Good overall middle school but bright kids do not get challenged enough. Teachers are teaching towards the average kid.
I subbed in this school for a year. I taught in all the grades in a variety of subjects. This school has quality academic programs. The school environment is very safe, positive, friendly, and cooperative. The students are very well behaved and classrooms are well managed. I never had any discipline problems, unlike in other middle schools I have subbed in.
This school year has been a year of transition with new administrative leadership. Students seem to be repsonding positively to the new prinicipal and vice principal. The quality of instruction can vary widely within a department. Some classes rely on lecture and note-taking for instruction while others are more interactive and require more critical thinking. The electives selection is broad and extracurricular activities (mostly sports) are available. As with many schools, there is a small group of incredibly active parents, a larger group of supportive parents, and a percentage of parents who do not participate in school acitivities. Overall, the school provides a 'B' program. I do think that they continually actively try to evaluate their programs and performance to improve the school experience for students.
My both kids attended this school starting with seventh grade. Limited vaiety of math classes was one of the biggest concern. I mean, they do not have Geometry neither Advanced Algebra. The quality of teaching is very uneven. There are some great teachers and, at the same time, some the most uncooprative teachers I ever knew. The ratio is 1:4.
Overral, Walnut Creek Intermediate is a good school. There are many after school sports programs avaliable. Tenis, golf, track,and soccer are all coed. While in volleyball and basketball males and females are on different teams. This school has a big GYM, but it does not have a pool. The level of parent envolvement is probably high, they help the school a lot. There is also an activity called PRIDE in this school. Every Wednesday students' 6th period teachers talk to students about being better citizens. Most teachers are liked by students and have good teaching skills.
Great variety of teachers - many who are quite dedicated. Quality of the academic programs is acceptable - you get what you put in. Not a great variety of extracurricular activities - that my son was interested in at least. While I was not personally involved in the school, I knew many parents who were.
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