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K-4
Public district
Fayetteville, AR
Students enrolled: 363
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425 North Nighland Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701

(479) 444-3073
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 30, 2015
I have had very positive experiences with my sons' teachers. I felt that they were good communicators and willing to have open dialogue to find solutions in difficult situations.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 30, 2015
My older son had a difficult time learning to read. However, his first grade teacher worked diligently with him to provide tools for his toolbox that he knew how to use. Now, as a a rising third grader, he is an avid and happy reader.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 30, 2015
Washington was a pilot school for an adapted program based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This program is part of the daily curriculum and teaches students the value of compassion and empathy in challenging situations.

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June 30, 2015
Washington is a special place. In a town where we have seen neighborhood schools turned into super-sized schools, Washington remains the smallest (approx. 300 students) school in the district. It is common to see students walk to school, walk to downtown field trip events, and walk to after school activities at Wilson Park. Washington enjoys the support and resources of its active parent base, the University of Arkansas, and the Downtown district. The students are racially and economically diverse, and the school focuses on compassion, leadership, and conflict resolution as tools to navigate diversity.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2015
All three of my children attend Washington, and we're very happy with our experiences here. I think Washington is the smallest elementary school in Fayetteville, which means that the principal and most teachers know your child personally here. The school offers numerous chances for parents to volunteer, both during the day and after school. The school is located in the "professor neighborhood," so local university professor parents (of which I'm one) often volunteer to teach in their specialty. The PTO is very involved, and because the school is right down town, it offers really fun and unusual fund raisers -- tours of historic downtown homes, and parking for Bikes Blues and Barbeque -- which means no selling candy bars. Every time I go in the school and see how organized, calm, on-task, and HAPPY the teachers manage to keep their classes, I'm again appalled at the ways some politicians attack teachers (we moved here from Scott Walker's Wisconsin). We love Ms. McLarty, Ms. Brown, and all the teachers at Washington.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2015
This is hands down the best school in the area. The principal not only knows every student by name, but she knows every family. Each teacher takes the time to truly understand what the children are passionate about and strives to help them explore, experience, learn, and grow. One of my bunch started school with low test scores and a severe distaste for reading. Her teacher would not give up and kept introducing her to new ways to try things. A new book was sent home every few days for her to try until she finally found one that she liked. She has not stopped reading since. The councilor is the nicest, most caring person I have ever met. She goes the extra mile to really make sure each child is having a positive experience. She has set up some Fantastic community programs to include not only the students but the families as well. The students are taught responsibility for not only their selves and their school, but for their community and their Fellow man. They don't just get a first class education, the get amazing life skills.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2015
We have two kids at Washington. We've been thrilled to watch them grow into better people year after year after immersion in the diverse and caring community at this school. The after school clubs are incredible—kids can stay until 4:30 and learn about everything from gardening to drumming to tumbling to journalism. This is a school and a community worth being passionate about.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2015
Have 2 elementary age children in this school, and had 100% positive interaction with faculty and staff here. My daughter just graduated from Washington elementary with honors, which speaks highly of the teaching staff in this school. I am proud for my children to be a part of the experience at Washington.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 05, 2015
The teaching staff not only interacts with the students but take the time to keep parents informed as well

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June 05, 2015
We just finished our fourth year at this school, only one remaining. I have been amazed at the teachers and staff, how they care and go out of their way to meet the kids needs and create family involvement. Both of my kids have learned and grown, the smaller school environment has benefited them greatly.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 05, 2015
The teachers and the guidance counselor all promote helping our friends and honesty. The Steven Covey system of "Seven habits of Highly Successful People" is instituted at the school everywhere and my wife and I love it. The music teacher even wrote a song to promote this good, ethical way of life!

- submitted by a community member

June 04, 2015
Our son just finished 2nd Grade at Washington Elementary. It was a great year!!! We love Washington and have enjoyed watching our son grow. What a great community of teachers, staff and parents. Can't wait for next year. Go Wildcats!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2015
We've been "Washington parents" for four years now -- our eldest just graduated and our youngest just finished first grade -- and we have been very happy with this school in almost every way. Our kids loved their teachers, made great friends, blossomed academically, and always felt safe and secure. Further, as parents we found that the teachers and administrators were always responsive whenever we did have questions or concerns; both the principal and especially the vice-principal are outstanding. We also valued the diversity of the Washington community, which creates a rich context for learning and growing in ways that can't be measured by tests. I've recommended this school to many friends, and so far they've all been very happy with it too.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2015
If we could choose any elementary in Fayetteville for our kids, we would still choose to send them to Washington. We absolutely love the teachers and the administration. You can tell they always have the best interests of our kids in mind. We also really love the incredible diversity of students and feel that our kids are much better off in life having been friends and classmates with children from many different backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2015
A wonderful community! We have two children at Washington Elementary and our experience has been tremendous. Every teacher and every staff members knows every kid, and many of the parents know most! We are tight-knit but also diverse ... drawing from the highest and lowest socioeconomic status neighborhoods in the city. The resulting mix of kids makes them all better human beings. The PTO runs a vibrant and unique after-school enrichment program, the school counselor and others run family nights that are so cool, the staff welcome help and suggestions, and they get a lot of it. Cannot be happier than to be part of this family.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2015
Washington is a warm and welcoming neighborhood school. Nurturing, energetic teachers, friendly administration, an active PTO that develops great after-school programming. Thrilled to be wildcats!

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 04, 2015
Their counseling program and school-wide standards for kind, thoughtful behavior contribute to a culture of honesty and fairness.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 04, 2015
The administrators are very cognizant of the need to build respect among students and are highly accessible to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 04, 2015
The racial and economic diversity of this school allows for students to interact with people of all backgrounds and creates learning opportunities outside of the conventional academic subjects.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 04, 2015
The counselor at the school is highly involved with all students and extremely knowledgeable. She is a well respected voice for students in the community and the school.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2015
We are a dual PhD household with now a second child entering the Washington Elementary school. We have been extremely happy with the professionalism and care of the school teachers, administrators, and staff. We appreciate the diversity (economic and racial) as well as the commitment to maintain a healthy balance between academic, social, and emotional growth in the students. I volunteer each week, and I have seen first hand the amazing energy and dedication of the faculty and staff of Washington elementary. I cannot imagine a more caring set of educators.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2015
We have had a great experience at Washington! We don't even live in the district, but I transferred both of my kids to WES because of the fantastic atmosphere, teachers, and opportunities. My son and daughter have never been happier than they are at Washington. The school is a diverse community, the staff and teachers are loving and warm, the historic building is unique and full of personality. Your kids are treated like individuals, and truly receive what they need. 5 stars from this mom!

- submitted by a community member

January 20, 2015
The staff at Washington is amazing! They truly care about students and their well being- not just a test score. They work in many ways to ensure students are succeeding in not only school grades and academics but in life skills and issues as well.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2015
All I can say is if your child is handicapped. Do lots of drop ins. I did.

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January 17, 2015
We transfered our son to washington this year. He has ADD and is in 3rd grade. He has been to three different schools in the area. Washington has been THE BEST. Very supportive and actually adhere to the 504 program. Not sure why so many bad ratings...maybe they haven't tried the other local schools? -mom in fayetteville

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November 06, 2014
Great sense of community and strong leadership. My son has attended K-3 so far and we have had a wonderful experience. Small class size allows for individual attention. Teachers are well trained and very concerned with each individual. They work hard to integrate parents into every aspect of your child's education. Parents are always welcome on field trips and invited to holiday events. Teachers answer emails promptly and will often give you same day or same hour attention. We have had a wonderful experience!!

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2014
Very pleased with our experience. One of the smaller schools in town so everyone seems to know your child.

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February 16, 2014
Our two kids are in their second years at Washington Elementary School, and we could not be happier with this amazing place. In one sense, I hesitate to leave this review because it feels like the bizarrely low rating on this site helps keep it a well-kept secret -- reasonable class sizes, no bullying whatsoever, brilliant teachers, and administrators who just "get it." The school is completely unlike a few of the socioeconomically segregated schools in town; we were at one of these for a while, and it was a cloistered experience. Since Washington. offers open enrollment, it's a wonderful cross-section of kids of every background. They do a great job of accommodating kids moving at different paces. There's a strong volunteer culture, so nearly every class has a few UA professors coming in each week to teach small groups. And if a kid is acting up, it's not "bad kid" -- it's, "let's figure out what's bothering this kid and support her together." Truthfully. It seems impossible, but somehow they've instilled this in every single student. Just a great place to send our kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2013
We love our small close-nit school. The teachers really care about the students and have really helped my sons feel good about school.

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February 15, 2013
It is obvious that many of the teachers are here only for a paycheck and don't have a desire to be around children. The principal says whatever she thinks parents want to hear, but does not follow through. The children here are going to have a tough time catching up, if they are even able considering the limited skills they are being taught, when they get out of this place.

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2012
I agree with the previous reviewer who said his/her child was treated as if they were unworthy of teachers' time. The lack of timely information, lack of follow through, lack of control and lack of real concern (not just the administration's lip service) are glaring problems at this school. If I could rate zero stars I would.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 21, 2010
It's a wonderful community oriented school that is concerned with the education of its children.

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August 10, 2009
Our two kids transferred into this school last fall (in 1st and 3rd grade). We've found a wonderfully diverse student body, nice old downtown neighborhood, dedicated staff that takes the time to get to know kids as individuals, and ample opportunities for parents to get involved in the school. We're pleased with our choice.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2008
My daughter transfered into Washington school this semester and it's been the biggest mistake ever. Since the beginning of the year her teacher has treated her as unworthy of the teachers time. There have been several incidents in which information about my child was not given in proper time. It seems as if they feel I am not worth their time. For instance, I was pushed out of a parent teacher conference early even though my concerns and questions were not yet full addressed. While during her parent teacher meeting I was informed that they had implemented a the use of a new reading assistance program without my knowledge. I feel this completely cuts the parent out of the educational process as they did not even inform me that they felt she needed such assistance. Beyond that, the teacher refused to render a copy of my child's test scores to me.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2008
Our fifth-grade daughter has been to three schools in Fayetteville: a private school (the New School) for pre-K and K, another public school (Owl Creek) for a year, and Washington. All of them have their merits, but Washington is clearly the best. The principal, Ashley Garcia, is just terrific and almost all the teachers she has encountered are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2003
My fifth grade nephew enrolled in the middle of the school year and had a difficult time making new friends. His teachers, the administration, and the counselor were wonderful about making him feel comfortable in his new environment and meeting his needs. They also were very conscientious about contacting me when they had concerns. I was very impressed with the level of dedication of the staff at Washington Elementary.

- submitted by a community member

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Washington Elementary School
425 North Nighland Ave, Fayetteville, AR  72701
(479) 444-3073
Last modified Washington Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Washington Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 77 reviews. Top