I'm a Mother who's son is ready to leave Immanuel Lutheran School and switch to public middle school. We are looking at Irwin vs Walt Clark. Any thoughts?
Terrible. I've had 3 students in this school over the past 4 years. Teachers are overwhelmed and teach primarily by handout, grades are frequently entered incorrectly, or not at all (leading to confusion about missing/ungraded work), and morale is awful. Additionally there is a general culture of intimidation, including frequent police presence, and threats to search students' personal property. I would not recommend this school to any parent who has a choice. My daughter is a straight A student who loved school until she went to Walt Clark; now she hates it. Meanwhile the administration seems completely indifferent.
Like most parents I was unsure how our daughter would make the transition from elementary school to middle school, the staff has made her transition a walk in the park. Thank you. I would recommend the school to anyone. My only complaint is the school website and trying to get information regarding the school calendar etc... without calling. Needs improvement.
I'd like to share how much I've been so impressed by the level of professionalism and compassion that I've witnessed and experienced, my child feels known, respected and very well cared for by all of the adults on staff at Walt Clark. People at Walt Clark go above and beyond what is expected. Walt Clark is a wonderful school! I would highly recommend this gem to any parent looking for a great school. The principal Martha Gustafson made us feel welcome from the very first moment we meet her, and she continues to pay close attention to our child and our family. Just walk through the doors and you will instantly feel the warmth, caring and high standards!
I couldn't be more thrilled with Walt Clark! Both of my kids went to the school and althought they have completely different needs both of my students thrived socially and academically at Walt Clark. The teachers where inspirational and caring and the prinipal was very involved with both of our kids. Thank you for a job well done Walt Clark! I highly recommend this school to any parent!
I don't even know where to begin...I expected a difficult transition between elementary and middle school, but nothing could prepare me for the hardships my child and I would face at Walt Clark. From the beginning of the 2012 school year, my child was harrassed and bullied by the same sfudent relentlessly. After numerous meetings with the school counselor, there were no repercussions for the bully, and so the misery went on for my child. Because of this, I reported the incidences to the principle and 3 weeks later she has not returned my calls. This is not my only complaint however, there is no communication between school and home at Walt Clark. They expect e-mails and a parent website (which requirs obtaining-which took half the school year to get from them-and using a 20 character user name) to be sufficient. Neither of these are effective due to the fact that they are not checked daily by teachers (even every other day would be nice)! If my child has a missing assignment, there is no way for me to find out what the assignment entails, etc because e-mails are answered long after the item is due. My child has gone from a B average to failung in 1 year at this school.
I had a great expermence here. I miss it and I think it much better school then what the review says.
Walt Clark is a fantastic school! The teachers and staff are dedicated to helping students succeed. I know many families that have children that attend there and they are very happy. When my child is old enough to send to middle school I will be driving across town to send them to Walt Clark. As for bullying on the other reviews I heard they are now a No Place for Hate school. Maybe that will help.
The worst school our family has ever had the misery of dealing with. Example? We had to deal with an English teacher who finally updated the missing assignments in MAY, after assuring us all was well for 3 months. Our child was passed through every single grade with all 'F's (Let the high school deal with it?) They take the "No child left behind" to the extreme. If your child attends here, you may as well let them ditch for 3 years.
My child is in her second year at the horrible school. Everyday my child complains about being harassed and being alone. Nothing gets done to the point where it changes anything. It's hard when your child asks everyday if she can stay home and tells me that her telling the teacher and principle doesn't help. I have called and had meetings with teachers, the counselor and the principle and it doesn't change anything. I would never recommend this school in fact I strongly advise against it. Since there is about five months left at school I cannot switch her but there is no way she will attend this school for eighth grade.
We moved our children to a different school because of the drugs, bullying, and harassment our children we subjected to. The new school is positive, inclusive, no cliques, and the administration is outstanding. We wish we hadn't wasted the previous years at WC and left sooner.
I'm moving my child to a different school so obviously I wouldn't recommend WCMS. The principal and student environment are not good. The principal ignored voice messages I left. When I finally was able to get a meeting set up with her she wasn't there for our scheduled time. Then she lied about why, not a real good example for the kids. The kids are clicquish and many are downright mean.
Teachers are committed. New Principle for 09-10 has heart of gold. I have observed an attitude of caring on PTSO staff. The administration goal is to increase connection between the school and the community.
Walt CLark Middle school has done an excelent job educating 2 of my 3 students. The staff there truely cares for the students. I am truely sorry to see the administration change Scott Wallace did a great job with this school in the short time he was there.
I dislike this school, and many of the 8th grade teachers do not teach the students properly. There are also many drugs and children being very rude. In fact I had my child switch schools. I would not tell someone to have their child go there.
this school is not a good school for kids to get them ready for high school. tehre is a lot of drugs involver in this school.
it is exilent i highly recomendend from a 6th grader like me i love the teachers
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