News and Announcements

Craft Day 2015

Are you looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift or maybe some beautiful flowers to plant in your garden? Then, come join Washington Center students, family and staff for their annual Craft Day. Students have been busy making a variety of crafts and goodies.  See More

How do carrots grow?

Ms. Lacoyah Smith and Ms. Erin Sosebee’s Washington Center classes are learning about the life cycle of a carrot based on a Weekly Reader lesson.  The classes planted cut and uncut carrots to answer the question “Does a carrot grow roots if it is cut at the bottom and top?”  See More

School Messenger 4/17/15

This has been a very special week in that we all went to Wade Hampton High School on Tuesday to see their drama group’s performance of Anansi the Spider.  It was a great trip --- the talented Wade Hampton students were very friendly to all of our children; and, we are grateful to Linda Hill who paid for everyone’s ticket.  See More

Craft Day

Please come and join the students, families, and staff for a day of celebration and inspiration.  Students have been busy making a variety of crafts such as: baked goods, wreaths, hairclips, jewelry, notecards, candles, sugar scrubs, magnets, burlap door hangers, monogrammed objects, gift baskets, a variety of yummy food items and SO MUCH MORE!!  See More

Palliative Care

If you were unable to attend out Palliative Care breakfast this morning, you can watch the video on our YouTube page.

Golden Apple Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Sharon Russo.  She won the Golden Apple Award from WYFF News 4.  We are so proud of her!  Way to go Sharon!  See More

Special Olympics

Washington Center students in Ms. Kim Skipper’s class participated in the Special Olympics Spring Games at Furman University on April 8th.  See More

Diquaris Johnson

Congratulations to our own Diquaris Johnson!  He was named one of Upstate Parent Magazine's Outstanding Fifth Graders! See More 

Spring Plant Sale

Students at Washington Center have a plethora of plants ready for their Spring Community Plant Sale.  This annual project supports the greenhouse program lead by Adaptive Environmental Science Teacher Cathy Bush.  See More

Staff Member for April

Congratulations to April’s Staff Member of the Month, Ms. Pat Cheney.  Pat is one of the folks responsible for the excellent lunches our students have every day, and those who nominated her said that she is a hard worker with a ready smile.  See More

P is for Palmetto

Students in Mrs. Sarah Tanner’s Washington Center Medical Homebound class have been studying about South Carolina.  They have learned about our state bird, the Carolina Wren and state flower, the Yellow Jessamine.  See More

Luncheon with Don Clardy
The Washington Center PTA recently hosted an informational luncheon for parents.  Attendees received expert advice from Lawyer Don Clardy regarding financial services for families of individuals with special needs.  See More

About Us

Washington Center is a unique “one of a kind” facility. It is a separate school that serves students ages 3 to 21 with severe intellectual disabilities. Many of these students have concurrent challenges such as autism, blindness, deafness, or physical disabilities.

The school motto is “Those You Think Cannot …Can!”

Staff uses assistive technology and augmentative communication, multi-sensory rooms, and a mobility program that allows students in wheelchairs to move about school while learning about their environment.

When you visit the school you see students learning to walk as they move up and down the halls. Sometimes it appears that the halls have a “traffic jam” as students stop to use their non-oral communication techniques as they greet each other or a staff member by pointing to pictures or you may see them carrying along a communication device mounted on a walker. Actually it is quite exciting and fun as visitors tour our building. Each student has an Individual Education Plan and is taught using modifications to the State Curriculum Standards. Students are evaluated on the SC-Alt (Alternate Assessment) as directed by the "No Child Left Behind" mandate.

The focus of Washington Center is to provide opportunities for students to explore and develop independent functioning by addressing students’ individual needs. Through home, school and community involvement, we create an educational environment to maximize student success.