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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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