News and Announcements
Washington Center Craft Day 2015
Washington Center recently held the annual Craft Day school-wide fundraiser. Students and teachers created a variety of items to sell to the public while enjoying the fair. In preparation for the sale, Saint Joseph Catholic School eighth graders, classroom staff, and volunteers assisted Washington Center students in making items for purchase. See More
Washington Center students and staff recently enjoyed a musical concert activity with Jason Currin, Percussionist with the Greenville Symphony EdReach Program. Mr. Currin involved the students through hands-on experiments with instrument shapes and sounds. See More
Donations, Grants, & Awards
Washington Center is the recent recipient of numerous donations, grants and awards. The Klaver Klub, a sorority representing Back and Hughes Middle Schools, donated $5,000 toward PTA initiatives. The Knights of Columbus funded physical therapy equipment through awarding the Hope Grant. See More
Golden Apple Award
On Monday evening, Sharon Russo joined other Golden Apple Award winners and their friends and families for dinner at the Westin Hotel sponsored by WYFF and Ingles. See More
Staff Member for May
Congratulations to May’s Staff Member of the Month, Ms. Colleen Salling. Colleen is a paraprofessional in Jean Ashmore’s class, and she has worked at Washington Center for seven years. See More
Ms. Marisa Davis’ Washington Center class celebrated Earth Day on April 22, by taking a trip to Runway Café at the Downtown Greenville Airport. It was a beautiful day for eating lunch outside while watching planes take off and land. See More
Washington Center is a unique “one of a kind” facility. It is a separate school that serves students ages 3 to 21 with severe intellectual disabilities. Many of these students have concurrent challenges such as autism, blindness, deafness, or physical disabilities.
The school motto is “Those You Think Cannot …Can!”
Staff uses assistive technology and augmentative communication, multi-sensory rooms, and a mobility program that allows students in wheelchairs to move about school while learning about their environment.
When you visit the school you see students learning to walk as they move up and down the halls. Sometimes it appears that the halls have a “traffic jam” as students stop to use their non-oral communication techniques as they greet each other or a staff member by pointing to pictures or you may see them carrying along a communication device mounted on a walker. Actually it is quite exciting and fun as visitors tour our building. Each student has an Individual Education Plan and is taught using modifications to the State Curriculum Standards. Students are evaluated on the SC-Alt (Alternate Assessment) as directed by the "No Child Left Behind" mandate.
The focus of Washington Center is to provide opportunities for students to explore and develop independent functioning by addressing students’ individual needs. Through home, school and community involvement, we create an educational environment to maximize student success.