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Woodbridge, VA
Students enrolled: 824

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15500 Benita Fitzgerlad Dr
Woodbridge, VA 22193

(703) 583-4195
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Map of Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School address.
April 16, 2015
Honestly, I think Mrs.Lennon should run this school. She at least trusts her staff unlike Mrs.Outlaw.

- submitted by a community member
March 14, 2015
The current principal as a "control freak." She is constantly micro-managing everything you do....because let's face it, she is the only one who knows how to teach a classroom full of students and everyone else who has earned a college degree/been trained just doesn't amount to her level of flawless expertise. The climate is very negative, alls we hear is what we aren't doing right, how bad everything we do is and just how we are general failures at what we do on a day to day basis. So readers (including the county employees and Superintendents) This school has many BIG issues that are being over looked or swept under the carpet. Most teachers here feel unwanted, unappreciated and just down right unsuccessful because of the constant negative remarks and demoralizing treatment from our superior (principal)....why is this not being looked in to? Why is the DOJ the only ones coming by to check on how the school is functioning? Where is the employee input for the evaluation of the principal? Why is someone who cannot build morale, distrusts everyone, dislikes most and has MAJOR control issues that exploits and tears down their employees/colleagues in a leadership position?

- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2015
This school has a very high teacher attrition rate. School staff does not trust the principle. Most teachers simply move onto another school. School has been investigated (DOJ) several times. Staff motivation is dismal.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 02, 2014
This school has a lot of potential. The climate is very negative because the principal is a control freak and a tyrant. She doesn't value or trust the staff. That has a major negative impact on you. It is hard to do your job when you have someone always looking over your shoulder looking for weakness so she can exploit it. I have been here for more than 3 years and have seen how my co-workers have been physically ill because of her behavior. It is challenging to work when everyone fears the boss! When she leaves things will be much better for all.

- submitted by a teacher
August 01, 2014
I have a daughter going to third grade. She has been going to Fitzgerald for two years. The school is relatively new as other reviewers mentioned but the teachers teach the students important skills such as reading, maths, analyzing , and critical thinking. I'm happy that the school doesn't spend to much time for standard test prep. My daughter reads & do maths problems well above her grade level (4/5 th grade). My advice to the parnt will be to supplement what the school teach your children like make sure they read everyday & sign the reading log. And also check Wednesday weekly packages which inform the parents about previous week class work. The bottomline is the school is not as bad as some reviwers put it. However, there is a room for improvment & parents need to do their part. I hope this will help parents to get the best out of the school & share their experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
I have had boys attend kindergarten, 1st & 5th grade here. To be fair we moved in at the end of the year and I didn't get a good feel for the 5th grade here. Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers and I have weathered through together with my son. He is not the easiest kid in the world and the communication with the teachers has been wonderful! The principal is understanding but fair. This school is still very new and the past few years it has gotten much better! The rating may not show it but this school is at least an 8 in my book!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
I have a child that attends this school, he just started his 4th grade year. According to my son some of the teachers are nice and others are mean, I will refrain from saying names but I'm sure any parent who has knowledge of the teachers will easily be able to figure it out. He has some trouble with organization (as I'm sure many 4th graders might) however, he gets bounced around from room to room during the day because they have put all students in ability leveled groups for different subjects (math and reading only as far as I know....which we were not told about or informed of; communication is a big problem). I don't know what happened to a teacher having a class and building and fostering relationships with the kids while teaching them. My son now gets tossed around from room to room for various subjects....no wonder the test scores are horrible and many students seem ill tempered or confused on a daily basis, they don't have a connection with a teacher nor do they have a place at the school (like their classroom) which they can call their own. It seems to me like the main focus has become SOLs and the kids are just being herded like cattle from room to room for test prep.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I have had years of experience with this school and the teachers, so I can honestly say that I felt that I was sending my kids to a safe environment to learn in. They have had some good teachers in K-3rd, not so much in 4-5th; but the fact that the school may not be providing students with a quality education doesn't hit you as a parent until your kids enter the upper grades. Then you begin to realize (as I did) that they may not be able to compete in middle-school and on--unless you get them some type of supplemental education. I've hired tutors and did nighttime-homeschooling with my kids just to keep them on track. On another note, I like the fact that the kids are required to play an instrument in the 3rd-5th grades; the office staff is friendly and the teachers in the lower grades have been very responsive to calls and emails, however that has not been my experience from the upper grades--as they expect your child to be more independent. As a result of the change in leadership (principals) I think the focus has become more on passing the SOLs instead of providing students with a well-rounded education to help them be able to pass any standardized test.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
Underated School. Great Experience. My kids are getting a grate education here. Nice, new facilities and repsonive teachers and staff have made the elementry school experience a breeze.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
my little sister goes to this school and she does not have a very good education i would not recommend this school. some of the teachers are nice and have good teaching skills others are not so great.

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2012
ALthough the test scores don't show it, this is a great school! A prime example is Mr. Bloom, the Assistant Principal - he dealt with a teasing problem my son was having, and was just so compassionate and caring. I don't know the whole staff, but if he is any indicaition, they are top notch. I know he is new (from SC), but very professional, kind and caring. It's just too bad that so many parents don't get involved - this school could be so much more if they did! Great work Mr. Bloom!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
My daughter attended Fannie (our base school) for summer school due to a deficiency in READING. The only thing she did in class during summer school was MATH! Thank God for school (we are transfer students at Montclair) of choice!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2011
My son has been here two years now and he is very happy here, its a shame we have to move to another state. I feel that individual teachers make individual impact on our children. His first grade teacher(Mrs Werhman) was fastastic his second was not very good. His current third Grade teacher(Dr Weinberg) is awesom, even my son feels sad to leave and wishes he comes with us. These are some of the impact we want teachers to have on our children. The teacher commumicates very well with me and i'm very grateful for that. Don't know the principal that well but i guess she is doing a good job. Never had any problems with this school, therefore i will rate it as a very good school with excellent facilities.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
I have had my child enrolled in Fannie Fitzgerald and found it to be a very repuable school. Although, being a brand new school it has it's share of issues. However, the Principal and her staff/administrators work very dilligently to ensure that parents are kept in the loop about their childs progress. As for the academics, they are not the Principals but the County's standards. I recommend that more parents get involved and volunteer to help support our new school and princepal rather than complaining. Everyone needs a little help now and again. And considering it is up to the parents and teachers to educate our children collectively, let's not just put it on the school. It still takes a village. Parents input still counts too!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
The school's staff that is as welcoming and friendly as any other Prince William County school. The classrooms are well equipped, the librairy, music classroom, sportsfield, art room, outside garden classroom and gifted program are outstanding. I agree with another parent, it is the parents responsbility to get involved with the school activities and within the child's learning. This school is new and parent assistance with their own child's reading, math and conduct is needed to help the school establish the excellent category; placing such things on the classroom teacher is unfortunate. Fitzgerald 's staff is very nuturing to the students growth and positive parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
I really want to like this school, my child has gone to this school for the past 3 years and is performing well academically because I home school him (at night) and he has had some really good teachers--although the teacher this year did not quite meet my expectations. The school itself is beautiful and well equipped with top-notch learning equipment, nice size library, computer lab, media room, activity room, big class rooms, etc. The problem I have is the inability of the school to use the resources they have to help their students excel. Their website is a drag, and rarely updated in a timely fashion to be beneficial. The other problem I have with this school is the lack of interaction between the parents and the teachers; although that is something a parent should be pushing, teachers should be open to a relationship with their student's parents. There have been times when I felt like I was being a nuisance checking up on my son's performance and asking questions. The principle and vice principle are very nice--you have to get to know them.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2010
A great school has: * Excellent teachers * Strong principal/school leadership * Challenging academic programs This school has none of these things. It's awful. The principal is deserving of a come-uppance, which is overdue. The other staff at the leadership level are hampered by the principals inability to delegate, designate, or communicate. Teachers can be wonderful, although the administration they struggle under makes it inadvisable to try hard. Performance is punished. Positive behavior is greeted with punitive results for staff and student alike by the principal. Replace the current principal and the school stands a chance.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
My child has been at this school for two years. I read the other posts and while I agree with some of the complaints, I also put some of the blame back on the parents. If you take the time to get to know the principal when you are not angry with her you will find her to be a pleasant, likable person. If you can see my rating, you will see that the lowest score is for parent involvement. Parents have a responsbility to the school and their children. It takes a village and parents are the main componant of the village. As for teacher communication, I did not have a problem last year of this year with communication. FYI-the principal pushes the teachers for better comminication with the parents so maybe you need to talk with her if the teacher is not responding to you.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
This school leaves much to be desired. Just because it is a "new" school doesn't mean that everyone needs to act new. Aside from the nursing staff, communication is poor - from the lack of promptness in sending home info to getting feedback from my daughter's teacher (not for the lack of my trying NUMEROUS times throughout the year). A uniform survey the last couple of days of school and they had the nerve to say there was a lack of response. Seriously?! I guess it would have surprised me had they sent the survey out in a timely fashion. The music teacher, while great in his own way, doesn't seem to know how to differentiate teaching methods between the various grade levels. I'm praying that my daughter's next teacher is a lot better than this past one because I'm looking to take her out of this school if no improvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
This school has horrible communication. I never know what's going on in the school and by the time the teacher sends home the flyers the event has already passed. I was also told my son thinks "outside the box" too much and needs to think "inside the box". So basically he is too creative for them and doesn't give the common answer or adds too much detail to his answer. They don't want that. . Doesn't make any sense. And now they want school uniforms which I hope doesn't pass.......

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 25, 2009
I put my daughter in this school after home schooling her for a year and had nothing but regrets. The kids are undisciplined and the principal talks down to them as well as to the parents. She is very bossy and is not a pleasant person at all. My daughters teacher was wonderful though and very well liked by her students. I moved out of the area all together to avoid any more Prince William County schools. We are much much more happy where we are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 22, 2009
This school could be so much more with the proper leadership. Current leadership is inexperienced, not 'in-tune' with balancing the needs of the beauracracy with the needs of the teachers, students and parents. Teachers are treated as if they have no clue how to run their classrooms. Parents are admonished for questioning anything or anyone. Children are not treated in an age appropriate manner by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Very unhappy with this schools system. No communication whatsoever!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
All the teachers are amazing professionals. My children feels like they really care about her and her education.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2009
The school is beautiful but the kids there are very undisciplined. The principal seems to just talk down to the kids and put off dealing with any problems. I love the office staff and the vice principal though. They are great. The kids there, however, need much improvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2009
Our complaints about communication have nothing to do with the automated system. The lack of communication refers to the ability of us, as parents, to have a conversation with the teacher by e-mail or phone. Limiting conversations to only scheduled face-to-face meetings during sanctioned hours or to notes passed through my child is inadaquate and inappropriate. In our opinion, this and other policies of this particular school do not foster a learning environment that encourages parental involvement, in fact such policies discourage such involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
Rating is provided after ample time to allow the administration to settle during this first year of activation. The communication process is automated and solid in providing information to parents on activities and child absences when unexcused. The facilities are top notch and the staff/Teachers are dedicated to the success rating and ultimate education. Understanding not everyones opinions and expectations are the same, I rated as normal expectations of an elementary and proper management. Equal or better when compared to Fairfax County schools system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2009
First year in public school and I am ready to take my child out. The communication level is not there. Phone calls go unreturned. The right hand is blaming the left hand. Eamils were given out and did not work.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
A beautiful facility with terrible administration. Communication between parents, teachers and the administration have been very difficult. Finally, e-mail addresses for teachers have been made available, but this is a recent development. Previously, the only way we were able to communicate with our teacher was through notes passed through our son in his take home folder. Teachers are not allowed to communicate with parents outside of school hours, which makes it very difficult as they are in their classrooms during school hours. The classroom experience is dictated from the top-down, not allowing teachers to tailor their classroom to their students. Something as simple as a 'red-light, green-light' chart was not allowed to be implemented in the classroom because of 'school policy.' This beautiful school is having a terrible start. We only hope that future years bring changes for the better.

- submitted by a parent

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Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School
15500 Benita Fitzgerlad Dr, Woodbridge, VA  22193
(703) 583-4195
Last modified Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top