The methods, curriculum, procedures, and expectations in the traditional school setting are somewhat different than the typical school. A firm commitment on the part of the staff is one of the most important factors in making this program successful. Teachers in the traditional school need to have a strong commitment to the following:
TO deliver purposeful, consistent instruction that is primarily whole class in nature.
TO teach and assess all of the required standards.
TO set up a clear, consistent grading system that is based on or can be converted to % grades and not modify the content standards or grades of any, except when determined appropriate, for those identified receiving special education or Title I services.
TO produce a progress report of specific learning indicators each 4.5 weeks, that is shared with the parents and the principal.
TO maintain a classroom that is neat and orderly, with classroom structure primarily designed for teacher directed whole group instruction.
TO utilize programs that have a strong emphasis in phonics and grammar.
TO enforce and model, consistently, the school-wide classroom/playground rules, dress code, attendance.
TO give meaningful homework assignments at least three times per week and credit the completion of all of those assignments.
TO consistently adhere to all of the schedules for recess, lunch, and special classes and field trips, speakers, audio visual presentations, and extra-curricular activities to those that directly and significantly teach and support Washington Traditional School goals.
TO teach through precept and example the values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and self-discipline.