My just graduated and went to Wardlaw since she was in Kindergarten. Se came home happy and she was academically challenged. The staff at Wardlaw work really hard to make sure the students learn what is needed to be prepared for middle school. The after school programs are nice as well as the whole school campus. I am very pleased with my daughter's school experience. One of the gems of Vallejo.
So the parking situation is terrible.. How do you have 850 students with no where to park! Other parents drive like bats out of hell! Why would you design a school with one way in and one way out! But on the up side I do love my daughters kindergarten teacher this year. Hopefully everthing goes well continuing on.
This school is great academically, but to be honest pressure is put upon students there. I was student 1st-5th grade (now in middle school) and the social life there is terrifying and bad. In first grade kids were already using crude language and bullying was evolving with kids. Also, you could never tell a friend OR a best friend a secret without being rumors spread no matter what grade. Lastly in 5th grade I had a hard time focusing on grades due to a lot of 'drama' between me and an old best friend, and because of that I would always try to stay home and I'd never want to go to school the next day.
My Kids love this school but the office staff are so rude. When i come in for anything they have this additude like the parents owe them somthing. The office staff are not helpful at all they will make you stand in the lobby for so long just to prove to everyone how busy they are. They need to learn how to talk to parents with common curtiousy. I can't wait to move to Benicia so my children don't have to deal with this school ghetto mentality. Such a bad experence enrolling my children, they made it so hard for our family they were going to send my kids to another school and we live in the school zone. They also let alot of children from bad neighborhoods come here.
I can't believe no one has addressed the traffic issues at this school! Wardlaw is located on a street with "no parking" signs lining the entire street. Parents cycle in and out of a small parking lot, and start lining up to pick up kids 30 minutes before school lets out. You have to show up 30 minutes before school starts if you want a parking spot to walk your child to class. Interactions with the front office staff have not been pleasant, unfortunately. Two women in particular treated me very poorly when I came in to register my kindergartener. I wrote a letter to the school addressing what happened, and it went unanswered. Very disappointing.
I am the Head Custodian at this school, I pick up Garbage every single morning around the entire site in fact in my 7 years here i have only NOT cleaned the grounds 3 times because of other Issues that needed to be taken care of that i would deem an emergency, I clean the bathrooms after the children go in at 9 and after the morning recesses that end at 11:20, I can not go in and clean again because once lunch starts at 11:30 I am in the Multipurpose room for lunch until the end of my shift. I will put my site up against any other site in this state. I take great pride in my job and my school and my kids. But being at a school of 850 kids im pulled in many different directions everyday, If you are so worried about the bathroom then maybe you should address about the person or person's who are trashing the bathrooms on a daily basis.
I would say that this is the best and most organized school in the district. The former negative posters are probably parents who have had students disciplined for negative behavior. If you are a parent, who yearns for structure and better academics, this is the best in Vallejo. As a district employee, this is my favorite site to work with. It's the closet to Benicia that Vallejo has. Teachers instill a sense of respect in the students for adults and other students. They teach students how to be responsible citizens, which sadly, many parents neglect to teach their students in other Vallejo schools.
We need sports activities,music,volley ball, soccer etc. We need our school clean such as bathrooms (chips inside toilet,toilet paper all over,wet floors) please ask your janitors to check this frequently. Water fountain with rust and always dirty please we need new ones. We need a clean playground and both entrance of the school clean theres always cups, plastic bags,paper bags etc of garbage this is not good for our student's, our children. Please call the city and let them know that specially the entrance where the dog's park is very dirty it really needs to get clean.
This school is horrible when it comes to treating their students right. They might be a great school academically, but for every thing else, they're a disappointment. All they care about are high test scores so that the school gets more money from the state rather the actual student's personal needs and attention. There is also A LOT of bullying here and it's sad to see an innocent child come home with a gloomy not wanting to go back. School is supposed to be a place where a child can feel safe and protected but like I stated before, the teachers and principle don't care. Instead of improving the community, they're making it worse by not stopping this crazy epidemic of bullying. Putting students down telling them they "don't fit in" isn't the way to build a positive learning environment. I also speak on behalf of other parents who I've talked to and shared similar experiences with. It's not fair for us as parents are focused on helping our kids reach their full potential just so the "so-called teachers" can discourage them. The adults themselves become bullies. No adult there takes responsibility for the care of our children. This school needs some strong improvement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GREAT SCHOOL BUT Mrs. Johnson room K1 is AWFUL!!! She left me a vm one day letting us know that our daughter was not "fitting" into the class or school. First off you do not talk about a student that way no matter how they are behaving. My wife gave her a call the next day (today) and Mrs. Johnson was very short and rude. She said that it was not a problem anymore because she was transferring schools. She would not eloborate on why our daughter did not "fit" in. She just kept saying she will be fine at the new school, no worries!!! I decided to call her back and she told me that my wife was rude. She told me that I should have called her at this time but she never specified a "good" time to call her. She eneded the conversation with "I have 32 eyes on me (its really 64 eyes, and she's the teacher?) I really have to go good luck to you at your new school" Thats it. I have called and asked to speak to the VP. I know nothing will come of this but I want it to be none that Mrs. Johnson is not the best teacher when it comes to bettering the community and the kids in it. She has no agenda for the kids in her class if they show any sign of "not fitting in".
What I really like about Wardlaw is how staff reinforce students to have respect for themselves and respect for others. I have an autistic child who was mainstreamed there and the children in my child's class are wonderful, caring and accepting children. The curriculum is above standard and children are encouraged to excel.
I am about to graduate from Wardlaw and it has been a wonderful experience. I have been blessed with wonderful teachers I wish I could take them all to Middle School with me. I also would like for Mrs. Kerstad to go to the middle school I will attend.
My son has attended Wardlaw since Kindergarten and is now in the 4th grade. Mrs. Ruiz is an outstanding Kindergarten teacher and I was really impressed with her structure! Mrs. Ruiz not only challenged the students to do their best but structured her class so students would do better than the State average. Overall, I am really impressed with Wardlaw and would recommend this school to any parent that wants to see their child do better than the average student.
My daughter has attended Wardlaw since Kindergarten and is now in 4th grade. All her teachers have been wonderful and she has excelled in all of the subjects being taught at her level. They have challenged her and she has exceeded. They are very well educated, taught with respect and all teachers love each of the students as if they were their own! I strongly suggest and encourage new parents to have their child(ren) attend Wardlaw, they will have the best experience ever!
I think Wardlaw is a treasure of Vallejo. I am a parent member and co-chair of our School Site Council. Twice we have applied for Distinguished school recognition and have been denied for tecnicalities. The only thing lacking fro Wardlsw, is, like many schools the extra funds to provide extracurricular activities. But our PTA does a wonderful job of filling in the gaps. Ever year it is privilege to set on the board and witness the hard work and determination of the staff, in the face of adversity and budget shortfalls. It reflects in the happiness of our mutlicultural student body. We make roses out of the seeds the school district throughs to us and Wardlaw students are in full bloom.
I was very impressed with Wardlaw, it was both my sons first time in public school since attending Christian School at Church on the Hill since pre-school, coming to the school put them in the right place academically, as they were somewhat behind, the teachers were incredible, Ms. Taylor, Ms. Tavares, and all the other teachers were dynamic, the Principal was so professional, orderly, and organized, my child in 1st grade now reads at 3rd grade level, my now 6th grader reads at 7th grade level. I love the school, the safety of the campus, everything, I was very impressed overall. AWP
For the past two years that my daughter has attended Wardlaw, we have been very happy. The teachers are great, and welcome and encourage parent participation. Our youngest daughter attends speech therapy, inwhich, we are also very well pleased with the services offered. Wardlaw is a great school, and depends on parents being involved.
I thought the school was well run. It was extremely well organized and the principal provided good leardership.
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