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Warren-Walker School

5150 Wilson Street
La Mesa, CA 91942

(619) 223-3663


A private, independent school for Prekindergarten-8th grades. Children must be potty-trained and 3 years old by December 2 for Fall enrollment. Warren-Walker School believes the development of self-confidence, self-discipline, good character, and academic achievement are founded in a solid acquisition of basic skills, thinking skills, and communication skills, brought about by a highly dedicated faculty, administration, and staff.

Through small class size, ample student-teacher interaction, and a safe, caring environment, we carry out our philosophy in the following manner:

The academic curriculum is presented and taught using resources and materials in a way that reflects the style and methodology of each teacher, fulfilling the needs of the students, while encouraging them to achieve to their highest and fullest potentials. The relationship between student and teacher is paramount to the learning process.

The development of thinking skills is an ongoing process in education. The application of higher-level thinking reinforces and solidifies the groundwork of material presented and taught in class, bringing to it a greater meaning and perspective.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Warren-Walker School three- through five-year-old Prekindergarten program is comprised of several small classes taught by our highly trained and experienced faculty. The solid and well-developed curriculum, while encouraging self-confidence, independence, and good character, also teaches the children how to participate successfully in a group setting, establishes a broad foundation of knowledge, and teaches the prerequisite skills necessary for success in our academic kindergarten. Class assignments are made based on age, maturity, and level of achievement. The children enjoy listening to stories, dressing up, “acting,” and sharing feelings, thoughts, and personal experiences. “Sharing” is a big part of the excitement of Prekindergarten! The younger students love to share special things from home, while the older children share items related to the “Letter of the Week.” The days are full of hands-on experiences, with many special activities, like cooking. Birthday parties, holiday parties, special events and field trips are very exciting times for a Prekindergartner. In the fall, students and their sixth grade buddies head to a pumpkin patch to take a hay ride, enjoy farm animals at the petting zoo, and pick out and bring home a pumpkin. The children may attend a play and visit either a ranch or a zoo. The teachers personalize the program each day by engaging in one-on-one conversations, using language experience techniques, and taking many pictures of each child to share with family and friends.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Unique to Warren-Walker Schools are the seven specialist programs taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals. Children meet with specialist at least once a week. -Spanish (daily) -Physical Education (daily) -Art -Music -Drama -Library -Computer

From the Director:

Warren-Walker School teachers are exceptionally qualified and enthusiastic professionals on a mission to challenge the students to achieve their fullest potential as scholars, citizens, and future adults. Of the forty teachers at the Lower Schools and twelve at the Middle School, fourteen hold Master degrees. All are well trained, committed, intelligent, and creative;truly the strength of the School. Overall, the student-teacher ratio is 10:1

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At the Lower Schools, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies are taught by teachers within the structure of a traditional grade-level program.

The Curriculum Guide specifies the goals and objectives to be achieved, but the teachers are encouraged to teach in unique and creative ways that reflect their own styles and strengths, meet the multifaceted needs of the students, and challenge them to excel. In this way, each school day is fresh and exciting, students enjoy learning, and basic subject matter becomes interesting and readily achievable.

On any given day, handmade projects are being shared, students are presenting book reports in costumes that represent main characters, and others are singing a song about the states and capitals - all great ways to learn!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Warren-Walker School believes the development of self-confidence, self-discipline, creativity, and an ongoing desire to learn is founded in a solid acquisition of basic skills, thinking skills, communication skills, and good character that are achieved through a well-rounded program in a supportive environment.

A Typical Day

Beginning in prekindergarten and continuing through eighth grade, small ­classes, capable and enthusiastic teachers, and lots of student-teacher interaction combine to make Warren-Walker School a very special place for children.

Students receive challenging academic courses carefully balanced by a curriculum that includes special instruction in art, foreign language, physical education, music, the performing arts, and computer and library science.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school