School Details

Walker Elementary School

9225 Hillery Drive, San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 271-8050
NR

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 563 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Walker Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Walker Elementary School is Rochelle Dawes, who can be contacted at rdawes@sandi.net. 563 children attend Walker Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 45% of the Walker Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 72% of the 563 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Walker Elementary School is 15:1. Christ the Cornerstone Lutheran Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 8% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 13%
Hispanic 39% 44%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 129055%
Filipino 18% 7%
Asian 15% 9%
Multiracial 13% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%
Unspecified 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 63%
Limited English proficiency 45% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    If you can avoid sending your child to Walker it is highly recommended you do so. The principal is terrible does not listen to concerns and seems to be on a power trip. I tried multiple times to talk to the principal to help with issues my son was having there to no avail. The teachers take their cue from the principal and don't care about parent input. They will dictate and act like they are the parents of your child and if you don't like it you can go to another school (the principal actually said that to me). There are only a few male staff members at the school and the teachers do not know how to deal with boys. They will make their life miserable. My youngest son in now there and is having problems getting in trouble daily for the most trivial things and having his recess taken away almost every day (twice a day). I will be taking my son out and moving to another school. Stay away from this school if you can.

  • (8 months ago)

    My son completed Kindergarten at this school and I have the highest possible praise for Mrs. Silentwater that did an excellent job with my son.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a horrible school. If you have the option go to Ericson. The teachers are pretty good and my son seems to like them. The Principal is awful and only cares about collecting a paycheck.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am impressed with the teachers at this school. They are strict and focused on the children and their education. This is a school for learning of course they aren't allowed to run around. That is a safety issue and I'm ok with that. My children go to school to learn not exercise they play at home. The administration department could use a class in organization. Overall this school is a great school of diversity learning and children focused. Principal is new but improvement takes time.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is the dumbest school in the world! i came here only for a month and hated it. DONT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school with a highly diverse population; many students are English language learners which is probably a significant factor in why test scores may be low. The teachers are caring and committed as is the principal. I have enjoyed being involved in our neighborhood school and I wish that more parents would become involved as well

  • (5 years ago)

    I am NOT happy with Walker and have not been for the past 2 years. My child has special needs that just don't ever seem to met to the level my child needs even though we have had several meetings to spell those needs out to the school. I feel bad for the teachers that have large classes because it seems as if kids that need more help just fall through the cracks. The principal doesn't listen the school board doesn't listen... I'm extremely frustrated at the school and the fact that I can't chose a different school for my child.

  • (5 years ago)

    The new principal has now been there long enough for some of her changes to have a positive effect. She seems to be really concerned that the students are learning & that her staff take an engaging approach to teaching. She seems to be able to fairly identify parents that need to be more active in their child's learning & discipline and teachers that need to modify teaching methods to learning styles. If there were more positive parent involvement this school could easily go to 5 stars.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my Son's 3rd year at Walker and I have see so many changes and am so proud we stuck it out. The Principle has been consistant and follows through with her word She supports the Teachers Staff and Parents 110% and in return the School is doing amazing! I am a proud Parent of a Walker Elmementary 4th grader!

  • (5 years ago)

    The new principal seems to be carefully summing up existing policies & problems. Too bad parents with negative comments either have not come to her with concerns and/or don't understand some of the constraints principals have regarding policies. Her hands are tied with so much of the 'No child left behind' requirements and staff that is resistant to change after having a really horrible prior administration. Things are changing for the better slowly. What does need to change for schools with discipline problems & students with low grades is for parents to be more responsible for their child s behavior and education. If parents don t reinforce what is taught in school why should their child feel what they do in school matters?

  • (6 years ago)

    Our son started going to KG in this school and he just loves it. His teacher is great and he has made lots of friends. They have been to a field trip school pictures are done halloween christmas celebration was memorable for our son. He has achieved advanced level in reading even though he comes from an Indian family (english second language). He has done a lot of artwork over the whole year. He loves music class. -- A very happy family

  • (6 years ago)

    This school needs to get organized. Kindergarten class changes took a month to happen while children made friends and bonded with their teachers. Then they are switch to a new teacher and new kids. My child is very unhappy. My other child is in a combination class. At first he was stressed daily with the workload and has slowly adjusted. This school is not my first choice and if it doesn't start putting children first then I am choicing my kids to another school. Maybe I'll even home school them. Kids don't get to be kids at this school. Marching through the front gate having lunch and lining up to go to recess not being allowed to run at recess unless it is a designated time for running. No wonder children are becoming obese and out of control. They don't get to burn off energy so they can learn.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child is in kindergarten at Walker and I must say that I too feel that there are administrative issues at this school. I have submitted a very strong concern letter to the area superintendent and board for issues that I do not want to mention on this site. Teacher quality is average at least from what I have witnessed. and principal quality is horribly unsatisfactory. I wish parents luck with Walker but I plan to enroll my child elsewhere.

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal is new to the school and does not know what she is doing. The policies of this school are only an attempt to mask the poor education quality that is provided. My child is in the 1st grade and I guarantee that he is well behind kids that attend other schools in other districts. The schools needs to focus on quality education and it starts from the top the principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is the first year my daughter has attended this school (2nd grade)and she is loving it. Her teacher is fantastic and I can honestly say my daughter enjoys coming to school. The only issue I have is that there are a few students in her class that are consistently misbehaving and this holds up the whole class from learning as the teacher is focused on disciplining the misbehaved students. This is upsetting when it is hindering all the well behaved students that come to learn on a daily basis from getting the attention they need from their teacher to the point that this is putting them behind in their academics and effect their grades. I think there should be stricker school discipline guidlines for consistent misbehaved children in the classroom so that other students have the opportunity they deserve to learn... I am hoping it gets better...

  • (9 years ago)

    Walker Elementary though having some good teachers falls short of teaching the students to demonstrate restraint. Since joining the school my child has been negatively impacted by other children that obviously come from somewhat unbecoming social behavior and language.

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