Award Year: 2018

George Washington Elementary School

1500 Stewart Avenue
Park Ridge, IL, 60068-3867

(847) 318-4360

Mrs. Stephanie Daly, Principal at time of Nomination

Park Ridge Community Consolidated School District 64

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Our school mission is aligned with our District 64 Mission. At Washington School, we inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve and care.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 19%
Students collaborate during a differentiated ELA lesson.

Students collaborate during a differentiated ELA lesson.

Washington School is a neighborhood school comprised of 650 students from Park Ridge, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Many of our students are the children -- and even grandchildren -- of Washington School alumni, so our school traditions are deeply rooted and widely celebrated.

We are the Washington Wildcats! Our school-wide theme is Washington ROARS and this acronym stands for Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility, and Safety. We enjoy an enthusiastic partnership with parents and families and are proud of our collaboration to foster a successful elementary experience. Each year, students participate in service learning projects to help students build an awareness of the importance of supporting others both within and outside of our Washington community.

Three key strategies have been implemented over the past four years to support students with achieving their full potential: 1) formative assessment; 2) a focus on social emotional learning activities for students and adults; and 3) the implementation of the SMART goal setting process.

Each year, the Washington Data Leadership Team takes a deep dive into our school performance data and shares this information with all grade-level teams. Grade-level teams dig deeper into their grade-level and individual student data to create a grade-level action plan. Teams identify how they will specifically contribute to the achievement of the school-wide goal. Co-teaching partnerships target differentiation to improve student achievement and lessons have become more differentiated. Our goal is to give students more ownership of their learning and voice in creating an action plan for growth.