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185 Damascus Rd
Branford, CT 06405

(203) 488-8317
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November 14, 2015
My daighter is a 7th grader at Walsh. I find it a little concerning that this page would be the "homrpage" reference. Obviously a few disgruntled former students are expressing their angst here. Not a good first impression as a parent. Altough my daughters grades have been a's and b's i feel that she is not being challenged enough. The report cards are vague and filled with stock statements, i.e. "Works well with others, participates in most class discussions, etc. I hope the IT staff takes note that for prospective students, this site is the first one they see when searching this achool and makes changes to better represent the school as a whole

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Develops honesty: Disagree
June 24, 2015
Well it's been a year since I graduated from here. Walsh was an ok school. If your having a personal issue guidance will not really do anything because they will think that your "just a kid." They also won't discipline you. The school is an open classroom environment and it can be very loud and distracting. The curriculum taught is common core which is a joke. I will say you get to go on some really cool field trips like DC and holiday hill. From my experience 8th grade was my worst year because I had some bad teachers and couldn't get the help I needed and almost failed my science class. For 8th grade year you don't do much and most classes are a joke. The whole Branford school system is corrupt and they won't take you seriously and that's why I attend private school now and if your reading this review either attend another school or transfer. Trust me you won't regret it

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2015
I went here and didn't enjoy it. I was bullied and never got any help from guidance or the principal if your having a problem like this don't expect them to help you. Much of the curriculum taught at this school was poor. The math is common core and doesn't make sense at all. My teacher now tells me what I learned here was a joke. Just everything here was a joke. I would say to try to do good but don't take it so seriously. The open classroom environment is weird and hard to deal with. The dances at the school are expensive and not worth the money so don't go. All of public school was a bad experience for me and I decided to transfer to private school I hope you all do the same.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2014
My 11 year old daughter goes to this school and last year she had many bullying issues. She went to her guidance conseler and this fixed her problem. I am very pleased because the year before that she was still in elementary school and the same problem occurred. No teacher helped.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2013
As a former student, i still resent having attended this school. Rampant bullying, favoritism, and a vice principal that did nothing about it. Special ed program very very lacking. The school was not safe, and should be condemned. No security!! Not what you would expect out of a small town school.

- submitted by a community member

March 31, 2013
I use to go to this school a very very long time ago. I still miss all the different people that had teach me so many different kinds of things here for sure. I also miss this school very much and that comes from my heart.

- submitted by a community member

October 29, 2009
Great school with wonderful teachers. My son loves going to school each day. The children all get along, no bullies!!! Wonderful A+

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2009
Walsh is awesome and so are the teachers!

- submitted by a student

November 06, 2008
Walsh is a terrific school with wonderful teachers and a great staff. Dispite the issues with the building they have managed to creates a workable learning invironment. Peer issues are rare as the teachers and staff take all social and peer related issues seriously. My children love being at Walsh!

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2008
it is a nice school with awsome teachers

- submitted by a student

January 12, 2008
low social, academic, and behavioral expectations; many behavior problems; no program for high-ability students

- submitted by a teacher

November 16, 2007
Very little of what we know about how young adolescents learn best is reflected in the programs and structure of this school. The learning and social environment is chaotic; there are few opportunities for exploratory, interdisciplinary learning; although there are some high quality teachers, there is insufficient challenge for high-ability students. Parents who are able to consider other educational options for their middle schoolers should do so.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2007
I love my school and I think it's perfect the way it is

- submitted by a student

November 23, 2005
this school does not offer any programs to gifted students.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2005
As a parent of two students one of whom is in eigth grade and one is in tenth I have found the overall experience of this school to be far below the elementary and high school experiences. There is a standard of mediocrity at Walsh which is accepted and expected. As an employee in a local school system we are viewed as substandard. Parental involvement is encouraged only as a politically correct position but in practice is deterred.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2004
The open classroom environment makes it difficult for the children to concentrate with all the noise and distraction around them. My child has difficulties focusing on the teacher and the task at hand. Several teachers use in class microphone systems to be heard above the background noise. Classes are too large for the space provided. The kids are packed in like sardines. Extra curricular activities are very good. Excellent arts program. Industrial arts area is well equipped, but safety does concern me. Over all, the staff does well with what they have to work with. It is a beautiful school and well maintained, but the open classroom set up does not work.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2004
The teachers are very concerned about the students in their classes. While the open classroom setting is distractive, the students have created noise barriers with file cabinets and bookshelves. Some classes do have full walls as well. The opportunities for the students are great. The variety of classes offered in arts and language, along with afterschool athletics and clubs, allow the students to grow socially as well as academically. The fact that nearly all subjects (gym, music, etc) are graded is a tough transition for fifth graders. It would be better to grade only major subjects in fifth grade. The school did eliminate honor roll for fifth so that does help with the pressure. Overall a great school!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
The biggest problem with this school is the noise level. It is an open classroom school and there is a constant rumble. Students can hear what's going on in the classrooms around them, making it difficult for some to focus on their own class. For some students this makes it difficult to learn.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2003
very hectic with teachers seemingly disinterested and absent often.......open class/mall setting is very distracting. There is ABSOlutely NO security with the exception of students not allowed to bring napsacks to carry books, which would make things more organized and easier for kids.......Security should concentrate on anyone walking in school at anytime with anything including lunacy and weapons!!!.........Really disappointed in lack of communication with teachers and parents..Teachers don't seem to even want to help students, just get by the year and cram all the homework and work they can possibly cram each day

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
This is a well built school. I can say that for the most part teachers are helpful, creative, and willing to go the extra mile for the student. The facilities are well-maintained, which include a pool, a large library of most appropriate genres, and an abundance of personal locker space. This is a most wonderful place for your child to learn and grow in.

- submitted by a student
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Francis Walsh Intermediate School
185 Damascus Rd, Branford, CT  06405
(203) 488-8317
Last modified Francis Walsh Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Francis Walsh Intermediate School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top