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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why attend an independent private school?

The reasons cited over and over again by the 400,000 families who send their children to our schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards. But the main motive for families looking into independent private schools can be summarized in one word: Quality. They want, quite simply, the best for their sons and daughters.

The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years: larger percentages of students in independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

Independent, Private School students:

  • Watch only two-thirds as much television;
  • Are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports; and
  • Are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair, and teaching is good.

With results like these, it is not surprising that NAIS enrollments are increasing at double the rate of all other schools in this country. We encourage you to attend an Open House or schedule a tour to see the difference a Warren-Walker School education can make for your child.  Published February 17, 2004 by NAIS

Q: How are you different from other private schools?

Warren-Walker School is one of the oldest private, independent schools in San Diego, founded in 1932 by Nellie Warren-Walker.  We distinguish ourselves in our commitment not only to academic excellence, but to our strong comprehensive character and leadership development  program. Our students stand out among their peers in numerous high schools, because of their strong sense of character, work ethic, and ability to succeed in academically advanced programs.

Q: When can I see the school?

  We offer Open Houses in November and January.  These are excellent times to see the campus and meet our teachers. We also provide private tours as part of the admissions process and to give families one-on-one time to get to know us. Tours are usually given from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. on most school days. Please call the admissions office at 619-223-3663 ext 316 to schedule a visit.


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Q: What is the class size?

 Prekindergarten, Junior Kindergarten,  Kindergarten range from 8 to 12.

1st -5th  grade average around 16- 20 with one homeroom teacher in each classroom and additional Specialist teachers. The overall ratio of students to teachers is 9:1.

6th- 8th Grade (Middle School) classes range from 12 to 18 and are fully departmentalized.
The overall ratio of students to teachers is 9:1.

Q: How much homework is assigned?

Homework is not assigned in the Prekindergarten through Kindergarten programs. However, we do encourage nightly reading with children at all ages.

Beginning in first grade, students are expected to complete homework assignments that are age-appropriate and that will help them to retain and expand upon the skills learned in class.  The amount increases gradually from ten minutes up to two hours in Middle School.  The purpose of homework is to reinforce the skills taught, to provide an opportunity for students to work independently, and to demonstrate the responsibility for completing and returning assignments. Students learn to budget time, utilize research materials, organize, and follow through on assignments.

Q: What is the dress code?

Prekindergarten and Junior Kindergarten: To make activities enjoyable for our youngest children, their clothing should be durable, washable, and comfortable. Clothes that make toileting easy are most helpful (a minimum of buttons, snaps and belts, please!). Rubber-soled shoes like tennis shoes are most appropriate. Sandals, "party" shoes, or boots are not considered safe on the playground or appropriate for active play, and are not allowed.

Kindergarten-8th Grade : We have implemented a dress code policy using Mills Uniforms and our own Spirit Shop. Parent and student support of our dress code is essential. The uniform collection includes:


  • White, Navy, Purple, Yellow, Pink or Gray polos with logo
  • Purple plaid, Khaki, or Navy skirt, skort, or jumper for girls
  • Khaki  or Navy pants or shorts for boys
  • Outerwear item with logo


Q: How can I afford a Warren-Walker Education?

Warren-Walker School  has maintained a financial assistance program for qualified families.   Under the auspices of the San Diego Foundation, The Warren-Walker Fund has been established by our founding family. They richly endowed the fund, and it continues to grow through the subsequent generosity of many benefactors. Therefore, we encourage families who desire a private school education, such as the one provided by Warren-Walker School, to give it a serious thought, even if tuition appears out of reach. Your child could be the beneficiary of a scholarship.

Q; What are the School hours?

La Mesa Lower School Hours
PK & JK Full Day 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
PK Half Day  8:30 am- 11:30 am
K- 5th:  8:15 am - 2:45 pm

Extended Care 7:00- 8:00 am and 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Point Loma Lower School Hours
PK & JK Full Day 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
PK Half Day  8:30 am- 11:30 am

Kindergarten - 5th  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Extended Care 7:00- 8:15 am and 3:15 - 5:30 pm

Middle School Hours
6th- 8th   7:40 am - 3:00 am

Extended Care 7:00- 7:30 am  
Study Hall 3:15 - 5:30 pm

Good judgment - making a constructive decision in a challenging and/or dynamic situation - requires many positive character traits. How can you help your child learn good judgment?

  Point Loma Lower Schoolmap
P 619 223 3663   F 619 223 5567
La Mesa Lower Schoolmap
P 619 460 3663   F 619 460 6951
Middle Schoolmap
P 619 260-3663 F 619 260 3573

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