Washington School was founded in 1892 and continues its tradition of providing students with an excellent, challenging education in a school environment that promotes and cultivates the acquisition of lifelong learning skills. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing setting in which instruction is aimed at educating the whole child by promoting academic growth consistent with the Common Core Standards. The faculty, staff, and parents dedicate their time and talents to the school in order to make each student’s educational experience an exceptional one.
Students are taught skills development in reading, writing, and spelling in a comprehensive manner using a variety of educational techniques and strategies, centered around a Balanced Literacy approach and Writers’ Workshop. Everyday Math emphasizes “giving students a wide, diversified range of mathematical experiences in real life contexts” and introduces them to multiple strategies of getting the correct answer all while improving thinking skills. The 2012-2013 school year will see the introduction of an exciting educational tool, Accelerated Math. This tool allows for students to practice math skills in a fashion that is tailored to exactly what they are ready to learn and moves at their pace. With Balanced Literacy, Writers’ Workshop, and Accelerated Math in full swing, the Washington School Community will see differentiated instruction at its finest.
Technologically, Washington School classrooms now have access to three mobile computer carts, giving every student access to the Internet, Math Facts in a Flash, Brain Pop, Study Island, and a myriad of educational web-sites used to facilitate student learning. In addition, Washington School now has SmartBoard technology in every one of our classrooms. Our school offers learning opportunities such as the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), Gifted and Talented Program (TLC), and Reading Enrichment Program, as well as a Basic Skills Program and an NJASK Extended Day Program. Our Library has now been upgraded to include a wider variety of fiction and non-fiction books for student use as part of the Accelerated Reader Program.
During the 2011-2012 school year, many outstanding educational programs and activities designed to enhance student learning and social-emotional development were provided. Our students enjoyed the experience of participating in these activities while gaining knowledge and developing self-esteem. Highlights of the year included: Character Education, Author assemblies, Anti Bullying assemblies, Health and Safety assemblies organized by our school Nurse, Youth Power Club emphasizing community service, DARE, the annual Washington School Read-a-thon, Field Day, and Fire Safety, among others.
Our Parents’ Association (WSPA) engages in a vital, integral role in our school by supporting and collaborating in numerous school programs and projects, involvement with our Building Leadership Team, a wide variety of fundraisers, fifth grade yearbook and class trip, class mothers/fathers, and a multitude of other exciting activities. Their efforts and contributions complement our academic programs to make Washington School a special place to learn.