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Washington Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 470 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted January 17, 2008

This is the best elementary school that I have ever seen. The teachers are amazing. My child has Traci Harris, a national board certified teacher and he loves going to school. She makes learning fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

I have a child that attends this school and I wouldn't have him go anywhere else. The faculty at this school are top notch. I know that there may be some teachers here that don't measure up to what the rest of the school may be at, but you will run into that at any school. I have been fortunate to have my son have great teachers that communicate well with us about the progress he is making. I have read the complaints of other parents and the only thing I can say is that if you are not willing to get involved with your child's education, then you are the weak link, not the school. My wife and I both work full time, but we take time off to get involved with the school and our son's class. Don't blame the school for your uninvolvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

I read the other reviews and I have to agree with all of them . Saying that I strongly defend this school as the best public elementary school I've seen so far. I volunteer at the school and see the the school in action during the day. It looks like organized chaos but its choreographed splendidly by the principal. The teachers are in control but at the same time the school philosophy is to let the children make decisions in a safe environment. Some people may not like this because they are use to the traditional way a school is run. As a parent if you are not open minded about the school you will hate it . Luckily they have the option of going to a traditional school a few miles away. Great academics, extracurricular is basically music but that is fine with me. Finally the parents are heavily involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My daughter is in the 4th grade at Washington Ele. This is her 1st yr. & I have been overwhelmed by the academic excellence at this school. The teachers and staff have made her transition a very positive experience. Everyone has been so helpful, friendly & gone out of their way to help. There is a real feel of 'community' there. I am especially impressed with her teacher, Mrs. Ketron, who is so enthusiastic & compassionate about teaching. My daughter transferred to this school from a county school & I was shocked at how academically advanced Washington is compared to her other school. Thank You so much to the staff and to Mrs. Ketron for making my daughters 1st yr. at Washington such a great one. (I only wish I would have started her there from the beginning!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

My son transferred to Washington Elementary from another school his first grade year. It has been a wonderful experience for him. Washington is not a 'traditional' school. They have a lot of hands on teaching, they do not just sit around at a desk all day. The kids there are excited about learning. The teachers are wonderful and caring. They take time to teach the children and you can tell they love their jobs. I have seen no problem with mulit-age. The kids all get along and take care of each other. They are taught to respect each other. I cannot say enough good things about Washington Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2005

Washington Elementary was a wonderful program for my children and helped them get through Middle School. There are so many great things they have taught my children, and they will use the rest of their life. In my opinion, this is the best school in Kingsport, if not Tennessee, but I would rather have K-1, 2-3, 4-5, in a classroom like it used to be because i think three year difference between children is two big of a gap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2005

My child has been in this school for 4 years. It is a terrible learning enviroment. Multigrade class rooms are not good for children. You have 3rd grade with 5th grade. There is a big social difference in these ages. If you want your child to stay on track with their emotional and normal expected social development, I recommend you find a differnt school than Washington. Don't expect any smiling faces when you voice your concerns here either. It's their way or your out of the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2005

My child is always stressed when she comes home from this school. This school is like a sawdust cake. If you look at it with all the icing, it seems very nice. You cut into it and you'll find its not all sweet. There are no books in this school. You will end up teaching your child at home. And God forbid you have a job and don't have time to be teacher too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2004

Most families I know are extremely proud of the fact their child attends GWES. The principal is unusually 'in-touch' with the children and families of the school community. I love how the school embraces the philosophy that every child deserves equal opporutnity even if their age or learning styles may vary. Most of the teachers tirelessly go above and beyond to meet the needs of the individuals in which they serve. There are a few teachers who appear ready for a different career and could definitely be a bit more optimistic/positive. Children at GWES are receiving a great foundational preparation for life. They truly try to focus on what is best for children and don't resort to bribery to motivate children. When looking at other schools, Washington definitely provides a fantastic program for our children. Stay positive and keep shooting for the stars. Lots of us love what you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

I have one child that is attending this school. I feel that the teachers in his learning center are not suitable for the children. They do not show love or compassion to the students. And the children need that, especially at this tender age. The teachers need to build the kids self esteem and confidence level. My child has come home upset because he overheard a few teachers talking about him, saying that he said something that he really didnt say. When he tried to ask them about it they hushed him and told him to get back to his seat. The teachers also make rude comments to the kids thats unacceptable. When you confront the teachers they get so defensive even over little things. Myself and other parents have discussed this matter, but there doesn't seem to be any resolve...very concerned parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

This school has multigrade class rooms. Each room has 4 'class rooms' with the grades mixed in each.(grades K-2 together and grades 3-5 together) therefore each room has the equivalent of 4 classrooms (about 80-100 students per room)They rotate teachers throughout the day for different subjects. I think the class sizes are too large for individualized attention, and the mixed ages do not always get along together. Favorites are played among teachers with students. Social status lines are drawn among the children, who are not reprimanded when this results in cruelty due to the different maturity levels in the classroom. They have a 100% 'let the children work it out themselves policy' with 5-12 yr olds alike. The choir and school news programs are the extracurricular activities. They do not allow activities that might have any competition among students.This includes Spelling Bees, Science Fairs, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

They depend on the kids to solve their own problems all the time and sometimes that is not possible. Some teachers are so picky about the snacks the children bring and even have told them that they will have to put them in the trash if they are not the kind that they agree with. I have two children there and one of them is having a really rough time and is really unhappy. Once a teacher pegs you a being a nondoer, you can't get a break from that point on. I feel that they are just to picky and most of the teachers act to uppity to be working with children.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 67%
Black 7% 24%
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1100 Bellingham Dr
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: (423) 378-2480

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