This is a great school. This is my first year here, and I'm a sophmore. I love it. Pros: Great teachers, WEB days, not extremely cliquish, very rigorous Cons: Too many bratty kids, too many kids: over 2,000??
My son just started Walton as a freshman after attending private school in Buckhead for the past three years. From what I've seen so far, I am INCREDIBLY impressed with the academic environment in Walton. His classmates/new friends are all high-achieving and many would like to go to Ivy League type universities. While each child is different, I can vouch that any parent with highly ambitious children will feel right at home in this district.
Walton is wonderful. I am proud to be a Walton Raider! I've grown up in East Cobb all my life, and never have I felt such school spirit, or the determination to succeed until I entered Walton. I love it.
I am a senior at Walton, and have attended there since my freshman year. I'm not going to say it's easy because it isn't. Walton's tough, but excellent nonetheless. Your child will be extremely prepared for college upon graduation. However, one con would be the impact the reputation has on some students. Being that it's a very tough school, and that the top 15% of the class all have 4.0's, it is very easy to let yourself believe that you aren't as good of a student as others because of your GPA or SAT score. The main advise I give to that is not to worry, and to do your personal best. Many colleges in the southeast know Walton's reputation and understand that a student can have a 3.5 and have worked just as hard as other students from other schools with 4.0's.
Pros: not extremely cliquish, rigorous curriculum, many students are driven and dedicated, heavy emphasis on college prep Cons: large and impersonal, too much competition, large portion of spoiled, bratty ric teenagers
Most reviewer seem to have a problem with the state curriculum and not the school itself. I have been to many schools in the US and this was by far the hardest, best, friendliest, and all together great school have ever been to. This is not a school for parents who want their kids to be 'coddled' by the teachers. This is a hard school that prepares students for any type of college. If students have a hard time here they are not ready for the challenges of a top ranking college.
My son graduated from Walton a few years ago and will graduate from a top university this year. He will be applying to law school later this year. As his mother, I was/am a bit surprised at how my son was able to succeed in such a rigorous environment where half the students attended private school - I remember being worried sick his first year in college over how well he might adjust. Indeed, like some other parents here, I had some concerns about the competitive nature of Walton a few years ago when I noticed my school falling asleep while doing his homework. In hindsight, while I do agree the workload at times at Walton is a bit excessive, I am grateful that Walton prepared my son for the real world, where the ability to work well under pressure is a must.
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.
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