• 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.
    • Gifted Services are offered at all schools, with approximately 1,582 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.
    • Roseanne Knight, PE Teacher at Sunburst Elementary, was awarded the 2019 Arizona Education Association, Christa McAuliffe "I Touch the Future, I Teach" Award. 
    • WESD is home to an Arizona School Association Distinguished Administrator, Acacia's Christine Hollingsworth, and MCESA Exemplary Principal, Abraham Lincolns' Rhonda Warren. 
    • WESD is proud to have the Social Worker of the Year for 2015 and 2017 as well as the 2019 Public Educator of the Year by the School Social Work Assication of ARizona, Dr. Lyn Bailey, WESD Assistant Superintendent. 
    • Justin Wing, Director of Human Resources, was awarded the 2018 Administrator of the Year by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association. 
    • Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues recognized Dr. Craig Carter, Administrator of Special Services, as the 2018 Outstanding Educator. 
    • Title I supplemental services for students in need of additional academic assistance are available at 30 schools.
    • Special Education services are provided for approximately 14 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 6,770 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. Twenty campuses have earned Energy Star recognition in one or more years since 2009.
    • Solar installations at Desert Foothills, Moon Mountain, Mountain View, Roadrunner, Sunnyslope and Sunburst provide more than one megawatt of solar energy to the WESD.
    • After-school programs are available at all 32 schools to meet the unique needs of school communities and families.
    • District-sponsored before- and after-school child care is available at 23 schools.
    • Grants fund 36 sections of Head Start/Preschool full and half-day programs at 20 sites, serving more than 588 4-year-old children. 
    • WESD embraces the community through active partnerships with neighborhood associations, local businesses, elected officials and civic organizations.
    • BEGIN, three-year teacher induction program, began over 30 years ago and is the longest functioning program of its kind in Arizona.
    • Approximately 2,500 students gain extra academic support through WESD summer school programs.
    • Breakfast and lunch are served free of charge daily to all students.
    • Nineteen 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.
    • WESD’s Business Advisory Team includes more than 1,000 representatives of local businesses, community groups and civic organizations.
    • School-based social workers are available to support families at 25 schools.