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Washington Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 619 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

This school is outstanding. The teachers staff and Principle are caring, talented and go the extra mile to help the maximize their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

I have lived in this neighborhood 35 years. My daughter went to BTW and now my grandson. We are very involved in PTA and other school programs. It is a diverse school with lots of activities and wonderful staff and PTA. I can't imagine a better school or faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

My great grandson goes there and he learns alot from the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The PTA rocks, students are happy, teachers have been there a long time and are great1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I love Booker T. Washington Elementary because it has a great PTA that cares a lot about the school and it's student's. It also has great teachers that have been there a long time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Washington has a great mixture of students. The teachers have been there many years and are very supportive of their students. The principal is a very good communicator. The PTA has been extremely active for many years. They do a great job at supporting the students and staff with all the educational and family type projects. This school participates in activities within its community and has a great relationship with its neighboring schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

This is a great elementary school! My two children have attended Washingtona and I am more than satisfied and happy with the teachers, administration, and principal! (:
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

The quality of teachers at BTW is fantastic! Each teacher my daughter has had has been above par! There is a great music program with both band and orchestra being offered. The PTA is highly involved in the school even though parent involvement is not where it should be. The principal cares about her students and teachers and is very supportive of the PTA. There is an accelerated reading program that the students are very adamant about as they are rewarded with a store at the end of each quarter in which to 'shop' with their accumulated points. (Provided by PTA.) PTA also offers an Art Masterpiece program in which parents present great masterpieces to students twice a month. The students love this progam! I've done it for 4 years and have seen the kids retain what they've learned over that period of time! Overall BTW is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

Mrs. Powell is an amazing principal. I have watched her in action for the last three years and respect her professionalism. Last week my six year old son decided to walk home and not take the bus and was missing for about an hour. She and her staff were quick to action and guided me during a very difficult and stressful time. I have a total of three children that attend Washington and each has had fabulous teachers. This school is great. I should know I attened it the first year it opened until I went to Rhodes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

Great School, moved my son from Alma to Washington, he is very happy there and has a great teacher.When asked what school he prefers he will tell you Wasshington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

My son attended Washington from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. I was very pleased with the teachers. The office staff was quite rude on numerous occassions. The playground individual was also very rude and when my son injured his head on the playground, did not send him to the nurse. I was not pleased with the principle's attitude when I had an issue with a teacher not giving my son help in 1st grade. I must say I really do appreciate the teachers hard work though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

Although I did not give our school highest marks in all areas, I still love the school. My son started here in 1st grade and is now going into the 6th grade. He has grown academically and socially in his environment. All the teachers have a great repoire with their students and they each work hard so that each child succeeds. I also work at this school and have had the opportunity to work in a few of the classrooms (various grades)to observe the way our teachers perform, I wouldn't change any way they teach. My youngest son will start school in 3 years and I hope that he will attend this school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2004

We have enjoyed our experience with Booker T. Washington Elementary School. The PTA was small but very active and full of enthusiasm for the students. The staff was helpful and kind and very involved in what was best for the students. The principal, Mrs. Powel, was active in all aspects of the school, students, and parents. I would like to see smaller student to teacher ratio. I would also like to see more parents volunteer in the classroom - only an hour a week is helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2003

We have had 3 students go through BTW. Overall the school is a quality institution, as can be seen by the overall ratings. However I would like to see more options for accelerated students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2003

I wish the PTA would meet more often in the evening so more working parents could be involved. My interaction with BTW administration over the past 4 years has been positive in every instance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2003

BTW has an outstanding group of teachers who are dedicated to the children and their education. They are caring and encourage the children to do their best. Mrs. Powell is very involved and always accessible to any parent and child. Thanks for all your hard work!


Posted March 29, 2003

My son had an incident with other students that required the Principal and teacher be involved. They were extremely fair, cooperative and expedient. My son's 6th grade teacher keeps me continually apprised of his abilities, homework and grades. I have nothing but praise for this school.


Posted March 28, 2003

This was our sons first year in school. It has been such a pleasant experience for our family. His Kindergarten teacher is so fantastic! Our son has blossomed, learned to read and is ready for 1st grade. Washington Elementary is a wonderful school.


Posted October 15, 2002

I question why the schoolbus on my child's route (apparently the earliest bus) drops the kids off in the morning before a teacher is there to greet them; they also cannot get onto the playground yet either--they have to stand around and wait for about 10 minutes.


Posted October 15, 2002

I love BTW! It's a great place for kids.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Black 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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