Award Year: 2017

Washington Elementary School

506 East Main Street
Whitewater, WI, 53190-2072

(262) 472-8600

Mr. Tom A. Grosinske, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Whitewater Unified School District

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Where everyone learns to make a difference.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic: 41%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • ELL: 29%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 46%
Washington Elementary School - Home of the Golden Eagles

Washington Elementary School - "Home of the Golden Eagles"

Washington Elementary School is one of three elementary schools in the Whitewater Unified School District. Whitewater is a small, rural city found in southeastern Wisconsin. Washington is home to 324 students enrolled in 4K through 5th grade. English is not the primary home language for 29% of our student population, and 48% of them receive free or reduced lunch. Special education professionals serve 15% of our students. We have been honored as a Wisconsin School of Recognition for both academic performance and closing gaps for students in targeted groups.

One of the main reasons for Washington Elementary's success in closing achievement gaps is that our staff starts at the beginning. While we live in an educational climate that requires attention to performance measures, data analysis, and problem solving based on these parameters, Washington's staff has never lost sight of the fact that student success begins with having a thorough, personal, and functional understanding of the children who face us in the classrooms. Our primary mission is to create self-reliant learners who know themselves as well as they know the curriculum, who know they are allowed to make mistakes and are proud to learn from them. Our commitment has always been to meet our students where they are, develop a complete understanding of their needs in and out of the classroom, and use the best educational tools and resources available to maximize their growth and engagement with their education.

Washington's child-first climate and culture has paved the way for student success in the past, and we are committed to assuring more of the same in the future.