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What Makes Us Unique

The Administrative Structure

Walnut High School has a unique administrative structure. Which includes one Principal, only one Assistant Principal, four Instructional Deans, eight Grade Level Coordinators, an Athletic Director, an Operations Manager, and the Associated Student Body Director. There are no department heads, but the four Instructional Deans each have an aspect of the curriculum they are responsible for supervising. For example Reuben Jones is the Dean of Humanities and Health. His responsibilities include Testing, Physical Education, Social Science, Driver Education, Health, and Visual and Performing Arts. The duties of each Dean include selection of textbooks, instructional media, supervision and evaluation of teachers, and planning the improvement of instruction. The structure has improved the quality of instruction by providing teachers with constant support and guidance from their Instructional Dean.

The Grade Level Coordinator (GLC) program replaced the traditional counselor system at Walnut in 1984 with a holistic approach to counseling. The GLCs are supervised by the Assistant Principal and each has about 350 students they deal with on a regular basis. This includes 8th grade orientation, summer registration, college counseling, personal counseling, student discipline, and attendance. GLCs are also responsible for campus supervision and often act as community liaisons. This makes them some of the best known people around. Walnut High credits the GLC program and each GLC with accomplishments such as a drop out rate of less than one percent, a graduation rate of over 98%, and an average daily attendance rate over 95%.

The Operations Manager, Dwight Bauman is responsible for the overall operation of the school facilities. His duties include supervision of custodial services, and classified staff. The position also includes coordination of all school events, as well as budgetary and payroll issues.

Block Schedule & Extended Periods

Block scheduling and extended periods were implemented in the Fall of the 1994-1995 school year. We use Block Scheduling two days per week with the other three being a more traditional model. This schedule has forced teachers to redesign lesson plans and teaching strategies because of the extended length of the periods. The schedule was adopted through the Site Based Management process then evaluated and changed slightly.