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Union, New Jersey
Union County
Township of Union School District
Washington Elementary is a public school located in Union, New Jersey with 564 students in grades Pre-K-4.
The Washington Elementary School (WES) learning community takes great pride in our culture of excellence and kindness! Testing data and survey results consistently and strongly validate this claim.
All students are taught the New Jersey Student Learning Standards through proven and effective methods of instruction (pedagogy).
Curricular programs include interactive online components which are accessible to students at home and enhance instruction in the classroom.
301 Washington Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Principal: Mr. Thomas Matthews
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White 35%
Black 17%
Asian 12%
Hispanic 32%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
Female 49.8%
Male 50.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 15%
Students with disabilities 14%
English learners 15%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 1%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 9%
Kindergarten 18%
1st Grade 19%
2nd Grade 18%
3rd Grade 20%
4th Grade 16%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 6
Weapons 2
Vandalism 1
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 10
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 45%
6 to 10 days 33%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 6%
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English 63.3%
Other 12.8%
Spanish 12.6%
Portuguese 7.4%
Gujarati 2.1%
Chinese 1.8%
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Learn more about Washington Elementary.


Mission: The mission of the Township of Union Public Schools is to build on the foundations of honesty, excellence, integrity, strong family, and community partnerships. We promote a supportive learning environment where all students are challenged , inspired, empowered, and respected as diverse learners. Through cultivation of students'' intellectual curiosity, skills and knowledge, our students can achieve academically and socially, and contribute as responsible and productive citizens of our global community.Vision: To provide every child with a sound academic foundation, a positive environment, and the skills necessary to continue learning as a lifelong pursuit.Theme: Kindness & excellence are the most prevalent and important themes at WES


All teachers in all grades and subjects use board of education approved curricula for elementary schools. These include, but are not limited to; Journeys for English/Language Arts, Go Math, Science Fusion, Timelinks for Social Studies. i-Ready is a software program that provides instruction, diagnostic assessments, standards mastery assessments and much more to enrich and enhance in-class instruction. All of these curricular programs include interactive online components which are accessible to students at home and enhance instruction in the classroom.


WES has a fourth grade student council. Our fourth grade student council practices the democratic process in all of its philanthropic endeavors. The student council conducts many community minded projects in which the children participate throughout the school year.


An after school program is offered for 12 weeks each school year. This program is available to eligible second, third, and fourth grade students and enriches ELA, math and STEM. The program is overseen by building administration.


The faculty consists of certified classroom teachers including full-time faculty in the areas of art, computer education, Spanish, vocal and instrumental music, and physical education. Various committees help administration to make decisions and provide direction for the learning community at large. The School Improvement Panel (ScIP) is comprised of teachers and administrators. The ScIP represents the entire staff and considers their input on topics such as professional development and mentoring. Staff input can be obtained, by the ScIP, through Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), surveys, and informal methods. Topics for PD have included; Writing, Journeys Training (ELA), Go Math Enrichment, Response To Intervention (RTI), i-Ready Training, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Training, PLC Training etc. There is a vice principal in Washington School to assist the principal in all day-to-day operations.


The entire learning community of Washington Elementary School prides ourselves on having a positive climate of kindness and excellence. A sound academic foundation is provided for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. The importance of written language is practiced in all academic areas. Additionally, our students participate in skills building programs to assist them in making education a lifelong pursuit. Student activities benefit a variety 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. services for students with special educational needs. Washington School has a full-time certified school nurse, Child Study Team and Guidance Counselor to assist students with emotional and behavioral issues.


The physical education (P.E.) teachers play an integral role in teaching and providing healthy life choices. In addition to the regular P.E. program these teachers facilitate Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day. Students in pre-K have at least 60 minutes of playtime which includes physical activity. All other students in grades K to 4 have a forty minute P.E. class twice per week and a twenty minute recess daily. WES also participates in the district-wide Relay for Life charitable initiative. WES has been a top earning school for this charity several times. Eligible students may receive free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch. All students may participate in our breakfast and lunch programs.


The WES PTA is extremely involved in student activities, and helps to orchestrate thousands of volunteer hours toward the shared vision of academic excellence. The Special Education Parent Advisory Group provides assistance, advocacy, and information for parents about special education services. Parents and other special guests are invited to visit our school to see first-hand what their children experience on a day-to-day basis. Parent volunteers provide scores of volunteer hours in our classrooms. WES has a special relationship with our local police and fire departments. Officials from these organizations provide learning opportunities for our students via special visits and assemblies. The Rotary Club and The Tree Stewards (non-profit environmental group) provide free lessons to our students. The United Community Center provides awards for students in all grades for being recognized as students who exemplify the positive attributes that were held by Martin Luther King.


Washington Elementary School is situated on a beautifully landscaped, tree-lined five-acre campus. The colonial style structure, which now houses 576 children, was built in 1931. the structural plan of the building provides: a full modernized gymnasium, a well equipped library, a media center, a separate cafeteria complete with hot lunch and hot breakfast programs, two modern computer labs, a classic, recently renovated, and air-conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity for over 475 persons, 34 standard sized classrooms, a nurse’s suite, and individual instructional rooms for music, speech, art, special academic areas, and English as a Second Language instruction.

School safety

WES has a Crisis Response Team (CRT) and a School Safety Team. The CRT is comprised of staff members who may have medical and/or administrative backgrounds. The CRT is responsible for coordinating responses to various types of drills and emergencies. The WES CRT has established a close relationship with the UPD and the UFD. Representatives from these emergency services visit the school periodically and present important information to the students. Mandatory drills for fire and different types of emergencies are practiced/drilled monthly. The district director of security assists with these drills. The School Safety Team is comprised of certificated staff members. This team monitors and assesses school needs as they affect school climate and culture. All stakeholders are surveyed periodically to ensure that our culture of kindness and excellence are maintained and continually enhanced.


WES has a new STEM library which provides teachers, and their students, with STEM lesson plans and supplies. WES also has a twelve week after-school program which includes a STEM component. Each classroom is provided with Activboards, laptop computers and desktop computers. There are two computer labs with 60 desk-top computers in total. The Activboards are critical learning tools which deliver the online components of each of our curricular programs. i-Ready is an online program that provides weekly instruction in reading and math and supports NJSLS standards mastery. Three Chromebook carts, with approximately 80 units, are located throughout the school so all students can have regular access to i-Ready, district-wide testing, and state testing. The WES Gifted & Talented (G&T) program also has a STEM component and familiarizes G&T students with various software programs.

Early childhood

WES has two full-day pre-kindergarten classes. There are a maximum of 15 students in each of these four sections.


Waashington Wages are given to those students who are “caught” doing random acts of kindness, selflessness, responsibility and for those who exhibit leadership qualities. The Susan H. Kornblum Inspiration Award is given to one fourth grade student each spring and is presented at the Fourth Grade Farewell. This student is selected by committee and must have overcome some obstacle or hardship and who serves as an inspiration to the entire learning community.

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