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Mattie Washburn Elementary School

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Posted August 17, 2013

The school and teacher have been very helpful with my son who has Autism. Only thing that bothers me is not enough support for kids who are having problems with a subject. Will not give help until they fall behind.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2013

Mattie Washburn is great! My son went to KinderSkor, Kindergarten and going into first grade later this year. The principal cares and Marci Cook is the most amazing teacher who really knows how to reach her students and loves what she does. The diversity of this school also integrates kids into the real world. I am genuinely impressed with the caliber of this public school.
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Posted February 28, 2013

Mattie is a great school with teachers who care. My son is in Marci Cooks class and she is a prenominal woman and teacher. The school takes care in each student. My son has received an excellent education at this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2012

I am currently a high school senior and have been in the Windsor Unified School District from K-12. I attended Mattie 12 years ago and still have fond memories of wonderful teachers, librarians, and other staff members. This year I have been back to Mattie where I volunteer a few times a week in one of the kindergarten classes, and it is just as I remember. Students are surrounded by staff members who are there specifically to cater to the needs of the kindergarten and 1st graders. Individualized attention is paid to every student to help them achieve what they are capable of and beyond. When a student falls behind a teacher or other staff member will help them to catch up and understand what is being taught. Classes are organized and exciting for the students and many have told me that they like school and are sad when it is a weekend or break. I enjoy spending my time here and seeing how these great teachers are helping teach a future generation of our society.

Posted February 20, 2012

Poor academic expectations, apathetic staff, dirty school grounds. This school could be much better than it is.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 20, 2012

My experience with this school is that it celebrates mediocrity. My child's classroom is disorganized, dirty, and unstructured. I have spoken with the teacher, but the teacher seems to think that it is normal. Further, the homework is often hastily assembled, with some elements of the weekly work consistently missing. The school grounds are dirty; littered with broken glass, debris, and vandalism. Sadly, these children do not have a gym or multi-purpose room in which to play during cool or rainy weather. Additionally, the hot lunch program is abysmal; most food entrees are simply re-heated hotdogs or pizza selections. If this is an example of quality education in California, it is evident the the bar of expectation is set quite low.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2012

Very impressed! Being new to the area and the school district, my wife and I researched several schools, both public and private and decided to send our 1st grader to Mattie. Great Decision! The staff are very well prepared and enthusiastic about every child's success. We're looking forward to sending our younger son there as well. Keep up the good work, Mattie, and thank you for your continued support.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2012

I have been a teacher at Mattie Washburn Elementary for six years. I have taught both Kindergarten and First Grade, and without any hesitation I will say that ALL of the teachers, staff, support staff, yard duties, bus drivers, etc. care about the students, and each other. When we are not planning and sharing curriculum with one another, we are preparing lessons that will engage all types of learners in our classroom. We strive for academic excellence, and we make sure that every student leaves Mattie Washburn with a positive attitude toward school, and a strong educational foundation.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted November 4, 2010

My 5 yo goes there now, and I have to say, I am not impressed. I hate that there are several access points to the school, one side has a large entry to a park, which is creepy since there isn't a gate there. That worries me with very small children with a ratio of 550 students to 6 yard duties. The yard duties that are Spanish speaking do not do as well as the English speaking yard duties, as they do not intervene often enough. I was told by a yard duty (Hispanic) when I witnessed three Hispanic boys bullying a disabled girl, "they do that every day". As if that was an acceptable answer, so I intervened and then called the principal myself. It was very upsetting. My daughter complains of children saying bad words and being very mean. Not too impressed, I must say.Contemplating homeschooling instead
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 26, 2010

There are some wonderful teachers here, but there are some problems with the way the school is run. Peer bullying, students cursing and acting out, and low academic standards seem rampant. Yard duty employees at times seem downright mean to the children for no apparent reason. Many parents pulled their children out of the district. Check test scores and demographics, too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers and staff there are great!! My grandson is in the First grade this year, all 3 of my children went there also. With one of my children I had great experience with their special Ed program. I cannot say enough about it.

Posted September 26, 2007

I spent months researching schools and I decided on Mattie Washburn. For many reasons, too numerous to mention here, I am very happy with this school. I travel from a neighboring town to bring my daughter. I feel good every time I drop her off and she comes home happy and fulfilled, singing songs and telling me about her day. A good decision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2004

I Went To Mattie Washburn Back When It Was Grades K-2. I Loved It There! This Is The Best School In Windsor, And Any Child Would Be Lucky To Go There!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 12, 2004

Being new to Windsor, we thought that it was odd that the schools were grouped by grades...what a wonderful concept! The children are all so well adjusted in their K-1 surroundings. The entire staff from the Principal to the yard duty crew have expressed great care and concern for early education and the smiles on our children's faces prove that! Our first grade teacher is fantastic. He knows how to hold the students attention in a highly academic, interesting and fun environment. The parental involvement has proved that children really do well when we are all involved! I'm so glad we made this decision to choose Mattie and to be a part of the Windsor community!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 50%
White 44%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/AN/A
English language learners 25%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Benita Jones
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75 Pleasant Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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