Moving into the area, I was told that Torrance schools, and Walteria in particular, were excellent, but it didn't take long to see major shortcomings. There is no school bus system. There is no Art, Music, or foreign language curriculum, which is why my child has four recesses. Art and music programs are sponsored by the PTA, but these should be supplemental to the core curriculum, not a substitution. Further, I do not need to be sent notices on the dangers of "entitled" children and giving them what they want when they have four recesses and no creative curriculum. The online presence is amateurish at best. There are four different explanations I've found online and in literature about how to put money into the lunch system, and not one word about how the children are to use the account. My child still hasn't been issued a card after over a month of enrollment. The only emphasis I can see is on academics, but the methodology and execution is suspect, resorting to gimmicks and canned curriculum, and class size is at capacity. Given the apparent lack of resources, I simply do not trust the school to adequately educate my children and will be looking to move soon.
Just Average....I believe there are a lot of changes that should be made at this school..The principal is rude and is completely controlled by her staff. I believe some of the teachers are just old school. The children are rushed thru their academics an the teachers are tired and over worked. This school is not teaching any new technologies and tends to be the same as it was 20 years ago. I hope they get on board with LAUSD and implement the ipad learning system.... For Torrance a change MUST be made
I have 3 kids total going through this school. They have some phenomenal teachers and some that probably should not be teaching. The Principle, Mrs Wynhoff, is okay. She tries to work with the parents and supports the school. The office staff are horrible; very messy, unprofessional, and rude! I don't understand why they are allowed to get away with how they treat the kids or the parents! The parents really support the school and try to make up for the cuts to the state budget. My one complaint is the school year starts so late the teachers have to rush through material in order for the kids to learn it for the standardized tests in mid May. It would be better for the kids if they started school a week or two earlier! It seems the moral of the staff at the school is very low in general...don't know if it is tied to budget cuts or poor leadership. This is an average school.
My son transfered into a school in CO and his test scores were so low that he was held back. He received passing grades from K-4 with no complaints from the Teacher. Nurse is a part-timer and is not there a couple of time a week. Principal is very poor and they need to get rid of and a few of the lower grade teachers.
My son enjoys Walteria. He is learning both the basics (reading, writing, math) and much more (science, history, etc.) as well. We just moved here this fall, and my son's excitement about reading took off phenomenally after starting here just a few weeks ago. He literally won't put his books down now, where before (even this summer), I had to make him read. His 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Katzer, was very responsive to a bullying situation, and the problem was solved the same day we mentioned it to her. The principal is very approachable and helpful, as are the office staff. The teachers overall are enthusiastic and very caring. The buildings are indeed worn but the principal said the school is being completely overhauled during the Summer of 2010. The PTA is very strong. Final note, the kids are not overly competitive, yet they are high achieving. Excellent school!
I have had 2 children go through Walteria and experienced 4 principals, some better than others. Teachers are mostly great, some awesome, some shouldn't be there. Parent involvement is phenomenal, thank goodness. Adventures in Art and Magic in Music are terrific parent run programs. Campus looks worn. Too much homework and not conistent throughout grades and classes.
We moved to Walteria Elementary School when my son started first grade. We had Mrs. Wix who we felt was the best teacher we had ever come across. She is fair, supportive, understanding and challenges bright children in her class. Other teachers are quick to label kids ie. trouble maker, angry, violent...negative gossip campaigning about students among the teachers. Spoke to the principle Williams about it. She seems very easy to talk to and listens. Front office employees are rude!