Washington Elementary School
It took a lot of engineering and creativity to resurrect Washington Elementary School. The midtown school is now high-tech and with an emphasis on STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
In 2013, the school was one of seven Sacramento City Unified Schools that closed due to budget cuts. Demand in the area forced the district to reopen the school.
“We’ve got a lot of new housing in the pipeline,” Sacramento City Council member Steve Hansen said. “Some of it getting built nearby. We also have, I think, a lot of people who see the potential for bringing their families back just, in general, to midtown.”
This school is drawing families from as far away as Davis and Rancho Cordova.
Parents who live and work in midtown are relieved to, once again, have a neighborhood school.
“It’s very close to both my husband’s work in midtown and mine in downtown,” parent Janice O’Malley Galizio said. “So, we’re looking forward to it.”
This year, the school will only accept 200 students. School leaders plan is to grow over the next few years.
The first day of school is Sept. 1.