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About Our District

Annual Report

School Board

The district is governed by a five-member school board, each elected to a four-year term:

  • Sam Wells, Position 1 (Term Expires – 2017)
  • Cindy Meyer, Position #2 (Term Expires – 2017)
  • Ruth Ladderud, Position #3 (Term Expires – 2019)
  • Dr. David Hampson, President (Term Expires - 2019)
  • Derek Sarley, Vice President (Term Expires – 2019)

Learn more about our School Board >

Organizational Chart

District Staffing 

Walla Walla Public Schools continues to be committed to hiring and retaining “Highly Qualified” teachers and para-educators.

  • Certificated Administrators - 24
  • Classified Administrators - 9
  • Classified Staff - 413
  • Certificated Staff – 385
    • Master's Degrees - 303
  • TOTAL STAFF - 831 

District Enrollment

2015-2016 School Year

(Student counts based on “Head Count”)

  • Student Total - 5959
  • Special Education Students - 683
  • English Language Learners - 770



  • Elementary Schools - 6
  • Middle Schools - 2
  • High Schools - 2
  • Skills Center - 1
  • Preschool (Head Start/ECEAP) - 1
  • Other Programs (Opportunity) - 1


  • Berney Elementary (K-5)
  • Blue Ridge Elementary (K-5)
  • Edison Elementary (K-5)
  • Green Park Elementary (K-5)
  • Prospect Point Elementary (K-5)
  • Sharpstein Elementary (K-5)
  • Garrison Middle School (6-8)
  • Pioneer Middle School (6-8)
  • Lincoln High School (9-12)
  • Walla Walla High School (9-12)

Ethnic Diversity

Data: October 2015

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native - less than 1%
  • Asian - 1%
  • Pacific Islander - less than 1%
  • African American - less than 1%
  • Hispanic - 39%
  • White - 55%
  • Multi-Racial - 3%

Socioeconomic - 2015-16

  • Receiving Free or Reduced-Cost Meals:
    • 2015-16: 58%
    • 2014-15: 58%
(Based on income, percent of students who qualify for free/reduced price meals)

Walla Walla Public Schools At A Glance


Walla Walla Public Schools educates a diverse population of over 6,000 students. The district is comprised of: two high schools, two middle schools, six elementary schools, a child development center hosting HeadStart/ECEAP programs, and the SEA-TECH High School Skills Center.


A broad range of course offerings and programs that are aligned with the Washington State Learning Goals are offered to students at all grade levels.


Our district employs more than 800 staff members - excluding substitutes and part-time coaches. Nearly 400 teachers are employed -- 70 percent of whom hold master’s degrees. Each year more than 1,000 volunteers team to provide learning opportunities for students.


In 2014-15, Walla Walla School District received 71 percent of its revenue from the state, 19 percent locally, and 10 percent from federal sources. Total General Fund budget expenditures were $65,327,237 which averages $11,041 per student.

Local Levy Support

In 2016 Walla Walla voters approved a four-year replacement Maintenance and Operations levy. Levy approval secures local funding for essential district programs and staff.

District Programs


Walla Walla High School supports a four-year, comprehensive program. Core curriculum, a vocational program, Advanced Placement, English acquisition, special education, and fine arts courses are offered. Running Start to earn college credits is also available.

Middle School

The middle school programs include teaching teams at each grade level offering two to three core courses for the same 60-90 students. The middle schools also have an Explorer Gifted Learning Program, special education, transitional English, elective and exploratory classes.


Elementary schools offer a complete curriculum with a core focus on literacy, mathematics, and social sciences. Bilingual and English acquisition courses are offered. Low class sizes in kindergarten (all day) and first grade are featured.


The Child Development Center offers a comprehensive preschool program, including Head Start and Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP).

Special Programs


Secondary Alternative Education includes: Lincoln High School and Alternative Education Program at Walla Walla Community College. 

Special Education

Walla Walla Public Schools provides special education services to students who range in age from birth through 21 and have a documented disability.

Special education provides support to students so they can be successful in an educational setting. Our services include special instruction, physical and occupational therapy, speech and language services, transportation, counseling, school health services, behavioral support, rehabilitation and recreation services, and parent training.

Our Individualized Educational Program team determines what services and supports are needed to provide an appropriate educational program for each of our approximately 708 students who are currently receiving special education support.

High school students may be eligible for the Community Resource Training Program supported by local businesses. Community job experiences are provided for students in grades 9 through 12. More than 60 local employers provide work sites to help our students enhance their work skills. Students may rotate through eight different vocational placements during their first two years of high school. In their junior and senior years, students advance to more individualized volunteer or paid work experiences. Many times these work positions are supplemented with vocational classes at the high school or community college.

More than 60 special education students are participating in the Community Resource Training class. Special education staff support the students as they learn new job skills and experience the satisfaction of working in the community in real jobs. This program has emphasized the important link between the world of school and the world of work. Our students are learning which career paths match their own personal skills and interests.

Contact the Special Education Department at 527-3000.

Learn more about our Special Education services >

District Programs

District Finances

In 2014-15, Walla Walla School District received 71 percent of its revenue from the state, 19 percent locally (Levy), and 10 percent from federal sources. Total General Fund budget expenditures were $65,327,237 which averages $11,041 per student.  
Source: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Financial Reporting Summary FY 2014-15

How School Dollars Are Invested

Central Administration    2.8%
Districtwide Support    8.2%
School-based Support    12.3%
School Instruction    76.7%

Source: OSPI Financial Reporting Summary FY 2014-15

District Mission

Walla Walla Public Schools ensures all students receive high quality instruction in an aligned and coherent system while addressing their social and emotional needs in a safe and engaging environment.

Belief Statement

We Believe...

  • in challenging and supporting all students
  • quality instruction is critical to student success
  • in investing in staff to ensure excellence
  • in maximizing the impact of our resources
  • in collaborative and transparent operation
  • in the importance of family and community
  • diversity is a strength

District Vision

Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates

Strategic Plan Goals

Goal 1: Student Performance Targets

  • Increase Elementary and Middle School Literacy and Math Achievement
  • Improve High School Retention Rates

Goal 2: Superintendent Performance Targets

  • Successful Implementation of Entry Plan
  • Lead Inclusive Strategic Planning Process
  • Demonstrated Excellence in Relationship Building

Goal 3: School Board Performance Targets

  • Improve Community Involvement
  • Establish Best Practices for Leadership
  • Ensure Fiscal Accountability and Transparency
  • Support Strategic Planning Process

Read more about our Strategic Plan >

Distance from Walla Walla to...

Seattle, Wash. (273 miles northwest) 
Boise, Idaho (254 miles southeast)
Portland, Ore. (248 miles west)
Spokane, Wash. (181 miles north)
Yakima, Wash. (130 miles northwest)
Lewiston, Idaho (98 miles east)
Tri-Cities, Wash. (50 miles northwest)
Pendleton, Ore.(41 miles southwest)

Registration Information

Please visit our Enrollment & Registration page for information.

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