About our STEAM School

Our Why

Washington Elementary provides an engaging and collaborative community where all learners thrive. We are an interdisciplinary STEAM- focused school with a sustainable model for innovation that supports learners in solving authentic problems through inquiry. We strive to develop and empower lifelong learners, that have the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to lead successful lives. 

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology,Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.  As our workforce and economy shift more towards professions in STEAM field, it became apparent that our youth needed to build confidence in these topics from the beginning.

It is important to note that STEAM is not a program, but a philosophy. Traditional education philosophy separate subjects completely, so that skills may be developed in one area and abandoned in another. In our real world, content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated. STEAM programming builds collaborative programming and curriculum. Interwoven capacity skills are vital for success in the 21st century and critical to our collective future. STEAM education accomplishes this through project-based learning, usually through interdisciplinary activities.

STEAM at Washington Elementary:

Our STEAM program is implemented through Project Based Learning (PBL) and is supported by the New Tech Network and The Leader In Me. As a STEAM school, our school has 1-1 technology, extensive staff training, and an on-site PBL Coordinator. Each classroom was designed for Project Based Teaching and Learning.   See Class Renderings

Our prime location in California’s capitol affords Washington Elementary the capacity to partner with leaders in technology and the arts, in our downtown sphere.

STEAM Pipeline/Feeder Schools:

Washington’s feeder Middle Schools are:

Our High School feeder school is: C.K. McClatchy High School. STEAM and PBL focused high schools in SCUSD are the School of Engineering and Science and Sacramento New Tech High School