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About This School

Richard C. Haydon Elementary School is a public elementary school in Manassas. The principal of Richard C. Haydon Elementary School is Mrs. Amanda Wilder. 606 students attend Richard C. Haydon Elementary School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 35% of the 606 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Richard C. Haydon Elementary School is 17:1. All Saints Catholic School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 44% 42%
White, non-Hispanic 33% 35%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 17%

Student Subgroups

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

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Here is an honest evaluation of this school.... My child is in his 5th year here and I have wanted to write a rating many times but have chosen not to for fear of being unfair. Unfortunately my opinion at the end of the day is still the same. this is a sub par school. If your child is classified Gifted and talented or in need of extra resources they are fine. However if they are just average or in our case very brite but not falling in the GT spectrum well they get to become excellent artists by perfecting their coloring and drawing skills on the back of their completed work while the rest of the class catches up. The PTA is barely existing as there is no involvement.... not more than 6 people including its board members at any given meeting and it just feels like everyone does what needs to be done to get by. Tough place to leave your child everyday.

  • (6 months ago)

    I LOVE this school and my kids do too. Not only are they happy but they are learning. I'm sure that the disgruntled parents who posted negative comments here are negative people by nature who see their glass as perpetually half empty. I would not hesitate to ever recommend this school to a family considering a move to this community! I do however wish that more parents would be involved with the volunteer opportunities available.

  • (6 months ago)

    Haydon is a wonderful school. The faculty and staff care very much for the students and really get involved with them. My child is receiving an excellent education by teachers who genuinely care about her learning and well being . Dr. Wilder greets the children daily and is very involved in the school. Haydon is a wonderful asset to our community and I can't wait for my other child to start school there. It's such a positive environment for the students and teachers- Haydon truly is a part of our family!

  • (8 months ago)

    Contrary to what others have written I feel Haydon is an exemplary school. The administration is quite visible working with students and staff delivering necessary supplies dealing with discipline offering support giving praise to students and staff vocally and always being so positive. I believe the staff at this school truly cares about its students parents and community.

  • (8 months ago)

    I hope readers will not be discouraged by some of the negative comments they find here. (It is an unfortunate characteristic of humankind that people are sometimes quick to find fault but forget to speak words of praise when praise is deserved.) Haydon is a actually a wonderful school with an incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated group of teachers and staff an administration that is working hard to provide the very best opportunities and school environment for all Haydon students a very supportive and engaged group of parents (which includes the PTA and other volunteers) and most importantly the most fantastic group of children you would ever want to meet. I certainly am greatly encouraged by the progress I have seen at Haydon in the past two years students writing and critical thinking skills are showing great improvement and students seem increasingly curious about the world around them and eager to learn. I wish every parent who is able to visit our school can take time to read some of the written work displayed in the hallways to see what I mean!

  • (9 months ago)

    We got what Faquier County didn't want and our children have paid. We have 11 families that have chosen to send their children to other city elementary schools or pay tuition at other area public schools. Please City of Manassas wake up and see what's happening right before your eyes. Yes scores have risen but that goes to show you that hard work was ALREADY in progress!

  • (1 year ago)

    Although Haydon is struggling for countless reasons I wish parents and teachers who post only negative things would stop damaging our school further. Many of the teachers who left retired and our assistant principal is leaving because her family is moving. There are still many excellent teachers at Haydon and they care for their students every day. Please stop speaking for all of us parents and teachers. I am both and plan on continuing to do my best for my students and I know my own children will have teachers who care about them. The garbage spewed on this blog does absolutely nothing for our students.

  • (1 year ago)

    What this last post said could not be more true. It was so said to hear the tribute to the teachers that were leaving Haydon at the End of the year. 14 by what my husband and I counted. Even the AP is leaving. Dr. Wilder is the most unprofessional person I have ever had to deal with. My husband and I made the decision to send our kids to a different school next year. Poor test scores and no teacher support to help raise these scores are not how we want our children to learn. Good luck to the teachers that are braving it out next year. It's a shame to have to stay in that type of environment because of your tenure in the city school system.

  • (1 year ago)

    Back in November it was reminded that Haydon used to be a happy place to be especially to work. It was also foretold that if things did not change with the principal that there would be a "mass exodus" of staff. Well that did come to fruition! Haydon lost over a dozen teachers and aides this year due the leadership of our illustrious Dr. Wilder! Some of these ladies were wonderful role models for our children yet they have moved on to other districts to get away from the horror of the leadership at Haydon. This is a sad commentary on our leadership! These ladies will be missed dearly and Lord only knows what the new "minions" will be like that Darth Wilder has hired to replace them. For those folks that have braved the frontier and stayed at Haydon bless you and may the Force be with you!

  • (1 year ago)

    This blog is doing exactly as the new admin is doing to her staff turning them all against each other. Enough is enough we all need to move forward and help our children the admin may run the school into the ground but we have to make sure our children are not affected by the crazy people at the top! A blog is a blog and because we can't speak freely for fear of retaliation against our kids this is our only way to vent.

  • (1 year ago)

    What i have read is all TRUE about the new principal. She is the Most unprofessional administrator that i have ever had the pleasure to encounter. The staff walks on eggshells around her and are in fear of their jobs should they or anyone else say something to her that she deems out of line. Yet she on the other hand can say and do as she sees fit ie. lying about her staff the lack of support for her staff and parent volunteers. There has to be something that the City School Board can and should about a person that they have hired to lead their staff and students into the 21st century.

  • (1 year ago)

    Many of these comments are just ridiculous! I am in a position to see all the students in the building and I have yet to run across a single student who was scared of the principal! The biggest reason "Happy Haydon" may not be so happy anymore is that we are in the bottom 10% of schools in Virginia and we are in improvement with the Commonwealth! There is lots of work to be done at Haydon changes to be implemented and major progress that needs to be made. The students and their success should be the most important focus right now. I've seen and heard many parents in the building gossiping and whispering about the current administration. This is counterproductive and creates a toxic atmosphere. I would even go so far as to say that much of the information commented on here only came from a handful of parents who are broadcasting their dissatisfaction and bruised feelings far and wide. It's true that this administration may not be as warm and fuzzy as the last but they also stepped in to take over a very big mess that warm and fuzzy left us in. Back off and give the woman a chance!

  • (1 year ago)

    I would like to thank the new admin staff! They are both very "kid friendly" and have made great changes already! This is a hard spot to be in...with the previous scores being where they are...it is evident what was happening here was not enough and our kids deserve the best! I hope the complainers get on board and start supporting them both...instead of hindering with ugly comments. The kids are the ones we should all be focused on. Instead of complaining... volunteer some time in the class... I am sure there are kids who could use help on math problems....or even read to a couple It is time we all pitch in... these ladies did not make this mess (the SOL scores) and we all need to help our kids be successful! We have a great team of teachers ...from what I see and hear... I have heard very good comments about the needed changes that have happened from my kid's teachers. Change is always hard...but in this case it is welcomed! Keep up the good work!

  • (1 year ago)

    Not sure what some of those comments are about... Like my sons teacher my daughters teacher has been a bit harsh but principal helped me. Only know about lunch and car pick up changes. My kids are happier with lunch now is quieter and not so crowded finally. Am super worried about rating here of 2 out of 10. What's that about? Are test scores that bad?

  • (1 year ago)

    Both my children transferred to Haydon from a PW County school this Fall and let me just say how much I regret moving into this school district. There was an incident on the bus where my daughter was touched inappropriatly by a male student and the ice queen principal brushed it off as 'silly silly behavior' on the boys part. When I confronted her about her comment she used the excuse that 'she is new' at the school. Another time my son was put on the bus when a note was sent in that he was to be a car rider and we couldn't find him for about 30 minutes. Again the 'new' principal used the same excuse when I asked her why this happened. I feel she does not have the social skills or just plain common sense skills to be a principal of an elementary school. I cannot stand the fact that my kids go to this school and plan on moving out of the Haydon school zone over the summer.

  • (1 year ago)

    Last parent hasn't truly met principal this lady talks down to parents kids and staff! Who can condone that behavior? I hope the school moves in a better direction who wants there child's school to fail? The parents are just so used to a very friendly warm Haydon the new atmosphere is just cold. Yes lunch is quieter because the kids are SCARED and parents unwelcome. I don't send my child to school to be scared!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have 3 of our children that attend Haydon and during the last couple of weeks there have been several changes in the school. The changes have recently come to "light" as I have had a chance to talk to fellow parents. The change in administration seems to be the biggest problem and I totally see that! I can't say that I've been impressed with the changes unfortunately. I can only hope that they will be able to improve over the next couple of months and that educating students will become its strongest feature.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have one child at Haydon and am so upset at all the changes that have taken place with the new principal she yells at the teachers INFRONT of our kids. She makes it so parents ARE not welcome in the school. This is the last year for my child and we don't know if we can stomach the next 7 1/2 months. My poor child is "scared for the teacher" how did we go from an inviting loving Haydon (for the last couple years) to a Haydon that us just cold and UNinviting!

  • (1 year ago)

    So sad what this school has become the principal is uninvolved and seems to be easily bothered by students! I wonder what the City of Manassas was thinking when they hired this lady. I have never felt so uncomfortable in a public place in my life. I look forward to our lease being up so we can move out if the Haydon district. Where was the new superintendent when this lady was hired?

  • (1 year ago)

    The administration is absolutely ridiculous I can't believe the City has in trusted our children to them. I have always been a firm believer in public school until NOW. Poor PTA mom that was totally harassed by them at Fall Family Fun Night!

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