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Marlan J. Walker Elementary School9

Henderson, NV | Clark County


April 2, 2014


Submitted by a parent

January 14, 2014

Walker seemed to be a great choice for our son. We were excited about the Spanish program and the fact that he would have full days as a kindergartener. However there are downsides to the Spanish program. The children are only spoken to in Spanish for that portion of the day. Our experience as a first grader has been frustrating at best. The spanish only has become a hinderance. Math is taught in Spanish and the kids have fallen behind. This is my oldest child, so it is our first public school experience. Before choosing Walker I suugest weighing heavily how your child will respond in this learning environment. Looking at overall test scores and numbers on paper and learning a second language can be great selling points. However, I feel at this point (half way thru 1st grade)it is hindering him. He reads very few Spanish words and counts to 40. My point is that it's not ideal for every child.

Submitted by a parent

August 24, 2013

I absolutely love this school! 2 of my children have attended and my youngest will be going next year. I love that my children are learning spanish and feel like it helps further their education. There is nothing more amazing than hearing your child converse with someone that speaks another language. We have even used our son to translate things for us! The teachers and staff are amazing and I would highly recommend Walker to anyone!

Submitted by a parent

August 14, 2013

This school is amazing. I was worried about the Spanish component but my daughter has thrived in this environment. The teachers care so much about the kids and the kids love their school.

Submitted by a parent

August 11, 2013

We are entering grade 3 and my son is excited for another school year. I read the reviews from about 4-5 yrs ago and think the students/parents suffered growing pains from the school changing into the Spanish program. We love it. We are not Hispanic and my son excels in the program. It is a joy to see his language grow and I know it will only benefit him for his future endeavors. I was hesitant at first, but now love the program, staff and administration. I agree that the emphasis on Spanish program limits the child to be pushed in other areas, so we get involved as parents and push at home. We continuously read and practice comprehension. We visit museums and discuss science/art. We explore dinosaurs and the planets. We do the best we can and I think my son will be just fine. You must be open to introduce a new language into your house, this is an optional school and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Dr. Walker for your fantastic school.

Submitted by a parent

May 16, 2012

My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and I have not had any bad experiences there. I think a lot of the issues have to do with the child. My daughter loves the school and the spanish program.

Submitted by a parent

June 20, 2011

My son went here for kindergarten, he was treated excellent and managed the curriculum well. he is now at a school ranked 8 and is bored and not doing as well. This school is not for everyone, mostly not for children who are not top notch, Sorry, but the truth hurts.

Submitted by a parent

April 8, 2011

AYP!!! This school is a big ball of stress. With all of the cuts looming over everyone stress is expected. Leadership is needed to pull this school out of the sink hole it s headed for. Dual language is a great idea, much needed in this day and age. BUT, if the program is not executed to its full potential why force it? My daughter went from A s and B s in the first trimester to C s and D s this past trimester. I ve paid $40 an hour for her to be tutored by Walker teachers. Now she has a private tutor at 3 times the cost, just to get her at grade level. During prep for CRT she was given a reading tutor, once the CRT testing was complete so was the extra reading help. I m extremely disappointed in this school, and myself, I should ve done some about it before now

Submitted by a parent

March 23, 2011

DO NOT allow your child to fall behind in this joke of a school! My child went from almost all A's to C's and possibly failing!! Staff is rude and horrible to children and parents alike, there is no safety or security on campus, and the 'Spanish" program is "not really for them to learn spanish???" - or so I was told by the Spanish teacher when I asked why my child still didnt speak ANY! I wrote to CCSD twice now and their solution is to have my child transfer (which we are doing immed.) - instead of fixing the problems! Please do not make your children go to Walker and do not be fooled by their 'international' school antics- worst school EVER!

Submitted by a parent

February 28, 2010

My child has been going to Walker since kindergarten. He loves his classes, he loves the panish part and he has great teachers. They go out of their way to inform you about your child and they are always professional. Thank you walker Elementary on a scale of 1-10 you guys are a 20. The 10 (which is the highest a school can get on this website) does not do this school justice!!

Submitted by a parent

September 2, 2008

My kids have been going to this school since kindergarten and they are in 5th, 4th and 2nd grade now. I absolutely love the fact that they are learning spanish this early in life. The teachers are wonderful and the kids really enjoy school. Two thumbs up!!

Submitted by a parent

November 14, 2007

While I do like the dual language program, it sometimes overshadows other instructional areas. For example, with some teachers, bright students are not being challenged and advanced in basic academic areas. They are being taught at grade level even if they are far above. The reasoning seems to be that they are being challenged by learning another language, which is true but should not take precedent. Overall climate could be improved by genuine concern, good customer service, and friendly staff members. (There are many already, but one rude faculty member can ruin the entire environment.)

Submitted by a parent

September 24, 2007

If your child is in kindergarten, I would not suggest this school.They are not kind and caring in this program.I am ready and willing to help and have been told they do not even want parents in the class. Rude behavior from teachers, not really interested in communication with parents from my experience.I have sent my child to another school.They put on a nice face. I suggest you stay on top of the teachers here!

Submitted by a parent

August 26, 2007

My kids love the school. All of the teachers that my kids have have are wonderful! The PTA is great! They do so many fun things for all of the kids and families. I only wish that it would of passed for the kids to wear uniforms. Heres to a great new year at Walker!

Submitted by a parent

August 24, 2007

I have two boys at this school, each of them are in kindergarten and 1st grade respectively. Our experience here has been one that I regret everyday. On a lighter note, we did love their teachers. My children did excelled in their classes, despite the distraction of the front office and the health office. I do not recommend this school for any child.Ever!

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