Award Year: 2019

Wass Elementary School

2340 Willard Drive
Troy, MI, 48085-4009

(248) 823-3900

Mr. Matt Jansen, Principal at time of Nomination

Troy School District

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The purpose of Wass Elementary School is to ensure that all students reach his or her highest learning potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 63%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 29%
Wass Elementary through the eyes of our students.

Wass Elementary through the eyes of our students.

Wass Elementary is a kindergarten through fifth grade public school, opened in 1978, that is located in the nationally accredited and highly acclaimed Troy School District. We have a diverse student population where over 70 different languages are spoken, with many of them represented at Wass Elementary. We celebrate our diversity by encouraging and fostering a kind and inclusive environment for students, staff, and parents.

Our school believes in and provides a safe and positive learning environment for students and staff. Wass was named a State School of Character by in 2019. We use the 11 Principles Framework to guide our character education practices known as The Wass Wolves' Way. We integrate our character education values and practices into every facet of our school life, but also ensure its consistency and common language through our multi-grade level peer Wolf Pack program.

Our school's emphasis on character education lays the foundation for our teachers to deliver best practice instruction to our students in literacy, math, science, and social studies while emphasizing and developing a culture of thinking. Students are engaged in learning by focusing on understanding, not traditional or wrote learning. The dual effort to provide a desirable learning environment with best practice instruction is what helps all students reach their highest learning potential and supports staff to continually grow to be the best instructors possible for their students.

Wass is a great model of what can happen when parents, students, teachers, and administration work together to support student learning.