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Walker Junior High School

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Posted July 7, 2012

as a incoming 8th grader to walker Jr high School, i can say that this school has its flaws. The class rooms are always SO loud that not even the teachers can handle it.(as if they really care if the students talk) i am a student who is passionate about learning, and i can say that these classrooms are NOT the place to learn. and on top of that, the teachers and staff are just REALLY unapproachable. They just dont respect students with the respect they deserve.(ex: a teacher would ignore or yell at a student for asking a simple question. how do i know? 2 of my teachers did that to me) The rules that are enforced at walker are REALLY unreasonable. There are rules that they dont emphasize that are SO much more important then the ones they do now. i give this school 2 stars because it does have a lot of choices for students. For the art class they allow students to use clay and provide CORE class (a mixture of history and English class). other than that...this school is a mess.


Posted January 19, 2012

everybody who has kids in this school should be aware that theire policy of being bullied and picked on is not to fight back and let the bullie keep hitting you(the student). so talk to your kids if they currently are in walker jr high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

My 7th grade child comes stressed out because of an old honor science teacher, He expects his students to learn on their own. He does not seem to care to teach them about the subject. He speaks in a very low volume which the students cannot hear his lecture. Anytime a student asks for clarification, he states,"I just explained that." You can tell he is there just to clock in and out. He does not display any effective teaching methods and approach. Among his approach, he announces the test to his class a day before, he loses students' papers and mark them "0" on their assignments. You can tell he does not plan ahead nor knows how to teach the subject. I am very disappointed at Walker Junior High for allowing a teacher like him to be in a classroom. The school should do a secret
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2010

this school doesnt care about what the students want and the teachers expect us to do so well when they barely teach us things. There is few teachers and such big classes. they make us have 2 separate lunches when there arent even alot of students!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2009

Non responsive to parents request for an appointment-do not push kids or seem to care about their education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

I think that this school has a lot to offer, My child seems to enjoy this School and she doesn't know anybody there. This school has great communication with the parents and the layout of the school is easy to follow. The only thing that I wish that would change is the Lunch time, it seems that the students don't have enough time to eat lunch since the lines are really long, but other than that I'm really happy with the school. Walker Jr. High Rock On!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

This school has a few great teachers and few that don't care about your child's success. Class sizes are too large for individual attention to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2005

Very educational and fun learning a lot of extracurricular activities, but the only turn down is there are a lot of 'gangsters' not involved with real gangs however!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2005

I recommend Walker, as I was pleased with our experience at Walker. We came mid-year and the staff did an excellent job helping my son to adjust to the changes. Prior to attending Walker my son went to school but he was not involved in school. At Walker my son not only continued to excel in his studies, but he was also on the school volleyball team and in ASB. The high school is directly across the street and it has made my sons transition into high school very smooth. It is also helpful for carpooling if you have a high schooler and a jr. higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2004

Walker Jr. High is an amazing school. It has a very welcoming and friendly environment. The administration is fantastic. The teachers and staff know how to work with kids, and the students represent good leadership character inteligence and enthusiasm in everything they do, in or out of the classroom and on or off campus. Walker is incedible school I give a thumbs way way way up. The Viking students and teachers are outstanding examples and Walker Jr. High is an outstanding school. Justine Scanlon a proud student at Walker.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2003

My experience is that my child is learning some things in 8th grade that she had learned in 6th grade. Teachers need to give help when it is asked for by the students.The punishments for vulgarity and physical harm need to be harsher. The left hand need to know what the right hand is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


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Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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7 / 10

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Algebra I

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

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
English Language Arts

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

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
34%
English Language Arts

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

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

564 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

524 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
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

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females77%
Males64%
African American65%
Asian85%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability39%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students53%
Females61%
Males46%
African American35%
Asian74%
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)49%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state55%
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%
Females39%
Males43%
African American28%
Asian71%
Filipino59%
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)32%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented78%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state43%

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females70%
Males66%
African American60%
Asian79%
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability47%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate90%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state68%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students3%
Females5%
Males2%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)0%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Non-economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability4%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only4%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state2%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state100%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students63%
Females63%
Males64%
African American50%
Asian77%
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state63%

Science

All Students74%
Females71%
Males77%
African American70%
Asian86%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability47%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state74%
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 39%
Asian 21%
White 20%
Two or more races 5%
Black 4%
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 50%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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La Palma, CA 90623
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