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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.......
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.
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.
Very unhappy with this schools system. No communication whatsoever!!!
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