Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy

Joe Walker Reopening Protocols

Please click on the buttons below to view Joe Walker's reopening protocols for when students return from the COVID closures.

School Plan for Safe Reopening

Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

"In Person" HYBRID Return to School Parent Guide

The Parent Guide below contains detailed information about Joe Walker Return to "in person" instruction. Please view the document carefully to learn how to register for the STOPit SafeScreener web-program, school protocols, and pick up/drop off locations on campus.

Parent Guide (English)

Parent Guide (Spanish)

Return to School Schedule (updated 4/5/21)

Please view the new schedule for our return to "in person" hybrid instruction for the remainder of the school year by clicking on the button below. 

Joe Walker Hybrid Schedule

6th grade Honors Academy Application

6th grade Honors Academy Applications can be downloaded by clicking on the button below. All applications can be turned in starting March 19, 2021 and must be received by April 15, 2021 by emailing or delivering to the school office. In addition to the 6th grade application, you MUST also complete an online transfer request by April 15, 2021 by clicking on the link below. 

Joe Walker Middle School

5632 West Avenue L-8

Quartz Hill, CA 93536

6th grade Honors Academy Application (editable)

6th grade Honors Academy Application (PDF)

Link to the online transfer and enrollment page

6th grade Honors Academy Information Night Slideshow

Lunch and After School Tutoring is Available

We are excited to announce free tutoring is available for all students during lunch and after school every day of the week. Students have the opportunity to login to a Google Meet or Zoom meeting during lunch and after school to receive one-on-one or small group tutoring from Joe Walker teachers and AVID tutors. To access the tutoring, please click on the button below:

Additional Student Support and Tutoring


We are pleased to let you know that an agreement has been reached between the District and Westside Union Teachers Association that will allow our elementary schools to reopen under the current health orders in our state and county.

This update includes information on the following:

Schedule of return for students
Checking Into School
Stopit Screener
State Testing
Kindergarten Round-up


In this summary:

Westside USD Reopening plans awaiting approval. Available on District and School Websites.

The TK-6th grade students in mild/moderate special day classes will return February 16th and the TK/K cohorts will return on February 22nd.  

Parents will receive information about the new system for daily check-in which is currently required.  You will find information about that system and directions for using it on the website.  You will also find a video to help you with setting up the system either on your phone or on another device.

Some additional changes that have been made to facilitate reopening schools include the addition of 654 GPS ionizers to all HVAC units district-wide.  These ionizers kill 99% of all germs, bacteria, and viruses, and are Underwriter’s Laboratories certified to deliver clean indoor air that is safe and healthy.

Monday, February 15th is Presidents Day.  Our schools will be closed for that day.

WUSD Distance Learning - Virtual Assist Schedule

Click on the button below to access WUSD's weekly Yearlong Distance Learning - Virtual Assist Schedule.

WUSD Yearlong Distance Learning-Virtual Assist Schedule




The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Child Nutrition Update

Students who participate in the school lunch program will be able to pick up a “grab and go” meal for breakfast and lunch at the following schools between 11:00 a.m. and noon, Monday –Friday, March 16-20, 2020:

Anaverde Hills School—distribution from the valet pickup in front of the office

Del Sur School—distribution from the turnaround area on Avenue H

Hillview School—from the front turnaround area

Joe Walker School—from the front parking lot

Students must be present to receive the meal.  Drive-up and go is available and preferred.  

We hope that this increase in service locations will help us to deliver meals more efficiently and will serve the needs of our community better.  We thank you for your continued understanding during this unprecedented time for our schools and community.  Working together as always is critical. 


Joe Walker Middle School is located in the southwest portion of the Antelope Valley at the intersection of 57th Street West and Avenue L-8. Our enrollment is 880 students in grades seven through eight. Students from Valley View Elementary, Quartz Hill Elementary and Sundown Elementary feed into Joe Walker Middle School.

The school includes 3 main buildings composed of 11 classrooms each, a shop/homemaking building, gymnasium, multipurpose cafeteria with band room and stage, and boy’s and girl’s locker rooms. There are also 10 permanent re-relocatable classrooms. Included on campus are specialized rooms to accommodate library, computer lab, and Hi Tech Lab. The school also includes a concrete play area with equipment, grass athletic fields, quarter mile all-weather track and outdoor picnic tables.

Joe Walker's Vision

At the 1972 dedication of Joe Walker Middle School, then-member of the Westside Union School District School Board, James Skalicky stated, “We all want the best education possible for our children; an education that creates enthusiasm and pride in one’s accomplishments; one that stimulates the inner self for a desire of understanding people, cultures, society, and education itself.” To fulfill this vision, Joe Walker Middle School creates a culture of success by partnering with community organizations to promote instructional relevance in our educational program. In order to best prepare our students for success with twenty-first century skills, we provide a balanced curriculum that educates the whole child combining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the arts and humanities. Every child will receive a STEALTH education at Joe Walker Middle School.