To inspire student learning and improve academic performance by providing quality education and parent partnership for all students that will prepare them for responsible participation in a changing global society. The Washington Unified School District serves an ethnically diverse and growing population of approximately 6,200 students with a staff of 694 employees, which includes 385 certificated and 309 classified. There are eight elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and a continuation high school which includes a variety of alternative education programs. Five of our schools are California Distinguished Schools. In addition to a quality K-12 educational program, the district offers a variety of additional education opportunities to meet the needs of the student population including a preschool program, Children's Center, Latchkey program, English as a second language, bilingual education, special education, gifted and talented education, vocal and instrumental music, opportunity classes and independent study. The Washington Unified School District is located in the City of West Sacramento. The city covers a 23-square mile area in the eastern Yolo County along the west bank of the Sacramento River, opposite the City of Sacramento. The city of 30,000 residents include the communities of Bryte, Broderick, Southport and West Sacramento. While essentially residential in character, the city is an eclectic mixture of business, homes, heavy industry, port activity and open space. New projected developments include industrial parks, corporate offices and residences. We are located adjacent to the Sacramento metropolitan area with many educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. The magnificent Sierra Nevadas are one and one-half hours to the east, while the majestic Pacific Ocean and the Bay Area are one and one-half hours to the west. The small town atmosphere, geographic location and pleasant climate create a highly desirable environment in which to live and work.