Nestled in the foothills of Mount Diablo, Walnut Heights Elementary School embraces the 3 acre Nature Area adjacent to the Walnut Creek Open Space. This natural environment provides the backdrop to the school that serves roughly 400 students and their families through fifth grade in transitional kindergarten (TK). The school district was built in 1952 and modernized in 1998, adding outdoor learning areas in 2003 and a new amphitheatre, in 2004. Bond monies include continuing school site enhancement. During the school year 2007-08 the playground was expanded and redesigned.

The families, community, and staff of Walnut Heights Elementary School as collaborators will grow innovative, exemplary learners with the skills and enthusiasm to shape a evolving world in a child-centered, academically challenging atmosphere that cultivates character and encourages learning.

Walnut Heights Elementary School serves 381 students in Kindergarten-5 grades.

For the 2016-17 academic year, the number of students attaining Math skills is 75-79 per cent (which is higher than the California state average of 38 per cent). The number of students who gain Reading / Language Arts skills for the 2016-17 school year is 80-84 percent (which is higher than the California state average of 48 percent).

For the 2016-17 academic year, Walnut Heights Elementary School put average test scores in the top 5 percent of all schools in California (math ability is top 5 percent, and reading ability is top 5 percent). The 22:1 student:teacher ratio is lower than the 23:1 State average in California. Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Asian), lower than the state average of 77% in California.

Walnut Heights Elementary School ranks among the top 5% of all 9,584 schools in California for the 2016-17 school year (based on combined math and reading ability test data). Student: teacher ratio of 22:1 at the school has declined over five school years from 24:1.

Walnut Heights Elementary School’s diversity score is 0.58 which is less than the state average diversity score of 0.64. Over five school years the composition of the school has remained largely unchanged. Las Lomas High School is the closest high school in Walnut Heights Elementary School (1.1 miles away) The closest middle school is Walnut Creek Intermediate (1.4 miles away) The nearest primary school is Indian Valley Elementary School (0.6 miles away).

Image courtesy of Jeffreymendel Jeffrey Nash – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

This amazing school is located near these other top-notch schools in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Buena Vista Elementary
  • Indian Valley Elementary
  • Murwood Elementary
  • Parkmead Elementary
  • Walnut Creek Intermediate
  • Las Lomas High School
  • Bancroft Elementary
  • Valle Verde Elementary

All of these amazing schools are located just a short distance from our location in downtown Walnut Creek, Spaulding Concrete on Locust Street.