Principal’s Message

Welcome to Dante B. Fascell Elementary School. We are a proud GOLD STEM DESIGNATION SCHOOL! My name is Mrs. Ferrarone-Leitner and I am honored to serve as the principal at DBFE. We are the home of the Dante Dolphins and a proud ‘A’ school. As of the 19-20 school year, we had been awarded the M-DCPS Gold STEM Designation School and, as a Title I School, have also won the ECTAC Exceeding Expectations award for two consecutive years. We have been recognized yearly by organizations like Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden for our school-wide work in The Fairchild Challenges, as well as Dream in Green’s Green School Challenges and WE-LAB programs. This year, we are excited to roll out a new Robotics Lab!

DBFE currently offers full-time Gifted services in grades 1-5. We also have one full-day Voluntary PK (VPK) class. For students in need of Exceptional Student Services (ESE), DBFE now maintains Inclusion services for qualifying students in all elementary grade levels. We offer InD services for students in grades K through 5, as well. Our ESE PK program contains a full-day Reverse Mainstream and an Inclusion program.

 The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “One Team, One Goal, No Limits!. This thematic scheme, culminates several years of strategic work, forged by our students, faculty, staff, and administration, and will lead us to places of continual school-wide growth. No matter what the goal is, we are committed to helping you reach it. We look forward to working with you throughout the year and forming a successful partnership that will enable us to meet your child’s needs. Together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!

M. Denise Ferrarone-Leitner Principal Dante B. Fascell Elementary