City of Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located 16 miles (26 km) east of the city of Oakland in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Although not as large as neighboring Concord, Walnut Creek serves as a hub for the neighboring cities within central Contra Costa County, due in part to its location at the junction of the highways from Sacramento and San Jose (I-680) and San Francisco/Oakland, as well as its accessibility by BART. The city’s total estimated population, as of 2011, is 65,211.

Public K-12

Walnut Creek residents attend schools in 5 public school districts. The Walnut Creek School District (K-8) has 5 elementary schools and one middle school in the city. Some residents are served by schools from the Mount Diablo Unified School District (K-12), the Acalanes Union High School District (9–12), the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (K-12), and the Lafayette School District (K-8). The following public schools are within the city limits of Walnut Creek:

Walnut Creek School District

  • Buena Vista Elementary
  • Indian Valley Elementary
  • Murwood Elementary
  • Parkmead Elementary
  • Walnut Heights Elementary
  • Walnut Creek Intermediate

Acalanes Union High School District

  • Las Lomas High School
  • Acalanes Center for Independent Study (alternative program with a flexible schedule)
  • Del Oro High (continuation school)

Mount Diablo Unified School District

  • Eagle Peak Montessori (charter elementary)
  • Bancroft Elementary
  • Valle Verde Elementary
  • Walnut Acres Elementary
  • Foothill Middle
  • Northgate High School

Private K-12

Walnut Creek is home to several private K-12 schools, including

  • Berean Christian High School (Grades: 9 – 12)
  • Contra Costa Christian Schools (Grades: PK – 12)
  • The Dorris-Eaton School (Grades: PK – 8)
  • Garden Gate Montessori School (Grades: PK – K)
  • North Creek Academy & Preschool (Grades: PK – 8)
  • Palmer School (Grades: K – 8)
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School (Grades: PK – 8)
  • Seven Hills School (Grades: PK – 8)
  • Springfield Montessori School (Grades: PK – K)
  • Walnut Creek Christian Academy (Grades: K – 8)

Points of interest

  • Castle Rock Park
  • Heather Farm Park, including the Gardens at Heather Farm, Clarke Swim Center, tennis courts, picnic areas, community center, equestrian center, skate park, off-leash dog park, bike paths, playgrounds, sand volleyball court, fishing pond, nature pond, and six athletic fields.
  • Mount Diablo
  • Lesher Center for the Arts
  • Ruth Bancroft Garden
  • Shadelands Ranch Museum
  • Old Borges Ranch, which is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Howe Homestead Park, 1920’s era farm homestead, hosts the Howe Homestead Community garden and provides access to the Shell Ridge Open Space
  • Boundary Oak Golf Course
  • Broadway Plaza shopping center
  • Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum
  • Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
  • Fossil Hill Trail at Shell Ridge Open Space
  • The Carpenter Gothic chapel of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church