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  • Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Elementary School7

    Haymarket, VA | Prince William County


    March 12, 2015

    Due to corporate moves, Gravely was our 4th elementary school and, by far, the worst. While I give kudos to several wonderful teachers, Mr. K, and the front office staff, the chaotic atmosphere in classrooms and the cafeteria is ridiculous. The teachers aren't able to concentrate on teaching due to the constant need to reign in out of control students. The gifted program is a joke. The principal's leadership is driven by reducing her personal professional risk than in caring for the students. The lack of support for the head of the PTO is appalling. Several events had to be cancelled because of it.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 1, 2014

    Gravely is a superlative public school due to the excellent teachers and the wonderful parent community which supports them! This is our 4th year at Gravely and we are sad to see our eldest move on, the school has provide strong academic preparation and a great sense of community. There are true standout teachers at Gravely, kudos to them for their hard work and ability to instill a love of learning in our kids!

    Submitted by a parent

    April 28, 2014

    Gravely is a great school in all aspects. My oldest child (now in 6th) loved Gravely and my youngest is about to finish up her time there this June. Both loved the school and staff. I haven't heard anything about the new Principal, good or bad, but I can tell you that I don't see any difference as a parent.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 11, 2013

    This is a very wonderful school. As a parent to a 3 grader at this school, I can highly recommend any parents wanting to bring their child into this school. The new principle is great as well, the front staff and the teachers as wonderful. Ignore the negative comments below. Ask the school to introduce you to actual parents and visit the school during drop offs and pick up and talk to parents. Anyways the school is wonderful and their PTO is even more involve. Our son is happy and learning well, that should matter the most.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 22, 2013

    Not the same school with Ms. Salzano gone. The new principal seems more interested in numbers than in students. The responsiveness we had with Ms.Salzano is gone. New principal says the right things, but her actions don't match. Gravely will likely change significantly under this new principal over the next several years, and not for the better. If you don't already live in Gravely district, don't base your move on Gravely's glowing reviews from before 2013-14 school year.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 9, 2013

    I am disappointed in the new principal. She has been unwilling to get involved in an issue that has come up with school buses and I have attempted to reach out asking for assistance.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 11, 2013

    Gravely is fabulous. Mrs. Salzano was everything they said and more. However, she is leaving us. I am sorry for this but hope the new principal knows what she has to live up to. Teachers are great. it is a large school but they run like a small school. Every student is important

    Submitted by a parent

    February 20, 2013

    I currently have 3 children attending Gravely and a son who formerly attended who is now a 6th grader at Ronald Reagan Middle School. They did such a great job preparing my son for middle school. He is in the top advanced/extended learning programs there and excelling. WE LOVE GRAVELY!! The teachers are motivated and top notch! Mrs. S runs a tight ship. My kids are getting an EXCELLENT education at this school. Two of my kids participate in the SIGNET program which they are excited about attending. There are lots of extra curricular activities that the school offers. Mr. A does an amazing job with the students and their music concerts. Lets see.. and there is run club, Odyssey of the Mind, bingo nights, movie nights, and so much more! I think it is so cool the school has a relationship with the U.S. Navy sailors on the USS Gravely. If you are transitioning into the area, seriously consider this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 17, 2012

    Wonderful administration and teachers. Dedicated and helpful staff. Well run school. Caring school leadership. Good academic program.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 21, 2011

    Michelle Salzano, the principal, is incredible--she shows up at every event, knows all of the students and is very involved with everyone. The teachers and staff know all the children's names. The teachers stress good citizenship and respect and as a result, it is a very nurturing environment. Problems are handled with diligence and care and parents are treated as contributors, not problems. We have considered moving from the area but Gravely keeps us here. My daughter loves it as well.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 31, 2010

    Very good community feel, great lines of communication. Excellent standards and teachers who care. On site GT classroom/facility and teachers. Prince William county in general has a very transparent and up-to-date gt student selection process and solid enrichment/curriculum differentiation program. Commendable.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 22, 2009

    Our experiences so far with the Gravely faculty and administration have been wonderful so far. They do a great job!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 30, 2009

    teaching staff and administrative staff are wonderful. my kids love the school. beautiful building. there is a lot of school pride at Gravely Elementary.

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