A good school overall. Excellent college preperation. My daughter liked it mostly but felt like she was just another number because she was and average student she did not get the attention she felt she needed to be a good student. The schools is not overly excited about parental involvement. Liked parents to just help out behind the scenes.
Walton serves only their high academic achievers in order to keep their standing in GA high. The 20% of the students who are not high achievers slip through the cracks. The math teachers are driven strictly by curriculum requirements, not what the students need. The English teachers are totally lacking in creativity and help very little in developing students' appreciation of their language and literature. If there is a problem, the administrative response boils down to 'We're perfect and will not change, it's up to your child to change to fit our molds.'
'I graduated Walton in May of 2005. I moved to the Walton district my Sophomore year and loved going there. Because it was so big, it was hard to make friends at first. But eventually I found my niche and loved it. All of the students and teachers really care about the school and show lots of spirit. There are so many activities its almost impossible to get involved. The acedemics are great and very competitive here. Because Walton is in such a wealthy area, you almost get a feeling of being at a private school. It is nationally recognized as one of Americas top public schools, and it really shows that it is.'
My child goes to Walton. I think students are able to get a good education there if they are self-motivated or their parents are on top of their every move, otherwise, forget it. It's such a big school that students slip through the cracks. The teachers and staff there have NO IDEA if a student even attends class. Students skip and 'hang out' all the time. It is just not a well managed school. If you send your child there, YOU must make sure they get what they need and are doing what they should be doing, which is very hard since you cannot attend school with them.
simply the BEST high school in GA! graduated may 20th, 2005! we all are hard working people and teachers never give up on their students. the school tries their best to give all the students what they need in order to succeed in high school. i will recommend students to go there!
I graduated from Walton in 2001. I loved my high school experience. I was in Camerata Choir and ran the TV station. I was involved with SGA, Powder Puff, and I was 2nd runner up for Mr. Raider. Walton provided a great atmosphere for me and I made friends that I shall keep for a life time. It is not the school's responsibility to make every student fit in. In a school that has so many cliques, a student is presented with choice. They choose which clique best fits them. The former principle left a great legacy. But many of the great teachers have left Walton and work at other schools in the area. Walton prepared me for college, and although growing up in East Cobb didnt prepare me for the real world, Walton at least prepared me for college. I am a senior at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.
I am a 1995 Walton graduate. I was speaking with a high school friend of mine the other day and we were remembering all of the great things that happened to us at Walton. We really enjoyed our education there and had fun while learning. It is all in the choices that students make. The teachers were great and the administration was great. Excellent school!
Math is abysmalhere. It's the uglysecret no one speaks about. English is a poor joke - no writing program, no classicliterature.My son had a full Honorsschedule - the material was junk - but there wasalotofit! We pulled out after one semster and they didn't even know we were gone! Education doesn't happen here; training does. If you want to play a part in your teen's education, forget it. You cannot arrange a meeting with a teacher. Buy a home in this district for the resale value only. School spirit covers most of the flaws, but an independent thinker will hate it here. Walton is not set up to support the truly gifted, or the very weak for that matter. Educate your kids yourself or live cheaply and find a great private school. Those heading to the all-inclusive UGA will do fine; Hillsdale, e.g., hopefuls will founder.
I never attended Walton, but I had to compete with the students there when I was in high school through various extra-curricular activities. They were the best and the brightest in everything- I hope to put my children through a school like Walton. Kids from area high schools know about the Walton kids, and they are viewed as academically beyond their peers.
I agree with the previous review. Walton is a great school for self motivated children. However the size alone causes many students to be overlooked and for those that do not fit into a 'category' it can be very hard. I do not feel that the new principal is at fault. He had to overcome previous faulty priorities. The emphasis on athletics and money I believe hurt the overall climate at the school. I had three children there, one with success, one who struggled and one who I removed and placed in a private school. Their intentions are always good but their follow thru wasn't up to par.
Walton is a great school, but is not the right school for every child. Academically, they have a good mix of AP and honors classes for the gifted child. Socially, the school is very clique-oriented. With 2500+ students, you'd think there would be a place for everyone, but some kids have problems fitting in. The facilities are in horrible shape; the kids learn in spite of cramped, musty trailers and classrooms. Most of the teachers are enthusiastic about their work; some are truly inspiring. But there are poor teachers, also, particularly in the math department. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a child out of a bad teacher's class. If yur child is new to Walton, it is important to listen to him/her about the quality of his/her life and education. This school is not for everyone, and a move to a different school can be a life changer.
Administration at Walton is not what it used to be- it requires a very strong and insisting parent to insure that their student gets decisions made that actually help them (such as getting into important electives, or winning arguments against pushy administrators). The current principal is nowhere near as personable or helpful as his predecessor. Teachers like Mrs. Waters are the forces that keep this school great because they care about each student and about teaching in a manner that the students absorb and retain the material. Walton teachers cannot avoid the shadow of standardized tests that seek programmed test answers from students, but they still manage to lead creative, interesting classes that form a solid foundation of knowledge to support students entering college. I graduated Walton in 2002.
Some of Walton's programs are really good, but others are not. For example, the Fine Arts program, the Gifted Programs, and the Foreign Language Department is excellent. The Special Ed. programs need a lot of work, and the Guidence Programs also need much improvement. There are many extracurricular activities at Walton. The inside of Walton is disqusting, and needs so much work. Overall Walton is a good school, but could use some improvement.
Walton High School provided me with an excellent education and preparation for my college experience. The teachers were superb, the counselors were involved and informed, and the classmates were high achievers. I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Walton, and wouldn't have traded them for anything. I'm now a pre-med major at a small private school in Florida, and I look back at my times at Walton fondly.
I have a sophomore daughter who attended a small Christian school (K-8) with 10 students in her 8th grade. She is now in a class with over 600 students and is in all honors or AP classes. Walton exceeds all our expectations for a school! There is a high level of concern for students shown by all faculty and staff and they provide an outstanding quality of education.
Walton is an amazing school with an amazing marching band. Although the school is in quite poor condition, the students and teachers have overcome this and have extremely high standards. I was also involved in 5 different clubs, one of which I was the vice-president of my junior year. The club, UNICEF, raises thousands of dollars in donations each year. Also, I was in the national ranked marching band for my entire high school career and it was a life changing experience for me.
Both of my children have had a great experience at Walton. My son was in the band and my daughter was in the athletic program. The teachers are great and really care about the students. Most kids excel because of the teacher and parent support. This is really a public private school.
I was a student at Walton. This is a horrible school. Save your children and do not send them to this school. I wish I could get back the years I wasted there. The average student falls through the cracks. This school is so bent on being perceived as great it fails to recognize the work needed for greatness.
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.
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