Fast Facts

Grades Served: Pre-Kindergarten, K-12

Student Ages: Our PreK is for 3 and 4 year olds; The K-12 program ages range from 5 to 21.

Student/Teacher Ratio: As low as 3:1 in some grade levels

Average Academic Class Size: 12 Students

Accreditation: Certified as an Approved Private School by the Department of Education

Faculty: Each Classroom has a certified teacher in special education, and some staff hold multiple State certifications

Location: Essex County (Directly off Garden State Parkway Exit 148, Minutes from Route 3, Route 280, Route 7, Bloomfield Ave and Franklin Ave.)

Counties Served: Essex, Bergen, Morris, Middlesex, Union, Passaic, Hudson, and Sussex Counties.

Campus: Pre-school, Elementary, Middle and High School

Summer Program/Extended School Year: Approximately half the full student enrollment attends our ESY program which consists of academic skills building and review, social skills, field trips and counseling. ESY fosters continued growth and minimizes academic regression. (ESY can also serve for High School Students who need to make up credits in order to earn a high school diploma.)

Student Population Served: Washington Academy's program is designed to serve all students with mild to moderate behavioral challenges, as well as students with learning disabilities. A majority of students have IEP classifications, ED, MD, OHI, SLD and Autism. All students who attend the school are academically capable at their individual level. For students with Autism, please contact us to determine if our program can meet the student's individual needs.

Therapeutic Environment: Washington Academy's faculty, support staff, and administration are all trained and certified in de-escalation techniques as well as the education of students with special needs. Therefore, every aspect of the program is considered a Therapuetic Environment. There is no behaviorist on staff because of the school's comprehensive PBS system, which was designed by a licensed psychologist and special education expert over 40 years ago. 

Staff Professional Development: All Washington Academy staff receive comprehensive and rigorous professional development on an annual basis. The school provides more than 30 hours of training per year and some of our staff train for more than 50 hours. Staff learning is at the heart of the success of our school and program.

Common Core Standards: Washington Academy teachers write curriculum maps for each grade level based and aligned with the Common Core Standards adopted by New Jersey.

Literacy Success: Since 2008, 65% of students enrolled in our Literacy Lab have improved one (1) full grade level, 10% of students have seem improvement as much as three (3) full grade levels within an 18-month time period.

High School Graduate Diplomas: From 2009 to 2013, 100% of Washington Academy seniors earned a high school diploma. Starting in 2012, Washington Academy initiated a new diploma program to help students with special needs earn high school credits, along with career and college counseling.

The Transitions Program: Being College and Career Ready is mandatory at Washington Academy. All students enrolled in the 8th grade and higher are automatically included in the Transition Program to prepare the students for post-graduate life.