My son attends Washington and, while it may not be perfect, I am very pleased with the teachers and the education he is receiving. I'm really bothered by many of the other reviews. Washington is a neighborhood school and the kids are the kids here, in the neighborhood that we live in. It seems like people don't have a lot of respect for their own neighborhood. My son has learned a lot and enjoyed learning with Ms. Gastleum, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Simonton, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Silva, and Ms. Estrada.
I was a substitute at this school for a day. The kids were disrespectful, defiant and refused to participate in class. One of the students said, "What's the point? We don't have to do anything and we will still pass." They were cursing at me, using their Ipads to look up inappropriate materials, and one student even threatened me. What's worse is that there is no real consequences for their misbehavior.
I remember attending here from 6th though 8th grade, and it was a living nightmare. There are a lot of wannabee tough guys at this school, and they tend to influence their peers. Children get bullied, and the staff doesn't do a dang thing. The kids at this school have no respect for their teacher, and the learning environment isn't very pleasant. My mother was going to enroll my little brother to this school, but I told her to look else where. I saw a pregnant 7th grader when I went to visit one of my old teachers. Who in the right mind gets pregnant at such an early age? There are some good teachers at this school, but it makes me sad that they decided to work at this dump. Either home school your children, or send them to a better school.
Washington M.S. has been making great gains within the last 4 years. Our school's API has increased 88 points and it is due to the dedication and collaboration between the administration, staff, but most importantly, the students. We will keep moving up and keep striving for proficiency from all students!
Residents of the downtown Long Beach area have changed considerably in the last 10, even 5, years, regarding family size, ethnicity, education level, income, religious affiliation, etc. It is of grotesque proportion that our public middle school is not reflecting this developmentally. There are more students (now 4th & 5th graders too!), with fewer resources, than this area has EVER seen, and it's reflected obtusely in our school's low test scores and high student drop-out potential. This is factual; see our school's SARC report, at the district's web page. I believe firmly in supporting my community, but I have had to make a hard choice for my son's education, and that was to allow for bussing to a friendlier, better funded, across-town school, where he has an academic chance. I recommend the same for anyone who values their children's education and well-being. (Parent of a former student, and former student myself!!)