Students enrolled 119
Hours no info
School leader Cheryl Foster
Transportation options Yes
District San Francisco Unified School District

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40 Vega Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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(415) 346-7303
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3 stars
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June 13, 2014
This was not my child's first choice of high schools because it is a small high school (averaging 160 students per grade). However she has blossomed there and made new friends and tried different sports and clubs and even starting a new service club. She now is a huge advocate and fan. The teachers and administration know her name. This is a public high school with a varied student body. The same social pressures, challenges and issues exist here as with all public schools in an urban setting. The difference I feel is that with the size, there is no hiding it. It is true Principal Foster is not popular with the students as she is strict. However some in the administration and some teachers are among the best you can find in the SFUSD. Overall, it is a hidden gem. Invest your time and you will get rewarded with a quality education and experience. If you're a student that bullies others then yes the district policy is Restorative Practices. Overall in the last few years the dance and music programs have expanded along with parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Academically wise, this school is decent. But besides that, this school isn't very good. If you like being bullied, you should come to this school. Cliques are everywhere; you either fit in or you don't; If you don't, have a nice time being harassed everyday. People smoke in the bathroom. Teachers are unable to control students; some kids actually bully their teachers. Those students get sent out basically everyday, and they are sent right back in with no consequences. They deter the students who want to learn from learning. Also, almost all the students and teachers hate the administration. So overall: Come to this school if you want to be unhappy and in a bad mood for your whole high school life.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2014
This school is a horrible place to be. There is constant bullying, and nothing is done about it. I see other kids being harassed everyday. Even the most friendly kids are being bullied and I am too. I've actually considered skipping just to avoid some people. When bullying get reported, we have restorative circles that don't do anything except make the bully even angrier at the other. Some teachers are decent, but many aren't. A lot of the time teachers don't have any control over their class. The kids can't keep quiet and the teacher doesn't do anything. You can't learn anything in that environment. I think there should be more severe punishments. If a student is being kicked out of class almost everyday, there's probably a reason why. But they just keep on coming to class, with no punishment whatsoever. Overall, if you want your kid to be happy, don't send them here. Either you fit in or you don't and then you're going to be bullied either way. I haven't been happy at school or wanted to be here even once during this school year.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2013
I would rate it Zero stars if that was an option. The current principal has ruined this school. She is a bully and has made all the best teachers either leave or quit. Parents, students and teachers have petitioned to get this principal out so that the school can be a learning environment vs. a chaotic one.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
All parents with special education children should avoid this school. The principal lacks the leadership to properly assist the special education staff. The general education teachers are also equally unmotivated by the lack of leadership. The teacher moral is so low that the annual teacher turnover rate over 30%. The special education department is inexperienced and is capable of doing more harm than good. Students that are enrolled in special ed inclusion with diploma are now being informed that all of their school work has been modified since being first enrolled (without prior parent notification or parent authorization) and they re now disqualified from graduating with a high school diploma. Some students are being informed of this after attending the school for years. I regret ever enrolling my kid in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Wallenberg has a very good counseling department and conscientious, accessible teachers. The campus and student body is smaller than other neighborhood high schools, but this allows your student to stand out. The school s community service requirement is a great tool for teaching kids to reach out in their communities. Kids are able to enroll in the classes that they need and are showcased well. Their acceptance rate to good colleges is high. We have not encountered any incidences of bullying. The school is located in a good neighborhood, halls are immaculate, classrooms are well lit and conducive to learning. No, the school does not have a football team, but unless your kid has his heart set on playing football, who cares? Overall, very pleased.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2012
I am a Wallenberg graduate and I think Wallenberg is a good school. If you were to send your child to Wallenberg, s/he will come out just fine. The class offering isn t the largest often due to budget issues. Most students that stay for all 4 years are in it for the grade. It s pretty easy to do well, but for those who do not do well, lack of effort plays a big role. But the real gem here is the ability to form and/or join any kind of clubs one wants and the ability to join almost any sports one wants as well (as well as multiple sports in one season). If you want to get into true school politics, students can run for the Student Site Council and/or run as the Student Advisory Council. SSC and SAC positions have the most power to make true changes. It is not difficult to participate; anyone can actually join the meetings. Self-initiated is the most concept one must understand in order to have a great experience at Wallenberg. They should challenge themselves by taking on ridiculous task like managing a library and becoming the project leader for yearbook. Admittedly, most students and faculty at Wallenberg tend to hate the administration. I partly blame the education politics.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2011
This school has a lot to offer. It's up to the student and parents to make things happen. There are lots to do. We got music (they always had it...band), computer, art, languages just like the other schools. We have all the sports, just not football. We've got clubs galore. Want drama, cooking, sewing, photograpy, glee, BSU, Latino, Muslim, Asian, string club, pholospy, ecology, science, health pathways, so much more. New renovations, beautiful clean new campus, and it's a breath of fresh air. We are also climbing the charts of the API score and have done better then most other SFUSD high schools. Tours on Tuesdays. Come make an appointment and check us out!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2010
This school was the last choice for my child and now he is stuck there. i am really trying to move him to a charter or other high school that can offer more creative outlets. why doesn't this high school have music or drama classes? they offer some idiotic yoga class now but no music. last year at least there was choir and a play for kids. now nothing- even after school has no clubs for creativity. i would never choose to send a student to this dull place. and by the way the principal is very uninformed and a really rude person.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
I was so impressed at last nights Meritus dinner. As a new parent to Wallenberg I m very excited for my son to be involved in a school with so many resources and helpful dedicated teachers. It was a powerful experience for my son and I to hear the personal account of a student who was struggling, in and out of foster care, low GPA, had no motivation for school until the Meritus Program offered him a chance and opportunity to turn his life around. They followed this student through high school, tracking his academics and making sure he rose his GPA above a 2.5 now this student is enrolled at SFSU working for a degree in Biology all paid for and sponsored by Meritus. I want the Best for my Son and I believe he will succeed and Shine like a STAR in his next 4 years of high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
I highly recommend and invite you to visit our school and get involved with the school governance. The reason being is so that you can get to know the awesome staff, teachers, parents and students. You should see for yourself the different types of resources and organizations that the school has to offer. Look at the positive and leave the negative at home. Come help/tutor our students help them rise academically. Give teachers strength and support so they can continue working hard with more passion and dedication than ever before. I invite the parents to come see for your selves the activities, events, and meetings the school has to offer. Get involved with your child s education. Everyone working towards these goals together we will reach a successful school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
i was a previous student at wallenberg and i have to say i had a pretty bad experience. the administration was poor. mostly the principal and vice principal. there was no order. you would see students in the halls during class playing around and there would b many fights. all i have to say is that im glad i changed schools. i am a much happier person now.

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February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
My son is a freshman here and I already love it. The previous principal has been replaced. The teachers are excellent, they push the kids hard but also are very supportive. It's a great size -- with 750 students big enough to run most major sports and activities, but small enough that kids can really participate. Only drawback is the building -- a converted elementary school, but you get some relief as the cramped hallways open onto spectacular views!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Wallenberg is small which makes it possible for the teachers to be much more concentrated on each student individually and help each student reach their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Its a great small school with many opportunities in sports.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I really love that we have a microwave,but the best thing about the school is all the clubs and stuff we can do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
We're smaller than most high schools in San Francisco yet we offer as much as the big schools. We have the same sports, classes, and diversity that all the other schools have. We might not have as much fame, but we're a small community who cares for each other.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
The school is horrible, bad students and teachers, there are only a handful of good teacher, like Mr. Free, probably THE best history teacher. The administration is so bad, it's not even funny.......do your kids a favor and do not send them there!

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2009
The school has an excellent basketball program under Coach Mulligan, probably the best in the City, despite the so-so caliber of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 09, 2009
I was an exchange student at this school this year. Teachers are great. They are very nice and helpful, but the principal and assistant principal were just horrible. I appreciate that they gave me the opportunity to learn there, but the administration was very very bad! Student are really unhappy there. Assistant principals standing on the front doorf every monring clapping and cheering to make the students run...horrible!

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
We have never seen a school where everyone seems so unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2008
Get a new administration at WTHS. Administrators that supports the original goals of this wonderful school. The school was established in 1981 as the first Traditional High School in San Francisco. The first principal, Mr. Jim Kearney and the first teaching staff established a curriculum and student behavioral policy that made WTHS one of the top educational institutions in San Francisco for 20 years. It is a shame that in 2006 an admistration took over and has, all but destroyed this wonderful school.

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May 05, 2008
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September 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
Wonderful teachers and staff but terrible principal and assistant principal. School is run by inexperienced and micro-management. PTSA is weak and cannot stand on its own. Hopefully, solidarity between the teachers, parents, students and the newly elected PTSA officers, we can bring back Wallenberg to the top again.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
It's hard to believe, but this was once a good school. It was on the basis of its reputation that I made the mistake of sending my kids there. I wish I could tell them how sorry I am.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
This used to be a wonderful school and it is sad to see what has happened to it, to see so many children coming home in tears, sad that some of the best teachers are being fired or quitting in protest. Hopefully, in a year or two, when a new administration is in place, this will once again be a school that parents will choose for their children, knowing that their children will be treated with respect and dignity and honored for their individuality. It is because of this hope and this dream, that we have not given up on Wallenberg, and have not joined other parents in removing their children from this school. Go bulldogs!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
Wonderful school, great teachers, great support staff, but terrible current Principal. Wallenberg used to be a great school for learning and activities. In [the new Principal's] time there morale has never been lower. There are many good parents and teachers trying to work together to keep the school going until someone in the District wakes up and takes action. We wanted to send our youngest daughter there but would not consider it until there is a change in administration. Her sisters graduated Wallenberg in 2002 and went on to complete college feeling prepared and able, but the direction of the school has changed for the worse with the current Principal. It is now an environment where people are devalued and tradition is looked upon as something negative.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Academic programs are archaic, no technology in this day and age! Extracurricular activities are limited. Students are taught not to think but just to obey orders. Parent involvement is welcomed in words, never in spirit nor actions. Much tension exists between administration and all other participants in the school community. Student morale is low, teacher morale is low, and parent morale is low. It is now one of the fastest failing schools in this world class city.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2007
A very poorly run school. Thankfully, students, parents, and faculty are beginning to work together toward replacement of the current administration.

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November 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
An excellent school in this community. My kids loved it, and the teachers are really good. The programs are excellent, and so are all the other activities.

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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
This was an excellent school. For such a small size it excells very well academically. It offers a wide rang of class options including its AP program and music such as band and choir. overall an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
This school is ok. Its ugly and bad maitained. The classes are bad. No off campus lunch. Small school with large students. I do not recommend this school in education. The reason I said it was ok is because its safe and in a good place. Overall its ok. Bad education.

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Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
40 Vega Street, San Francisco, CA  94115
(415) 749-3469
Last modified Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews.