staffs, and teachers! Get your children into this school then you won't want to move anywhere else!

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September 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
I really like this school and my children like it as well. I'm not crazy about the Principal (she's not particularly friendly and approachable); however, I do like the Asst Principal. The music teacher also leaves much to be desired. With that being said, the curriculum seems to be very good, most of the teachers are excellent, there are a lot of opportunities for parent involvement and although the school is not enclosed by a fence, I don't feel there are any safety issues as the neighborhood in which it resides is very nice and safe. The school gets high SOL marks as well. I love that they have P.E. 2xs a week and the PE teachers are awesome! I would recommend this school as we are very happy with it, overall.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Ashland is a fantastic neighborhood elementary school. The quality of parental involvement is exceptional, to include a PTO sponsored after school language program, offering 4-5 languages for students in grade 1-5. 'Specials', such as music, art, computer, PE & library are fantastic; there is also a gifted program! Extracurriculars offered include drama, & chorus. The PE instructor sponsored a 5K/1mile fun run last fall in cooperation with Forest Park HS! My daughter loves Ashland, and we are more than pleased!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2004
I am more than pleased with both my children's teachers. They are very creative, concentration on reading and math skills is outstanding. Fun and interesting class projects. My kids are learning so much and enjoying it along the way. Ashland is a wonderful difference from their previous school. Ms. Mizzell and Mrs. Weinberg are great teachers.

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Ashland Elementary School
15300 Bowmans Folly Dr, Manassas, VA  20112
(703) 583-8774
Last modified Ashland 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.
Ashland Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews.