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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This used to be an amazing school-Change in principal made it completely different and not in a good way. He talks the talk regarding bullying and caring for your child but it is all fake. Very disturbing behavior gets a "you know you shouldn't do that-- slap on the wrist--sent back to teacher and classroom-- it is not fair for the teachers or the students that are trying to learn and behave. Classroom placement used to be done by the current grade level getting together and placing kids with teachers they think would suit each child- Since new principal came, he disagreed and it is now either done randomly or by a computer model based on ethnicity or learning level. There are some great teacher and students there but when they are bad they are really bad!!!! No exaggeration-- class was so difficult between numerous badly behaved students and a teacher who could not control them that my child is still reeling from things that happened last year instead of relishing the summer. :( overall very disappointed by the way the school is currently being ran.
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.
This is a very desirable public elementary school set in a nice neighborhood. Having the school set in the neighborhood sets it apart from many of the other schools in the area. COMMUNITY! Teachers are excellent. Leadership is very good, though they take hits, but that is part of being leadership - people take the chance to complain about you if they are not entirely happy. It is a safe, clean and happy enviornment.
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.
Our school is very friendly. We have a very active PTO who work hard for our children and our teachers!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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