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Walter F. Dexter Middle School is a public middle school in Whittier. The principal of Walter F. Dexter Middle School is Diana Kinnart. 1,281 students attend Walter F. Dexter Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Walter F. Dexter Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 60% of the 1,281 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Walter F. Dexter Middle School is 23:1. Trinity Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 91% 89%
Unspecified 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 1% 0.6%
Filipino 0.6% 0.4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% 6400%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 69%
Limited English proficiency 13% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I have twin boys who started Dexter this year. I was a little concerned about their test scores and fighting. I had heard it was a rough school. So far my boys seem to like it and I am happy with the teachers. The principal is very approachable and seems to care for the students.

  • (12 months ago)

    I attended this school 3 years ago and leaving it was the biggest breath of fresh air I've ever taken in my life. Never have I ever been surrounded by so many uneducated rude impolite and careless people in my life. How are we supposed to promote learning & raise productive members of society in a school where the environment is ghetto and unwelcoming? The school food was very unhealthy; in fact it was so disgusting I refused to eat lunch my entire Eight grade year. The children are very rambunctious. Fighting is something you get used to seeing; being surrounded by uncivilized irrational human beings who "get down" whenever they're faced with a life-threatening issue (stealing each other's boyfriends giving each other looks) became something you needed to get used to. Middle School is supposed to set a strong and firm foundation for students to excel academically & flourish throughout their high school years and even beyond but Dexter failed to do so. Some teachers are wonderful as educators and even moreso as people but overall Dexter is a place infested with people who aren't so likeable or respectable. Do your peace of mind & your child's education a favor & STAY AWAY

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has had great improvement this shows that both the students and teachers/staff are committed to making this school a better learning environment

  • (1 year ago)

    Dexter is a wonderful school with amazing teachers who work hard to meet the needs of their students.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a part of the Dexter family for several years and the school just keeps getting better and better. We have a wonderful staff that really cares about the students. Everyone there works hard to make sure students have a safe place in which to grow and succeed. Dexter is part of a great community and has really terrific students. The school offers a lot of academic support resources as well as enrichment opportunities. I look forward to many more years at Dexter as there is no place else I would rather work!

  • (1 year ago)

    My children had a wonderful experience at Dexter Middle School. Teachers were very helpful and helped them reach their potential.

  • (1 year ago)

    in regards to post dated 9/28/2012..it is not about personal vendesttas it is about school accountability. Luckily you are one of the few that have not experienced something negative. Many students have and when parents attempt to address the issues with school administration...parents get no response. I am happy that they have achieved some growth but look at what the Los NIetos school District accomplished within 3 years...It is a shame that a majority of the students do not feel safe and because we as parents speak up ..we are on a personal vendetta. That is the real shame

  • (1 year ago)

    So many personal vendettas on this site what a shame. On a positive note I wanted to congratulate Dexter Middle School for doing an outstanding job on the CST and raising the API 80 points in 5 years! And WCSD being rated 1 of the top 5 rated districts in the state of CA for academic growth! They say it takes a village to raise one child so I want to thank all the teachers administrators and staff for helping my child to succeed!

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal was not there after school office i take my child out of this school after la directora did not help mi daughter after she was bulied for a long time she finally met me after lots of calling and leavingalot of messages becusse i told the secretary I want to talk to the superintendent. secretaria say princpal no there after the school on Monday or Wensdays This is NO a safe place for kids!!

  • (2 years ago)

    His mother tells me that he gets good grade's A"s and B's. Now let me ask the Administrations there Is he prepared to transfer to lets just say Loyal High school will he have the knowledge base to be a competitive student at a private High school? I have been to that school and I am not very impress and let me tell you it does not come close to the private school my daughter goes to in Orange County. Believe me if I could he would not be in any public school maybe but for a few.

  • (2 years ago)

    I really like how Dexter supports my boys. If they do poorly on a test they are given help and then get a chance to take the test again. They have improved their grades during their time at Dexter.

  • (3 years ago)

    Every school has problems and Dexter is a work in progress. With that in mind the progress is remarkable. There has been a schedule change to assist students who need extra help. Dexter is implementing "Professional Learning Communities" that has been so successful at the high school. The school is huge and so progress is slower than I'd wish. Dexter's primary problems can be put at the feet of parents who raise their children with a poor values system. Most negative comments I've seen on this site are the direct result of poor or non-existant parenting. The people skills of SOME(not all by any stretch) of the office staff could be improved. Something I'm sure will be addressed over time.

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended the GATE open house at Dexter last night. I was astounded by the fabulous work produced by the 6th and 7th graders. The most amazing part of the evening was the 8th grade wax museum. Students had extensively researched historical characters and then dressed and played the part of those characters. Each individual performance was well rehearsed and acted. I would guess about half of the 8th grade participated. This is a real tribute to the excellent teaching and dedication of the teachers at Dexter. Congratulations students and staff!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a school with issues that need to be resolved. 1 The staff in the student center never acknowledge that your there. Instead of helping you they sit around-like they expect you to know they're to busy to help anyone but themselves. 2 Some teachers have no control over the class. When the teacher is talking many other students are busy with their own thing. Some even cussing loudly or applying make-up. 3 To me the principal is just a front. Really its the vice pricipal who's in charge. this is my last year here. it finally came!

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a parent of two children that attend dexter. I would never have sent them there if I knew how this school is. The office staff is so rude and uneducated. Mrs. Luna needs to go to people skills classes. My child has been in a fight and nothing happened. The crossguard saw the whole thing and didn't move an inch. Some of the teachers really care for the children. In September I'm getting a transfer to another local middle school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The staff in the front office is very rude and unprofessional. They do not acknowledge you when you walk in the door. Finally when you ask for help they don't really care and just tell you to go see so and so and they'll send you to so and so. The school nurse will ask students "what do you want?!" instead of trying to be helpful especially when a student is in need. The campus is filthy the restroom are unsanitary as well as the locker rooms. Most of the teachers are unorganized and not well put together. The subtitutes sleep while the class works on a worksheet that a 3rd grader could finish in 10 minutes. The staff talks to students like they are worthless and theyre more concerned with socializing than helping the school be a better place.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is by far one of the worst schools I have been to in the area. If you live within the city it would be best to either send your child to a private school or to a school in the East Whittier School District. The teachers really do try desperately to push their students but honestly the 7 hrs of teaching can not correct behavior or encourage better study habits in their entirety. A majority of the responsiblity falls onto the parents and guardians. They do offer a number of programs that are beneficial for students looking to excel or work on their studies but with budget cuts who knows if they'll remain after fiscal readjustments. This really isn't hyperbole. Evaluate every aspect of the school or any school for that matter before you decide where to place your child.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing school I love it. The teachers well respected; the students well connected. I love dexter it is a very good school<3(

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers. Beautiful campus. Wonderful students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dexter Middle School is a great place where teachers care about kids. We have many activities such as Mock Trial ASB and the Wax Museum. Dexter has a lot to offer and I really love working there!

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