My son attended WH for six years and now my daughter will be completing her sixth year in 2014-15. My daughter is doing great in her studies and loves the school. She's been well prepared to get into one of the middle school magnets. We have no complaints about the principal or staff. My daughter absolutely loves her teachers, although she complains about one of them giving too much homework. But what kid doesn't complain about that?
June, 2014 Sadly, the principal @ this school is horrific. Seems to be unable to embrace her role as a parent communicator and authoritarian. Is very divisive versus unifying. Appears to be completely out of touch with her student body as well as her teachers. Exudes hostile vibes, a 'bully', which is not what I would want trickling down to my children. The nepotism is rampant. And, if you have a special education or special needs child, run, don't walk in the opposite direction. The support of the principal is simply not there and the results can be catastrophic. Do not allow the peachy location or the accomplishments of the previous principals fool you. And that KidZone after-school program, do not leave your children unattended there! A new principal could make this gem of a school once again stellar and the teachers and parents once again proud as opposed to running them off! It is time for a much needed change. Think I'm disappointed?
nfortunately, this beautiful school is hiding an disappointing situation. The principal is aloof and distant She seems to be out if her element and unable to fully complete her responsibilities to staff, parents and students. School personnel in office are constantly on their own phones ignoring those who arrive for help. The afterschool program is poorly monitored and students roam the school unsupervised. Teachers seem to be dedicated wholly to their students despite the lack of direction and leadership from the top. Although the test scores are high this is solely the work of the long hours put in by the teachers.
This is a great school my daughter is in kindergarden and her teacher Mrs. Villareal is awesome. My daughter has learned so much this year thanks to her teacher's. Everyone here is very friendly and is always willing and waiting to help.
Walnut Hill is a great school! The teachers are committed to their students. The principal is easy to talk and clearly cares about kids. I encourage people to come and tour the school to see how wonderful Walnut Hill is!
I moved my kids from Tom Field Elementary to this school. Bad move. Within a year they were there, they retrogressed academically. We have to move them back to Tom Field next academic year.
The school has really turned around in the last 3.5 years. The principal, teachers and staff have all come together and are working for the best interest of the children. The school not only focuses on the state assessment but is really promoting good solid teaching. The principal has worked on establishing strong parent-teacher relationships. Every month she hosts a breakfast and answers parents questions. I encourage everyone to go tour the school and meet the principal and staff.
Teachers are great with only a few exceptions. The principal is in way over her head. I agree that KidzZone is the bright spot at the school.
The leadership at the school is non-existent and disorganized. The school meetings usually start at least 15 minutes late and no one seems to know what is going on. The best thing about this school is the after school program with Mwana Williams (KidzZone).
All schools face challenges. Walnut Hill Elementary (WHE) is a good, solid school with a rich history and a promising future. Our teachers are fantastic. Any school's leadership has its challenges change is difficult and WHE has had its share in the past couple years. School leaders also needs strong parents. Walnut Hill has a great parent group. It needs to continue to grow and develop the parent and family involvement on our campus. I'd encourage any parent interested in Walnut Hill to visit, meet the principal, teachers and definitely get in touch with the PTA president, other officer, or any parent to get the parents perspective. We are proud of our school. Our neighborhood and community need to embrace WHE and help its leaders build on a very strong foundation. For me and my children, we will see that WHE is successful come join
Used to be a great school. Five principals and two years later, it has turned into a parent-UNfriendly campus. The current principal is unwelcoming, and does not know her school. How could she? She leaves at three and has her assistant do most of her public interface for her. She also had her husband--an intimidating police officer--speak for her at the few parent meetings she begrudgingly held after parents went above her head to complain. However, she is entrenched, since in the words of Ivonne Durant, the DISD talking head that represents that area of the district: 'We don't want to go through ANOTHER Principal search, do we???' (In the search to hire the current principal, the parent teacher committee that picked her asked to have more candidates to pick from, and were refused by DISD)The historically pro-family school atmosphere has been systematically destroyed. Many families have left.
The new principal this year is not very good. She will not communicate with anyone.
My son attends Walnut Hill and I was so excited when the school was rated exemplary last Spring. The parent involvment is high and we have met many new friends. The PTA has sponsored many fun events for the children and the hallways are bright and cheerful. Thanks to all the teachers, Brian Lusk (the old principal who set great goals), and the new principal. I'm a Walnut Hill fan!
With all of the budget issues that DISD is having I feel lucky to have my son at Walnut Hill. I wish there was more communication, but I take responsibility for a portion of that issue. I also wish that there was more community involvement.
This is a great school located in a school district that needs great schools. My child is getting a education no private school could offer. The school is willing to work with all parents to help their children receive the best education possible. I would highly recommend Walnut Hill to any parent looking for a sound education for their child
Good not great school. Does a nice job working in a difficult district with moderate to poor population base. One of the best available elmementry schools in a substandard district. Needs more parent participation across the board.
Walunt Hill is very good school and one of the highest ranked schools in Dallas.
Walnut Hill School is a great school. I have had one child graduate from this school and now I have two younger children in this school. They love their school. The teachers I have experienced have all been wonderful. I do wish there was more extracurricular activities at this school because I know my children would enjoy them.
Walnut Hill is an excellent public school. My son could not have had a better group of teachers over the past 3 years.
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