Academics are quite strong. Students come from a wide range of areas, which makes socializing outside of school difficult for many. Student body seems made up mostly of cliques. Athletics are decent, especially the female sports programs and baseball. Politics are heavily involved in most all of the school's decisions. Support staff is virtually nonexistent. IEP's? No. They have unlicensed people in some positions, though the teachers for the most part are highly effective.
As a current WJ student,I can proudly say that this is one of the best schools out there. I am not Catholic and I came from a public school. I thought it was going to be very strict and religious, but it only is if you choose it to be. The teachers are open and always offer help. There are several little rooms scattered around that always have at lease one teacher in them to help you. The athletics are good and the coaches are great and friendly. There're the normal "cliques" but everyone hangs out with everyone and no one judges you, at all! All the programs are great. The grading scale did take a little getting use to but in the long run it will help you. The only cons are that if you're going to play a sport, I recommend playing it in grade/middle school to learn the basics because the coaches don't really describe everything. Some of the coaches are focused more on winning than the team. You just have to join the right sport. Also, with many AP classes, you can choose which direction you want to go to get prepared for college but they don't have major courses like machine shops or cooking classes (biggest downfall).But overall, a really good school I would recommend. 1/17/2014.
From a parent view I could say that Walsh Jesuit high school is the best high school I have ever attended when I was touring high schools for my son who is extremely satisfied with all the different programs offered by the school not only the academically ones
My daughter transfered from a public school to Walsh as a sophmore. At the time I thought it was a mistake becuase she was not the strongest student, however after she graduted I can see that i was wrong. The extra help and personal attentioned she recieved made her a better student and better prepared her for collage. As far as athletics are concerenced most "not all" of the coaches are more concerned with winning state championships at the expence of the student athelete. Rather than teaching the game or growing them into to better people and leaders the coaches put winning first. If you are considering your daughter to attend WJHS to play basketball or soccer you should really look into the programs to see if that is is what you want for her. Talk to the players and parents to get a complete understanding of what you are getting into
Walsh is a great school for the super motivated, high academic acheivers. However, for the slightly above average student, there are better options. First, the grading scale is higher than at any public school. A kid receiving a 84 on an exam will get a C at Walsh while his public school counterpart will receive a B. This public school counterpart will soon be the competition for admission and merit aid to many of the same colleges. Hence, the Walsh kid will loose out on the basis of cumulative GPA. However, Walsh claims that the colleges adjust for the more rigorous grading scale, which is absolute nonesense. College guidance at Walsh is terrible. The one person running the college guidance office is incompetent and gives terrible college advice. Politics always plays a part in school decisions from who makes the team to admissions to senior recognition.
I transferred from a public school. I could not have made a better decision. Walsh Jesuit has incredible faculty, remarkable academic programs, and the college planning and guidance faculty is incredible. Walsh is way ahead of the pack. It's funny, I always used to rag on my friends that went to Walsh saying, 'Your school is no better than any public school.' I was wrong. Way way wrong.
the school saved my life. I was sent to the 'all boy school' as a punishment. I graduated with honors, and now, 18 years later, am making a 7 figure salary. The teachers really want the students to succeed. They really care.