My child did not want to come to this school because the school he went to for years was closed. However to both his and my surprise he loves it! His teacher is fantastic he loves the hands on activities and I have had nothing but good interactions from the rest of the staff. I was pleasantly surprised.
Washington Academy is a public middle school in Belvidere. The principal of Washington Academy is Mrs. Megan Johnson. 757 children attend Washington Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 21% of the Washington Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 49% of the 757 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 62% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Washington Academy is 20:1. St. James School is one of the nearest middle schools.
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.4%||0%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.1%||0%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||62%||45%|
|Limited English proficiency||21%||10%|
My children attended another school in the district last year and we loved that school. Unfortunately the district closed a school and this year my children were sent to Washington. I have nothing positive to say what so ever. Poor Communication from teachers even if you send a note or call they are not responsive. Concerns about the school have been addressed with the district administration they are aware of the issues but do nothing to address them. Very low moral with students and staff you walk in everyone looks miserable. They do not allow participation in dressing up for Halloween even for the little ones. The only fun holiday activity was cancelled day of without notice disappointing the children. It's difficult to get your kids excited about school and learning when the school they attend does not foster that attitude. My daughter asks me once a week when she can go to her old school. It's very sad we may pull them out over winter break if an alternative can be found but they will defiantly not go here next year. Making Washington elementary a stem and calling it Washington Academy has changed nothing.
I feel I made the best decision possible for my children as they were in need of a challenge in school. The teachers and staff are wonderful and engage my children on a daily basis. Is there a diverse culture at this school...? Yes! And I love that they get to meet people from different background and learn from each other. They are learning to be leaders in a new technological world and are challenged to make a difference - not to just deal with things the way they are. Problem solving thinking and learning WHY are just some of the reasons Washington Academy is succeeding. Another reason is the increase in parental involvement and awesome support from parents staff and the community. Great choice for parents wanting their kids to be challenged and have hands-on learning!! The uniforms are just a bonus ;-)
keep in mind the dates of these reviews. Now this school is an Academy. I don't know how it is now but my child has to go there because its our district. I don't like the hours but I still dont know if I like the school.
I sent my sons to the At Risk program at Washington. I felt lucky to get them in. Classes were well run; caring teachers; and I knew the director from elsewhere. However the building is run down the population largely non English speaking and it is one of the largest elementary schools in the state -- you are a number only to the office and bus driver etc.
I personally believe that Washington Elementary School is one of the best schools a child can attend in northern Illinois. Besides the issues of traffic and population this school is excellent. I had 2 daughters who attended this school one completed kindergarten through 5th grade and the other started at pre-school and ended in kindergarten. The reason for this was because we had moved so my youngest daughter had to transfer within the district. Let me just say that Washington had awesome teacher support. Every teacher my kids had strived for parent support which made my children along with others prosper. Because of this school my kids are now exceptionally talented.
This school had to many children and not properly staffed to meet the needs.
I can't stress enough how impressed I am with the faculty at Washington Elementary. I have two special needs children and everyone went above my expectations to make sure their needs were met. They worked very hard to create an academic program that would be appropriate for both my daughters and they've excelled since this has been done.
I think that a lot of parents that complain aren't involved and making changes. The principle is extremely open to parent feedback. He seems to really care. He truly is looking for the future doing all he can to make Washington the best it can be. He (and the teachers) can't do it alone. There are over 1 100 students at that school but hardly any parents involved. I think that the school is great. They do their best to cater to the parents if you aren't being heard then you aren't being seen. HOWEVER there is one bad point that needs to be addressed desperately. That is the traffic before and after school. Again a lot of this lies with the parents. I would love a circle drive in the front. Until that happens parents need common sense. Go with the flow of traffic. Drop-off and Pick-up on the school side.
this school is not bad but they put too much undo pressure on the young kids(1st-3rd) to remeber things that even h.s. students get reminded about. ex. homework