Students participate in enriching activities using a variety of resources to enhance reading, writing, penmanship, grammar, listening and speaking skills based on Arizona state standards. Primary grades use the Spalding Writing Road to Reading program where phonics is emphasized. First through fifth grades use Pearson Reading Street for language arts instruction. Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading (A.R.) program is used school wide to monitor independent reading practice.
Pearson Envision Math curriculum is used to strengthen students’ understanding of math. Students participate in whole class and small group activities. They use manipulatives and higher order thinking skills to discover and learn concepts. Students are encouraged to apply mathematical applications to real life situations.
Students study geography, history, cultures, communities and more. They learn the importance of their role in society and the characteristics of a good citizen. They learn about and practice being productive members of society through school and community service projects, field trips and inviting members of the community into the classroom.
Students are encouraged to become actively involved in scientific discovery. Inquisitiveness and creativity are emphasized as students research, experiment, and discover using the scientific method. Students participate in outdoor, hands-on science lessons and exploratory activities in the Washington Habitat Garden.
All students attend Art class each week. Students participate in hands-on activities using a variety of mediums to express artistic creativity and individuality.
All students attend music class each week. Students participate in a general music and music appreciation opportunity combining singing, movement and rhythm instruments integrated across the curriculum, with good literature, elements of theater/drama and character development. “Music gives wings to the mind and flight to the imagination!”
All students attend P.E. each week. The Physical Education program is designed to teach students important physical skill development that will carry over into day to day life and help promote good health. Students use team work and good sportsmanship skills while participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and activities.
The core principals of citizenship include: respect, obedience, commitment and kindness (ROCK). Teachers set examples for students and teach them through acknowledgement, praise,and role playing. Respect for personal and public property is taught by stressing respect rather than fear of punishment. Character Counts curriculum is available to all teachers.
Library services are available to all Washington Traditional School students. Children have an opportunity to visit the library and check out books weekly.
Washington Traditional School has three academic/technology labs that are used to support classroom instruction with guided and independent practice and prepare them with technological skills for future education and careers.
The following services will be offered:
- Title 1 Reading and Math
- Special Education services (academic, speech, occupational and behavior)
- ELL (English Language Learner) services
- BEST program for students with autism
- Tutoring program before and after school
The following subjects or curricular areas will not be offered during the regular school day but may be offered before or after school–or as evening, optional programs:
Services, Sex Education, DARE Program, or Self-Esteem.