Both our children attend Washington school and they love it. They have had wonderful teachers. they are looking forward to the new school year.
My son is attending the Kindergarten here this year 2011-2012. I attended Washington Years ago and feel that the teachers are still very involved, engaging, and that the school is clean, well maintained, and feels very safe. If I had any complaints, it would be other parents children teaching my son words that he would not have learned at home. The teacher has been very good about discussing all issues with us on that regard and is very thoughtful with the class and getting the parents involved. I am still a fan of the school and it is because it has been so well maintained academically and visually all these years.
Our experience with Washington has been varied dependent on the teachers. They've ranged from great to bad - yelling, complaining to students about parent complaints in class, inconsistency, lack of organization. GATE program was pretty useless and seems to be gone this year, without any notification. When you ask teachers/admin questions to which they should know the answers, they just say they don't know, and won't bother to find out or direct you to someone who does know. There's a new principal this year (2010-11) and things are a bit disorganized, but she's more personable than the last. In general, academics are mediocre and all teaching is preparation for standardized testing (they're given benchmark tests, pre-tests and prep tests all year long, to the detriment of learning anything, but this is not school-specific), teachers are hit or miss, and administration could work on communication and dissemination of information. It's par for the area.
Big Class sizes! 29 kids to 1 teacher is not a good ratio. My daughter attended Kindergarten here 3/4 of the way I pulled her out. She was bored at the constant review, because other kids could not grasp what was being taught.
I feel it's a great school.Feels like a small tight community and our family really enjoys the teachers and all that the PTA does.
The staff is wonderful. My daughters love their school and their teachers.
My kindergartener looks forward to school everyday which makes me so happy, the teachers are great -- her's is so sweet and calm, has a very kind voice which i think is the way kindergarten teachers should be, my little girl just adores her teacher.
my son loves going to school and i love that he is happy every day:)about it
Tons of parents are involved...bringing in needed items, driving on field trips. Music was limited to a Christmas show for parents. There is running club 2 days a week when the weather is nice, my child has really enjoyed this. There is an after school program, although the waiting list is extremely long and is going to start leaning towards children that need extra help with schoolwork. My child was doing wonderfully when starting at this school, now I see handwriting that has gotten worse instead of improving, a loss of interest in math, homework and most recently in even going to school. I am very concerned about getting the attention of my child back to learning instead of coping with the school atmosphere that is created here. I would not be comfortable recommending this school to another parent or having my child attending this school next year.
I have no complaints so far on the teachers we have experencied at this school. My son is in fifth grade and has attended the school for the last 3 years. However, the school does not have a positive approach to bullying. My son has been bullied all year by a group of boys and nothing has been done. I took the issue to the principal and she did not handle the situation in the manner she advised me she would. Instead she approached my child in front of his bullier and other boys and discussed it making my child feel extremly uncomfortable and uneasy about the situation. Needless to say the problem has continued and i just again had to take it to the school. I am now putting my youngest child in another school for Kindergarten. I would not recommend this school to another parent now.
This school is okay. There seems to be little consisteration for families and the students. It seems importance is placed on the inconvience of school staff. The teachers are good, but not great.
I have been involved with Washington School for four years now. I felt the kindergarten classes were not the strongest in the district, but each year since then the teachers have been extremely motivated and knowledgeable and my children love to come to school everyday. They don't like days off because it means missing school! There's a strong emphasis on music within the curriculum and the principal loves to play and sing with the students. Even his mother accompanies singers on the piano. Warm and friendly atmosphere. I'm very lucky my children can experience this elementary school.
Solid academics. Highest quality teachers. Safe and accountable. Good music program 4th & 5th. Stong PTA and parent involvement. GATE and well structured afterschool program.
Wow! is what I have to say about Washington school. My daughters learning was off the scale. She learned to read write and learned math and spanish too - this is kindigarden were talking about here - thank you washington school
My daughter will be in 2nd grade at Washington this year. The teachers are dedicated, patient, talented and amazing. Wonderful principal! I'm so happy we chose this school (out of all the schools when we moved up here from the SF Bay Area). Better than the schools in the Bay Area!
I have had children at Washington School for the past ten years. I have found the teachers and staff skilled in their teaching while providing a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment. The school has also implemented the Healthy Play program. Additionally, there are a variety of enrichment classes, clubs, and tutoring help is available.
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