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​Mission Statement

​Mission Statement

The mission of the Washington Unified School District, THE GATEWAY TO EXTRAORDINARY POSSIBILITIES, is to challenge and support each student to develop effective critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills as a life-long learner acting in an ethical manner to serve a broader community through a community of learners characterized by:
  • engaging learning experiences in safe, positive environments;
  • highly-qualified, reflective and adaptive educators;
  • a culture of innovation responsive to student needs and aspirations;
  • a community promoting family involvement, strong partnerships, and school pride.
Our History

Our History

In 1846, a man named James McDowell bought 600 acres west of Sacramento and together with his wife, Margaret, and their three daughters, they become some of the first settlers in the area we know today as Broderick. Following the death of her husband, Margaret soon became the sole supporter of the property looking for a way to provide for her family.

In 1849, Margaret hired a land surveyor to map out 160 acres, which was then divided into forty one blocks. She sold individual lots within this platted area which she named the "Town of Washington". During its first ten years, the rural Town of Washington went through a significant increase in business development and shipping activity becoming a resting point for travelers passing through on their way to Sacramento.

In 1917, the early residents of the Town of Washington needed a place to educate their children and eventually built the Washington Grammar School. Regional expansion would lead to the development of new communities such as Broderick, Bryte, and Riverbank and later into the area known as Southport. As time would continue to pass, the area west of Sacramento was continually being referred to as West Sacramento. 

In 1987 voters chose the path of incorporation and the City of West Sacramento was officially formed, representing all the smaller communities of Washington, Broderick, Bryte, Riverbank and Southport. Our
West Sacramento community was built on the foundations of a rich history and identity which resonate even today throughout the Washington Unified School District.
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WUSD Today

WUSD Today

Washington Unified welcomes you to be a part of a rich family history dating back to 1917 when the earliest residents of modern-day West Sacramento made education a priority for their children and built the original Washington Grammar School.
Today, we take that spirit to the next level as the premier provider of high-quality education in West Sacramento, serving nearly 7,500 students across seven K-8 schools and three high schools. We offer cutting-edge opportunities featuring Free College Savings Accounts for kindergarteners, Spanish Dual Language Immersion, Visual & Performing Arts, Career Technical Education, AVID, MESA, Before and After School Care, and so much more.
District Fast Facts

District Fast Facts

Accreditation: WASC
Core Programs: Preschool, TK-12, and Adult Education
Student Population: 8,334 (including charter students)

• Hispanic: 44%
• White: 28%
• Asian: 14%
• African American: 5%
• Two or More Races: 4%
• 63.3% Free or Reduced Meals
• 17% English Learners
• 19% Reclassified Fluent English Proficient
• 11% Students with Disabilities
• 2% Foster Youth
Square Miles of the District: 22.80 square miles
Operating Budget: $95M
Number of Administrative Staff: 38
Number of Certified Teachers: 411
Number of Classified Staff: 353
Number of School Buildings:
• Alyce Norman Preschool Center (Head Start Program)
• 7 – TK-8 Schools
• 1 – Comprehensive High School
• 1 – Continuation High School
• 1 – Dependent Charter High School
• 1 – Adult Education Program
Special programs available to students are 10 Career Technical Education Pathways with State award-winning CA Partnership Academies, a Spanish Dual Immersion Program, and Washington Middle College High School.

The district partners with Sacramento City College, U.C. Davis, and CSU, Sacramento to offer higher education opportunities to students.
Extracurricular activities available include visual & performing arts (K-12 grades) consisting of ClassMusic, art, theatre, and dance (high school); High School Athletics (CIF); and Middle School Athletics.