This school is fantastic. It has an active and engaged new principal that relates well to K-5 age children as well as parents. The principal is well-liked by the parents and positive and supportive. The parent community supports the school, and the teachers are enthusiastic. The office staff always seems to be friendly and engaged. Also, I haven't seen the impatience, raised voices and lack of respect towards teachers, students and parents that is happening at other elementary schools in Pleasanton.
Our daughter is entering 3rd grade and our son Kindergarten. We moved here a year ago specifically to take advantage of the excellent academic, nurturing educational opportunities Walnut Grove can provide. The staff, teachers and principal are incredibly supportive, positive and affective. The community of parents and families is exceptional. Each is glad to be a part of the school and their enthusiastic involvement supports their attitude. We're very pleased.
It has been a great experience for my kids, who are attending Walnut Grove this year (we moved in recently). The school has been a pioneer of innovative programs, such as JiJi math (non-verbal spatio temporal reasoning), the Discovery program (multi-age learning with structure), and the concept of Renzulli (parents spend a few hours sharing their skills or teaching kids to have fun, from crochet to flag football). So far our experience has been that Walnut Grove tends to foster a community feel, with great kids, involved parents, excellent teaching and strong leadership.
Very good school. My kid has been there for two years. Dedicated teacher.
The Grove is magical - great things happen here - there is always a buzz of excitement in the air - you are always greeted by smiles and hugs - the Grove is a place where a very special school community thrives.
This is my 4th year as a Walnut Grove parent and every teacher has been truly amazing.... The school is beautiful and a wonderful community with a a ton of parent involvement.... Walnut Grove kids are lucky!
I am a teacher and was a parent of children of Walnut Grove Elementary. The principal is so supportive of the students, parents and staff. The teachers and staff consistantly go above the call of duty. The parents put in many hours volunteering and the students come to school ready to learn! What a blessing! We have a lot of extracurricular activities before and after school... intervention classes for those who could use some extra support, Jiji Math, Chess, Spanish, D.I., Roots and Shoots, a variety of clubs... just to name a few. What a great place to work! What a great place for children!
A more committed principal can't be found! He's worked wonders with the school, and the children. The teachers are all very caring. My daughter has resource support, which is also an excellent program. Lots of activities to build a strong sense of community. Parents are very involved.
I have my daughter in 2nd grade discovery program and am very satisfied with the teacher and the program.
This is a great school. The teachers are wounderful and really care about your child. There is a lot of parental involvement.
I am a teacher and a parent of a first grader at this school. I have a choice of sending my daughter to a private school but I choose this school because I believe in its quality, safety and amazing school climate.
Walnut Grove Rocks! This school is amazing, the level of character that this school has, is only imitated by the teachers and leadership that makes this school so great. The test scores are wonderful, and when your 1st grader is talking about schema and mental images, sensory and math patterning, you can't help think that times have changed since we were in school. This school is great, and especially the Discovery program that my two boys are a part of. The school has a wonderful arts and drama program, music and P.E., GATE, Destination Imagination,Egology and other clubs to get these kids going. The parent involvement is very welcomed and encouraged, especially in the Dicovery program. I probably voluteer 2-3 hours a week in my children's classroom doing various activities and they love it. Walnut Grove is the best school in Pleasanton!
I have two children in Walnut Grove, 2nd grade and kindergarten. I have been pleased with the communication between teachers and parents and the accessability to the principal. Parents involvement is welcomed and encouraged. This a dynamic school.
Fabulous teachers and administration (with the exception of a couple of teachers, which is always true, unfortunately). Very well run but could definitely use more parent involvement.
Very sweet elementary, on a treel-lined street in a residential neighborhood. A well-established school with lots of experienced teachers. Non-threatening, safe environment.
I have a son going into second grade. We love this school, the teachers and the principal (Mr. Rad). My son is in the Discovery Program which, in my opinion, is one of the best programs in Pleasanton.
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