Caring teachers and administrators. Principal is very active with student body and keeps a modern and fresh approach to learning. Maintains high level of school pride amongst the student boday and teaching staff. Great emphasis on student performance and learning.
I am a teacher at Ashland. I have been a teacher in Prince William County for over twenty years and I will tell you that you will not find a finer school anywhere. This community works together to bring happiness, hard work and learning together with creativity each day. I am proud to be a part of this excellent school!
When a teacher goes out of her what to figure out why the child is having a hard time learning and works with the parents to develop the learning, thats a plus in my book. She could have just kept going on status quo but this shows real dedication to each child. Kudos to Ms Grant in 1st Grade
Homework is the responsibility of the teacher to provide work that is relevant; the child to do it; and the parent to follow up, monitor, and help the child. The homework my daughter gets follows what she is doing, plus the school subscribes to IXL.com and Raz-kids.com. These help give additional schooling to the kids in reading and math that I think are beneficial. I am actually enrolling my 4yo in IXL to get him a head start based on what I seen with my 6yo.
We sent our daughter here for 1st grade while assigned to the area with the military. Coming from the Bay Area in California, this is the kind of progressive, tech savvy school I would expect to find there. But what a surprise to find that kind of atmosphere here. I didn't know what to expect at first, but EVERYONE I talked to, parents, teachers, etc, all said Ashland was the place to go. And they were right. Not sure what experience the person who posted on Dec 8 had, but the principle is the most engaged, hardest working administrator I've come across in my education experience. He truly has shown that he is engaged with both the kids and the teachers. The teacher we have (Ms Grant), went out of her way to help out daughter with her learning to ensure she was able transition from Kindergarten from another school. Kudos to her. If I could stay another 3 years, I would definitely invest my child's education in Ashland.
The schools needs new leadership. The current principal is unprofessional and rude. He does not care about the kids or teachers. He is focused on his own professional growth. Parents need to send their students to another school with supportive and fair leadership that focuses on the needs of all students and teacher. This school is the worst school in the county.
Both of my children have attended Ashland and it is an amazing school. They have a wonderful program that gives back to the community. I have seen parades and art work celebrating diversity. One time they even made a human chain around the school to display acceptance and tolerance. The teachers are caring and hardworking. My children love going to school at Ashland and I would highly recommend this school to anyone. Instead of blaming teachers or the school, maybe looking at personal attitudes would be a better place to pinpoint a problem?
Have attempted multiple times to leave fact-based, honest review of some of the REAL problems at this school (and in this district). However, the unvarnished truth seems to not be allowed by the moderators. Military families: look elsewhere for housing and schools. This school is NOT what you want for solid math or reading/writing.
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!