Walnut Valley students, schools, and community will benefit from facility improvements made possible through the approval of Measure WV. The $152,880 million general obligation bond was overwhelmingly supported by voters in November 2016. The first phase of construction projects is slated to break ground in 2018.
Measure WV will:
- Provide classrooms and labs for career and technology education to help prepare students for college and careers.
- Improve student safety and school security systems
- Provide classrooms and technology to support science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) instruction
- Repair older schools, including outdated wiring, plumbing roofs floors, lighting, and other deteriorating systems where needed.
- A full list of Board approved projects is posted on the District website at www.wvusd.k12.ca.us.
Previous school and facility improvements were made possible through Measures S and Y passed in November 2007. The District was authorized to issue $64,600,000 in general obligation bonds (Measure S) and up to $15,200,000 in general obligation bonds (Measure Y). Measure AA, the $50 million school improvement bond, was approved by voters 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 National Blue Ribbon, California Gold Ribbon, and California Distinguished 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 14,600. 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. Two exemplary math teachers, Paul McLaughlin - Walnut High School (2004) and Helen Papadopoulos - Suzanne Middle School (2007) were named California Teachers of the Year.
Newly credentialed teachers receive support and training from an outstanding Teacher Induction Consortium. This state approved program allows teachers to earn their Professional Clear Credential.