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Ashland Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 940 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 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


Posted December 5, 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


Posted November 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
History and Social Science

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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 73% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students89%
Female students91%
Male students87%
Black students76%
Asian students92%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial94%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students85%
Female students81%
Male students88%
Black students73%
Asian students92%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial81%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black students84%
Asian students92%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%
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 Students82%
Female students90%
Male students75%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial88%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students86%
Female students90%
Male students82%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial94%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 Students86%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

English: Writing

All Students70%
Female students78%
Male students63%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students82%
Female students85%
Male students80%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students84%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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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