District Profile

The Washington County School System is home to over 7300 students working in 15 locations at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. In addition, there is a career and technical center that offers our students the opportunity to explore and develop skills that leads to gainful employment in the work force.

Approximately 670 professional staff and 355 support staff are employed to lead a school system that is "Committed to the Success of Every Student". The level of professional development continues to grow each year for this group.

During the mid 1960's the Washington County school system became the first rural public school system to have all of its schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). This process has continued on an annual basis.

With the dawning of the era of accountability, the individual schools have all achieved state accreditation and have all made adequate yearly progress.

A significant milestone was achieved in the spring of 2004 as the decision was made to begin the process of district accreditation as outlined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is believed that this will accelerate the school improvement process in Washington County and the following material is evidence of that process.

Information Guide

Comprehensive Plan

Initiatives

  • All schools will obtain full accreditation by the Virginia DOE.
  • One hundred percent of WC students will earn a diploma following the completion of an appropriate program of study.
  • Washington County Schools (WCS) will increase the number of students earning industry certificates and verified credits in career and technical education courses.
  • WCS will expand on-line and blended learning opportunities for all students.
  • Emphasis will be placed on integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into the curriculum.
  • Upgrade and expand wireless coverage to provide opportunities to explore 1-to-1 pilot programs and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives.
  • School safety will continue to be a primary focus.
  • Continued identification of preschool students in need of early intervention will ensure future academic success.
  • WCS will evaluate and restructure pay scales for all employees.
  • Continued emphasis will be placed on the improvement of the division’s math programs and student achievement on the corresponding Standards of Learning assessments.
  • Enrichment opportunities will be provided for all students. Specifically designed programs will be offered to those students identified through the GATE program.
  • GPS tracking systems will be installed on all new buses.
  • WCS Maintenance Department will continue installation of efficient heating/AC systems and interior lighting upgrades.
  • A division-wide focus on STEM, especially at the elementary level, will provide students with opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking.
  • A successful implementation of the lesson plan template for teachers in the division will ensure standards being taught at an appropriate level of rigor.
  • The division will provide professional development opportunities for teachers in effective instructional strategies.
  • Interactive Achievement will be used to analyze student assessment data and inform instruction.
  • WCS will review and approve new Foreign Language textbooks.
  • WCS will screen all 2nd grade students for possible inclusion in the Gifted Education Program.
  • Wireless upgrades for elementary schools.
  • Redesign and reorganization of district website and updates for all school websites.
  • WCS will encourage reading at home by providing free books to children through services provided by a new bookmobile.
  • All schools will be fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.
  • All schools and the division will continue to strive to meet the Federal and State educational benchmarks.
  • School leaders will seek opportunities to expand the curriculum beyond the Standards of Learning.
  • One hundred percent of Washington County students will earn a diploma following the completion of an appropriate program of study.
  • Washington County Schools will increase the number of students earning industry certificates and verified credits in career and technical education courses.
  • Washington County Schools will expand on-line and blended learning opportunities for all students.
  • Emphasis will be placed on integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into the curriculum.
  • Emphasis will be placed on sportsmanship accountability for students, fans, and athletes.
  • Upgrade and expand wireless coverage to provide opportunities to explore 1-to-1 pilot programs and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives.
  • The Information Systems department will increase the value of our STEDFast Data Warehouse by adding attendance, enrollment, grades, and SOL test scores.
  • School safety will continue to be a primary focus, with each school developing a comprehensive Safety Crisis Plan.
  • Continued identification of preschool students in need of early intervention will ensure future academic success.
  • Washington County Schools will implement the updated Virginia Foundation Blocks in preschool programs.
  • Washington County Schools will evaluate and restructure pay scales for all employees.
  • Continued emphasis will be placed on the improvement of the division’s math programs and student achievement on the corresponding Standards of Learning assessments.
  • The Principal Evaluation Model will be implemented for all division administrators.
  • Increased professional development opportunities will be provided for all Washington County School employees.
  • Enrichment opportunities will be provided for all students. Specifically designed programs will be offered to those students identified through the GATE program.
  • Opportunities to expand school lunch and breakfast programs will be explored through the School Nutrition department.
  • GPS tracking systems will be installed on all new buses.
  • Washington County Schools Maintenance Department will continue installation of efficient heating/AC systems and interior lighting upgrades.
  • All schools will continue to be fully accredited.
  • All schools and the division will continue to strive to meet the Federal and State educational benchmarks.
  • Seek opportunities to expand the curriculum beyond the Standards of Learning.
  • One-hundred percent of Washington County’s students will earn a diploma following the completion of an appropriate program of study.
  • Increase the number of students earning industry certificates and verified credits in career and technical education courses.
  • Expand on-line instructional opportunities for all students.
  • Emphasis will be placed on integrating science, technology, engineering and math into the curriculum.
  • Emphasize building 21st Century skills into the curriculum.
  • Emphasis will be placed on sportsmanship accountability for students, fans, and athletes.
  • Emphasis will be placed on writing at the elementary level.
  • Science textbooks will be reviewed for possible adoption.
  • Continued identification of preschool students in need of early intervention to ensure future academic success.
  • Continued work on improving the pay scale for employees.
  • Reduce class sizes.
  • Continued implementation of a strategic plan for enhancement of the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Expand alternative program opportunities to meet student needs.
  • Implement the new teacher evaluation model.
  • Initiate a School Safety Program to promote the safety of all students and staff.
  • Expand and emphasize the use of formative assessments to guide instruction.
  • Continued emphasis on the improvement of the division’s math programs and the improvement of the corresponding SOL tests.

Accomplishments

  • A new evaluation model for principals was implemented.
  • Teachers utilized a wide variety of formative assessments, including pre- and post-assessments as a measure of student growth.
  • More than 350 elementary students were recognized for reading 1 million words or more.
  • Wallace Middle School was designated as a national “School to Watch”.
  • Greendale Elementary School was designated as a Title I Distinguished School by the Department of Education.
  • William N. Neff Center and Washington County Technical School were combined with the completion of the addition to house all students on one site – the Washington County Career and Technical Center.
  • Career and Technical students achieved a total of 1,500+ credentials.
  • Educational opportunities were provided to students through the STEM initiative.
  • Local, state, and national recognition was awarded to several teachers, administrators and schools.
  • Maintenance projects, including new roofs at several schools and upgrades to air conditioning, were completed.
  • Reduced two school bus routes.
  • Classroom sets of health books were adopted for grade 9.
  • All elementary students received books for the summer reading program in conjunction with the Washington County Public Library.
  • More than 400 students were recognized for reading one million words or more.
  • Abingdon Elementary and Greendale Elementary were recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools.
  • High Point Elementary received the 2014 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
  • All elementary schools participated in the 4th grade George Washington Essay Contest; DAR Essay Contests, and WC History Bowl.
  • 94% of 3rd grade students are reading on grade level, as measured by the PALS assessment.
  • Wireless upgrades for all middle and high schools provide better coverage, higher density, and faster speeds along with guest access for students and parents.
  • All schools now have electronic locks on main doors.
  • A new evaluation model for instructional personnel was implemented.
  • Additional course offerings were added to high school schedules through the implementation of block scheduling.
  • K-12 Science textbooks were adopted and purchased. Physics books were purchased as an on-line option with Kuno tablets purchased for student use.
  • Teachers utilized a wide variety of formative assessments, including pre- and post-assessments as a measure of student growth.
  • Through careful fiscal management and exceptional support of the Board of Supervisors, all full-time contracted employees received a 2% salary increase.
  • More than 350 elementary students were recognized for reading 1 million words or more.
  • E. B. Stanley Middle School was re-designated as a national “School to Watch”.
  • Greendale Elementary School was designated as a Title I Distinguished School by the Department of Education.
  • Patrick Henry High School won the Claudia Dotson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award.
  • School safety initiatives were expanded to include a text-a-tip hotline, safety slogan “Say What You See, Tell What You Know”, safety mascot “Billy the Bulldog” and school safety student teams.
  • William N. Neff Center and Washington County Technical School were combined with the completion of the addition to house all students on one site – the Washington County Career and Technical Center.
  • Career and Technical students achieved a total of 1,283 credentials.
  • Alternative educational opportunities were expanded to meet specific student needs.
  • Educational opportunities were provided to students through the STEM initiative.
  • Local, state, and national recognition was awarded to several teachers, administrators and schools.
  • All schools received additional instructional funds.
  • Washington County Schools Pupil Transportation Department has one of the best safety records in the state of Virginia. Extensive driver training, digital video/audio systems and child check systems are in place to promote student safety.
  • Maintenance projects, including new roofs at several schools and upgrades to air conditioning, were completed.
  • All Washington County Schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.
  • Expanded on-line instructional opportunities for all students.
  • School and community awareness of cyber bullying was enhanced.
  • 21st Century Skills were emphasized in the curriculum.
  • New K-12 English and social studies textbooks were purchased.
  • Teachers utilized more varieties of assessments including projects and presentations by students.
  • Two elementary schools were designated as Title I Distinguished Schools by the Department of Education.
  • Glade Spring Middle School was designated as a national “School to Watch”.
  • More than 200 elementary students were recognized for reading 1 million words or more.
  • Patrick Henry won the Claudia Dotson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award.
  • All High Schools participated in the VHSL Scholastic Bowl academic activity.
  • Additional course offerings were added to high school schedules through the implementation of block scheduling.
  • Through careful fiscal management and exceptional support of the Board of Supervisors, all full-time contracted employees received a 3% plus step salary increase.
  • Completed Phase II of facility improvement projects.
  • Employed additional teaching staff in order to reduce class sizes.
  • Employed an additional athletic trainer.
  • Successfully completed a five year review process to remain accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • All schools received additional instructional funds.
  • Completed development of a data warehouse in order to track student instructional growth and provide timely information on instructional progress.
  • Developed a new evaluation model for instructional personnel and trained all staff in its implementation.
  • Career and Technical students achieved a total of 929 credentials.
School profiles, Standards of Learning test scores, and annual reports from the schools are available by selecting a school from the menu.