Upcoming Events

News and Announcements

Plant Sale

Washington Center is holding its annual plant sale.  Our greenhouse is full of bright colors with plant/vegetables grown and cared for by our students.   After such a long winter, we are all looking forward to spring!  Read More

Fun Run

Washington Center students and staff recently held their first annual “Pay It Forward Spirit Day.”  This event demonstrated to students how to help others as we have been helped.  Students walked or were pushed in their wheelchairs on a rotating schedule throughout the school day for laps around the gym to simulate a marathon.  Read More

Frankie's Fun Park

A day of fun...  Thanks to the PTA!  Every year, teachers at Washington Center are given the opportunity to apply for a PTA grant.  This year, Ms. Amy Garbe's class used their PTA grant to fund a trip to Frankie's Fun Park.  Read More

Spirit Day

Students in Ms. Kim Skipper’s class are preparing for the first ever “Pay It Forward” Spirit Day on Friday, April 4th at the Washington Center.   Each class has come up with a team name and painted a banner during art class.  Read More


Mrs. Cayce Campbell’s Washington Center@ Hollis  class has been learning about dinosaurs. They have taken several picture walks through books such as Dazzle the Dinosaur by Marcus Pfister and Dinosaur Roar.  Read More

About Us

Washington Center is a unique “one of a kind” facility. It is a separate school that serves students ages 3 to 21 with severe mental 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.