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Washington Elementary School1
Posted October 08, 2013
- a parent
My child has attended there since 1st grade and the school is one if the worse in Lowell. MCAS Scores are very low, they seem to Only Learn Math and Reading?!?!? the principal sends things home and gives great speeches about how to make the Washington a better school but its all for show. There are some Great teachers in that school and there have been some improvements made but they should just re-do the whole school. There's no playground, only concrete, the gym is small with no ventilation, no a/c in the summer, no lunch room, the field trips stink, I believe the principal picks favorites, either she likes your family or she doesn't. Pretty much how it goes. I wish my child never went to that school, worse experience ever....
My son is going to the Washington Elementary for 3 years now and I am very pleased with the education he is getting. Most of the teachers are very nurturing and Mrs. Cunningham is an amazing principal. I mean every time I look around the school grounds she is there, always close by, really hands-on so I am very thankful. The school is small but because of that my son is not another child in the crowd, the teachers know him and they greet him and the other kids by name which is amazing. The building is very old but I have seen a lot of improvements in the past two years, new roof, boiler and soon new windows. The classrooms got new computers and the library a smart board. My son is proud when he tells me that Mrs. Plunkett teaches him non-fiction like geography and science. He is in first grade and he lectured me during election time about the candidates. I was impressed!
Since losing Matt Stahl as the principal, the Washington has been steadily going downhill. Parents were just informed that the school as a whole failed the MCAS test, which is especially sad considering the only topics they teach are reading and math (the topics covered on the test). There is no science, no geography, no social studies, no solid, rounded curriculum. Overall the staff is competent, and nice, but this school is letting down the students. Mr. Stahl is genuinely missed.
This is a small with a sense of community. The teachers and staff seem to know each and every child. They are very dedicated to the education given to each child. The Teachers & Principal always had time to discuss any questions or concerns I may have concerning any of my children. You do not feel like your kids are lost in the crowd at this school. There are monthly gatherings like Book Bingo & Scholastic Book Night and plenty of opportunity for parental/family involvement. Overall, it's a Great School!
The Washington School is small and in an older building, but staff there use that and more to their advantage. Teachers are energized about their work and proud of their reputation. The building has been decorated with art by students and local artists. The principal is a hands-on, smart and fun professional who seems to know every student's name. The student population is diverse and committed to their education. The monthly evening events offered by the school are typically packed with children and parents. I love this school.