About

Jeff Pinnow

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


Two years ago, my family chose Washington School for our child. Your first thought is probably that I had no choice because of my job! My response to that legitimate objection is simply that I would not be at Washington School if I was not satisfied my child would have every opportunity to thrive.

Our child was thriving in school before coming to Greenville. We wanted a place we she would continue to grow. At Washington, our child found numerous places to jump in and participate immediately. Drama and journalism were the places our child chose, but I have seen others do the same with sports, art, band, robotics, and clubs. Your children will have the same chance to thrive at Washington School while discovering their passions.

My wife and I also wanted a school large enough for our child to face academic competition. Washington School has some of the brightest students in our region, and those students have provided my child with a peer group which promotes excellence. No student is able to coast through Washington School. Our faculty has high expectations for our students while providing the support they need to meet those expectations. My child has been prepared to excel at college next year.

Finally, we wanted a supportive community for our child. At Washington School, she is surrounded by students and families from every background. Our commonality is Washington School and our shared desire for our children to develop into their full potential while receiving the very best education possible. Any family from any walk of life and from any background who shares our belief in the mission of Washington School will find a warm, nurturing community waiting for them.

If you are interested in Washington School for your family, contact us and give us the opportunity to share our school community with you and to answer any questions you may have.

All the Best,

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.