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Manassas, VA
Students enrolled: 640

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9305 Stonewall Rd.
Manassas, VA 20110

(703) 369-6644
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September 08, 2013
Our school is amazing, with amazing teachers. It's about academics, and the students do very well. Parents are involved and the students are involved. There's a lot to say when you have middle school students involved with the elementary students. It's a great school and if you are serious about learning, then you should apply. The PTO has been a great resource for parents with a positive attitude.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
This year my son finished his first year at Pennington with a fantastic new teacher (Mrs. Buck) and it couldn't have been a more successful year. Pennington does a remarkable job inculcating self-worth, values and character into education while challenging each child at their personal level. The staff, administration and teachers are exceptional. Pennington can not be compared to any other public school because of its unique value of parent involvement. Without hesitation, I would recommend this school to you if you yourself have high expectations for your child's education, character and future.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
Pennington is a very good school, the teachers are very professional and I am happy that my son's education is on the right path. Would recommend to give him more home work, so that he spends more time in reading/writing.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
Pennington is a extremely harsh school. The send a letter home because my child had to many early dismissal, either because the were sick or for the doctor. The principal and vice principal are very harsh while the Guidance Counselor is very helpful. Also, The 7th and 8th grade math is treats the kids horribly.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
Pennington is an absolutely great school and the best public school I have ever observed and I have observed many in my career! We could not be happier with the Administration, the teachers and the students. A school where the 8th graders are polite to the 1st graders, we will not move just to keep our daughter in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
Take this from a student of eight years! I enjoy it alot I feel that you become a family not only with the kids in your grade but all grades. The middle schoolers are very helpful and respectful of the younger kids and they look up to us. There is little to no bulling and It has very high academic standers. We are a school of excellents and an excellent choice for your son or daughter. The teachers are all very helpful and kind and they all have great teaching methods. Sending your student here will be a plus in the long run.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2011
Amazing school! We transferred our son to Pennington after a disappointing Kindergarten year at our neighborhood school. Pennington is a family, children do not slip throughout the cracks because there are none. Communication with the parents is amazing. This school really does focus on Excellence.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
Our kids just completed their 1st year at Pennington. The teachers were professional, approachable and communicative. They sent home weekly notes/newsletters to share information about lifework (homework), community service opportunities, the character traits and quotes/poems they are learning and even birthdays. The principal is an educational professional who fosters an environment of safety & learning. The kids seem to love her. There were 2 parent-school leadership meetings (Fall&Spring). She supports the family-like community through words & actions. My kids love the mascot "Big Blue" & enjoyed the choices of afterschool clubs. Students are recognized for academic, service, character and artistic acheivements thoughout the year which helps to keep learning/growth in focus. The PTO & Advisory Council are superb. The required hours of parent involvement keeps ALL parents involved. The Fine Arts Gala and Year End celebrations were wonderful. The summer reading and math will ensure that the kids are prepared when school resumes in Sept. The small class sizes, new renovations and uniforms are just nice bonuses. We are impressed with Pennington and look forward to continuing.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2011
I have two children that attend Pennington. When entering Pennington four years ago, I had no idea what to expect, I am so happy I listened to a neighbor and applied. My children are happy, the teachers are happy and the Parents are great! Lots of Parent involvement and the PTO is exceptional. The uniforms are a plus and the children resite a creed every morning. Great School!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
My daughter attended Penning from the 1st - 8th grade and has received an exceptional education. She was in the Jr. Honor Society then and is now taking mostly "Honors" classes now that she's in the 9th. Her study habits are impeccable and I credit Pennington for all the work and training tthey instilled into the her when she was very young. For parents who think going above and beyond to contribute to your childs acadamic success is a "hassel," I'd like to beg to differ because it so worth it. Pennington "Cannot" be compared to the average neighborhood school. It's not just a place to send your child. It's a family, one that learn together, play together and succeed together. I still think Pennington is the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
Agree that this is the best school ever. The emphasis is on academics and the teachers are truly committed to getting the best out of each child. I agree that it's not for everyone. But if you want the best for your child and are willing to put in the time and committment you will see the results in your child.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
Awesome! Best school ever, my children loved it, lots of parent involvement! The teachers there have tons of great knowledge to pass on to your kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2010
My son is now in the third grad at Pennington and has been there since the first grade. He and I absolutely love the school. It is a bit more work but I feel that he is getting really good study habits/work habits that he wouldn't get at the regular public schools. I think there is a focus on making the child successful. I love that the parents are very involved in their student's schooling.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2010
My child attended Pennington for 1st and 2nd grade. Many of the students were above grade level at the beginning of first grade, but the curriculum was the standard county curriculum and little was offered in the classroom to challenge the students particularly in mathematics. My child was offered the gifted program, but this only for one hour per week and much of the activity would not be related to mathematics. Because Pennington requires application and parents volunteering the parents are very involved. My family has two working parents, one sick child + other children with after school activities. Pennington required too much of Mom's time supporting commuting and volunteer requirements. If you are a busy parent, you will get the same curriculum at your neighborhood school without the hassles of Pennington.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
My child is in the elementary level (grades 1-5), not the middle level (6-8) Plus: Structure, high academic standards, uniforms, small number of classes per grade level, informed and pleasant Vice Principal. Minus: Unjust punishment (focus on misbehaved kids; many get disciplined for the actions of one), impersonable and uninvolved Principal, teachers a bit hypocritical (some teachers hold high stds. for the students but do not live up to that same std. in the way they assign work or communicate with parents), lack of a joyful learning environment (that elementary students should experience in school). My child has no disciplining issues and is doing great academically. But the environment is simply not producing a student who loves to learn. Think long and hard before making your decision and don't be afraid to pull them out just because you got in with a lottery system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Fewer students per grade level, involved teachers and administration, high academic standards. Very happy with this school.

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December 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
My daughter attended Pennington from 1st grade thru 8th grade and if I had to do it all over again, I would. The school is focused on academics, which is fine with me. It would be nice though to have some sports programs for at least the middle schoolers. Best thing about the school though is the uniforms. I never had to worry about seeing children dressed in inappropriate clothes at dances. They are all so well behaved it is incredible. But alas, my daughter is off to Hylton this year and if it is half the school that Pennington is, I'll be thrilled. Hats off to Mrs Stockton and the rest of the staff!!!

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April 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2008
My daughter has attended Pennington for 5 years now and I have nothing but praise for both the teachers and administration. It feels as if my daughter is in private school there. All her teachers have always given very personal attention to her, known her strenghts and weaknesses and worked closely with the other grade level teachers in a team. I feel the kids get so much personal attention from everyone because it is such a small school. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of Pennington.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
Excellent school! I have lived in PWC county for more than 20 years and I have a 4, 8 and 12 year olds we have had children in four different schools and have had some great teachers and some poor teachers in all four schools. What separates Pennington is the committment of the parents. It is a big committment for the parents, but the the result is a system of excellence that encourages the average teachers to be excellent and the excellent teachers to be great! The parent commitment builds a strong interactive community where excellence is the standard. Pennington is the best 1-8 in PWC.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
I am a parent of a Pennington student, and my child recently attended for her 7th and 8th grade years. I have to say that I wish there were more schools like Pennington because then I woud have sent my own children to such a school when we were previouslly living out of state. What I love about the school is the old fashioned standards of behaviour which are held up for each student. It is true that some parents actually are a bit more lax with their children's behaviour, and so they might call normal something which is lacking in manners or self control. Next, I know that Pennington recently enjoyed a very low turn over rate, which is evidence of the hard work directed twards teacher retention. I am happy that the administration, staff, and parents know how to identify and solve a provlem. Great school all around!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
My son will enter 3rd grade this year, and he has been at Pennington since 1st grade. He has had a wonderful experience, and I could not be more pleased with this school. In first grade, he was identified as being slightly below grade level for reading. His teacher assured me that all measures would be taken to ensure that my son's reading would improve. He was placed in the reading lab, given the support that he needed, and by the end of 1st grade he was reading above grade level. In 2nd grade, he was accepted in the the gifted and talented program based on his reading ability. I do not think that we would have had such a success story at another school. Once identified, my son was immediately given what he needed, and he excelled. The teachers and principal are outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
My daughter has attended Pennington since the first grade and is now in the 7th. I have had an absolute wonderful experience with the staff and Principal at Pennington and feel really blessed to have my child attending this school. Sure, the curriculum can be challenging at times, but it's well worth it because my daughter is getting a quality education. I am somewhat dismayed to hear the few negative comments about Pennington from a few parents and I have to wonder if the parents and their children made genuine efforts to voice their concerns to the proper individuals. I have yet to come across a teacher and even the Principle who did not take some sort of action to alleviate a parental concern. Pennington may not have all of the answers, but they have enough to ensure a good education if parent and student are committed.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Overall Pennington is a wonderful environment and my children have made lifelong friends here. I think mostly because of the small school environment. We have always liked the uniforms although sometimes guidlines are only followed when it is convenient for the staff. Certain children can get away with what others cannot. Many Teachers play favorites at Pennington...but For the most part we are happy with the experience. The Academics are outstanding however, don't expect your child to have much of a childhood outside of school. Hours on Hours of homework and lengthy projects/assignments are common. No Sports for Middle school also a minus.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
Pennington is an awesome school i am currently in 6th grade there i am new and it is so fun it is the school of excellence!

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2008
I have a 3rd grader and 1st grader, although they made change from the teacher staff, but all the new changes are excellant ones! Have new art and computer teacher and they are wonderful. I love the uniforms and the consistent class size, especally 3 classes per grade, nothing more. I love the people there and the atmosphere is a happy, fun place to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
We feel very fortunate that our children attend Pennington. Aside from some issues with the principle, all the teachers my children have had have been fantastic. Additionally, since the school can be difficult to get into, the families enrolled here are serious about supporting their children's educational needs and the activities of the school. This fosters a terrific sense of community and partnership with with school. We feel that they (my children) are receiving a private school quality education for free. I would highly recommend Pennington.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
My son attending Pennington from 1-7 grade and begged me to let him go to his home middle school. I only wish I had done it sooner! The middle school program is far from excellent. The music program needs work. The parents are very involved and uniforms are nice. If you want a school that has absolutely no sports program then this is the perfect school for you. Sure, they have high academic expectations, but they are basically following the same VA curriculum of every other PW county school. This is due to the rather difficult administrators who spend much of their time 'disciplining' and overreacting to normal behavior.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
I have two children at Pennington. One in 5th Grade and one in 1st Grade. Our 5th Grader has attended Pennington since 1st Grade. When our family first joined Pennington we were thrilled to have a great alternative to the private or public school choices. There's a lot Pennington has going for it. I especially like the required parent volunteering, and student community service requirement. However, our family feels that the standards in both academics and discipline have begun a downward slide and we will be sending our 5th Grader to the local middle school next year instead of continuing at Pennington. In addition, the school is crowded into an old facility, the previous poster's comments about the new Assistant Principal are correct, and the Administration overall has become very non supportive of it's families and students. A great school gone lazy.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2006
Our son has been at Pennington for 1st grade and is now in the second grade. We love Pennington and so does our Son. The uniform policy is great. The curriculum seems very well organized and the parents are kept well informed about what is going on. We know when tests are scheduled and what our son needs to study to prepare for them.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Pennington School is a well structured environment that is very conducive for learning. The uniforms help immensely so the children can concentrate on school work instead of what everyone else is wearing. The teachers are highly qualified and work well in teams. The community service is often hard to find for the younger children, but is worth the effort to teach community responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
We have been satisfied with our overall experience at Pennington the past 3 years. The small school environment and uniform policy is great and We like the back to basics curriculum. However, we have noticed a very high teacher turn over. They lost there assistant Principal a year ago and went almost 6 months before replacing her. When they finally did replace her it was with someone who seems as if she is just doing a job and doesn't really care about the entire student body. We have also noticed more bullying and troublemakers. Which both Principal and Asst. Principal don't seem to care about. They would rather spend there time yelling at students who rarely get into trouble about minor things. It's no wonder teachers, students, and leadership in general comes and goes so quickly. We just think the leadership here is going downhill.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Pennington has been a blessing for us! My son loves the Pennington experience. Expectations and standards are high, yet attainable. The staff and teachers are among some of the best I have ever seen. I can only hope that many more schools like Pennington will be made available.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
My son went to pennington from 4th - 8th grade. I found the environment to be the best public school experience one could ask for. The school requires high expectations in discipline and academics. There are two 'traditional' schools in the county, pennington and porter. If you are moving into the area make sure you move into the pennington district! porter claims to be a traditional school, but is more like any other school in the county. Pennington truely stands out in excellence. We were very happy there and would recommend it to anyone looking for a more back to the basics environment. In addition, respect for adults is enforced, something lacking in most schools. Also, proper english must be spoken. Excellent school!

- submitted by a parent

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Pennington School
9305 Stonewall Rd., Manassas, VA  20110
(703) 369-6644
Last modified Pennington School is a Public school that serves grades 1-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pennington School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top