School­ Wide Positive Behavior Support System

Vare­-Washington prescribes to a tiered structure of recognizing the positive in each and everyone of our students while also holding students accountable for their actions. This tiered system is known as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).

Through our PBIS system, ClassDojo, students have the opportunity to earn merit points. Merit points can be given out by any staff member and acknowledge students for performing actions that relate to Vare­-Washington’s Core Values:

Core Values

Family ­ “We protect and respect one another”
Outcomes ­ “You will know us by our work”
Compassion ­ “We notice. We feel. We act.”
Unstoppable ­ “We find a way or we make one”
Service  “We rise by lifting others.”

Students who earn 30 merits in a month are eligible to participate in exclusive monthly school ­wide celebrations! These can include, but are not limited to, special field trips, merit malls where students can purchase prizes, movie celebrations, and much much more!

Extracurricular Activities

The Arts

  • Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion Classes
  • Fleisher Art Memorial’s Community Partnership in the Arts
  • KinderJazz with the Kimmel Center
  • Jazz4Freedom with the Kimmel Center


  • Science Olympiad
  • Math Olympiad
  • 7th & 8th Grade Research Capstones
  • Middle School Weekly Visits to Santore Library
  • Elementary School Weekly Visits to Our In-School Library
  • Mighty Writers

Student Life

  • Student Council
  • Partner Buddy Classrooms
  • Eat Right Now Partnership