School Details

Jennie Dean Elementary School

9601 Prince William St, Manassas, VA 20110
(571) 377-6300
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 646 students 15 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

59%
67%
72%
43%
62%
65%
81%
86%
84%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Manassas City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
59%
70%
70%
72%
75%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Manassas City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jennie Dean Elementary School is a public elementary school in Manassas. The principal of Jennie Dean Elementary School is Ms. Sharamaine D. Williams. 646 children attend Jennie Dean Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 45% of the 646 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jennie Dean Elementary School is 15:1. All Saints Catholic School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 55% 42%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 35%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 17%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    The PTA and Administration of this school work hard to educate the whole child at Dean. Every parent I know from Dean is happy with the quality of their education. The reciprocity with local clubs is a wonderful bonus for this school

  • (1 year ago)

    I had only heard negative things about this school and was happy to find they were all false! The staff is welcoming and friendly and know many of the students by name. The teachers are enthusiastic and intuitive. There are many school sponsored activities that create a sense of community that my whole family has been able to enjoy. We had the chance to put our child in a different school this year but turned down the offer in order to continue the great experience we are having with Jennie Dean Elementary.

  • (2 years ago)

    I see many caring teachers and staff every time I go into the school. I really like that the students are recognized every nine weeks with awards including awards for greatest improvement.

  • (2 years ago)

    Overall I see hard working dedicated teachers. I am worried about too much $$$ being spent in some areas with no support of test data to see it's worth!

  • (3 years ago)

    Someone is impressed because administration is in the building? Another's son has an aid? Is it an aid for the whole class? Questions are answered when asked? Have the standards gone so low that people are impressed by individuals showing up and doing their jobs? Has anyone looked at the test scores? How does the staff at Mayfield feel about the preparedness of the students coming from Jennie Dean? Parents volunteering having lunch with students and joining the PTA says way more about the parents than it does about staff or administration. By the way good for you if you got that great teacher hope your luck continues.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is above and beyond grade level thanks to the dedication and encourage of his teacher. If we have a question it is answered. If there is a function we are there. If there is a doubt it is clarified. I respect the adminstration and will support the school in any I can.

  • (3 years ago)

    We love Jennie Dean teachers and other school employees because they are always there for us. My 2 children enjoy coming there everyday. We participate in PTA meetings lunches and various activities that the school offers.

  • (3 years ago)

    Jennie Dean is a great school and the principal is present in the building every day that he is not at a meeting. Since we are in School Improvement he is required to attend meetings more than once a week. The Assistant Principal is always present and they both do a great job of walking through the hallways and being present in the cafeteria on a daily basis. In reference to a comment about translating getting in the way of student's education that is completely inaccurate. The teachers teach in English and the translator works in the office so there is no way that this could get in the way of instruction. Staff seems to all work together very well and help each other out when necessary. I love Jennie Dean despite the negativity that people may have towards the school. Most of the parents who complain are not the ones who volunteer their time with PTA offer to help in their child's classroom or ask what they can to do help... Teachers work very hard to change the future through teaching your children. They do their jobs because they care we all can look up their salary and we know that there are other jobs they could go to college for 5-6 years and make plenty more money.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love JDES my kids have attended Jennie Dean for the past 3 yrs I love the community feeling there. School employees and teachers know the children and parents by name its a warm enviroment where your child is not jst a number like in some of the bigger county schools. We have had wonderful teachers and Im impressed with the level of communication from the schol and MCPS. In fact I have put off moving in order for my kids to stay at Jennie Dean. I know many other parents who feel the same way.

  • (3 years ago)

    I think this school has changed since I attended it myself some time ago. They have a few good teachers that are actually willing to try and teach your child however I believe a few of them might have been there just a little too long and their tolerance has gone down. The format for teaching to me personally has changed pretty much everywhere now that we have to have translators. My child complains of the constant distraction it causes and I don't feel like he's truly learning to the best of his abilities. I think the Principal at this school is really putting forth effort in making this school better than what it was 2 years ago.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree about time and learning being wasted with constant transitions due to the Parallel Block structure. It will be interesting to compare notes with schools who have also implemented Steps to Literacy but not Par. Block. I think above all else the literacy program was a worthy investment however not so much for the whirlwind daily schedule. We are trying our best as teachers to shed light on what it is really like we never fully finish a lesson the way we want we have kids in constant motion who can't remember the 12 teachers' names they see each day and we can't create a sense of calm with all this movement.

  • (5 years ago)

    Too much time wasted in constant movement between classes.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm excited to see what happens at Jennie Dean with a new administration. There's only one way for the school to go---up!! I can't wait to see the SOL scores for this year!

  • (6 years ago)

    There are many dedicated and qualified teachers stil at Jennie Dean Elementary. Though some teachers have chosen to leave others remain. These teachers give their heart and soul to their students every day despite adversity. These teachers value education learning and creativity. They continue to come to work everyday with a smile on their face to provide the best environment for their students because they love teaching and more importantly they love the students at Jennie Dean Elementary!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    This used to be a great school with the most dedicated teachers in Manassas. Now most of them have left and the school is a shell. It is truly sad to see what has happened here.

  • (6 years ago)

    Jennie Dean has failed its SOLs this year. The Principal is driving away all of the good teachers (most of whom are not leaving town but just going to different schools in the same district). The Superintendent for the school district seems to be oblivious despite numerous complaints from many parents. The Principal needs to go.

  • (6 years ago)

    I go to Jennie Dean many times a week. I find it pleseant. Not depressing in anyway. The teachers & children are happy and smiling. I see the Principal greeting the children every morning and saying goodbye to them in the pm. And a 'welcome back' on Mon. mornings. You can't just go in and make an assumption by someone not receiving you properly. Everyone has a rough day and may or may have not noticed you. There are many seasoned teachers still at JD only a few have left. Mostly for change moves etc. Only one has had a beef with the school. Change is good and if the teacher wants to stay in a rut then JD is not the school for them. There is constant aesthetic changes going on as well as changing how we shape our children's minds. Go Dolphins!

  • (7 years ago)

    Jennie Dean continues to be a great school despite perceived problems with the Administration. While I have personally been satisfied with my interactions with the Principal and Assistant Principal at the school my understanding is that many parents and teachers are not. One thing I have noticed is that many good teachers are leaving (usually to teach at other schools in Manassas or in surrounding counties). So far the new teachers my kids have had while not as experienced have been very good. Both of my kids continue to do well on SOLs and Stanford 9s so I believe they are getting what they need. However I do believe the teacher flight issue could pose long-term problems if something isn't done about it.

  • (7 years ago)

    Experience is great. Credentialed new and enthusiastic teachers are also important. Teacher-student ratios are important. Test scores are important. Morale is very important. The teachers make the greatest impact on the quality of the school. Parents should be engaged in this issue and have backup plans if this school doesn't measure up.

  • (7 years ago)

    The new administration has high expectations for all students and staff. This means change. Teachers are being asked to update skills and teach more effectively (a good thing). Change is difficult but it was necessary at Dean. I have had 3 students go through Dean. The one who is currently there is significantly more prepared and educated.

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