Washington Union School District

The Washington Union School District is a school district outside Salinas, California. It was established in 1869.[2] Its middle school, San Benancio Middle School, is one of the few public schools in California to receive a GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.[3]

Washington Union School District
43 San Benancio Road
, California, 93908
United States
District information
NCES District ID0641610[1]
Students and staff
Student–teacher ratio22.6[1]
Other information

The district consists of three schools; K–3 Toro Park Elementary School, 4–5 Washington Union Elementary School, and 6–8 San Benancio Middle School.

Washington Union School has an extensive nature trail running through the hills behind the school. Trail maintenance and improvements are mostly performed by the students.

Toro Park School (named for the residential development it serves, adjacent to the former Fort Ord Military Base) was built in the late 1970s and was originally for children with disabilities. At that time, San Benancio School housed kindergarten to 3rd grades and 7th to 8th grades; and Washington Union was home to 4th to 6th grades.

Now the A.B. Ingham School, adjacent to San Benancio School, educates Monterey County's students with disabilities. Toro Park School still has the Toro School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and incorporates special programs for those with mental or physical disabilities as well.

The district includes a small portion of Carmel Valley Village.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Washington Union Elementary". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  2. ^ "Washington Union School District | About Us". Archived from the original on December 26, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "San Benancio Middle School - Salinas, California - CA - School overview". Greatschools.net. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  4. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Monterey County, CA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2023-07-24.