Education has remained a significant resource in the Washington community, aiding in the overall high quality of life residents and businesses have come to cherish. From the area’s 10 preschools, its excellent public school district and outstanding private school option to a preeminent institution of higher learning, Washington is supplied with ample opportunities for lifelong learning.
Washington Community School District is composed of five locations, together housing more than 1750 students. The progressive district is continually enhancing its facilities and curriculum, with $2 million in elementary building improvements and $1 million in middle school renovation, the use of modern technology in the classroom, gifted and talented programs and great student assistance programs.
The high school recently completed a $15 million expansion project complete with a 1:1 Computer-to-Student initiative which will bring our technology program to the next level and be able to provide our students the tools they need in order to be successful in their future endeavors. In addition to that, the partnership between Kirkwood Community College offers over 20 classes available at the high school for college credit and when the new Kirkwood Center is constructed, there will be programs available where students could earn their AA degree by the time they graduate high school.
Washington also offers private education at St. James Catholic School, which was founded in 1866, and is open to students of all faiths. The St. James staff collaborates with the public school which allows for quality professional growth for teachers and enhances learning of the students. Results show that St. James Catholic school children continue to consistently perform at or above proficiency levels on standardized tests. Among the ways they accomplish this goal is through multi-age school families for special activities that allow for student mentoring.
One of St. James biggest assets is the strong family, parish and community support. This support includes spiritual, financial, and physical support throughout the school year. St. James offers co-curricular opportunities such as St. James Singers, puppet ministry, plays, and intramural basketball. Strong volunteerism is evident in the Home and School Association and Earthly Blessings retail shop located in the historic downtown.
For those interested in pursuing a post-secondary education career, Kirkwood Community College’s Washington Center campus is a great place to start. The two-year college was established in the late 1960s and has since grown immensely. Currently a $9 million state-of-the-art regional education center is under construction with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2014. The new Washington County Regional Center will continue to offer college credit courses, continuing education, high school completion/GED programs and workforce training, while also offering college credit opportunities to qualified high school students at no cost to the student and their families. Kirkwood Community College provides Washington County students with affordable tuition, a convenient location and endless educational opportunities.
What’s more, the Washington community is in close proximity to the highly esteemed University of Iowa, which is nationally ranked for its top-rate medical facilities, law programs and liberal arts curriculum. Access to Iowa Wesleyan College is quick, with its campus positioned a short 30-minute drive south of Washington.