Successful Graduate Stories

For almost 40 years, Washington Academy has been helping students succeed in school and in life. Our school believes in President Obama's educational philosophy that students need to be college and career ready. But don't take our word for it. The Star-Ledger (NJ Advanced Media) wrote an article about one of our former students and the impact he has had not just in the professional world, but in building a solid family for himself.

Click Here: NJ.Com Article 2015

Transition Success

We frequently hear from parents, "Thank you for all your hard work. How did you get my son/daughter to do all that work?"

The answer is simple: We didn't. Your child did all the work. We just taught them "HOW" to be successful.

The number one reason students succeed at Washington Academy and why thousands of parents have trusted our program is because every student can be successful in school, if they are taught how to be successful.

New Jersey's public and charter school system happens to be ranked in the Top 3 States in the U.S., which means the quality isn't the issue, but the ONE SIZE FITS ALL model does not meet the needs of many special needs students.

Our staff are highly trained educators who receive nearly 70 hours of professional development per year (the Top NJ School Districts provide 25 hours of P.D. training), so our teachers, aides and assistants help students LEARN how to succeed, which helps students overcome the challenge of ONE SIZE FITS ALL model.

All of this effort, work and dedication can take several years to instill, but it's worth it in the end.

Success Rates

But the proof is in the Numbers!

Since 2009, Students who enrolled in Washington Academy in the following grades successfully transitioned back to a "Less Restrictive Environment" (LRE) 

40%  of PreK- 2nd Grade students transitioned back to Public/Charter within 2.5 years

25%  of 3rd -5th Grade students transitioned back to Public/Charter within 3 years

20%  of 6th -8th Grade students transitioned back to Public/Charter within 4 years

The Highest Quality Transition Planning Program

Most Parents/Families and School Districts hope that students can transition back to LRE (public/charter) schools within 5 years. But transition success is individual and what works for one student, may not work for another.

In 2015, Washington Academy decided to meet that invididual challenge with an innovative Transition Planning Program for students enrolled in Other Out-Of-District Schools. With Parental Consent, School Districts sent IEPs to see if students qualified for this new program. Nine students were accepted and nearly 35% of those students transitioned back to Public/Charter schools within 12-18 months. 

Where Are They Now?

Thousands of students have attended Washington Academy in the last 40 years, but this is a highlight list of the jobs and colleges students have attended:

  • Managing the Official App  for The New York Times
  • Manager of Inventory at Home Depot
  • Shipping at UPS
  • Employee of the Month at Sears
  • Entry-Level and Full-Time Employees at Target
  • Entry-Level and Full-Time Employees at McDonald’s
  • Entry-Level and Full-Time Employees at Walmart
  • Data Technicians, Home Fios Installers at Verizon
Colleges
  • Montclair State University
  • Kean University
  • Rutgers University
  • Johnson and Wales University (Culinary Program Rated #6 by Best Schools 2017)