A very good school for students who respond well to pressure to perform academically. A map outside the guidance office pinpoints where Walton grads end up...Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford are not uncommon. Kids less academically inclined can easily fall through the cracks.
Walton is a college prep school, and it's probably not the best choice if your child needs a gentle, nurturing school that's geared to individual attention. Walton is an established institution that cranks out students who can succeed in large, prestigious colleges. Walton is a highly competitive school, with students who are backed by high-achieving parents. Be warned, your child will need to have above a 4.0 GPA to be in the top 10 percent at Walton, and a 3.5 graduating GPA is about average. My oldest son, a top 10% Walton grad, took 12 AP classes and was well-prepared for Ga Tech. He says that some of the Ga Tech classes are easier than Walton's AP classes! Our math/science oriented son enjoyed the teachers in the honors/AP classes. Walton offers Multivariable Calculus after AP Calc BC, and over thirty AP classes, which is rare for public high schools.
I went there and absolutely loved it. the teachers challenged us and that was incredible. the extracurricular activities are just as outstanding as the academincs. I would highly recommend sending your child here.
I went there and wouldn't recommends it at all. Teachers were way too hard and made things way too complicated. I graduated with a 2.5 went to college after graduation and started out with a 3.5 and 3 years later still have a 3.5 gpa so if is easier for me to do better in college than I did in this high school it tells you something.
If your child needs a little extra help, you can forget it. We have four kids, been in some of the best public school system in the country. Walton has the potential to be great for every student. But, they are only great for those who 'get it' very easily. Our child had been a mostly 'a' with a few 'b's' student through middle school at Dickerson. Had some trouble adjusting to the pace and needed some extra attention at Walton her freshman year and did not get it. Moved her to a private school her Sophomore year and she is doing great. Also, homework is out of control! Spoke to the Principal about it. He was very nice but nothing has changed. Teachers need to do their job in class and stop sending the kids home to be taught by tutors and parents for 3-4 hrs/night.
this is one of the best school i could of put my childrn in. they love going and i ovve how much they are learning. Walton is a wonderful school.
The following statement made by a former parent is right on target. 'The former Principal was one of the best in the country. His legacy has been sabotaged by the present administration. I had a child with difficulties that graduated in 1999 and Walton and its Principal made sure he succeeded. I now have an above average child that is falling through the cracks because the administration refuses to listen to me. A great school has fallen on hard times.' As a former parent, I have had a similar experience. I had one child graduate in 1994 and one in 2005. Both of them did exceptionally well but the second one would not have been successful without the help of the Associate Principal. This lady is the reason that Walton High School has achieved recognition but she gets absolutely none. What a travesty!
A child with ADD will slip through the cracks at Walton. They may be a great school if you have no problems with your child but if they have special needs I think you should think twice about sending them to Walton. We had a child tested professionally and we still had trouble with Walton even though I tried to stay on top of things.
A terrific school with loads of school spirit! Academically, can be as challenging as you could ever need. The math department is the weakness of the school. Extra-curricular activities are many!
Walton is a great school, coming from many other schools around the country none compare to this fine establishment. Future leaders are being produced at this school. Peer pressue is to succeed!
This is a top notch school and many families are trying to move into East Cobb just to get their kids into it. Many future doctors and lawyers, etc. are being taught here. The only complaint I have is with the drop off situation in the mornings. When the school was renovated it would have been great if the loop was designed in such a way as to not have to exit at a three way stop sign that jams up every morning. Perhaps a traffic cop or crossing guard would help. All in all a A-1 school and we couldnt be happier!
Best public high school in Georgia, evidently. Excellent academics including AP and honors courses (why we moved here), lots of opportunities, including music and extra-curricular, lots of parental support for orchestra, band, athletics, clubs, etc. behind the scenes. Parents also welcomed to volunteer in media center, distributing textbooks, helping at events and performances. Can't figure out why this school only requires one semester of P.E. in four years tho; that seems just wrong. Tho the student population is vast, things seem well-run overall. The new facility improvements are great. Too much obscenity and acting out in the hallways on the part of some students tho. But most of the teachers so far seem very professional, focused, and devoted. I would like to see more classic literature assigned, less trendy, ephemeral modern stuff.
I think the school is great! They offer something for everyone. The band, football, soccor, baseball and lacrosse are wonderful. Academically they can't be beat. Although I do think the math dept. could use a little help. They expect the kids teach theirselves math. If your child loves math-they could lose interest.
This is a great school. I am a student there in 11th and have been there since 9th grade. They really care about you as an individual and make sure that they help you pave the way to a succesful life.
As a former student, all i can say is they don't prepare kids for real life. They force the students to follow rules, not learn to make good decisions for themselves. Kids may have problems in college when they are on their own, and out of the authorities grasp. They do little to motivate, only punish for poor acedemic performance.
Walton High School is a great school. The academic environment here is great, and so are the extracurricular activities. However, certain departments, like the math and the science departments, need to train some of the teachers well to be better able to teach students so as to make them better understand the materials. I like the rules and regulations here, too. Though a bit strict, they provide great safety and discipline to our students. This does have a significant effect on fostering learning.
I am thrilled with the education my daughter is getting at Walton. The courses are tough, but she is taking all honors or AP classes. This is a challenge, but she gets help when she needs it and she uses the special WEB days to get one-on-one help. Grades and comments are available on-line to parents all the time and the counselors are good. The Science and Social Studies and Foreign Language departments are great. Math is a little dry, but my daughter is now in Multivariable Calculus which is a course beyond AP levels. My son is taking pre-engineering and loves it. My other son is involved in football and works hard to keep his grades up. I would recommend looking into coming to this district if you are moving into Cobb County. There is plenty of room for parents to become involved in the school, you need to!
Wonderful! Parents and teachers are great. I love the extracurricular programs. My child loves going to this school!
The student body at this school is composed of teenagers who are highly motivated to learn and achieve high standards in academics. The administration still treats the students as though they are immature and in need of babysitting. As a former student I found that the administration did very little to assist the students in the learning process and even often times hindered student's creativity and learning. This high school provides a challenging curriculum which is almost unmatched by the large majority of schools in the nation. It is a privilege to attend such a great school and to have these types of opportunities available.
This is a great school in desirable East Cobb County named one of the best schools in the entire country. Walton consistently scores in the top 5% of Metro Atlanta and surrounding counties in SAT scores. This school also has state level ranked music programs and championship sports teams. Parents are very involved with their students here and teachers are top notch as well.
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