My two kids started at this school last year and I had two completely different experiences. One was very positive and the other very negative! My son thrived and did very well, he had an amazing teacher who was able to give him the building blocks he needed. On the other hand my daughters teacher was horrible, he treated her horribly and in turn did the same to me. He made her feel like an outcast and was all around a very bad teacher. She has a learning disability and needs some extra help that the school did recognize this but the teacher treated her like she was stupid and return talked to her like she was and the kids in her class started to treat her the same. In my opinion he shouldn't be a teacher at this school. So this is why I have mixed reviews on the school.
Walnut Heights has been such a great school for my 2 kids to grow up in and learn at. My daughter has thrived in this school. Her teachers have been great!
The school community is amazing. Parents are involved and really care about how the students are doing. It's like an extended family. The teachers are great.
The staff at Walnut Heights are so compassionate and caring. When I drop my daughter off, I know they will support her educationally as well as physically and emotionally. There is so much these teachers want to give our children educationally and I know if they had the funds, they could really do a lot for their students. These students are our future leaders and innovators and without these funds, we cannot properly educate them. Please help our school financially so our teachers can help their students educationally.
We love walnut Heights because of the wonderful loving and creative styles of all of the teachers educating! It is a extremely safe and everyone wants the best for eachothers children.
A lot of parent involvement and support for the teachers and students. Many after school enrichment activities and classes. Couldnt ask for a better administration and instruction from a public school.
Dedicated and creative teachers, hard working, involved parents and fantastic facilities.
We have nothing but positive things to say about Walnut Heights Elementary. The teachers are on the cutting edge of the latest school curriculum. They have provided a structured yet fun learning environment in which my kids have thrived. In particular, my daughter's kindergarten teacher, Miss Nancy, was so enthusiastic and caring that my daughter was very sad to see the school year end! The parents are incredibly involved which allows the kids to have experiences above and beyond your typical school. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Walnut Heights Community!
We are very happy and mostly grateful that our daughter has had an opportunity to attend Walnut Heights Elementary school. The teaching staff far exceeds my expectations in reading, math and social skills. Our daughter is going into the second grade with confidence, academic and socials skills that was introduced and developed by her Kindergarten teacher Miss Nancy Rossiter and First grade teacher Gaila Dury. The countless hours and dedication that Miss Rossiter devoted to each child unique personality and learning ability was outstanding. Miss Rossiter would connect with my daughter on her level and have her excited about the days events. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and parents. D.C.
Miss nancy is the best teacher any of our three kids has ever had. Her level of commitment is unbelievable. She taught kindergarten to our hs jr. as well as his 6 yr old brother and both adore her. Anyone lucky enough to have her should count their blessings!
My child's teacher has been very supportive of my son, and taught good behavior and encouraged the childern to model such. I find that I am able to communicate with the staff and they respect the thoughts and wishes of the parents.
We just finished kindergarten at Walnut Heights with Miss Nancy Rossiter. This is our 4th child with the 1st just graduating high school. Never have we seen a teacher who cares and RESPECTS the child or us as much as Miss Nancy. Our child is reading fluently, can't wait to go to school, doesn't want to miss school. WE LOVE IT. There was one child with a lot of allergies and the teacher always watched to be sure he didn't have any foods that were handed out unless they were OK for him, she cared greatly not only about the academics but about our children succeeding socially! We only have positive things to say about our year at Walnut Heights with Miss Nancy
The school has a well-deserved reputation for excellence- primarily due to the passion of the teaching staff and the incredible support of the parents. We have three children in the school and are continually impressed with the dedication, creativity and effectiveness of the teaching staff in spite of educational system limitations that typically stifle these attributes. The parents are expected to play an active role in the homework (even in Kindergarten!) and the teachers do not hesitate to provide guidance that is detailed and actionable to foster child development. There are many special projects that stimulate creativity (e.g., public speaking and presentations in 1st grade through an 'Author's Tea' session where each child authors a 'novel' and presents the story on stage to parent and peer applause) and field trips to worthwhile venues.
Walnut Heights is a wonderful school, with tremendous parent-participation, quality educators, and fabulous enrichment programs (e.g., computers, science and art). You could not ask for a better teacher or school and I feel blessed to have my child at Walnut Heights Elementary.
Our son's kindergarten experience could not have been better! His teacher, Miss Nancy, goes above and beyond what could possibly be expected... teaching advanced academics and cultivating social skills all within the framework of fun-something that I think is so often lost in today's schools. Our son's reading and writing abilities have improved in a way that I never would have anticipated at the start of the year. Her committment is inspiring! The children are also afforded an opportunity for individual attention during both class and through the stay-day program, which is unique to Walnut Heights, and allows them to further grow and build confidence. There is also a great emphasis on out of classroom learning, through our many field trips to butterfly and animal farms, the Dean Lescher theater, Lindsay Wildlife Museum... Parent involvement is incredible and is so appreciated since we are a dual-income family. Our son is very lucky!
It's a good school, and the teachers care. It seems there is slightly more diversity now in the student body.
Wonderful school! Supportive parents and great teachers. Best in the Walnut Creek school district.
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