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Walker Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 929 students

 

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Posted September 20, 2012

Great school. Walker has gone through a tremendous transformation in the last couple of years. It has a new talented principal. It has half the number of kids it had just a year ago (because of the new middle school in the area) and is in fact the smallest public school in the district (not considering charter schools). The building is in good condition due to the bond repairs. My child is happy and academically challenged; the teachers are outstanding. My child was assigned a research project just two weeks into the school year (6th grade) in social studies; was tested and placed appropriately in advanced math. Walker s test scores are best or second best (depending on grade and subject) in the district. Walker has been a not-yet-discovered gem of a school in the last two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

A disaster waiting to happen. Overcrowded, rundown building. Likely gang activity. Weak response to reported behavioral problems. My child has been bullied here and her classroom needs not consistently addressed. However, great orientation for 6th graders and some excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

My daughter has loved all three of her years at Walker--great friends, great teachers. Lots of student opportunity to get involved outside of the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2007

My daughter enjoys art there, not a bad school. However I agree it is way overcrowded and is semi rundown. This comunity needs a new school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

Impressed with the organization. The first day of school was pleasent for my family. Thank you Walker Middle School Staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

Way overcrowded;runs almost like a correctional facility; building and grounds in poor shape; in need of a new school. Mixture of excellent and not so good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

Walker has been given a bum rap. Walker is a great school. Terrific teachers and an outstanding Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 59% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female83%
Male68%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted92%
Special Education with Accomodation46%

Reading

All Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation54%

Reading

All Students82%
Female90%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation60%

Reading

All Students82%
Female83%
Male80%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted92%
Special Education with Accomodation13%

Science

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 65%
Hispanic 19% 21%
Two or more races 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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