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Posted December 17, 2013

Agree 100% with post on 1 October 2012. Have the same problem. Child just become underachiever even with AIG status. Honestly, I don't see why this school is different from regular, nonmagnet one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

I have 2 children who have attended Washington since they were Kindergartners. It is a wonderful school with outstanding, engaged teachers. The teachers really care about the students. Washington also offers a great arts program (drama, orchestra, band, art and dance) as well as super academics. The elective program allows students to take classes that cover the core curriculum, but in a very engaging way that really sparks students' creativity. My children's experience at Washington has given them a great start and our family couldn't be more pleased/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2012

When my child was at Washington in the 4th grade, my husband and I was concerned about their academics. Mind you that my child was and still is AG Math and above average in every subject. When my we started to question the teacher, the teacher handled the situation very unprofessionally. The teacher became very angry at us which we could not understand. Any good parent would hopefully be concerned about their child and have questions for the teacher. At the end of the 4th grade year my child showed no growth in reading and very little in math. When my husband and I met with the administrators about this, they shifted the blame to my child. Well how about when my child's took the EOG they end of their 5th grade they showed tremendous growth in reading which shows me that it wasn't him. My child is currently in 6th grade, AG Math and maintaining a B or above average in every class. One thing I don't like about Washington is that the teachers are not held accountable. It's not always the child!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

This is our 4th year at Washington, and we are highly satisfied with most of our experiences here. Academic challenge is individualized very well, and kids are assessed and shifted as their need for challenge changes. Core instruction is generally terrific, and the level of demand seems to shoot up in third grade. Electives a mostly great - building inventions, analyzing comedy, using math to build a business, modern art on the computer - but what we like the most is the way most teachers and the administration are responsive to families and respect parents' role in their kids' education. While not every request has been granted, we have gotten just what we needed every time it was truly inportant. Plus, we like having so many male teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

We have been at Washington for the last 4 years. In the beginning I was one of the biggest advocates for the school in the community, as our first two years were wonderful -- the teachers were caring, engaging and my children completely enjoyed going to school. Unfortunately the last two school years have been a different story. We found most of the second and third grade teachers to be unprofessional at best (spelling/grammatical/punctuation errors are common in communication). All volunteer opportunities and PTA board meetings are during the morning when a majority of parents work. The administration is lackluster and uninterested in truly addressing parental concerns with regards to the staff. Luckily this is our last year at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

My son has been attending Washington for a few years now and we have been nothing but happy! He loves it here! The administration at this school is AMAZING!! I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Disapointed with one Teacher. Ready to start this New School Yr. is all I will say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

Washington is a great school and has a great elective program including music (orchestra, guitar and piano), band and drama classes. The school has also a great infrastructure for your child, computer lab, gym, basketball court, tracks, and much more. The drama classes that they offer here as electives are awesome and the students all have a great time with those classes. For more instructional classes, they have a broad number of sciences, math and so many more elective classes. Overall, the teachers and principal are very talented people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

Our three children have attended Washington for the last nine years and we love it!. We have had excellent, committed teachers, a wide selection of electives and a very positive experience. The atmosphere is warm and supportive. Some previous reviewers are upset by the accountability that is expected in higher grades. However, children need to be prepared for middle school, where they will most definitely be held accountable for things like having their homework, being prepared for class, etc. If they don't begin to learn accountability in fifth grade, they will have a rude awakening in sixth, and the consequences will be much more upsetting than a card flip. Parents should work with their children to help them understand that the teachers are trying to get them ready for middle school and that consequences are not personal. My youngest child is in fifth grade now. And while we have always loved Washington as we progressed through the grades, we came to appreciate it even more when our older children moved on to middle school and we saw how well prepared they were, academically and behaviorally. They made smooth transitions and we knew we had Washington to thank for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

This year Washington has not met the federal standards. The teacher that my child had last year was not communicating with parent in timely manner .I hardly ever got to see any Unit test results even after several requests ,he/she used to reply to email after 3-4 days.. The teacher this year is strict and follows all the punishment strategies that another parent mentioned . but I am not very sure of the impact yet . I know kids need to learn responsibility and maybe thats what the teachers is trying to do My child has gone thru similar punishments .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2009

I daughter have been at Washington Elementary for 2 years and it is the most wonderful school! The elective program has so many choices for the children, is wonderful! They have everything from music and drama to Academically Gifted classes in math, science, language arts, etc. The teachers are excellent! I recommend this school for everyone who is looking for a wonderful school. There is a place for each and every student and every parent, who wants to volunteer at school. This is the MOST WONDERFUL school in Wake County! Great place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Washington has so many opportunities for students to be engaged in learning in fun, creative ways for students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2008

I have been at Washington Elementary for 5 years and it is the most fabulous school! The elective program has so many choices and each one is wonderful! They have everything from music and drama to Academically Gifted classes in math, science, language arts, etc. The teachers are excellent with many male teachers that are incredible role models. I recommend this school for everyone. There is a place for each and every student. This is the best school in Wake County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

My family has been at Washington Magnet Elementary for five years. It has exceeded my expectations in every area. There is a family atmosphere and parents are welcomed to volunteer and be involved. The elective program allows children to explore many areas of interest. Furthermore, students who need enrichment or remediation can have those needs met during the elective periods of the day. Teachers, staff and faculty work well together to provide a safe and caring environment for EVERY student. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a public school in the Wake County System.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students64%
Female66%
Male63%
Black27%
Asian-95%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged-5%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Academically gifted94%

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male65%
Black33%
Asian-95%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities40%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiency9%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students68%
Female74%
Male60%
Black26%
Asian-95%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities28%
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students57%
Female66%
Male47%
Black26%
Asian81%
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically gifted86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
Black26%
Asian-95%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities36%
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students60%
Female60%
Male59%
Black19%
Asian83%
Hispanic-5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students65%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Academically gifted90%

Science

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
Black26%
Asian95%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students78%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 32% 52%
Asian 31% 3%
Black 19% 26%
Hispanic 15% 14%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 2006 National Magnet School of Excellence (2006)
  • 2005 National Magnet School of Excellence (2005)
  • Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Magnet School of Merit Award #1 Magnet school in the United States (2003)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:40
School end time
  • 3:45
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Kathy Knezevic
Fax number
  • (919) 856-7985

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

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  • Many of these sports are offered through our elective program
Girls sports
  • Many of these sports are offered through our elective program

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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