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2019–2020 School Accountability Report Card
About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2020–2021)
Last updated: 12/30/2020
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2020–2021)
At Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (WSMA) we are extremely proud of the many programs available to the students and families we serve. We offer an excellent academic foundation, pathways to high school programs, Spanish Dual-language Immersion Programming, many extracurricular activities, teacher-sponsored clubs, and an outstanding after school program.
Our academic program is built around the needs of our students. Our lessons are designed to be differentiated by the analysis of student data and by including student voice and choice. Students experience an extended process of inquiry in response to complex questions, problems, or challenges. Through this process, rigorous instructional units and projects are carefully planned. Also, projects are managed and assessed to help students learn key academic content, to practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking, creativity), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. Students are provided grade-level instruction that will help them to successfully transition to high school and beyond.
Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy is the recipient of a second federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant. This grant has three areas of focus: Social Emotional Learning, College and Career Readiness, and Academic Language Development. These areas of focus are realized through our site’s diverse programming. Our site has an advisory period daily that gives space for lessons dedicated to social emotional learning, the development of students’ self-awareness and self-esteem, and the development of skills for success in college and career. Along with what is learned in advisory class, we implement AVID strategies school-wide so that students see how all of these skills are important in all areas of their learning. We also offer AVID elective courses for students who want to learn more about how to be successful in their futures. The focus on academic language is a reaction to the recognition of our students’ need to be able to express themselves and their learning more clearly and effectively for state testing and other areas of their academic lives. All classes incorporate the practice of expressing what they have learned from certain lessons and/or instructional units through written and oral expression.
Under the umbrella of academic language development and cultural proficiency, we host a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program (SDLIP) on site that provides continuity of programming from our elementary SDLIP programs. Students who participate in this program take Spanish Language as their elective class and the SDLIP social studies class whose content is the same as the mainstream social studies classes, only taught in Spanish. This gives students the opportunity to use their Spanish language skills in a relevant fashion. The teachers of the SDLIP program collaborate to provide holistic programming that includes exposure to the different aspects of Latinx culture.
WSMA continues to offer its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs to all students enrolled at our site as a part of the school’s previous MSAP grant. WSMA students have the opportunity to explore curriculum which allows them to investigate real-world problems and devise potential solutions. Along with our rigorous academic programming, students have access to interactive elective courses such as Exploratory STEM elective courses, Robotics, Spanish, Glee Club, Leadership, Band, and Orchestra classes. We also offer AVID elective courses for students who want to focus on college and career readiness in depth.
Teachers at WSMA will continue to receive extensive training in Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a way to integrate authentic learning experiences for our students. Teachers utilize PBL to guide students through the development of carefully planned projects that assist students in learning key academic content and help students understand how the core curricular areas are interdependent. Additionally, the use of PBL will provide students with the opportunity to practice 21st Century Skills to produce high-quality authentic products and presentations.
We encourage everyone to become actively involved in our school. Our commitment is to keep parents well-informed about our school and each student’s progress in school. It is our belief that parents and guardians are students’ first teachers, therefore we are committed to helping parents by providing parent workshops and other opportunities to be involved in the school community. We view parent involvement as the foundation of all great schools. We have an active PTSA and offer monthly parent workshops which help parents learn how to use the computer to utilize the developmental strategies of students in middle school.
Last updated: 1/18/2021
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2019–2020)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/30/2020
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2019–2020)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||11.20 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||%|
|Hispanic or Latino||80.90 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||0.70 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||90.10 %|
|English Learners||22.90 %|
|Students with Disabilities||12.10 %|
|Foster Youth||1.60 %|