My son completed Kindergarten at this school and I have the highest possible praise for Mrs. Silentwater that did an excellent job with my son.
This is a horrible school. If you have the option, go to Ericson. The teachers are pretty good and my son seems to like them. The Principal is awful and only cares about collecting a paycheck.
I am impressed with the teachers at this school. They are strict and focused on the children and their education. This is a school for learning, of course they aren't allowed to run around. That is a safety issue and I'm ok with that. My children go to school to learn not exercise they play at home. The administration department could use a class in organization. Overall this school is a great school of diversity, learning, and children focused. Principal is new, but improvement takes time.
This is the dumbest school in the world! i came here only for a month and hated it. DONT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.
This is a great school with a highly diverse population; many students are English language learners, which is probably a significant factor in why test scores may be low. The teachers are caring and committed, as is the principal. I have enjoyed being involved in our neighborhood school, and I wish that more parents would become involved as well,
I am NOT happy with Walker and have not been for the past 2 years. My child has special needs that just don't ever seem to met to the level my child needs even though we have had several meetings to spell those needs out to the school. I feel bad for the teachers that have large classes because it seems as if kids that need more help just fall through the cracks. The principal doesn't listen, the school board doesn't listen... I'm extremely frustrated at the school and the fact that I can't chose a different school for my child.
The new principal has now been there long enough for some of her changes to have a positive effect. She seems to be really concerned that the students are learning & that her staff take an engaging approach to teaching. She seems to be able to fairly identify parents that need to be more active in their child's learning & discipline and teachers that need to modify teaching methods to learning styles. If there were more positive parent involvement this school could easily go to 5 stars.
This is my Son's 3rd year at Walker and I have see so many changes and am so proud we stuck it out. The Principle has been consistant and follows through with her word, She supports the Teachers, Staff and Parents 110% and in return, the School is doing amazing! I am a proud Parent of a Walker Elmementary 4th grader!
The new principal seems to be carefully summing up existing policies & problems. Too bad parents with negative comments either have not come to her with concerns and/or don't understand some of the constraints principals have regarding policies. Her hands are tied with so much of the 'No child left behind' requirements and staff that is resistant to change after having a really horrible prior administration. Things are changing for the better slowly. What does need to change for schools with discipline problems & students with low grades is for parents to be more responsible for their child s behavior and education. If parents don t reinforce what is taught in school why should their child feel what they do in school matters?
Our son started going to KG in this school and he just loves it. His teacher is great and he has made lots of friends. They have been to a field trip, school pictures are done, halloween, christmas celebration was memorable for our son. He has achieved advanced level in reading even though he comes from an Indian family (english second language). He has done a lot of artwork over the whole year. He loves music class. -- A very happy family
This school needs to get organized. Kindergarten class changes took a month to happen, while children made friends and bonded with their teachers. Then they are switch to a new teacher and new kids. My child is very unhappy. My other child is in a combination class. At first he was stressed daily with the workload and has slowly adjusted. This school is not my first choice and if it doesn't start putting children first then I am choicing my kids to another school. Maybe I'll even home school them. Kids don't get to be kids at this school. Marching through the front gate, having lunch and lining up to go to recess, not being allowed to run at recess, unless it is a designated time for running. No wonder children are becoming obese and out of control. They don't get to burn off energy so they can learn.
My child is in kindergarten at Walker and I must say that I too feel that there are administrative issues at this school. I have submitted a very strong concern letter to the area superintendent and board for issues that I do not want to mention on this site. Teacher quality is average, at least from what I have witnessed., and principal quality is horribly unsatisfactory. I wish parents luck with Walker, but I plan to enroll my child elsewhere.
The principal is new to the school and does not know what she is doing. The policies of this school are only an attempt to mask the poor education quality that is provided. My child is in the 1st grade and I guarantee that he is well behind kids that attend other schools in other districts. The schools needs to focus on quality education and it starts from the top, the principal.
This is the first year my daughter has attended this school (2nd grade)and she is loving it. Her teacher is fantastic and I can honestly say my daughter enjoys coming to school. The only issue I have is that there are a few students in her class that are consistently misbehaving and this holds up the whole class from learning as the teacher is focused on disciplining the misbehaved students. This is upsetting when it is hindering all the well behaved students that come to learn on a daily basis from getting the attention they need from their teacher to the point that this is putting them behind in their academics and effect their grades. I think there should be stricker school discipline guidlines for consistent misbehaved children in the classroom so that other students have the opportunity they deserve to learn... I am hoping it gets better...
Walker Elementary, though having some good teachers falls short of teaching the students to demonstrate restraint. Since joining the school my child has been negatively impacted by other children that, obviously, come from somewhat unbecoming social behavior and language.
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