Washington seems to have two very different schools on one campus: Dual Immersion (bilingual) and English only. Unfortunately, the English only classes are crowded (33 students to 1 teacher) with no aides and almost no volunteers in upper grades. Teachers deal with broken desks, windows and doors and are often missing state-mandated education materials (including textbooks). My child didn't have all her math books and materials until early December. Many of the teachers are excellent, but outside class the atmosphere is one of constant bullying which is tolerated by the principal. Even students who start physical fights, shout racist and sexist slurs, and throw things at adults are allowed back in school the next day. There's no clear code of conduct for the entire school and teachers are on their own. The free after school program (different from Y-Care) is plagued with the same discipline problems and high staff turnover. There have also been too many intruders on campus, including men who aren't parents or staff. We didn't feel safe there and were very disappointed.
Washington's dual immersion program is a gem! My son is entering 6th grade this Fall and has been in the program since kindergarten. He has had one terrific teacher after another -- the program attracts not only seasoned professionals who have continued to build their skills as dual immersion educators, but we have also had inspired, energetic Teach for America teachers who have been terrific. This is a great program and school for families who want their children to be bilingual and biliterate.
Tengo dos hijas en el programa de doble inmersion, mi hija mayor esta en segundo grado, lee como un ni o de tercer grado, en los dos idiomas, a pesar que en casa solo hablamos espa ol. Mi hija menor esta en kindergarden y ya esta empezando a leer, cada dia estan ansiosas por ir a la escuela, gracias al ambiente que se respira ahi. Gracias: Sra Directora, Maestros y Padres voluntarios!!
Washington Elementary School in Berkeley California epitomizes a strong sense of a caring and supportive community.
This school is peaceful and pleasant. The teachers and staff are happy to be there. Parents are pleasant and my children are in their excellent Spanish/English Dual Immersion program.
I'm very pleased at the progress my son is making in the Dual Immersion Spanish Program. By first grade he is writing and reading above grade level in both English and Spanish, though we only speak English at home. He is challenged through this program, where he might have bored at another school as an early reader. Definately happen we applied for a transfer, and I look forward to having my other child there soon.
My son is in 1st grade and started in the Dual Emmersion Spanish Kindergarten. It is the best elementary school in Richmond. He is an emerging bilingual student. What more do I want from a public school. He gets plenty of homework and he enjoys going to school.
My eldest went to this school from K-grade to 5th and is now in Private Middle School (Prospect Sierra). She is keeping up (academically) with kids that have had private schooling all their lives. Washington Elementary prepared her well. I have two other children at Washington and have nothing but good things to say about this school. I have no worries that when they are ready for Middle School, academically they will be able to compete with and become a part of any Private Middle School of their choosing.
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