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K-8
Private
Walnut Creek, CA
Students enrolled: 378

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2740 Jones Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925) 934-4888
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October 11, 2013
It has lot's of stuff to do like plays,computer, and PE my daughter is in 3rd grade and it's great

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
We enrolled our daughter in Palmer this year and she has done great, she loves the school and her classmates are very caring. I have not received a complain about the teachers and when another kid bully our daughter, it was handled. They have also handled my daughter testing their boundaries. Could not ask for better teachers and better staff. We came from another private school in which our daughter was forced to go backwards and she did not learn a single thing. At Palmer she is constantly challenge and she is in the top of the class.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
Palmer has been the best place for our children. Their progress has been above and beyond what we had hoped for from a private school. The teachers have met their needs every step of the way. The administration is very involved with the day to day caring for and understanding of the students. We recommend Palmer very highly and are greatful for the success they have brought to our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
Students who do well with traditional structure may be well served at Palmer. But I agree with the reviewers who say that children with learning differences (ADHD et al) do not fit in well here. My various concerns have usually been "answered" but never truly dealt with. As a parent I felt that I had very little real knowledge of how the children (mine in particular) were actually managed. Of concern, during a conversation I had with the school's principal, my son was told he wasn't allowed to contribute to the discussion at all (which was about him). Behavior that might be expected and typical of normal children is over-disciplined. Parents are told NOT to help in the classroom (which is how many parents like to get a feel for how and what their children are doing). Parents are asked to be involved in parties and scouts, etc, but classroom volunteering is not permitted. I would say this is a very rigid environment that caters to typical learners, but not good at all for anyone who may not fit the standard mold, or for families who wish to have a strong handle on what goes on at school. Be aware that they'll tell you differently, but their actions speak more truthfully.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
Palmer School is a great school. Some of the students say it's horrible, but it really isn't they just haven't been exposed to anything else and do not know how good they have it. The teachers care about you and try to help you as much as they can. If you are looking for a private school for your kids Palmer School should be your choice because it is a good, well-rounded school where you will get the best experience ever!

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2010
Hi.I am a student at Palmer School. i have been at Palmer since junior kindergarden and am now in 6th grade.I LOVE Palmer. I am currently a straight A student and enjoy most my classes. For all the people who say the teachers are mean, they're wrong. True, they are strict, but fair. Also many people are saying we don't have a computer room and a website, but we have both. At Palmer everyone knows you, and the teachers make it a point that you can come to them with any homework/friendship issues.Its a great place to grow up, learn, and have fun all at once. my only complaint is that P.E. has weird uniforms, so i stay in the office and do my homework. PALMER ROCKS!

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2010
There are many wonderful things to say about Palmer School. Traditional values, segmented classes to teach to the needs of various ability levels in math & reading, reasonable preparation for high school classes, strict behavior guidelines & a safe environment top my list. If you're looking for a spiffy campus, don't visit. The quality of a school is not found in the exterior. Problems: Staff and technology. Lower grades are populated with great teachers. Upper grades show inadequacies with at least one profoundly unpleasant teacher that could use a break with some extremely moody, bullying behavior that could use a trip to the dean's office. Unfortunately, complaints fall on deaf ears. In 8th grade plan on your political & religious views being challenged if they don't fall in line with teacher. Students are intimated and parents know better than to voice concern. Computer classes - laughable.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
We have a child who is gifted and has ADHD who is actually doing quite well at Palmer. The school consistenty provides academic challenges that keep our child engaged and growing. I feel that the traditional structure and values is an excellent fit for our child and has allowed him/her to flourish; we have always felt that the administration and teachers have been accessible partners in his/her education,

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
My daughter just started kindgarden and I'm already impressed by what she has learned. She loves her teachers and hates to leave if I pick her up too early. They do have a website now, by the way. Overall, I think Palmer is great!!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Palmer has a super caring, nurturing and accommodating staff. My kids have flourished there.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
I attended Palmer for nine years. It was nice to have the teachers actively involved in the students academics, they always made you stay on top of assignments, and if you were slipping they were more than willing to help. The discipline was very stern, which keeps kids in line. The downside, though, are the fact that the school has not stepped into the 21st century. They do have a computer room, but the students are not taught anything in there that will help them in high school. They have no website, which means there is no way to access the school other tan by phone, and in order to get the number one would have to go to the office. There is no way to access teachers other than via the office. Students cannot even email assignments or questions to teachers. Great for k-5, but not 6-8.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 13, 2009
these teachers know the kids. they take personal interest in their education and development. the discipline is strict but fair. I have only good things to say about the way they do business -- no extra fund raising, they make sure the kids are safely disembarked in the morning rush, good feedback from teachers. Non-sectarian, inclusive, and straightup in their approach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2009
Our son has just finished his first year at Palmer. He started in Kindergarten and absolutely loved his teachers and we did too! This school is quite unique and helps you appreciate the little things like the 'drive-through' valet service when dropping off or picking up your child. Every teacher knows just about every student s name and like our son, the students are always acknowledged with a hello or engaging conversation from a staff member. Our son has grown leaps and bounds since attending and he truly looks forward to going to school every day. This has really been the best decision we have made as parents, especially with all of the recent public school budget cuts that shouldn't affect Palmer since its private. I know that my child is safe, happy and is in good hands at Palmer! A happy parent.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
palmer is a good school, with caring teachers and goods classes. it isbetter for the grades pk-5 in my opion (im a student there). there are some weird rules though. over all it is a very intelligent caring school

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2009
We ve attended Palmer for 6 years and have never once regretted our decision. In fact, we feel privileged to have the staff at Palmer help nurture them both academically and socially. Since many of the staff s children attend we also have a social relationship with staff. I m amazed when we attend team meetings parents say, oh your son is in the same class as my Johnny? I m proud to say I that I know at least 90% of the kids and parents by sight since we all interact on a regular basis. I laugh at the reviews that state their children have been there x number of years and it was a waste?!? Was it the schools failure or theirs? If they aren t happy after one year there s something wrong with the parent s to continue to have their child attend. Palmer isn t just a school, it s a family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2009
I feel the principle leadership at Palmer is well balanced, leaning toward a time proven goal of tempered education with a hands on approach. The school may not be at the pinnacle of embracing technology, but I feel that the quality of instruction and involvement from each member of the faculty, more than makes up for it. As a working parent, I have seen extraordinary parental involvement from both of my children's classes on each and every social and educational event, including Cub Scouts. I would like to see more sports programs offered , other than just golf, but am delighted that both Scouts and Berkeley Chess School are available on campus. It is a beautiful thing when the entire faculty know each child by name and are committed to their well being in all aspects. Palmer School truly is a journey that stand the test of time. M. Hunter

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2009
best move i ever made was enrolling my daughter in Palmer. her brother is now right behind her family owned and family oriented perfect for those who feel public doesnt measure up. great for those parents who want their children to be a step or two ahead of the pack

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
Very family oriented. Very friendly and safe! Our son is on his 4th year there and its the best thing we have done for him!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2008
I have worked at Palmer for 10+ years, and there's a reason why I continue to do what I love there. The overall environment is friendly, nurturing, and very welcoming. Palmer's staff sincerely cares about both the academic and social welfare of every single student. We truly look forward to going to work each day as the students are bright, kind, and an absolute joy to work with. If there is ever a question or concern, teachers and administrators are always available and eager to help in any way necessary. Many Palmer students have an array of both school and neighborhood friends as they are actively involved in extra curricular activities close to home, which is why Palmer's limited choices usually does not present a problem. Overall, I love Palmer. I have met some of the greatest teachers, parents, and students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 25, 2008
My child attended Palmer from Kingergarten thru Eighth and in my opinion received an extremely solid education in a very nurturing and safe environment. The teachers were supportive, offering individualized attention before and after class almost daily to students of every level. The Headmaster and Asst. Headmaster emphasized respect and a level of discipline that can only benefit children in a school setting. I feel that my child's experience with Palmer was 100% worth it and I would recommend Palmer to anyone...in fact, I have to many in the past who now are experiencing the same wonderful educational benefits I had with my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
I think Palmer is a wonderful school. I put 3 older children through the public school system and if I could do it again all 4 of my children would have gone to Palmer. The academic curriculum is excellent. The teachers are fabulous and the administration is alway available and ready to help. I would recommend Palmer to anyone. My daughter can't wait to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2008
I'm a student at palmer and i absolutely hate it. the homework load is horrible and the teachers and rules are completely ridiculous.i am ecstatic to be leaving Palmer and i will never be going back!

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
I went to Palmer from first grade to eightth grade and those years were the best years of my life. Palmer gave you a sense of home yet still being very strict in discipline and taught us values and morals. Also, they taught us how to set an example for the younger ones. The teachers were amazing, they made you feel like they enjoyed their job and truely wanted the best for you. Palmer taught me to be who I am today and I gaurantee you that if you send your child there you are making the best disicion of your life. Palmer was an amazing enviornment to grow up in.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 27, 2008
Palmer is a fantastic school and let me tell you that we visited all the schools in our area before we decided to send our girls there. Academics are amazing, but all taught in a very loving and supportive environment. There are not a lot of extra curricular activites, but all other schools in the area that do offer these activities charge a fee, so you can sign up for the different things offered outside of school and your children get to meet and have friends from lots of different schools. Some of the other private schools cost so much more when you factor in the cost of before and after school care (which is a flat rate for the year), volunteer hours, fundraising, and solicited donations. If you are looking for a school that nurtures your child academically and socially, Palmer is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
palmer is alright not the best! its not so encouraging they reinforce fear on their students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 19, 2008
Fantastic school. My child has nothing but good things to say about her school. My sister in law teaches in the Dublin school distict and she believes what my daughter is learning is far above what her school teaches. The level of teaching at the public school level is frightening. As I understand it many of the teachers are either substitute, temporary or very new. Many of the teachers at Palmer have been around for many years which shows, among other things, their satisfaction. This presents continuity for my child. I don't see the negative items expressed by others. It is a property that has an older home on it. Because of that the younger students have their own butterfly garden and a porch to read stories on. Computer systems are more than adequate. Do you get music lessons for free at public school? Extracarricular activities are what parents are for.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
Palmer is a great school with wonderful teachers. It offers a warm, encouraging learning environment. My three children look forward to going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
Palmer is a great school with excellent teachers and students. They focus on building a strong foundation that will help the students for life. My children are always very happy and excited to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
Palmer is the most welcomeing school.The teachers are fantastic and they really care about the studants in a careing way. Palmer is also a great school to learn resposibility and to build chariter.Your child will learn to give it their all. Palmer is a greatschool for eveyone.

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2007
Palmer is truly the poorest excuse for a school that I have ever been a witness to. The teachers have no desire to teach their students. Do not enroll any of your children into Palmer because if you do, you are truly wasting 10,000 dollars every year.

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2007
my child graduated palmer 2 years ago and is truly the best decision we ever made. Great school for all. I recommend to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2007
Truly a poor establishment; unaccredited teachers, misdirection of finances and an inability to exercise sound discipline. There are several superior schools in the area, and many of them are public.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
I attended Palmer from K-8 and could not have gotten a better education anywhere else. I was so prepared from study skills to social skills once I got to high school it was amazing. The experiences I had there were ones that could only be found there and changed my life for the better. I would encourage any parent definitely to check it out for their children.

- submitted by a former student
June 24, 2007
While it has good educational value, Palmer does not have much else. There are no extracurricular activities other than music leesons and scouts, both of which cost extra. The teachers are not hands-on, even though it is very possible since there are less than 40 students per grade. You can cut them a little bit of slack for having old, run-down, classrooms for two reasons. First of all, as my child told me, it used to be a home. Still, that does not compensate for the fact that there is only one classroom in the entire school that has air conditioning. The second reason is that it has been around since 1939. Normally, that might be acceptable, but the boarded up fireplaces in the classrooms are a little bit too nostalgic. One time, I went in the library with my son and did not find many books published after 1980!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2007
I attended Palmer school from kindergarden to eighth grade, thats 9 years I loved it, everying becomes so close and they have some great teachers. Its a family run school and there are many generations of families that either attend and or work there

- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
my daughter attend palmer for 6 years and it is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
Very parent friendly school built on family values.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
Plamer in an exelent school. It encorages the whole school to know eachother. The older children are very suportive of the younger ones. The teachers are great!It is always clean unlike some public schools in the area. Their musical classes are very impressive. They never tolerate bullys. All in all it is a very caring and extremely stuctured inviornment. I would reconmend it in an instant!

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2006
Palmer is an excellent, family-run school that maintains academic excellence with a small, family feel. Palmer educates the whole child, including politeness, manners, respect and overall on how to generally be a good person. Even though we have access to excellent public schools, we still choose Palmer because there's just that big of difference.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
My kids go to Palmer now... Pros: - caring, nuturing environment - open access to teachers/administrators - a real family attitude among the staff..first-name basis, politeness, etc. - lack of competition among parents since there is no forced volunteering, fundraising, etc. - uniforms - more 'traditional' curriculum and environment - more advanced curriculum than public schools while not overburdening kids with homework, etc. Cons: - science and computer curriculum somewhat lacking - school facilities are older (but at least no portables)

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
Like a school out of the 1950s that hasn't been updated. It's a time warp. Nice for the little kids, really bad for the older ones. No parental involvement .

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
If you want your child to have a well rounded education with a strong academic emphasis, this is the school for your child. We recently moved to El Dorado Hills, Ca. and we are looking for a school that mirrors Palmer and we truly can't find any school like it. The teachers were great. The after school activities were well supervised by the teachers. It was refreshing to see chess was a daily activity for the after schoolers. The parents were active in the school activities and were treated with so much respect by the school staff and administrators. The biggest ceremony of them all was graduation for all the grades at the Dean Lesher auditorium. The children were well behaved. With this type of environment, you knew that your child would be educated in an environment that fostered respect for one another. Thank you Palmer! ...Dorothy Dennin

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
My child was a student here for many years. There is no value here for the money. Go to your local public school, and be involved. The campus is a mess, the teachers simply don't care or are actively unpleasant. Their strategy is to shame and embarras kids into learning/behaving well. There is no music program, except with extra $s. There are no teams...only poorly organized PE classes. The only extracurricular activities are scouts. They don't allow parental involvement, because they don't want you to have an opinion that they might have to answer to. Stay away.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
Great school. Wonderful teachers. Great Student body.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2004
Palmer has a wonderful sense of family. Your wants and needs as a parent are listened to and valued. The teachers are enthusiatic and loving. Academically, this is not as aggressive as some of the other non-parochial private schools in the area but I believe its more balanced. Each grade is divided into groups based on academic needs of the individual child. In my opinion, the lower grades are about a year ahead, academically, of public school curriculum. They offer music lessons onsite, at an additional charge but there is music class for every grade (singing and learning about music). All of the grades do plays a couple of times a year. The parents are EXTREMELY involved and really value the teachers and administrative staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2004
My child was here for nine years, because I was nervous about the school system. Save your money - you are MUCH better off at the local public schools. Run-down, derelict, unpleasant staff...I'm sorry I spent the money I did.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2004
While I would recommend this school for younger children (pre-K through third grade)for its high safety level and non-tolerance of bullying and poor behavior, facilities, teachers and administration are truly sub-par. The campus is old and suffers from a lack of maintenance. Computers are relics, and learning facilities incomplete, dingy and ill-used. 'Our way or the highway' is very much the attitude. Questions and thinking are discouraged, while favoritism and popularity contests are the norm. Teachers make no attempt to discover or work with a child's strengths and weaknesses. All in all, I cannot recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
A wonderful educational environment for a child. The students are continually challenged and the faculty is focused on their success.

- submitted by a parent
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Palmer School For Boys And Girls
2740 Jones Road, Walnut Creek, CA  94597
(925) 934-4888
Last modified Palmer School For Boys And Girls is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Palmer School For Boys And Girls Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top