School Details

Palmer School for Boys and Girls

2740 Jones Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(925) 934-4888

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 340 students 14 student/teacher

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About this school

Palmer School for Boys and Girls is a private middle school in Walnut Creek. The principal of Palmer School for Boys and Girls is Mr. Samuel Mendes. 340 children attend Palmer School for Boys and Girls and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Palmer School for Boys and Girls is 14:1. The Seven Hills School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 43% %
Asian 32% %
Hispanic 16% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    It has lot's of stuff to do like plays computer and PE my daughter is in 3rd grade and it's great

  • (3 years ago)

    We enrolled our daughter in Palmer this year and she has done great she loves the school and her classmates are very caring. I have not received a complain about the teachers and when another kid bully our daughter it was handled. They have also handled my daughter testing their boundaries. Could not ask for better teachers and better staff. We came from another private school in which our daughter was forced to go backwards and she did not learn a single thing. At Palmer she is constantly challenge and she is in the top of the class.

  • (3 years ago)

    Palmer has been the best place for our children. Their progress has been above and beyond what we had hoped for from a private school. The teachers have met their needs every step of the way. The administration is very involved with the day to day caring for and understanding of the students. We recommend Palmer very highly and are greatful for the success they have brought to our children.

  • (3 years ago)

    Students who do well with traditional structure may be well served at Palmer. But I agree with the reviewers who say that children with learning differences (ADHD et al) do not fit in well here. My various concerns have usually been "answered" but never truly dealt with. As a parent I felt that I had very little real knowledge of how the children (mine in particular) were actually managed. Of concern during a conversation I had with the school's principal my son was told he wasn't allowed to contribute to the discussion at all (which was about him). Behavior that might be expected and typical of normal children is over-disciplined. Parents are told NOT to help in the classroom (which is how many parents like to get a feel for how and what their children are doing). Parents are asked to be involved in parties and scouts etc but classroom volunteering is not permitted. I would say this is a very rigid environment that caters to typical learners but not good at all for anyone who may not fit the standard mold or for families who wish to have a strong handle on what goes on at school. Be aware that they'll tell you differently but their actions speak more truthfully.

  • (3 years ago)

    Palmer School is a great school. Some of the students say it's horrible but it really isn't they just haven't been exposed to anything else and do not know how good they have it. The teachers care about you and try to help you as much as they can. If you are looking for a private school for your kids Palmer School should be your choice because it is a good well-rounded school where you will get the best experience ever!

  • (3 years ago)

    Hi.I am a student at Palmer School. i have been at Palmer since junior kindergarden and am now in 6th grade.I LOVE Palmer. I am currently a straight A student and enjoy most my classes. For all the people who say the teachers are mean they're wrong. True they are strict but fair. Also many people are saying we don't have a computer room and a website but we have both. At Palmer everyone knows you and the teachers make it a point that you can come to them with any homework/friendship issues.Its a great place to grow up learn and have fun all at once. my only complaint is that P.E. has weird uniforms so i stay in the office and do my homework. PALMER ROCKS!

  • (4 years ago)

    There are many wonderful things to say about Palmer School. Traditional values segmented classes to teach to the needs of various ability levels in math & reading reasonable preparation for high school classes strict behavior guidelines & a safe environment top my list. If you're looking for a spiffy campus don't visit. The quality of a school is not found in the exterior. Problems Staff and technology. Lower grades are populated with great teachers. Upper grades show inadequacies with at least one profoundly unpleasant teacher that could use a break with some extremely moody bullying behavior that could use a trip to the dean's office. Unfortunately complaints fall on deaf ears. In 8th grade plan on your political & religious views being challenged if they don't fall in line with teacher. Students are intimated and parents know better than to voice concern. Computer classes - laughable.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have a child who is gifted and has ADHD who is actually doing quite well at Palmer. The school consistenty provides academic challenges that keep our child engaged and growing. I feel that the traditional structure and values is an excellent fit for our child and has allowed him/her to flourish; we have always felt that the administration and teachers have been accessible partners in his/her education

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter just started kindgarden and I'm already impressed by what she has learned. She loves her teachers and hates to leave if I pick her up too early. They do have a website now by the way. Overall I think Palmer is great!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Palmer has a super caring nurturing and accommodating staff. My kids have flourished there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Palmer for nine years. It was nice to have the teachers actively involved in the students academics they always made you stay on top of assignments and if you were slipping they were more than willing to help. The discipline was very stern which keeps kids in line. The downside though are the fact that the school has not stepped into the 21st century. They do have a computer room but the students are not taught anything in there that will help them in high school. They have no website which means there is no way to access the school other tan by phone and in order to get the number one would have to go to the office. There is no way to access teachers other than via the office. Students cannot even email assignments or questions to teachers. Great for k-5 but not 6-8.

  • (5 years ago)

    these teachers know the kids. they take personal interest in their education and development. the discipline is strict but fair. I have only good things to say about the way they do business -- no extra fund raising they make sure the kids are safely disembarked in the morning rush good feedback from teachers. Non-sectarian inclusive and straightup in their approach.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son has just finished his first year at Palmer. He started in Kindergarten and absolutely loved his teachers and we did too! This school is quite unique and helps you appreciate the little things like the 'drive-through' valet service when dropping off or picking up your child. Every teacher knows just about every student s name and like our son the students are always acknowledged with a hello or engaging conversation from a staff member. Our son has grown leaps and bounds since attending and he truly looks forward to going to school every day. This has really been the best decision we have made as parents especially with all of the recent public school budget cuts that shouldn't affect Palmer since its private. I know that my child is safe happy and is in good hands at Palmer! A happy parent.

  • (5 years ago)

    palmer is a good school with caring teachers and goods classes. it isbetter for the grades pk-5 in my opion (im a student there). there are some weird rules though. over all it is a very intelligent caring school

  • (5 years ago)

    We ve attended Palmer for 6 years and have never once regretted our decision. In fact we feel privileged to have the staff at Palmer help nurture them both academically and socially. Since many of the staff s children attend we also have a social relationship with staff. I m amazed when we attend team meetings parents say oh your son is in the same class as my Johnny? I m proud to say I that I know at least 90% of the kids and parents by sight since we all interact on a regular basis. I laugh at the reviews that state their children have been there x number of years and it was a waste?!? Was it the schools failure or theirs? If they aren t happy after one year there s something wrong with the parent s to continue to have their child attend. Palmer isn t just a school it s a family.

  • (5 years ago)

    I feel the principle leadership at Palmer is well balanced leaning toward a time proven goal of tempered education with a hands on approach. The school may not be at the pinnacle of embracing technology but I feel that the quality of instruction and involvement from each member of the faculty more than makes up for it. As a working parent I have seen extraordinary parental involvement from both of my children's classes on each and every social and educational event including Cub Scouts. I would like to see more sports programs offered other than just golf but am delighted that both Scouts and Berkeley Chess School are available on campus. It is a beautiful thing when the entire faculty know each child by name and are committed to their well being in all aspects. Palmer School truly is a journey that stand the test of time. M. Hunter

  • (5 years ago)

    best move i ever made was enrolling my daughter in Palmer. her brother is now right behind her family owned and family oriented perfect for those who feel public doesnt measure up. great for those parents who want their children to be a step or two ahead of the pack

  • (6 years ago)

    Very family oriented. Very friendly and safe! Our son is on his 4th year there and its the best thing we have done for him!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have worked at Palmer for 10+ years and there's a reason why I continue to do what I love there. The overall environment is friendly nurturing and very welcoming. Palmer's staff sincerely cares about both the academic and social welfare of every single student. We truly look forward to going to work each day as the students are bright kind and an absolute joy to work with. If there is ever a question or concern teachers and administrators are always available and eager to help in any way necessary. Many Palmer students have an array of both school and neighborhood friends as they are actively involved in extra curricular activities close to home which is why Palmer's limited choices usually does not present a problem. Overall I love Palmer. I have met some of the greatest teachers parents and students.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child attended Palmer from Kingergarten thru Eighth and in my opinion received an extremely solid education in a very nurturing and safe environment. The teachers were supportive offering individualized attention before and after class almost daily to students of every level. The Headmaster and Asst. Headmaster emphasized respect and a level of discipline that can only benefit children in a school setting. I feel that my child's experience with Palmer was 100% worth it and I would recommend Palmer to fact I have to many in the past who now are experiencing the same wonderful educational benefits I had with my daughter!

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