Although the schools in Manassas and Manassas Park have much in common, schools in the latter city hold an edge in student achievement.
Manassas Park Elementary School band student Christa Bell sets up her bells before the beginning of band class, which is mandatory for fifth-graders. About 85 percent of Manassas Park students pass state English tests, and 84 percent pass in math; the Park’s on-time high school graduation rate is 85 percent. In Manassas, 78 percent of students pass state English tests, and 79 percent pass in math; the on-time high school graduation rate is 77 percent. Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post Buy Photo