Q: What is a "School of Choice"?
A: A school of choice is a place where students attend by choice, rather than by geographic assignment. Because you choose to come to Pennington, we can agree as educators and parents to shape our programs in the best interests of the students. This is different from general public education, where the programs must consider the entire public population of the school system.
Q: What grade levels are at Pennington?
A: Pennington is a traditional school for students from first through eighth grade.
Q: Who can go to Pennington?
A: Any student living within Pennington's attendance boundary within Prince William County is eligible to attend Pennington School.
Q: How are students identified to attend Pennington?
A: There is no identification program for attendance at Pennington. The choice to pursue Pennington as a school for their children is entirely up to the parents. Parents must complete an application packet for each student.
Q: Is Pennington a disciplinary school?
A: Pennington is not a program designed for students with disciplinary difficulties. We do have a high standard of conduct that all students are expected to follow. The behavioral code is clearly defined, as are penalties for violations.
Q: Is Pennington an alternative school?
Q: Is Pennington a school for underachievers?
A: Pennington is not aimed at underachieving students in particular. We believe that every student can succeed, given the support and attention of their parents and teachers.
Q: Is Pennington a school for overachievers?
A: Pennington is not aimed at overachieving students in particular either. We are not a magnet school. We do, however, expect a level of performance at or above grade level from all our students, regardless of their previous performance.
Q: Is Pennington a school for gifted students?
A: Pennington is a school for students of parents who want to support their success. We are not specifically a "gifted school". As with all Prince William County schools, we have programs for gifted students in addition to the regular curriculum.
Q: Where is Pennington School?
A: Pennington is located on Stonewall Road in Manassas. From Rt. 28 heading south, turn right on Stonewall. Pennington is on the right, across the street from All Saints Catholic School.
Q: What is expected of students who attend Pennington?
A: Pennington students are expected to give their best effort toward their work at school, at home, and in their community. They are guided and encouraged in proper behavior, proper use of language, strong study habits, and community involvement. Each student is required to accumulate 20 points toward community involvement each school year. Teachers help to provide some community service opportunities.
Q: What is expected of parents whose children attend Pennington?
A: Pennington parents are expected to give their best effort toward supporting their children's efforts at school and in the community. Each student's family is required to volunteer at the school for at least 10 hours on their behalf each school year.
Q: How do students get to school?
A: PWCS Transportation provides express bus service from pickup points around the county. Parents are expected to take their students to the appropriate bus stop in the morning and meet them there in the afternoon. Parents may also drop off and pick up students at Pennington.
Q: Is there a waiting list to get in to Pennington?
A: Yes. All complete applications for each year are placed in a pool from which a random list of applicants is generated. Names are then taken in order from the list for each grade level as openings become available. Applications are received by Pennington, and the selection process is handled by PWCS and Pennington administrative personnel.
Q: Are some grades easier to get into than others?
A: Yes. The majority of applications come in for first and second grades. First grade has the most openings, because we have no returning students to take places, so there are 75 openings. Second grade and up generally average only 5 or 6 openings each year. There tend to be a few more openings in sixth grade, as some rising sixth-grade students choose to attend other county programs for sports or other electives. The limited number of openings should not discourage you from applying, though, as the selection process for completed applications is random.
Q: Is there a sports program for middle school students?
A: Pennington currently has intramural sports, and plans are being formulated in order to expand the intramural sports program throughout the year.
Q: Is there a music program at Pennington?
A: Yes. Pennington has music education at all grade levels. We also have Middle School Band and Chorus programs and Fifth and Sixth Grade Strings programs.
Q: Does Pennington have its own curriculum?
A: Pennington follows the Prince William County Schools curriculum.
Q: Is there a dress code at Pennington?
A: Yes. Pennington students are required to wear uniforms. They may choose from a variety of uniform options to determine their outfit for any given day.