Washington Township

Public Schools | Sewell, NJ

Elementary Curriculum Overview

What K-5 Programs Distinguish Our School District?

  • Comprehensive language arts literacy program in grades kindergarten through fifth grade
  • World Language program that includes instruction in Spanish to all students in grades 3 and 4
  • Fifth grade students study French and German, in addition to Spanish. Students are introduced to comparative languages.
  • An inquiry-based science program that engages students through experimentation and hands-on activities
  • A standards-based education with an emphasis on literacy
  • Gifted education is provided through  the Talented and Gifted program for students in grades 3-5 (TAG)
  • Weekly instruction in music, art, library skills, computer literacy, and physical education is provided by Specialists.
  • Vocal, instrumental, and string music programs
  • An award-winning technology education program
  • "Live" broadcasts for morning news with our elementary students as news anchors
  • Innovative use of technology, including web quests, web hunts, distance learning
  • Use of sign language at the kindergarten level as a literacy strategy.
  • Integrated speech, language, and literacy instruction at the kindergarten level through the combined efforts of the literacy specialist, speech specialist, and classroom teacher
  • Multi-age class cited as exemplary model of collaborative education and acknowledged as Best Practice by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Cooperative efforts between the schools and community, including START instruction through the effort of the Washington Township Police Department and fire safety simulation training through the Washington Township Fire Department.
  • Annual musical concerts and art shows
  • School-based character education and guidance programs that include conflict resolution skills.
  • Community partnership with Duffields' Farm for hands-on experiences in life science for third grade students.
  • Collaborative projects with Washington Township High School students
  • All elementary staff have been trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver.
  • English as a Second Language students, their parents, and teachers participate in the district's annual International Night celebration.
  • The Waterford Early Reading computerized program assists our beginning readers in decoding. fluency, and comprehension
  • Students participate in Fast ForWord computerized programming to boost achievement in literacy.
  • Reading and math specialists provide basic skills' support to help our elementary children reach high levels of achievement
  • Professional partnerships with Rowan University provide professional development and research-based instructional practices and methodologies.
  • All students in first through fifth grade attend a professional theatrical performance at the district's Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Elementary students participate in Good Morning Math, Working Writers, and Get Set as a before-school or after-school initiative designed to boost student achievement in literacy and math.