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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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