WALNUT ACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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180 CEREZO DR
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598
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Phone: 925-939-1333
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 103.2
  • Number Students: 619
  • Number Teachers: 28
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5591
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Colleen Dowd
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (24 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (18 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-24
    "As far as public schools go, especially in CA this is a top notch campus. Great teachers, wonderful and very involved principal. I transferred my child from private school and was so hesitant, but I couldn't be happier!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-07
    "This is the highest API scoring elementary school in the system. Surrounded by million dollar homes in the Northgate area, the kids are academically advanced and all speak excellent English. By contrast, some of the other schools in the system are overwhelmed by Spanish speakers. Some of the other schools are too close to the Concord border and suffer bleedover from Concord. Most of the parents have Masters degrees and many of them are physicians. The gene pool is excellent so your student will be academically challenged by their peers. The teachers are top notch and just happen to live in Northgate as well."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-06
    "This school is overrated. The class sizes are around 31-34. Teachers are ok. Parent volunteers are great but its all the same 100 or so parents who keep it all going. Its a nice school but you can get the same across town and with a lot less homeownership cost."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-02-27
    "Walnut Acres is an excellent school in a supportive and safe neighborhood. There is an enormous amount of parent involvement in the classrooms as well as on the Parent Faculty Club. The vocal music program supported by the PFC is outstanding. The Principal provides strong guidance and is always coming up with ways to improve the school academically and socially. The teachers are dedicated and genuinely enjoy teaching. I would give the school 5 stars if it were in a smaller district, ideally the 5 schools that are in Walnut Creek that are currently in the MDUSD."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-09-14
    "Class sizes are quite large (34 kids per class in the upper grades) and could go up to 40. The school district is struggling and sadly, it shows. GATE (gifted) funding has been averted to other areas as have funds for other programs. There are many furlough days throughout the year because of the districts financial issues. Test scores are high purely because of demographics. The parents and many teachers care, but they can't rectify the school districts problems and we are told there is no sign things will improve anytime soon."
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