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PK-5
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Redondo Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 575
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1100 Lilienthal Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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(310) 798-8641
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August 28, 2014
Washington Elementary School, Redondo Beach. My son attended kindergarten and is now in first grade. So far, everything about this school has been outstanding. The teachers show great care for the children and my son has demonstrated that he is learning at a top level. The school is well organized and the staff are always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My daughter has attended Washington from K-4. Initially I was a bit hesitant because of online reviews, test scores, and the fact that the school doesn't look so amazing from the outside. But we decided to give it a try, and I've got to say that this is truly a wonderful school. The teachers really make the difference--they are dedicated, motivated, and positive! I'm not a fan of the PTA, and do think there should be some improvements made to the physical plant, but I'll let the next story illustrate how impressed I am with the place. We're about to move to another home in Redondo Beach that is much closer to one of the other, higher-rated schools. My daughter and I jointly agreed that she should attend 5th grade at Washington--it's just that good.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Washington Elementary is our home school and we could not have wished for a better school for our child. Every teacher is top notch and the staff could not be more caring.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
My child has been going to this school the last 6 years. I am so happy with the beautiful and organized the school is. The play grounds are huge and clean, where children are suppose to play. The teachers there are warm, caring and attentive to their students. The teachers are so loving during drop offs and informative when I pick up. I hear lots of funny story of what my child did that day and how much pride the children have for their class. All in all, I am able to go to work in ease every day knowing my child is happy, safe and loved.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
So far so good! My son has attended his first 4 days of Transitional Kindergarten at Washington and is having a good time and getting into the swing of things. His teacher, Mrs. Carpenter, seems very happy and positive. He comes home each day telling me of a new story, song, or other fun thing he did, with excitement. I hope it continues going well!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Historically, Washington Elementary School in Redondo Beach had a reputation as the worst among the districts seven elementary schools. Many of the families are working class, and parent participation was low. That's all changed. Parents are more involved, test scores are soaring and Principal Jackie O'Sullivan is leading the charge. The teachers are all enthusiastic, caring and strict (according to my kids, anyway!). The PTA is a small but dedicated group that works hard to find ways to enhance the education experience and keep improving the school. We're proud to be Explorers!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Washington Elementary is a great school. My niece is in the dual immersion program and she loves it. My nephew graduated from Washington and is now in the eighth grade. He also enjoyed his elementary school years. The teachers are very nice and informative. The kids respond well to them. I am proud of my decision to put my kids in Washington. We have come from another school district where they didn't even supply the classrooms with paper to do written work and Washington didn't ask for any school supplies. Everything was provided.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
I am not only a parent at the school, but also a teacher. My child has attended Washington for 4 years now. I chose to have him attend Washington over our high-performing neighborhood school because I love my school so much. I haven't regretted the decision for a second. I have been happy with every teacher my son has had. The teachers and principal at Washington are extremely dedicated and work very well together. There are many opportunities for after school classes and in-school enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Excellent school. We do not live in Redondo beach but have a permit to attend Washington for the Spanish Dual Immersion program. Not once have I regretted my decision and am thankful everyday that she is in the program and school. Not only are the academics stellar, but the kindness and support of the teachers are amazing. This includes both English and Spanish kinder teachers and classes. The Principal is so easy to talk to and makes everyone feel like Washington is their home. Also, the parent support and participation is phenomenal, and that is because we are all Very proud to be apart of Washington Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
Never could I have imagined a more loving, warm, inspirational school! As a teacher, I tend to be critical. Now I am just jealous because I want to be a part of this incredible school. The staff is so happy and motivated which in turn makes the parents and students ready to excel. My child is in the dual immersion class and I am just in awe with the entire program and teachers. I feel like we are incredibly lucky to be part of Washington Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
We absolutely love Washington! Our daughter is in 1st grade now, and we have had 2 fabulous years so far. I am a teacher in another district, so when the time came to decide where my children would go to school, I was very particular about making the right choice. My husband and I are both on PTA and he is also on the School Site Council, so we are very involved in the school. The teachers are well-trained, the principal is enthusiastic and dynamic and the population is diverse and friendly. There are so many great activities available for people who want to be involved. Our daughter also goes to the Child Development Center on campus for afterschool care and we love that as well. My daughter loves school!!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Washington is a fantastic school. Both my children love to come to school each day. The Principal is amazing and so dedicated as are the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
My son is in the dual immersion program at Washington this year. It is the first year they have done it and it has been an amazing experience for us. We love the teachers, the families, and the principal is the BEST around!!! They are implementing a lot of great program at Washington!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
We moved to Redondo Beach from Northern California and was hesitant to put our daughter in Washington for Kindergarten. The previous principal talked me into keeping her in the school (to try it out) and we DO NOT regret that decision. My daughter had an engaging, challenging and inspiring program in her Kinder class. She just re-registered into 1st grade coming from Utah and we love love the program in Washington. Teachers and staff are very helpful. Principal is top notch and caring about everyone - very accessible and listens! I have no doubt that my child is getting the best education. My son will be entering into Washington next year as a Kinder and I know he will receive the best as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
We love our school. We have been at Washington for 3 wonderful years. My oldest is in 2nd grade and my middle is in the spanish immersion kinder. Every teacher we have had has been academically spectacular but the caring and kindness my children receive makes them want to work hard. The principal and staff are approachable and they all want the best for the kids and their school. The principal has even come to our home and read our children a bedtime story. Our PTA works hard for the kids, and the effort shows. I love how the school from the principal to the hard working custodians care about the campus and how they are so GREEN. They started a Green Program this year that has the kids actively involved in decreasing their impact. It is also important to note how demographically diverse Washington is. My family is looking forward to many more fantastic years here.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
We came to WA for the Dual Immersion Spanish/English program they started this year, and for the fantastic leadership. We have a son who is thriving, is academically challenged, and is supported by his teachers and after school staff. I am so grateful that they have leadership with a long term vision. As a person who works in education, the staff takes care of my son, like they would their own. Two thumbs up to WA!!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
Washington is a great school. My child loves it. Today (Friday March 9 2012) there was a PTA party and my daughter told me to sign up for it 2 days before the party. Signing up makes her happy to go to the party and makes me happy to support. GO EXPLORERS, BIG BLUE!!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
I won't lie. We tried to get our son out of Washington because of the school's reputation (mainly based on test scores). We couldn't get in to our school of choice, so we started here for kindergarten. We had a great year and this year decided to no longer petition to leave the school. The teachers and the principal are wonderful, caring, and so dedicated, and I'm proud of my son's academic progress. The events and programs are a lot of fun, and great community builders! There is talk of implementing a dual language immersion progrm. I've heard such programs enhance crtical thinking and multitasking- and of course second language acquisition! This is the school people are going to be lining up for!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
Washington is a Great school !! my daugther loves to go to school everyday , the teacher are great, the principal always around smiling, Go Explorers !!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2010
I think that Washington Elementary is an excellent school. Coming from the east coast where the schools have consistently out performed California schools, I was very concerned about the education my children would receive. I'm pleased to say that they are thriving at Washington. I could not be more pleased with the education that they are receiving. The teachers and administration are excellent. Our principal has cultivated an atmosphere that is conducive to a positive learning experience and my children LOVE going to school everyday. When we first moved to California, we were in an awful school district where no one cared. My children were miserable: stressed out and crying every morning because they didn't want to go to school. Now, I feel blessed to be a part of the Washington community where my kids need for an excellent education, as well as a positive learning environment are met daily.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
Funny, I just read the two recent reviews of this school & I couldn't disagree more. All of my children have attended this school, & unlike the previous reviews regarding the current principal I think the changes that have been made in the last two years are refreshing. I was tired of my school being the "underdog" in the district. The cultural diversity is a refreshing change compared to some of its counterparts in the district. We wanted our children to learn in an environment that matches the makeup of the community around it. The teachers are well trained and it shows. The administrative staff is caring & knowledgeable. And as for the principal, she has made major changes that have positively impacted both the students & the families . Her sense of pride in our school is unmatched. Stop by the campus and judge for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
Washington has some very good teachers, however the principle is a huge disappointment! Zero people skills! If you have a "perfect" child, you might see the "sunny" side of her, but if your child has any issues at all, I found her to be dismissive, intolerant and condescending. She and my child's teacher pressured me over and over to medicate my child against my better judgement. I finally had to take my child out of this school. My child is thriving in the new school WITHOUT meds!!! Again, some of the teachers are great, but the best decision we ever made was to leave Washington.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
I am the principal of Washington school and I would like to invite you to stop by and visit our wonderful school. A school is a community made up of caring families and fantastic staff. Those of us that make up Washington school feel very lucky to be part of this great community. Parents are always welcome at school to volunteer and visit. Our teachers care about each and every child and many teachers choose to send their own children to Washington. We have high expectations for all of our students and work hard to meet those goals. My door is always open, so come in to visit, take a tour, and say hello. Vivian Ibarra Principal

- submitted by a teacher
January 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2009
I can't imagine my daughter would get a better education anywhere else. The teachers and programs at Washington are exceptional. This school just keeps getting better every year. Stop by for yourself and see what Washington has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
My son has been here sonce kindergarden and he's in 5th grade now. We've truly had a great experience here the past 5 years and I'm going to be sad to leave when we move on to middle school next year! The teachers and staff really care about our kids as does our new principal, Mrs. Ibarra. I've seen them go out of their way, time and again to keep making this school great. And I've made some great friends with the parents here as well. Our PTA is going strong with more and more parents getting involved and creating a great community experience for everyone. Washington Elementary ROCKS!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
Don't get me wrong, Wahsington is still a great school to go to, because of the great teachers and support staff. But lately alot of things have been falling through the cracks, especially discipline. Mr. Torres wake up before this school's already tainted reputation begins to crumble.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2009
Washington gets 5 stars for being a wonderful school. Principal Torres is a truly inspirational leader.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
Not only am I a teacher at Washington, but both of my daughters have either attended or still attend my school. I have taught at other schools and can honestly say that Washington has the best and most qualified staff of them all! Every single teacher and paraeducator at our school share a common interest--student's education. Unity, teamwork and an atmosphere of family is very obvious as you walk through our campus. I wouldn't want to teach any where else!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
Washington Elementary is the best kept secret in Redondo Beach. There are many programs for the children including, Hands on Art, Hands on Science, Music, Learning Center. The Learning Center is great because even if a child does not qualify for services through an IEP they still may qualify to receive help from the Learning Center. The API scores are a little lower than some of the other Redondo Beach Schools but it may be because we have 22% english learners as opposed to Jefferson that has 7% and the next highest percentage of English language learners is at Birney with 17%. Look up the information yourself on this site.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2007
I have been teaching at Washington Elementary for several years and have to say that I have never worked at a school with more qualified educators. We have a wonderful staff that provides a welcoming and safe environment. The reason we have had so many teachers leave is because they have either gone out on maternity leave or have moved out of the area. We are very pleased with Mr. Torres as our principal. Washington is a fabulous school with great students and teachers. Go Explorers!

- submitted by a teacher
July 13, 2007
I'm so sad that our principal cares more about appearances than the actual students and teachers, my son's classroom was full of bullies and chaos. The teacher was so powerless and lack of skills in how to deal with these bullies and parents that I was very worried about my son's safety all year. I hope this coming year my son will have a great year and a dedicated and supportive teacher that will help him grow as a human being and to be safe and I also hope that Mr. Torres put some effort in respecting parents and children alike.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
My daughter attended this school from Kindergarten almost through 5th grade. We found that anytime we had issues regarding grades, teaching, bullies, we found the principal to have a defensive attitude. We are much happier at the new school where academics, safety, and fun, are equally important. My daughter also had a new teacher almost every year at Washington. It says alot when a school cannot retain staff. Clearly Mr. Torres is more interested in his school's appearances than a good education for his students.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2007
Washington has a wonderful sense of a family atmosphere. I love how they have so many programs to meet the needs of all students and engage community members as well, such as the family nights, where teachers host an evening for students and family to do an educational activity, like Reading Night or Math Night. My experiences with the principal, teachers, and staff have all been very positive. Everyone is friendly and helpful. This is an all around great school. Go Explorers!

- submitted by a teacher
August 31, 2006
The best well rounded elementary school in the district. Awesome principal, great teachers, and the best support staff, prepare our kids to be the best 'Explorers' they can be.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
My two kids attended this school since kindergarden , one in adams middle school 6th grade now, and one still in Washington 4th grade, I would say, it is one of the best schools in the area,teachers are great. My kids were very happy, they have music class, parents volenteer in hands on Art program which kids love. I would rate it 5 stars

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
This is an extraordinary school with academic programs created and geared for individual strengths and weaknesses. An accelerated, experimental school of sorts. The recent rennovation of the school is sparkling with healthy computer, music, art and science departments. A terrific mix of ethnic diversity in children and teachers seem thrilled to work at this school. If there was anything to say it would be the bullying and scare tactics of some students. Recess, playtime and any other loosely supervised time seem to run amuck with bullies who use serious profanity, obnoxious, rude behavior and a general unkindness to the fellow student.

- submitted by a parent
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Washington Elementary School
1100 Lilienthal Lane, Redondo Beach, CA  90278
(310) 798-8641
Last modified Washington Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Washington Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top