Washington Elementary School
Washington Elementary is one of four K-5 schools in the Pierre District. The school building was built in the 1930s and has undergone a couple expansions and renovations to get to its current size and structure. It houses 12 classrooms including two sections of grades kindergarten through five. Space is also available for other programs and services including special education, library, music, and computers. All the teachers at Washington Elementary are highly qualified and provide a warm and safe learning environment for our students.
Enrollment at Washington averages 275 students. The distribution of boys and girls is almost evenly split. Approximately 23% of the Washington School students qualify for free and reduced meals. The breakfast program serves about 10% of the students daily.
Curriculum offerings at Washington are similar to those of the other elementary buildings. Consistency is maintained K-5 across the district as much as possible to reduce student anxiety as they move between buildings. Like the other schools, programs available to students beyond the ‘traditional’ curriculum of reading, math, social studies and science include: DARE (fifth grade); Junior Achievement (third through fifth grade); Boost Up (K-3 during PE); Character Education (K-5); National Geographic Bee (fourth and fifth grade); and Girls on the Run (grades 3-5). The Washington staff has emphasized social skills and peaceful conflict resolution to reduce bullying behaviors. These programs give students the skills and tools to manage their emotions in a proactive and healthy manner.
An active Parent Teacher Organization supports many building activities and has recently focused a good portion of their efforts and funds to promote physical, social, and emotional wellness. They have also supported literacy efforts in several ways including distributing Birthday Books to students every year; donating substantial numbers of books to the school library; purchasing or otherwise contributing books to classroom libraries and the Book Room. Additionally, PTO arranges for Discovery Center and Dakota Assembly programs for all students, provides prizes and meals for Geography Bees and Grandparents Day, and sponsors two Book Fairs each year. They have also been very generous with playground donations the past several summers.