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PK-12
Private
Marietta, GA
Students enrolled: 1,054
 

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700 Cobb Parkway North
Marietta, GA 30062

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(770) 427-2689
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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 02, 2015
They become an extended part of your family. They also cracked down hard on bullying when I was there. The rare instances that bullying happened were punished swiftly and fairly.

- submitted by a student

June 02, 2015
I loved this school and hope to one day have the opportunity to send any future children I have there. Walker raises good people and good students.

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Just right
June 02, 2015
It was somewhat on par with the amount of college work I experienced at Mercer University.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Agree
June 02, 2015
It is possible to just get through the system but not likely. They really customize the difficulty to your personal needs.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2014
I have 2 Walker graduates who attended from K through 12th grade and I highly recommend this school. This is truly a college prep school.My children graduated having had a wonderful school education and they are now excelling in their chosen colleges. They both took numerous Advanced Placement courses in HS,and felt prepared for their college educations. Our experience as parents was one of open communication with every grade level ,and numerous opportunities meet with teachers and staff as necessary. I would encourage families to tour Walker to get a feel of this amazing school ,and see the students at work during a typical school day.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
My daughter has been attending Walker for 3 years now. Overall, we are very happy about our experience there - especially the new leadership Mr. Jack Hall has installed -- most notably Ms. Megan Howard. It has a very 1950's culture, with wonderful parents who are equally involved and motivated for their own child's success. When considering schools, I felt that the most important person in my daughter's classroom is the quality of the teacher (see Gates Foundation research) and the values of a child's peers, which is a reflection of the parent's. Walker fulfills my hypothesis and is shaping my child's worldview and reinforces the values I am instilling in my daughter. While the tuition is an "investment," I am hopeful a much larger endowment will start growing so annual increases are kept low and I can continue to afford to send my child to the school for a few more years. My only concern is that I feel the general culture (as reflected by the communications from administration, teachers) forget that not all mothers are stay-at-home mommies.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2014
Horrible school. The teachers are arrogant and lack passion and empathy. The anti-bully promise is a joke. Basically you will pay a lot of money to be bullied and have your child bullied by peers, teachers and administrators, Administrators are deceptive and will be friendly until you question something. As one parent stated, " They wont say anything, but they will make you feel it". They are certainly behind in the area of technology and completely lack innovation in the way that they teach. . They have a great record in the area of college entrance but not for Ivy league schools. There is not much diversity so basically, if you want your child to live in a bubble, this is your school. If you want a more well rounded education, look at other private schools. This school is nice on the outside and a nightmare on the inside, It may work out for you. If it doesn't, there is no gray area, You will walk away destroyed and left feeling like you came out of an abusive relationship.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2014
THIS SCHOOL IS TERRIBLE! THE TEACHERS DONT EVEN HELP AND THE CLASSES ARE UNORGANIZED. THE KIDS ARE JERKS AND WONT TRY TO BE FRIENDS WITH YOU! DONT BE FOOLED BY THE REVIEWS THIS SCHOOL IS PRISON! ONE TIME A KID WAS SHADOWING AND THE TEACHER MADE FUN OF HIM! WHO MAKES FUN OF A KID WHOS TRYING TO GO INTO THE SCHOOL. MY LIFE WAS AMAZING UNTIL I WAS ENROLLED IN THIS SCHOOL! I BEG YOU DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL ITS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPEND TO ME!

- submitted by a community member

August 27, 2013
As a graduate, I truly appreciated my Walker education once I got to college. I felt very confident and prepared even in a challenging college environment like Duke. The teachers are terrific; I had enthusiastic, intellectual teachers that I kept in touch with after leaving the school. I also appreciated that the size of the school allowed me to be involved in a wide variety of activities, which I certainly would not have been able to do if I had stayed in public school after 8th grade. I am now enjoying the Walker experience as a parent, which was an easy decision for our family.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
The preschool is fantastic! Located in it's own building with a dedicated playground, library, and lunchroom, the preschool caters to the youngest of students. Teachers work with every student to make sure that they become both confident and capable. My kids loved every minute and thought they were playing the whole time. Actually they were getting very ready for first grade and beyond.

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May 16, 2013
I have 2 boys who have been at Walker for 10+ years. Their teachers have been excellent, and the experiences have been wonderful. I would recommend Walker over public schools and any other private school.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2013
A wonderful investment. While our family makes sacrifices to have our children attend, we feel very good about our 'daily dividends' and the long term return! Our children are thriving in the lower school. They are encouraged and empowered by the amazing staff to tackle new information, ask thoughtful questions, and apply all that they are learning. The intellectual energy on campus is contagious! In addition, I could not ask for better role models for my son and daughter. We are extremely happy to be part of the Walker family.

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September 08, 2012
Beware, the lower school is a waste of money! The lower school has "several" teachers, who have been at Walker over 20 years, and are stuck in their ways. Far too many lower school teachers constantly demonstrate arrogance, haughtiness, judgmental attitudes, and, yes, even bully parents! They team together in meetings and run over parents. The communication from teachers is greatly lacking, and they clearly don't want to be bothered with parents contacting them. Don t ask the teachers to do anything, as they will turn the issue around and blame the student and parent. They also overwhelm students with an unrealistic amount of homework "every night", believing that translates into exceptional teaching! There is no gradebook or attendance record for parents to view online. Course assignments rarely involve technology. If you re a non-working parent, who has a lot of time to freely devote to the school, or you work on staff, or you buddy with the administrators and teachers, then your child will be favored in class. What a game! The high priced tuition doesn't mean a quality education! Don t be fooled! Their marketing skills are much stronger than their instructional skills!

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2012
I LOVE WALKER!!!!!! I've been going since fifth grade, and i LOVE it!!! If your new all of the students, just take you in and be nice and kind to you. In middle school, you learn a lot, not only in academic's but, in being nice, being a leader and many other things. I RECOMMEND WALKER TO EVERYONE!!!! It is good even though it is expensive

- submitted by a community member

April 16, 2012
Okay, so my sons graduated a long time ago, early 2000's, and I know things may have changed, but i just want to add my 2 cents worth. They entered Walker after having attended another private school in the area from kindergarten through 3rd/4th, and homeschooled for 2 years. Walker offered a "study skills" class the summer before school started, and that was the best thing that ever happened to my sons, academically speaking. One son in particular began applying literally EVERYTHING that was taught to him during the study skills class and I was amazed at the grades he begin bringing home. Both sons excelled, but the one who applied all that he learned in the study skills class ending up being Valedictorian! They both went to Duke and were MORE than prepared for the rigors of college. Knowing how to write is extremely important, beginning with the essays for college applications as well as all the way through college. Walker prepared them SO well in this area. They both went to grad school and are successful in their fields now. We are very blessed to have been able to send them to Walker. It was well worth the cost of tuition.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2012
Not all teachers are equal and the same applies to teachers at Walker as well. Our child got stuck with a REALLY BAD one this year. Don't be fooled by the high tuition and manicured grounds.

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2011
I went to Walker for 9 years, and I thought it was pretty good. The kids and staff are fun, and as far as academics go, the math program is excellent, but the English department is lacking; more effort is given to making the students feel good about what they write, rather than focusing on improving them as writers. Additionally, grade inflation is rampant; when I was in 8th grade, around 4/5 of the class was on the "Headmaster's List;" an "honor" given to students with an A GPA.

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2011
I am going to walker right now and i absolutely love it. It is my first year and the teachers are absolutely fabulous. I shall never forget this great place.

- submitted by a community member

November 28, 2010
I went to this school for 8 years and i was never going to highschool at walker but as soon as i hit middle school suddenly my grades plummeted and then i was on no pass no play. This is a very fine learning and enriching environment, but the school just watched as my grades went from 78 to 56 in a quarter, because of not turning in my homework, and if you are a parent would your child tell you that they are dropping in school or go and play video games or go to the mall. I do realize that not doing the homework was my fault but it took 2-3 weeks for them just to email my parents. Now walker is a wonderful environment to learn and grow but your child must learn to read ahead without being told to and do outside learning to succed at walker.

- submitted by a community member

July 08, 2010
I recently graduated from college and feel that Walker more than prepared me for university level classes. The training in writing and reading beginning in middle school is outstanding. As an English major, I learned to appreciate the background that Walker gave me in classical literature--I was one of a few students who had read 7 Shakespeare plays on entering college (Walker students read 1 play every year beginning in 6th grade). On top of the excellent academics, Walker has a wonderful community feeling and enthusiastic teachers and students. One of the things I miss most about Walker is the safety and peace of mind it gives, evidenced by the fact that students don't lock their lockers.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 29, 2010
We have been at Walker for 7 years and, while the tuition payments are hard to make considering free public school, it is worth every penny. My children are excelling academically, athletically, and emotionally. They receive the help and support that they need to overcome any challenge they face. My husband and I couldn't be happier with the choice we have made for our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 08, 2010
My daughter entered Walker for 6th grade in 2009, and she absolutely loves it. She has adjusted well academically and socially. She wishes to remain there through middle school. While it is expensive, the rigor of the course, small class sizes, which allow for individual attention, and the patient staff make it all worth it. When I visited the open house, I left wishing I could have attended a school like Walker.

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2009
I am currently a college student and all I can say is that none of my peers were as prepared upon entry as I was. In fact, in many cases, I find that some classes at Walker were more difficult than the classes I take at Tech. The main difference between this school and other area schools outside of acedemics is the caliber of students and quality of faculty.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 04, 2009
The focus is on all about the individual! Love to see these teachers raising well-rounded and productive individuals that will contribute to the community on many different levels.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2009
Walker is truely a wonderful school. I have a daughter who has been attending for the past three years. Everyone we have come in contact with has been so caring and warm. We knew that this was the place for our daughter when we first walked in the door to the pre-school, then after speaking with the Principal, Mrs. Doss, well that just sealed the deal. Our daughter loves going to Walker. I can not say enough good things about the school and the teachers and staff. The tuition is a hard payment to make, but it is the best money ever spent.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2008
I had 2 kids through the middle school at Walker between 2004-2008 school year. The school is relatively small in terms of number of students, teacher and facility. Thus, kids can do nearly any extra cirriculum activities desired - as nearly all of those are a no-cut. However, if those activities are outside of what the school offers (like football, baseball) there are very little supports from school. Being small, teachers are quite 'stretched' to cover everything else outside of teaching - quality and experience of the child vs tuition fee (increase every yr) is often a question in my mind. Music and computer activities are slowly improving, it is behind standard public middle schools. if your child do have problem getting organized (which most 9-13 yrs would), this is a tough place since assignments/ Projects are beyond their grade. From my view, barely and average private school.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2008
I have been going there since Pre-k and it's the most wonderful experience I could ever wish for. The teachers are also there to help you and you make so many friends. I totally think this is an awesome school!!!

- submitted by a student

July 13, 2007
My kids started at walker in PreK. I really belive that this is the best kept secret in atlanta. It is a warm, caring environment, but academically challenging. It has a small school feel without being isolated. Better SAT scores then lovett and Pace, and more AP classes! Do your research, but my gut feeling when you walk into this school was why couldn't I go! Worth every penny! Service driven kids, lots of sports, wonderful teachers and challenging curriculum! Wonderful place!

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2005
Walker is wonderful, unique The middle School rules They try to offer extracurricular activities for everyone...They provide no-cut football as well as opportunities from chess,band,theater...no matter what the student is interested in they can find a nitch! The Headmaster cannot be matched-he is warm, caring, dedicated,fair,flexible,fun,and fantastic... The students are encouraged to obtain self-esteem vs. entitlement! They truly learn to learn The middle school has an outstanding academic as well as social components to allow the growth of students. I could name at least fifty teachers in the school that I would love my children to have the opportunity to be influenced by... The majority of the staff care about the individual's personal and community growth. I looked at multiple private schools and even after 6 years have not found a better place in the Atlanta area.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2005
My daughter has been at Walker for 4 years, 6th-9th. I have never seen a more dedicated group of individuals, in any organization. These mentors of our youth are not limited in their concerns for our children. They are concerned about creating an environment where character counts and people strive to do their best. Sports are there and the participation rate is incredible, but they are kept in proper perspective. The schools boasts a band director who is passionately building a band, Drama that goes beneath the surface, and Art projects that would put many to shame. It is a very well rounded environment for the child who has the academic ability and desire to excel. I wrote my tuition check last night and it hurt. I will also say that it is the best money I will ever spend.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2005
I have a daughter who has been at Walker since Kindergarten, and is now in the 7th grade. It is a wonderful school that knows how to nurture the student body and allows the student to grow. The arts program is great, as it really gets the students involved in making great art pieces and the school is proud to display them everywhere. Sports at the school is very prevelent, and allows the students to choose from a wide range of sports. If you are looking for a school that is like having an extended family watching over your child, and helping them to learn, then Walker is the school to attend. We have been extremely happy to have our daughter go there, and are looking forward to sending our 3 year old to Walker as well.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2004
This school is perfect for students who need love and nurturing in an accelerated environment. Walker also stresses the arts and every child has the same opportunities in sports. A wonderful school for the child who needs to be challenged, and it is well worth the money.

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The Walker School
700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA  30062
(770) 427-2689
Last modified The Walker School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Walker School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top