The teacher's are fully engaged with the children. They work with parents to fully engage at home with their child. Teacher's will gather children in small groups to explain the lesson more closely as other students work on their own.
In my experience the homework is at a reasonable level. I think that the homework assignments are successful in that they provide an opportunity for review of what was learned in the classroom. They reveal whether or not your child has any concerns that need to be addressed. I find that there's an added challenge that gives my child the opportunity to figure out what her teacher will teach her next.
Washington students are very fortunate to have a Principal that truly cares. All adults employed at Washington school are encouraged to help any child in need of help. The opportunity for homework help is constantly open. Children are taught to help each other when they can. They are encouraged to inform a teacher, staff or adult if they know a child who is struggling because that is how you show you care.
Children are taught to first have self-respect. You will see the children who only wear uniforms to school, take special care to look their best. Children are learning that if you display respect for yourself, others respect you too.
It begins with Principal Maria Evans. When you meet her you feel the passion that she has for the children. She immediately takes you in as a family member and your concerns become hers too. She speaks to the children in correction with a one knee on the floor approach. Mrs. Evans is always encouraging children to be forgiving to each other. Honestly, I have yet to see an unhappy child at Washington.
Every child is respected as a child and is taught to just be a child. Children are taught to be honest, kind and fair to each other. Children are taught that what you say and do reflect who you are. This teaching is modeled throughout the schools campus. Children are held accountable for their actions and assisted in how they can achieve positive changes. The Office staff is incredible! They show the children real concern and understanding no matter what the issue. That example is then learned by the child and the child copies that behavior towards others. Washington is top notch.
Washington Elementary is an outstanding school because it has created a warm, supportive and safe environment where each child feels like family. My daughter is a 4th grader and she participates in a different club daily. The China club actually has regular live feed video conference calls to China where the children can share ideas and cultural differences and similarities with each other. The Principal is always there encouraging the children to be brave and show pride in themselves. I have never seen a school with so much for children to engage in, my daughter was a finalist for the trip to China and she achieved 99% out of 100%. This is my daughter's first year at Washington and she will be honored at Washington's Annual Open House for meeting and exceeding academic standards in her class. Washington has a wonderful after school program that cost about $50.00 per year. This program keeps children active outdoors and they spend two hours a day in the library with reading challenges and online math games to help children build an understanding, love, excitement and appreciation for how many opportunities the knowledge of math can open. Washington serves every child a healthy breakfast each morning so they can concentrate on learning, this is so rare. I would not rate Washington at a 4. I take into consideration that each child is being taught in both English and Spanish no matter what language they speak. In additional, they have the opportunity to learn Mandarin, now that's a global education. Washington is not a private or charter school, no one is rich there. Washington Elementary is truly a jewel because they teach, serve and inspire each child without limiting their future potential. Principal Maria Evans is an amazing leader, listener, problem solver, peace maker and a person who brings everyone together. Mrs. Evans has fun with the children every chance she gets, it's adorable to watch. The children are allowed to play before class begins and parents stay until all the children are safely in class. The teachers make a point of talking to you about your child's issues and sincerely requests a partnership with you to ensure your child's success on every level. Bullying? One little girl tried it and the Principal and Teacher reminded her that she was a family member at Washington and family supports each other. Bullying? Over!
Washington Elementary is an amazing school. They have almost 20 clubs that students can participate in. One club, the China Club, awards the 4 students who learn the most Mandarin a trip to China! The principal is a dynamic leader that reaches out to every family in the community. There is a tremendous team of hundreds of volunteers that help to support every student. Unlike local charters, Washington Elementary will educate any and all students. Also, unlike local charters, all teachers at Washington are fully credentialed, and have more than 10 years of teaching experience on average. There is a vibrant and involved group of parent volunteers -- many parents have more than 300 hours of volunteer time a year. This makes it a really fun school, since the community is so involved. As a college educated parent and silicon valley entrepreneur, I would highly recommend this school. Your kids will get the best education and learn to live in a highly diverse Spanish and English community. To learn more, check out FriendsOfWashingtonSchoolSanJose on facebook https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfWashingtonSchoolSanJose
Washington Elementary provides library time where students may come in regularly during summer to read with their parents and take AR tests in order to keep up and stay ahead in their reading skills during the summer! It's wonderful!
I would not recomend this school just because its unsafe. The staff do not seem to care about the safety of the children. They don't monitor anything that goes on in their campus. Including after school programs.