• 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 1,646 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.
    • WESD is home to an Arizona School Association Distinguished Administrator, Acacia's Christine Hollingsworth, and MCESA Exemplary Principal, Sunburst's Rhonda Warren. 
    • WESD is proud to have the Social Worker of the Year for 2015 and 2017. 
    • 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 37 sections of Head Start/Preschool full and half-day programs at 19 sites, serving more than 650 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 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.
    • Seventeen 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.