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About This School

Washington Jr High School is a public middle school in Naperville. The principal of Washington Jr High School is Mr. David Kanne, whose e-mail is bross@naperville203.org. 615 students attend Washington Jr High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0.2% of the Washington Jr High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 615 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 13% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Washington Jr High School is 15:1. Jefferson Jr High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 74%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian 5% %
Multiracial 4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 3%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 9% 5%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Three children went through this school all with different personalities. One competitive. One shy. One outspoken. Our family challenged all areas of the school. They all seemed to find their niche. With parental support and encouragement they found areas to interact with other students whether it was sports student gov't drama music clubs there were numerous opportunities. The education provided challenged and prepared them. There was always homework but the mentality and expectation from educators parents and fellow students alike was that education was paramount. The school promoted community involvement and volunteerism thus formulating the spirit of giving back at a young age. They helped to shape well rounded people and prepare them for HS. Lastly my kids LOVED Washington! They have great memories of teachers and Institute days spent enjoying our downtown with their lifelong friends. Lastly there will always be someone who has a bad experience. It's what you learn from it and how it's used to build character that will matter later in life. I felt the staff was attentive and responsive. Parents need to take some responsibility too. Past Parent

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter just started her second year at Washington. In my experience the school has been extremely responsive to every email phone call and meeting request; the front office is friendly even calling me to scan a permission slip and email it back when my daughter forgot it. The classes are challenging but encourage team work. As a 6th grader my daughter was enrolled in 7th grade honors math. WJHS accommodates special needs at both ends of the spectrum. Community service is encouraged and recognized for example volunteering at the Dupage Children's museum next door. There are several options for the music program sports theater etc. Principal Ross attends volleyball games and theater productions; he's approachable and sincere. Of the 15 or so teachers we've had only one has been a "dud." In that case we've asked her to focus on the material not the conduit! Parents who have complained may be struggling with the transition/prep for high school and the "self-directed learner" goal that WJHS promotes. There is an active PTA (Home & School) a Moms-in-Touch group & other ways to be involved if you want to be.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children who have attended WJHS one is currently attending. Naperville schools came highly recommended when we moved here several years ago and many of them live up to their billing. However I am sad to report that Washington is not one of them. The staff in general seem to do the bare minimum and do not spend time getting to know their students. With the exception of a few wonderful teachers most seem arrogant and disinterested. The entire school has a very negative feel from the custodians to the office staff to the faculty members and all the way through to the administration. It is a small school and we had false expectations of a more personal feel. Students are unkind and quite often allowed to bully their peers. We are very disappointed in this school and will be extremely happy to be finished with our experience at Washington Jr. High.

  • (4 years ago)

    It'a great and I'm only in 6th grade. I love it and all the teachers are really nice. Especially Mrs.Fors!

  • (7 years ago)

    The quality of academic programs here at Washington Junior High is fair. Some class sizes are out of proportion. It is important to give kids attention but Washington did not offer any attention to my child. The availability of music art sports and other extracurricular activities I would say are pretty good. They have things to offer like intramural and things like ping-pong in gym class. The level of parent involvement at Washington could be better. It is not as strongly encouraged as we thought it would be before sending are child there. During conferences teachers were ill-prepared do discuss our child's progress and needs.There was no attempt to draw out our child and to find a method to stimulate his desire to learn. But don't be fooled if you have the desire to succeed you will. But if you require some attention you won't get it at Washington.

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