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Washington Elementary School District (WESD) is proud to serve a diverse population in north central Phoenix and east Glendale. The largest elementary school district in Arizona, WESD is comprised of 32 schools (18 K-6 schools, two K-5 schools, seven K-8 schools and five middle/junior high schools). 

WESD has many achievements of which to be proud:

  • Open enrollment and free full-day kindergarten opportunities are available at all schools.
  • Five WESD schools are participating in a three-year turnaround school initiative with the University of Virginia. The initiative focuses on bold actions that affect how we teach students, e.g. regular and frequent District analysis of student assessments, collaboration among teacher teams, the change process and fidelity to current instructional practices. The initiative is funded through WestEd.
  • Gifted Services are offered at all schools, with approximately 1,879 students being challenged beyond the traditional classroom setting, including two self-contained programs that serve highly gifted students.
  • Music, art and physical education programs are offered in all District schools.
  • Acacia Elementary is an A++ School of Excellence and a National Title I Distinguished School.
  • Abraham Lincoln Traditional School features open enrollment and a traditional approach to learning.
  • Core Knowledge® program is offered at Richard E. Miller Elementary and Royal Palm Middle Schools.
  • Arizona Cardinals Preparatory Academy for grades 6-8 provides a small-school experience through a community partnership with Cardinals Charities.
  • National Junior Honor Society organizations are offered at all middle/junior high schools.
  • Parent/teacher organizations (PTO/PTAs) are active throughout WESD schools.
  • National Board Certified teachers and staff are employed at most schools in the WESD.
  • Title I supplemental services for students in need of additional academic assistance are available at 27 schools.
  • Special Education services are provided for approximately 15 percent of the student population.
  • A District-wide English language learner program supports the English language acquisition of students from more than 50 different language groups.
  • Translation Services provides interpreters at over 7,300 Parent/Teacher Conferences annually.
  • WESD schools and District departments reduced electrical use almost 30% since 2008 through a comprehensive District-wide energy conservation program.
  • WESD is the first Energy Star Leader school district in Arizona. Sixteen schools and the Administrative Center hold “Energy Star” designations for energy efficiency.
  • Solar installations at Desert Foothills, Moon Mountain, Mountain View, Roadrunner, Sunnyslope and Sunburst provide more than one megawatt of solar energy to the WESD.
  • WESD is home to Rodel Charitable Foundation Exemplary Teachers, an Exemplary Principal and Rodel Aspiring Principals.
  • After-school programs are available at all 32 schools to meet the unique needs of school communities and families.
  • Roadrunner Elementary was named a 2012 Green Ribbon School, one of only two schools in Arizona.
  • The Safari at Roadrunner opened in May 2014 and will be the WESD’s first LEED-certified building.
  • District-sponsored before- and after-school child care is available at 23 schools.
  • Thirty-six sections of Head Start are provided for 588 4-year-old children and their families.
  • WESD embraces the community through active partnerships with neighborhood associations, local businesses, elected officials and civic organizations.
  • An innovative reading program, Read 180, is used at all WESD middle schools/junior highs to assist middle-level students with improving reading skills, particularly in the content areas.
  • Rosetta Stone, an English language development software program, is used District-wide to assist students with acquiring English skills.
  • BEGIN, three-year teacher induction program, began 27 years ago and is the longest functioning program of its kind in Arizona.
  • 21st Century Grants provide after-school enrichment programs at 26 schools. WESD has the largest number of these grant programs in Arizona.
  • Approximately 3,200 students gain extra academic support through WESD summer school programs.
  • Breakfast is served free of charge daily to all students and 22 schools also serve free lunches. Breakfast is served in the classroom at most schools.
  • Breakfast is served in the classroom at 29 schools.
  • Three WESD schools participate in USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, which provides a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to students daily.
  • All school buses are equipped with GPS tracking that assists with communication and keeping students safe.
  • A preschool program is provided at Sunburst, funded through First Things First.
  • WESD’s Business Advisory Team includes nearly 500 representatives of local businesses, community groups and civic organizations.
  • School-based social workers are available to support families at 25 schools.