This school should perform at a higher level. Parents are involved and care for the children. They have several standout teachers, which we're all very thankful for having/educating our children. But if you have a problem, the principal simply gives lip service to the issue. Some fairly low performing teachers such at McGoldrick are protected by the Principal and union and cause many to think about private school. Sadly, part of why we pay more for the neighborhood is so we don't need to pay the cost for private school.
In closing, for a school to considered high performing, we should expect/demand more. Test scores may be a reflection of parent involvement.
Class sizes are being reduced per district policy over the next few years. My daughter has 28 in her kindergarten class (and has an overlapping schedule- early slip/late slip). My son has 24 in his first grade class which the teachers say is a welcome relief from the 31 they had last year.
The principal, Dr. Dowd, is very passionate about what she does and has a great vision for making our kids 21st century students. Although there are some challenges, I feel very comfortable with the level of attention that my children are getting here.
We have been very happy with our son's progress since starting in Kindergarten up through 2nd grade. All of his teachers have been outstanding, as have the parental helpers. We were concerned about the class sizes being as large as they are (about 30), but the teachers we've dealt with handle it well. The kids in this school are generally lacking in discipline problems with strong family bonds which goes a long way to creating a great atmosphere for learning. We moved to this neighborhood with this school in mind and are very happy we did
As far as public schools go, especially in CA this is a top notch campus. Great teachers, wonderful and very involved principal. I transferred my child from private school and was so hesitant, but I couldn't be happier!
This school is overrated. The class sizes are around 31-34. Teachers are ok. Parent volunteers are great but its all the same 100 or so parents who keep it all going. Its a nice school but you can get the same across town and with a lot less homeownership cost.
Walnut Acres is an excellent school in a supportive and safe neighborhood. There is an enormous amount of parent involvement in the classrooms as well as on the Parent Faculty Club. The vocal music program supported by the PFC is outstanding. The Principal provides strong guidance and is always coming up with ways to improve the school academically and socially. The teachers are dedicated and genuinely enjoy teaching. I would give the school 5 stars if it were in a smaller district, ideally the 5 schools that are in Walnut Creek that are currently in the MDUSD.
Class sizes are quite large (34 kids per class in the upper grades) and could go up to 40. The school district is struggling and sadly, it shows. GATE (gifted) funding has been averted to other areas as have funds for other programs. There are many furlough days throughout the year because of the districts financial issues. Test scores are high purely because of demographics. The parents and many teachers care, but they can't rectify the school districts problems and we are told there is no sign things will improve anytime soon.
This school could use more parent involvement and a better academic program as well as a better school district. This school/students are suffering from there school district which has no $$$ for great programs, teachers and extra activities.