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Marlan J. Walker Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 817 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 2, 2014

MY SON HAS BEEN GOING TO THIS SCHOOL FOR 4 YRS NOW AND I WOULD NOT CHOOSE ANOTHER SCHOOL FOR HISM. MY OTHER SON WILL BE STARTING THIS YEAR AND I CANT WAIT TO SEE HOW MUCH HE LEARNS! THE TEACHERS AT THIS SCHOOL ARE AMAZING AND HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THERE STUDENTS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Walker seemed to be a great choice for our son. We were excited about the Spanish program and the fact that he would have full days as a kindergartener. However there are downsides to the Spanish program. The children are only spoken to in Spanish for that portion of the day. Our experience as a first grader has been frustrating at best. The spanish only has become a hinderance. Math is taught in Spanish and the kids have fallen behind. This is my oldest child, so it is our first public school experience. Before choosing Walker I suugest weighing heavily how your child will respond in this learning environment. Looking at overall test scores and numbers on paper and learning a second language can be great selling points. However, I feel at this point (half way thru 1st grade)it is hindering him. He reads very few Spanish words and counts to 40. My point is that it's not ideal for every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

I absolutely love this school! 2 of my children have attended and my youngest will be going next year. I love that my children are learning spanish and feel like it helps further their education. There is nothing more amazing than hearing your child converse with someone that speaks another language. We have even used our son to translate things for us! The teachers and staff are amazing and I would highly recommend Walker to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

This school is amazing. I was worried about the Spanish component but my daughter has thrived in this environment. The teachers care so much about the kids and the kids love their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

We are entering grade 3 and my son is excited for another school year. I read the reviews from about 4-5 yrs ago and think the students/parents suffered growing pains from the school changing into the Spanish program. We love it. We are not Hispanic and my son excels in the program. It is a joy to see his language grow and I know it will only benefit him for his future endeavors. I was hesitant at first, but now love the program, staff and administration. I agree that the emphasis on Spanish program limits the child to be pushed in other areas, so we get involved as parents and push at home. We continuously read and practice comprehension. We visit museums and discuss science/art. We explore dinosaurs and the planets. We do the best we can and I think my son will be just fine. You must be open to introduce a new language into your house, this is an optional school and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Dr. Walker for your fantastic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and I have not had any bad experiences there. I think a lot of the issues have to do with the child. My daughter loves the school and the spanish program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

My son went here for kindergarten, he was treated excellent and managed the curriculum well. he is now at a school ranked 8 and is bored and not doing as well. This school is not for everyone, mostly not for children who are not top notch, Sorry, but the truth hurts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

AYP!!! This school is a big ball of stress. With all of the cuts looming over everyone stress is expected. Leadership is needed to pull this school out of the sink hole it s headed for. Dual language is a great idea, much needed in this day and age. BUT, if the program is not executed to its full potential why force it? My daughter went from A s and B s in the first trimester to C s and D s this past trimester. I ve paid $40 an hour for her to be tutored by Walker teachers. Now she has a private tutor at 3 times the cost, just to get her at grade level. During prep for CRT she was given a reading tutor, once the CRT testing was complete so was the extra reading help. I m extremely disappointed in this school, and myself, I should ve done some about it before now
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

DO NOT allow your child to fall behind in this joke of a school! My child went from almost all A's to C's and possibly failing!! Staff is rude and horrible to children and parents alike, there is no safety or security on campus, and the 'Spanish" program is "not really for them to learn spanish???" - or so I was told by the Spanish teacher when I asked why my child still didnt speak ANY! I wrote to CCSD twice now and their solution is to have my child transfer (which we are doing immed.) - instead of fixing the problems! Please do not make your children go to Walker and do not be fooled by their 'international' school antics- worst school EVER!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

My child has been going to Walker since kindergarten. He loves his classes, he loves the panish part and he has great teachers. They go out of their way to inform you about your child and they are always professional. Thank you walker Elementary on a scale of 1-10 you guys are a 20. The 10 (which is the highest a school can get on this website) does not do this school justice!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

My kids have been going to this school since kindergarten and they are in 5th, 4th and 2nd grade now. I absolutely love the fact that they are learning spanish this early in life. The teachers are wonderful and the kids really enjoy school. Two thumbs up!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

While I do like the dual language program, it sometimes overshadows other instructional areas. For example, with some teachers, bright students are not being challenged and advanced in basic academic areas. They are being taught at grade level even if they are far above. The reasoning seems to be that they are being challenged by learning another language, which is true but should not take precedent. Overall climate could be improved by genuine concern, good customer service, and friendly staff members. (There are many already, but one rude faculty member can ruin the entire environment.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

If your child is in kindergarten, I would not suggest this school.They are not kind and caring in this program.I am ready and willing to help and have been told they do not even want parents in the class. Rude behavior from teachers, not really interested in communication with parents from my experience.I have sent my child to another school.They put on a nice face. I suggest you stay on top of the teachers here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

My kids love the school. All of the teachers that my kids have have are wonderful! The PTA is great! They do so many fun things for all of the kids and families. I only wish that it would of passed for the kids to wear uniforms. Heres to a great new year at Walker!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

I have two boys at this school, each of them are in kindergarten and 1st grade respectively. Our experience here has been one that I regret everyday. On a lighter note, we did love their teachers. My children did excelled in their classes, despite the distraction of the front office and the health office. I do not recommend this school for any child.Ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2007

Thank Goodness Smalley is being built! I can finally get my kids out of this horrible program and still keep them in a neighborhood school. This spanish program looks good on paper but it truly failing these kids. A handful of them are doing ok, but most of them are falling through the cracks! We just had our child tested at Sylvan and found him to be at least on fulll grade level behind in reading, writing and math. The scary thing is that he is bringing home all A's and high B's from school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

I'm always sad to hear when a student doesn't enjoy their school. The school dress code has been voted on each year the school has been open by the parents and PTA and in fact for the next school year the uniform policy has been defeated. I always felt our children had enough colors to choose from. Blue, green, white for shirts. Blue, black, green or tan for pants or shorts. The only thing my children don't like is that the shirts can't have logos other than the schools. They would like to once in a while have a special Yu-Gi-Oh or some other logo shirt they are dying to wear to school. Out of 180 school days a year, this is an issue only 2 or 3 days. I now think it will be a bigger issue in our house than before. Bring back the uniforms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

My son did not like going to school here. There are several things we did not like. The school only allowed students to wear certain colors, it is a track school that only gave him two weeks of summer vacation. I didn't like that, because he only had two weeks to get ready for the next school year!Also, he had to take a Spanish course. He was having enouph to worry about his regular classes! I do not reccomend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2006

I had several kids at this school, and the ones that were in the Spanish program fell way behind in their abilities to read and understand what they had read, while my kids that were not in the program, did excellent! I have taken the kids that were in the Spanish program out and wished that I had done it a lot sooner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

I too believe that it is not fair to our children to be forced into learning a second language when they haven't even learned what they need to learn in their main language of English! We moved into a nice area and now we are rezoning our son because of this dual language program. Out of 3 years of going to this school we have only had 1 good year, the other two were horrible. We should have a choice as to if we want our kids to learn Spanish or not. The staff is very unhelpful in reconciling issues. I don't recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

127 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian89%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch75%
Full price89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant86%

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male76%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian87%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch60%
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian94%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch79%
Full price93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%

Reading

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian87%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch71%
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students87%
Female91%
Male82%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian86%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant87%

Reading

All Students83%
Female96%
Male70%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian85%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant83%

Science

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian83%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 39%
Hispanic 24% 39%
Two or more races 8% 4%
Asian 3% 6%
Black 2% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Henderson, NV 89002
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