About

Jeff Pinnow

Welcome to Washington School,
where the results prove the deeds!

Right now almost fifty years of graduates, or well over 3,000 Washington School alumni, are all around the country proving the investment of the school community in them. The students and families impacted by our work are the ultimate measure of our deeds as a learning community.

I am excited by our history, or our proof, of helping students develop as scholars, as athletes, and most importantly as well-rounded people who make wherever they are better. Building on our remarkably stable foundation, I look forward to working with our community to provide even more proof for the world to see.

We are embarking on a strategic journey together to make our school the school of choice for our region. Together, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, we are building a school community that is the equal of the very best independent schools in the world. Our students will be challenged in a supportive environment to discover and use their gifts and abilities. Our graduates will be ready for the most challenging universities in the world and will be well-equipped to face all of life’s challenges.

If you are considering Washington School for your family, please contact the school and allow us to offer you proof of our deeds in a visit to the school. If you are a former or current student or a Washington School family member, we would also love to hear your story of Washington School’s impact on your life. We look forward to working with each of you as we prepare for Washington School’s next half century of educational excellence.

Sincerely,

Jeff Pinnow
Head of School

Mission Statement

As a college preparatory school, Washington School’s mission is to promote life-long learning, moral and spiritual values, and academic excellence.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Washington School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

Non Discrimination Policy

Accreditation

Washington School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and by the Mississippi Private School Association. The school is also a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The National Middle School Association, and the Association for Childhood Education.

As a Mississippi Non-Profit Corporation, the school is governed by an elected board of directors.

The school’s motto is Exitus Acta Probat—“The results prove the deeds.”

History

In response to a community need for a local college preparatory school, Washington School was established in the spring of 1969. From the beginning, all plans for staff, faculty, and curriculum were made in accordance with the standards established by the Mississippi Accrediting Commission, the official accrediting agency of the state of Mississippi. Washington School was one of the first private schools in the state to be accredited by the Mississippi Private School Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In early November of 1969, a charter was obtained from the state; an organizational meeting was held, and a board of directors was elected. School began in September, 1970, with a staff of twenty three faculty members and 323 students. Classes were held in the present elementary building with the east side used for elementary students and the west side for secondary students. Each grade consisted of one section with the exception of the fifth grade, which consisted of two sections.

The sports program at Washington School was not established until the second year. Other extracurricular activities took shape as clubs and organizations were formed. A student council was elected; a yearbook staff was chosen; a junior high basketball team was formed; and the Beta Club, an honor organization for academically superior students, was chartered at Washington School.

Much has changed since the school’s inception. Today Washington School has an enrollment of over 600 students with a faculty of over 60 members, 65 percent of which have Master’s Degrees. With an excellent statewide reputation, Washington School has remained an outstanding college preparatory school.

 working-hard-cuteBeliefs

Students learn best when they are motivated, challenged, and actively engaged in the learning process in a safe, secure environment.

Students are provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support different learning styles.

Reading, writing, assessing, and evaluating are keys to academic success; therefore, as a school, we should focus on teaching these skills at a college preparatory level.

Student involvement in extracurricular activities can enhance personal development and achievement.

Student exposure to moral and spiritual values is necessary to develop citizenship, character, respect for others, and self-discipline.

Lines of communication are open, enabling students to freely communicate with school personnel.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.

Continuous improvement of our school is imperative in order to fulfill our mission to produce life-long learners.