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Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School 2

Posted March 16, 2016
- a parent
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 and made new friends and tried different sports and clubs. So we're huge fans, right? Not quite..... Our daughter WAS a huge advocate and fan -- however in the past two years the administration has turned over and the new APs are not at all liked. At the same time the principal (who was never popular) has become even more controlling and panders to families with special needs or IEP to try and curry favor. She is at times downright rude to some parents and I hear has teachers terrified for their jobs. This has impacted my daughter as she loves her teachers. All the administration cares about is their school rating and ensuring the achievement rate of african americans, english language learners and special education students improve (going so far as to give 50% even when there is no homework turned in and not suspending students as having a low suspension rate boosts ratings). That said the majority of the students are left to their own devices. Ask to see the AP exam pass rates or college readiness scores and compare that to the GPAs. They don't align. Yes 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. Hence discipline issues need to be addressed. Stop the teacher turnover (hence stop bullying the teachers and improve the climate). They are terrified of the principal. This school has the potential to be a true gem. However we need new blood at the administrative level. Assume ALL students can achieve instead of lowering standards just to graduate everyone. Make sure to nuture and invest in the new teachers and ensure the high turnover stops. Deal with the bad teachers but keep the good ones from turning over. So stay on top of your child and the school. Find the good teachers as there are many of them and avoid the bad ones. Befriend those wonderful parents who spend hours volunteering. Again, our daughter has had some wonderful teachers that she loves. And she had a wonderful time with sports as the PE department is also outstanding.

Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective

Posted March 16, 2016
- a parent
Teacher quality is highly varied. There are a few good teachers and likewise some horrible teachers.


Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
Amount of homework: Not enough

Posted March 16, 2016
- a parent
Too easy in freshman and sophomore year. If you take AP classes then the work load does increase however the pass rate on AP exams is abysmally low.

Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
Develops grit: Strongly disagree

Posted March 16, 2016
- a parent
Administration panders to ratings and hence tries to dumb down the curriculum and does not enforce discipline or consequences. This develops laziness and a sense of entitlement as a result.

Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
Develops empathy: Disagree

Posted March 16, 2016
- a parent
All lip service from the administration. No real caring which should be the case in such a small school.


Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
Develops honesty: Disagree

Posted March 16, 2016
- a parent
Administration panders to ratings and therefore forces high grades, refuses to suspend students and overall tries to increase graduation rates by any means possible. This in itself is not fair nor does it instill a sense of integrity among the community of students and teachers.

Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School 1

Posted March 09, 2016
- a student
Wallenberg is a horrible school in terms of safety, academics, and leadership. There are fights every day, primarily involving African-American and Arab-American students, although all students are at risk. One cannot walk down the hallway to between classes without witnessing students pushing or punching each other. Often times the staff just stand there and watch the fight, or they just keep walking. When there are consequences for fighting, it is in the form of a "restorative circle" which does nothing to prevent future conflicts. Recently, a large group of students instigated a fight at a nearby store and the faculty had them discuss their differences over a pizza. One must then conclude that starting a fight is a good way to get a pizza party. Very few teachers show any competence in teaching their classes. The majority of the good teachers left and the only good teacher still here is the AP Statistics teacher. The majority of teachers are unable to control their students and have to take a significant amount of class time each day telling students to behave, which greatly detracts from instructional time. Additionally, many teachers use their position as a soapbox to endorse their own political views. Of particular note is the "AP" "Literature" class, which deserves no part of its official title. The "teacher" shows blatant favoritism towards the students who agree with her views. We have spent class time watching music videos and discussing whether or not they are sufficiently in accordance with the teacher's political views. For the record, videos set in foreign countries starring white people are unacceptable, but Beyonce's "Formation" is a powerful piece of literature. If you do anything to incur her displeasure, she will email all of your other teachers in an attempt to damage your reputation. As mentioned earlier, the school has an extremely high turnover rate and it is often the good teachers who leave. Both the students and the teachers are fearful of the administration, especially the principal, and this is likely the main reason for the high turnover rate. The dean recently resigned, claiming that Wallenberg is an "unsafe working environment" which uses "fear and intimidation as motivators". Wallenberg is an awful school that is getting worse by the day. I would not recommend it to anyone.

Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School 1

Posted May 18, 2015
- a parent
this school is one of the most unsafe schools in san francisco, I dont ever recommend this school


Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School 5

Posted May 10, 2015
- a parent
As a parent of current sophomore year student on an "IEP"- we could not be more pleased with the great special ed resource team administration- ms. abrons, teachers & counselors are stellar- we are most appreciative for all their wonderful support!

Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School 1

Posted November 12, 2014
- a parent
This is the worst school when it comes to safety. My daughter was assaulted by another student and they did nothing about it. Ms. Foster & Mr. Waters are a poor excuse for a support system for your child. They hide behind the title and speak to you in a condescending tone. Steer clear of this school until they get the administration changed.

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Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School
40 Vega Street, San Francisco, CA  94115-3826
Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. (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 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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