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.
The teachers work well with students. The school could use a lot of work but over all a great school to be at. It is also home of a great marching band.
Our son has had a learning disability since 4th grade, he is now a junior. We did live in the Woodstock middle/high school district of Cherokee County and he was doing very poorly. We moved to East Cobb because of the schools....and boy! What a difference. Dodgen was great and Walton helps him every step of the way. The faculty that teaches him daily lets us know where he needs help and improvment. We all work together to help him daily. We love being able to access his grades daily through the internet. We always know if he is keeping his grades up or slipping. It's like a daily report card. Though they have a great special education department it takes the parents participation when there is a learning disability involved.
I have a student in his Junior Year. He was tested and confimred to have ADD, but has been in GA's gifted program since 2nd grade. I advised the school, but gotten nowhere as far as the 501plan is concerned. They do very well with students who have no problems. Their gifted program and their foreign language department, as well as their Art programs are very poor. Athletics are great. If you have a child that is gifted and has ADD, I would not recommend this school. I did not know this about Walton until I moved into the neighborhood to ensure a good school. Little did I know that all good schools have a down side. This school has failed to help my son.
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