Walnut Valley students and community have benefited from facility improvements made possible by the passage of Measure AA, the $50 million general obligation bond passed in 2000. The District qualified for an additional $30 million from the State School Construction Fund.
Walnut Valley schools have been recognized by both the California State Department of Education and the United States Department of Education. Numerous sites are California Distinguished and National Blue Ribbon Schools. These schools are high achieving and have risen to the challenge of educating every child.
The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs at both comprehensive high schools provide students with a challenging academic experience that prepares them to be successful in college. Both programs have been acknowledged for their excellence on the state, federal, and international levels.
Two elementary schools offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. This international curriculum teaches children to be global thinkers through creative thought and inquiry. Funding from a prestigious federal grant provides students with the opportunity to learn Spanish and become proficient bilingual speakers.
Walnut Valley serves a student population of approximately 15,500. The District takes pride in the fact that it develops an awareness and appreciation for the cultural and ethnic diversity represented on every campus. Walnut Valley students experience a rigorous academic program. Every student’s progress is monitored and a variety of interventions are offered to learners needing additional assistance. Through personal attention and concerted school team efforts, students are able to meet their post-secondary goals.
The District’s high academic ranking reflects its efforts to provide targeted instruction for students with special learning needs. Students are served by state and federal programs such as Special Education, Title I, and English Language Development. Instructional support centers such as the English Immersion Center (Mandarin and Korean) and the Reading Clinic provide intensive small group instruction.
Walnut Valley students have numerous opportunities to enrich their educational experience through a variety of clubs, athletic teams, and student government. Walnut Valley recognizes the importance of the educating the whole child and therefore continues to offer fine arts and performing arts programs to elementary and secondary students.
Walnut Valley is proud of its highly qualified staff. The District recognizes that professional excellence requires teachers to be lifelong learners who continually seek to improve their skills. This includes expanding one’s repertoire of instructional strategies and becoming educational researchers who use data to better meet the learning needs of every student. A number of Walnut Valley teachers are National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certified. In 2004, a middle school math teacher was named as California Teacher of the Year.
Newly credentialed teachers receive support and training from an exemplary Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program. This state approved program allows teachers to earn their Professional Clear Credential.