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 maintain full accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education while continuing to meet the needs of all students.
  • One hundred percent of Washington County Schools students will earn a diploma following the completion of an appropriate program of study.
  • Washington County Schools will continue to increase the number of students earning industry certificates and verified credits in Career & Technical Education courses.
  • Building level administrators will introduce the concept of Project-Based Learning (PBL) by providing effective professional development and facilitating the sharing of the PBL process.
  • Identification and intervention for individual student needs will be in place in all schools.
  • Teachers will utilize technology for academic engagement and student learning.
  • Assessment opportunities for students will be expanded through the use of performance-based assessments.
  • Universal screening for identification of gifted learners will be provided.
  • Washington County Schools will continue to provide students with opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking.
  • All schools will build student leadership capacity by providing numerous leadership opportunities for students.
  • A major instructional focus for Washington County Schools will be to incorporate best practices in teaching writing across all content areas and grade levels.
  • District and building level staff will recognize the impact of social-emotional learning and trauma-information instruction on student learning.
  • Opportunities for career awareness will be extended to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • All schools will maintain full accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education while continuing to meet the needs of all students.
  • One hundred percent of Washington County Schools students will earn a diploma following the completion of an appropriate program of study.
  • Washington County Schools will continue to increase the number of students earning industry certificates and verified credits in career and technical education courses.
  • District and building level staff will partner with court service and community agencies to establish attendance guidelines and procedures.
  • Identification and intervention for individual student needs will be in place in all schools.
  • Teachers will utilize technology for academic engagement and student learning.
  • Assessment opportunities for students will be expanded through the use of project-based learning and standards-based rubrics.
  • Enrichment opportunities will be expanded by the Gifted Resource Teacher to support and enhance classroom instruction.
  • Washington County Schools will continue to provide students with opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking.
  • All schools will build student leadership capacity by providing numerous leadership opportunities for students.
  • A major instructional focus for Washington County Schools will be increased student achievement in the areas of writing and mathematics.
  • District and building level staff will recognize the impact of social-emotional learning and trauma-informed instruction on student learning.
  • Washington County Schools will develop a new internal review process to evaluate school improvement efforts in all schools.
  • Opportunities for career awareness will be extended to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • All schools will maintain full accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education while continuing to meet the needs of all students.
  • One hundred percent of Washington County Schools students will earn a diploma following the completion of an appropriate program of study.
  • Washington County Schools will continue to increase the number of students earning industry certificates and verified credits in career and technical education courses.
  • Identification and intervention for individual student needs will be in place in all schools.
  • Teachers will utilize technology for academic engagement and student learning.
  • Assessment opportunities for students will be expanded through the use of project-based learning and standards-based rubrics.
  • Enrichment opportunities will be expanded by the Gifted Resource Teacher to support and enhance classroom instruction.
  • Washington County Schools will continue to provide students with opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking.
  • All schools will build student leadership capacity by providing numerous leadership opportunities for students.
  • A major instructional focus for Washington County Schools will be increased student achievement in the areas of writing and mathematics.
  • Additional support staff will be added to meet the increasing demands of instructional technology.
  • District and building level staff will recognize the impact school culture has on student learning.
  • Teaching resources for the 2016 math standards will be reviewed and evaluated for possible adoption.
  • Washington County Schools will develop a new internal review process to evaluate school improvement efforts in all schools.
  • A district level committee to review attendance policies and procedures with the goal of improved attendance rates will be established.

Accomplishments

  • All schools achieved state and federal accreditation as established by the Department of Education and the Code of Virginia.
  • Students made continued improvements in achievement as indicated by the Department of Education SOL assessments.  As a result, Washington County Schools is highly ranked in state comparisons.
  • Students continued to earn industry certificates and verified credits in Career and Technical Education courses.
  • Courses were added for students at the Career and Technical Center in Sports Medicine, Health Informatics, Medical Billing and Coding, Technology of Robotic Design, Engineering, Modeling and Simulation Technology and Teachers for Tomorrow.
  • Summer enrichment opportunities were extended to students in the areas of Gifted Education, Career and Technical Education, Leadership, Virginia Rules and Pre-Health Care Careers.
  • Resources for language arts were adopted and will provide support for students in both print materials and an on-line digital platform.
  • High Point Elementary, Greendale Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Holston High School and John S. Battle High School received the 2019 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards. 
  • Valley Institute Elementary School received the 2019 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.
  • The 1:1 Chromebook initiative was extended to all 6th and 7th grade students.
  • Updated science equipment and resources were purchased for all middle and high schools.
  • An elementary mathematics coach provided support and resources for teachers and students.  A middle school math coach will be added during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • ESL students made significant progress in reading and mathematics, based on state standards.
  • The transportation department provided building administrators with the ability to efficiently submit and request field trips through Travel Tracker.
  • Washington County Schools received the Governor’s Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award as 1 of 15 divisions that met all state and federal benchmarks.
  • All schools achieved state and federal accreditation as established by the Department of Education and the Code of Virginia.
  • Students made continued improvements in achievement as indicated by the Department of Education SOL assessments.  As a result, Washington County Schools is highly ranked in state comparisons.
  • Through combined efforts of Washington County Schools, Washington County Board of Supervisors and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, all schools have a full-time school resource officer.
  • Students continued to earn industry certificates and verified credits in Career and Technical Education courses.
  • A Cyber Security course was added for students at the Career and Technical Center.
  • Multiple extended learning opportunities were provided for all students.
  • Resources for mathematics were adopted and will provide support for students in both print materials and an on-line digital platform.
  • Greendale and High Point Elementary Schools were designated as Title I Distinguished Schools by the Department of Education.
  • High Point and Watauga Elementary Schools received the 2018 Board of Education Excellence Award. 
  • The elementary gifted resource teacher provided specific learning opportunities for GATE students to support and enhance classroom instruction.
  • Technical support provided a wireless access point in every classroom.
  • An extended summer school program was provided for identified elementary students to address individual needs and access to enrichment opportunities.
  • Summer enrichment opportunities were extended to students in the areas of Career and Technical Education, Leadership and STEM.
  • Facility improvements provided replacement of roofing systems, air conditioning in all gymnasiums, and upgrades to restroom facilities.
  • All schools achieved state and federal accreditation as established by the Department of Education and the Code of Virginia.
  • Students made continued improvements in achievement as indicated by the Department of Education SOL assessments.  As a result, Washington County Schools is highly ranked in state comparisons.
  • Students continued to earn industry certificates and verified credits in Career and Technical Education courses.
  • Multiple extended learning opportunities were provided for all students.
  • A one-to-one computer initiative provided Chromebooks to students beginning in Grade 8 to increase student access to on-line instructional opportunities.
  • Greendale and High Point Elementary Schools were designated as Title I Distinguished Schools by the Department of Education.
  • Greendale, High Point and Watauga Elementary Schools received the 2017 Board of Education Excellence Award. 
  • John Battle and Patrick Henry High Schools received the 2017 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
  • Watauga Elementary School was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.
  • A Gifted Education Plan (GEP) was developed for all students who quality for the GATE program.
  • The elementary gifted resource teacher provided specific learning opportunities for GATE students to support and enhance classroom instruction.
  • The School Nutrition Department expanded the Grab and Go Breakfast Program.
  • Washington County Schools experienced positive reviews of current Federal Programs.
  • Technical support provided a wireless access point in every classroom.
  • A remedial summer school program was provided for identified elementary students to address individual needs and access to enrichment opportunities.
  • Facility improvements provided replacement of roofing systems, air conditioning in all gymnasiums, and upgrades to restroom facilities.
  • A STEM Camp was provided for a week in the summer for middle school students to enrich students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
School profiles, Standards of Learning test scores, and annual reports from the schools are available by selecting a school from the menu.