Walnut Valley Unified School District, California

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Walnut Valley Unified School District
Walnut, California
Walnut Valley Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Bob Taylor
Graduation rate:97.8%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $136.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Cynthia M. Ruiz
Board members:5
Term length:4
Walnut Valley Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Walnut, California. It is the 108th largest school district in California, serving 14,658 students in 15 schools with an operating budget of $136.7million.[1][2]

About the district

Walnut Valley Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Walnut Valley Unified School District is located in eastern Los Angeles County in Walnut, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Walnut is home to 29,172 residents.[3]


Walnut outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 49.5% of Walnut residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in Walnut was $101,358 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Walnut was 4.9% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Walnut (%) California (%)
White 23.7 57.6
Black or African American 2.8 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.0
Asian 63.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.5 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]


Bob Taylor is the current Superintendent of Walnut Valley Unified School District. He has served in this role since July 2013. He had previously served as Deputy Superintendent of Corona-Norco Unified School District and as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Bachelor's degree from University of Redlands and his Master's and doctoral degree in education administration from Azusa Pacific University.[7]

School board

The Walnut Valley Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Walnut Valley Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Cynthia M. Ruiz At large 2017
Phillip D. Chen At large 2015
Larry L. Redinger At large 2015
Helen M. Hall At large 2017
Y. Tony Torng At large 2017

School board elections

See also: Walnut Valley Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Walnut Valley Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[9] Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be up for election in 2015.


Walnut Valley Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $98,421,611 72% $0 0% $23,067,424 16.9% $10,515,029 7.7% $4,760,296 3.5% $136,764,360
Averages: $98,421,611 72% $0 0% $23,067,424 17% $10,515,029 8% $4,760,296 3% $136,764,360

Teacher salaries

Walnut Valley Unified School District employed 595 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Walnut Valley Teachers Association for 2007 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Credential 42,080 42,080
B.A. + 30 45,240 66,170
B.A. + 45 or MA 46,620 69,160
B.A. + 60 or MA +15 49,600 73,262
B.A. + 75 w/MA or MA +30 52,500 90,290

Schools in Walnut Valley Unified School District


Walnut Valley Unified School District serves 14,658 students in 15 schools.[1]

District schools

Walnut Valley Unified School District operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Walnut Valley Unified School District
Castle Rock Elementary
Chaparral Middle
Collegewood Elementary
Cyrus J. Morris Elementary
Diamond Bar High
Evergreen Elementary
Leonard G. Westhoff Elementary
Maple Hill Elementary
Quail Summit Elementary
Ron Hockwalt Academies
South Pointe Middle
Suzanne Middle
Vejar Elementary
Walnut Elementary
Walnut High

Academic performance

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA) and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades 2-11. STAR results include English and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11 and history/social science in grades 8, 10 and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five STAR benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students. The following table compares the percentage of district students who score at a "Proficient" or "Advanced" level with the statewide averages from the 2011-2012 school year.[13]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 79 54
Mathematics 77 50
Science 87 57
History/Social Science 74 48

Contact information

Walnut Valley Unified School District seal.jpg
Walnut Valley Unified School District
880 S. Lemon Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
Phone: (909) 595-1261

See also

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