I volunteer a few times a week and will hear a few different teachers talking to the children in a condescending manner... They are children, they don't need to be talked to this way.
My children like this school, they are sad they now have to change schools due to moving down the street and are no longer zoned. I found out they rarely approve zone variances here and denied the zone variance ... Sucks for my 4th grader... He now has to change schools for one year..
Both of my children have great teachers! I will say that, I definitely lucked out.
if you plan on moving while going to this school, don't plan on them approving a zone variance... It won't happen..
My son has ADHD, for which he is being medicated. We were constantly being called in to required parent teacher conferences for these small, perceived slights. By 5th grade, the conferences were less but still present. He was getting Unsatisfactory citizenship grades across the board. He had gained a reputation among the teachers as the kid who misbehaves and was thus watched like a hawk and written up for the smallest of infractions. This reputation filtered down to his classmates, and he found himself a social pariah. When he moved on into 6th grade and onto a new faculty who didn't know him, he was seeing Outstanding and Satisfactory grades in citizenship. Basically, he misbehaved when he was younger and they never let him live it down. His grades and his social skills suffered as a result.
This school is pretty good but in 5 years it's going to be learning no spanish. On the other hand Special Ed/Needs students are not treated fairly. The spirit days are fun,but not always for everyone. It's good that the school is spreading the message to stop bullying through Be Kind and Peace Week.If you are enrolling your child in school next year they will not be learning spanish.
This school doesn't have fairness for it's students, especially the Special ED/Needs Students. It's also currently removing the spanish program which is unfair to the parents and students who wanted the students to learn spanish.
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.
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.
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!
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.