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 the proud principal at DBFE. We are the home of the Dante Dolphins and a proud ‘A’ school. As of the 15-16 school year, we had been awarded the M-DCPS Silver 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.

 This year’s theme is “A Sea of Possibilities at DBFE. 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. We look forward to another year of academic adventure and hope you will enjoy the journey with us, as we eagerly venture through what is sure to be a most adventurous voyage; we are so happy you’re here! 🙂