Accountability Report Card About Our School
Washington Battles School is located in the southeast section of Santa
Maria. The school opened in April 1988 with 345 students. Since then,
the school has grown to an enrollment of approximately 900 students in
kindergarten through sixth grade. Battles School has 41 dedicated
teachers who educate our students. In May 1998, Battles was selected as a
"California Distinguished School." Only the top 5% of schools in
California are awarded this honor. Battles’ instructional program is
outstanding as a result of dedicated teachers, supportive parents and
strong educational leadership. Approximately 56% of our students are
English Learners. Battles provides an educational program where students
are nurtured as they grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and
socially during the years of transition from childhood to adolescence.
At Battles School, our motto is: "Dare to Dream, Prepare to Do."
Goals and School-Wide Vision
Battles School embraces the goals of providing an environment where all
children can and do learn. Developing and implementing a rigorous
academic monitoring system, creating an environment where technology is
an integral component of the learning process, accentuating Battles'
parents as participants in the teaching/learning process, providing
staff development which supports our goals of increased student academic
achievement, monitoring student progress, technology, and inspiring
What is Happening at Battles?
G.W. Battles has
embraced district adopted state standards in reading/language arts and
math across all grade levels. These rigorous standards raise
expectations for all students and are closely monitored to ensure
student success. For students needing extra assistance in mastering
these identified standards, several "Extended Day Programs" are offered.
Small group tutorials are directed by teachers to target students who
benefit from intensified interaction. Reading and Math Intervention
Programs target students who need small group instruction and a
"Homework Club" provides assistance and helps students with their
homework assignments. Other enrichment activities offered at Battles
include Outdoor School for 6th grade students, an annual talent Show
and flag football. All state required curricular areas are included in
the school curriculum. Continual analysis of students’ instructional
needs determines methods and teaching procedures by staff. English
Language Development (ELD) is a focus for all students at all levels of
Carlee Gruver, Principal
A California Distinguished School