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
enrollment and free full-day kindergarten opportunities are available at all
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
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.
art and physical education programs are offered in all District schools.
Elementary is an A++ School of Excellence and a National Title I Distinguished
Lincoln Traditional School features open enrollment and a traditional approach
Knowledge® program is offered at Richard E. Miller Elementary and Royal Palm
Cardinals Preparatory Academy for grades 6-8 provides a small-school experience
through a community partnership with Cardinals Charities.
Junior Honor Society organizations are offered at all middle/junior high
organizations (PTO/PTAs) are active throughout WESD schools.
Board Certified teachers and staff are employed at most schools in the WESD.
I supplemental services for students in need of additional academic assistance
are available at 27 schools.
Education services are provided for approximately 15 percent of the student
District-wide English language learner program supports the English language
acquisition of students from more than 50 different language groups.
Services provides interpreters at over 7,300 Parent/Teacher Conferences
schools and District departments reduced electrical use almost 30% since 2008
through a comprehensive District-wide energy conservation program.
is the first Energy Star Leader school district in Arizona. Sixteen
schools and the Administrative Center hold “Energy Star” designations for
installations at Desert Foothills, Moon Mountain, Mountain View, Roadrunner,
Sunnyslope and Sunburst provide more than one megawatt of solar energy to the
is home to Rodel Charitable Foundation Exemplary Teachers, an Exemplary
Principal and Rodel Aspiring Principals.
programs are available at all 32 schools to meet the unique needs of school
communities and families.
Elementary was named a 2012 Green Ribbon School, one of only two schools in
Safari at Roadrunner opened in May 2014 and will be the WESD’s first
before- and after-school child care is available at 23 schools.
sections of Head Start are provided for 588 4-year-old children and their
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
Stone, an English language development software program, is used District-wide
to assist students with acquiring English skills.
three-year teacher induction program, began 27 years ago and is the longest
functioning program of its kind in Arizona.
Century Grants provide after-school enrichment programs at 26 schools. WESD has
the largest number of these grant programs in Arizona.
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.
is served in the classroom at 29 schools.
WESD schools participate in USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, which
provides a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to students daily.
school buses are equipped with GPS tracking that assists with communication and
keeping students safe.
preschool program is provided at Sunburst, funded through First Things First.
Business Advisory Team includes nearly 500 representatives of local businesses,
community groups and civic organizations.
social workers are available to support families at 25 schools.