The Washington Township Schools (WTS), located in picturesque Long Valley, provides a high quality education to approximately 2,100 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school community is deeply committed to promoting the positive development and well-being of its young people and there exists a strong commitment on the part of adults to working together in order to achieve this goal. Among the 2015-16 WTS program highlights were the continued evolution of the middle school Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) program featuring the addition of a 3-D laser printer; a partnership with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education emphasizing high quality literacy professional development for primary grade faculty; an impressive array of club and sporting activities for middle school students; faculty professional development led by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Penn Literacy Network; year three of the District’s Full-Day Kindergarten Program; high quality specialized services to address diverse learning needs; a strong commitment to technology integration featuring a Bring Your Own Device initiative for middle level learners; high quality in-house professional language arts/literacy development experiences including a professional coaching component; the continued cultivation of grass roots character education programs; and the District’s emerging Strengthening the CORE education initiative relative to the Mathematics and English/Language Arts Common Core Standards.
Comprised of three elementary schools and one middle school, the district is a safe, nurturing learning community dedicated to inspiring life-long learning in its students through the design and implementation of comprehensive, 21st-century curricula. Our esteemed faculty, support staff, and leadership team ensure that the children are the district’s central focus and contribute passionately to the cultivation of school environments that value active engagement, instill self-confidence, encourage risk-taking, and respect individuality. Education of the whole child is the top priority as educators, parents, and community members strive to support the cognitive, social, emotional and physical well-beings of our town’s young people.
WTS is most fortunate to have positive forces within the educational community that support high quality public education. Our students come to school eager and ready to learn from an innovative and enthusiastic professional staff. That readiness and zeal are cultivated in the home as supportive parents make significant contributions to their children’s development during the formative, elementary years. In addition, the WTS community has an ever-evolving practice of valuing education and generously supports all of the schools through volunteerism, fundraising, and active participation in school elections. Parent-Teacher Associations and Organizations, the Long Valley Junior Women’s Club, the Police/Fire Departments and the Washington Township Municipal Alliance particularly exemplify this benevolence and contribute mightily to the students’ education and development.
WTS continually strives to provide a well-rounded educational program, weaving a curricular fabric that embraces all nine core content areas (Visual and Performing Arts; Science; Mathematics; Language Arts Literacy; Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; World Languages; Technology: and 21st-Century Life and Careers). There exists a strong commitment to developing learner-active, technology-infused curricula and to articulating the total educational endeavor to ensure educational excellence through grade eight and beyond. WTS has made contemporary technologies an integral component of program delivery thanks to a progressive faculty that has teamed with the Innovative Designs in Education Corporation to actively address the needs of the “millennial” learner.
The WTS faculty, administration, and Board of Education are committed to communicating effectively with students, parents, and the community. A positive exchange of information and ideas serves to establish feelings of trust, pride, cooperation, and unity. Overall, a cohesive approach to education on the part of all stakeholders is continually embraced as we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve our community’s children.