301 Washington Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908.851.6460
Fax: 908.810.1012

Mission Statement


Washington Elementary School has a definitive mission: To provide every child with a sound academic foundation, a positive environment, and the skills necessary to continue learning as a life long pursuit.

Washington Elementary School is situated on a beautifully landscaped, tree-lined five-acre campus. The colonial style structure, which now comfortably houses 600 children, was built in 1931. The structural plan of the building provides: a full gym, a well equipped library and media center, a separate cafeteria complete with hot lunch and hot breakfast programs, a modern computer lab, a classic, air-conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity for over 475 persons, 34 standard sized classrooms, a nurse's suite, and individual instructional rooms for art, music, speech, special academic areas, and English as a Second Language instruction.

The faculty consists of 26 highly qualified classroom teachers, 7 teaching assistants, full-time faculty in the areas of art, computer education, vocal and instrumental music, and Physical Education. Services are offered to students with developmental difficulties in Speech and Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy needs, as well as services for students with special educational needs. Washington has a full-time certified school nurse, Child Study Team and interventionist to assist students with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

We pride ourselves in the knowledge that a sound academic foundation is provided for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. In addition, Washington Elementary School students participate in physical education, cultural arts, computer science, and world cultures programs. The importance of written language is practiced through a quarterly in-school newspaper as well as a post office where the children and teachers exchange letters. A student run store helps to emphasize math and interpersonal skills. Our third and fourth grade student council practices the democratic process as it governs these applied academic programs. In addition, the student council conducts many community minded projects in which the children participate throughout the school year. Additionally, our students participate in skills building programs to assist them in the making education a lifelong pursuit. Student activities benefit a myriad of philanthropic organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, and local food banks. These endeavors allow the children to learn the role of the individual in maintaining the moral fiber of society.

Our Parent Teacher Association is well organized and helps to orchestrate thousands of volunteer hours toward the common vision of academic excellence. Teachers and support staff equally share their energies and work countless hours beyond the normal school day. Senior citizens and local residents provide tutorial assistance and classroom support. These collective efforts have become the hallmark of the Washington School family.