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G. M. Walters Junior High School

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Posted August 3, 2014

Walters Jr. High is a VERY good school, and I have been extremely impressed with the teachers, staff, and student body. The leadership at the school is involved, aware, and proactive about making sure the students have a healthy learning environment. My son is an overachiever, and I was worried about whether he would be challenged and grow. The teachers are excellent, and have provided a compassionate, collaborative, challenging environment for him to thrive. I highly recommend this school. The staff and teachers have worked with me and my family to make it a great year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

Pretty fun school, but the food is horrible. Parents could say what they want, but as a student who went there last year I can say it's a good school. The kids are really nice and funny for the most part and make school relatively enjoyable. Are all the teachers great? No, but when are they. Most of my teachers were really nice and helpful though. The one thing I hate about the school is the lunch food. Usually the food tastes like cardboard. I know you adults don't really care about that, but us kids look forward to eating lunch.


Posted December 20, 2012

This school is great.The teachers are great,the students and office members are kind and helpful,and the grade point average is high.I highly recommend going to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

The 7th grade year was OK but the 8th grade year was the worst ever! The principal yelled at my mom! and it was so unorganized only one teacher was the best Mr.kilcrease! But overall this was the worst school i ever had!


Posted March 23, 2011

my friend went there and she loved it!!!! :) She said it was the best school ever!


Posted February 8, 2011

i disagree with the first review. you have to teach your kids to make the right choices as to whom they should be with or not as friends. All schools have students that have bad influence on others. Usually children who become easily influenced have a need or want to belong to something or someone and not be of themselves, usually they dont feel good about themselves and this is bad attention. So you cant say its just Walters. I have had 4 children 1 attended and others were in private school through this time and the 1 who attended Walters has had no problems. What I dont like is the teachers only call when child is in trouble not when school work has become a problem.!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2010

So this is my second/last year at Walters and what I have experienced .... I wouldn't recommend letting your own kids going here. The teachers aren't that bad, but it's the students. Why would you want to surround your kids with bad influence. Sorry Walters, but that's the truth. Now, there are some good students, but there's about a 80% chance, that they will be hanging out with the bad kids.


Posted February 15, 2010

This is an amazing school! Although, the teachers aren't so great.I'm currently a sevie at Walters. They have great food and people. I love this school so much. (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2009

Im a student that goes to Walters. This is my second year at Walters. Although i have been not so good in school the teachers never gave up. This is year has been hard because i am going throuh a lot of problems. Mrs. Dana (Vice Priciple) helped me and listened to what was going on. Although i was not a huge fan of one of the counslers.. I really am enjoying my 2 years here. Im the class of 09
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2009

This school is the best kept secret in Fremont, the Principal and Vice Principal are the best, the kids are very well mixed cultural/academics and the teachers for the most part are great. They have an excellent special needs program. I have had two children and my third is just starting and they have all thrived at Walters
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

My kid just started this year so I am looking forward to hear from earlier students and parents. I liked their Academy that they have for a week. That was a great way to introduce the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

I am a former student of Walters and I feel that WJHS is a great school. The teachers werre caring and helpful and very eager to help us, students. I learned a lot from all of my teachers, even though I did not get along with all of them. I found that the school was very safe and secure, although many people underestimate the school. I had the best of times at this school and I made a lot of lifelong friends. The rules at WJHS are very easy to understand and the consequences for rule-breaking is very secure. I feel that this is probably the best junior high school any kid can attend to because the kids there are friendly and nice and the shcool curriculum is very nice. The teachers there try to challenge us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2007

Walters is underestimated just because of recent gang activities and the students that go there. Walters actually is a really good school. I go to another school now, and i hate it. I still feel like a Walter Warrior. I wish i could come back.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2007

Parents could say what they want but Walters is a good school.Teachers really care about the students and it is a very school {*class of 08*}
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2007

This school is pretty good so far, but the teachers are very caring. My son has constantly told me how nice the teachers are. He says the are always willing to help whne he needs it. Thanks a lot, This is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

All in all, the school is disorganize, but hopefully with a permanent principal, things will look up for future students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

This is my first experience with Walters Junior High and I have been very pleased with the school. I attended Back to School Night and found my son's teachers to be knowledgeable about their subject matter and very organized. They all appear to care about the students. The principal was open and enthusiastic about the upcoming year. She is new to the school and has wonderful ideas about what a junior high should be. She spoke to the students about behavior and my son said it was positive and fun. I think we will have a great experience at Walters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2006

Very disappointing administrative, teacher, parent involvement. Teachers have little or no control of classroom. Racism seems to be tolerated by administration. Extremely low test scores. Very disappointing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2006

My son was an attendant to Walters 06', He was transferred from another Jr. High school, and He really didnt like it at all, the kids were kids, but I was extremely dissappointed in the Teachers. My Son says that the Teachers didnt care at all about how the students acted or participated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2006

As a recent former student of Walters (04-06) this is a good school. It's good enough for kids. This school is like any other middle school. They say middle school are the worst years of your life but I know your kid will have fun at this school, unless he's not normal, has high expectations of people, or some other sort of reason, then he will dread the 2 years at this school. But your child will have unforgettable memories at this school, she'll even cry at the 8th grade promotion, or the last day of school, even if she didn't like all the teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


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796

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
34%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females61%
Males54%
African American53%
Asian80%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state36%

Math

All Students56%
Females55%
Males57%
African American42%
Asian82%
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate22%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state38%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students41%
Females40%
Males43%
African American53%
Asian65%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino19%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate54%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Females63%
Males55%
African American62%
Asian68%
Filipino65%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students5%
Females9%
Males2%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino6%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)8%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Non-economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability8%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only4%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate3%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)6%
Parent education - college graduate0%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students58%
Females54%
Males61%
African American46%
Asian71%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students63%
Females59%
Males66%
African American62%
Asian73%
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability41%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 33%
White 24%
Asian 21%
Black 5%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/AN/A
English language learners 18%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Brian Weems
Fax number
  • (510) 656-4056

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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