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Walton High School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 30, 2014

Walton is the best school in Cobb county by far! When I was a freshman coming to Walton from out of state I was greeted with open arms and made so many great friends. The academics are challenging but not overwhelming like others say. The teachers go above and beyond to help you get the grades you want and honestly want to see you succeed. The extracurricular activities are everywhere! There is definitely pressure to go to college but I think that is the best part because it helps students set academic goals and improve themselves as all-around students. If your ready to work hard and make your four years count, Walton is the place to be
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2014

It really is a top rated school deserving of top rating. It is academically challenging for all levels with different degrees of rigor for all levels of student. It is no joke of a school. You get educated from her & will be able to achieve in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

The best thing about Walton is the encouragement to go to college and parents and school staff's commitment to make it happen. It is a community base school not just a regular school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

Not a Charter School! Good overall,AP great very competitive. Maybe too much. Sometime staff take themselves to seriously-Walton Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

This school is awful. You get so much homework each night that there is not enough hours in the day to finish it. It has WEB days almost every week which is just another opportunity to get more homework instead of being able to get caught up. They have incentive for finals. It is nice except people show up to school sick and the Walton plague gets passed around. The people who go there are very snobby. The school itself is disgusting. They have an agricultural program, its called the bugs. All the classrooms except for the science rooms have carpets. They are cleaned once a semester. The school is pretty dirty except when they have the SAT going on, then the halls and bathrooms are actually cleaned. The staff is more focused on painting over the writing in the bathrooms then actually cleaning them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2013

Our family recently downsized into a smaller, older house from where we were living out in Canton, GA so that my daughter could go to Walton. The move has been so worth it. This school's focus on developing well-rounded students was missing from our previous local high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

Great academically, but lacks diversity. If you'd like an all white population, it's the place for you.


Posted December 7, 2013

I'm a senior and overall I had a great experience at Walton. Walton seems to be pretty well-known throughout Atlanta but here are some of my pros/cons about the school. Pros: AMAZING teachers (for the most part) who genuinely love teaching and are clearly not here for the paycheck; students who (again, for the most part) are well-rounded and competitive but not cutthroat (I really don't know where this misconception comes from since I'm pretty average and don't feel out-of-place attending Walton); WEB (Wednesday Enrichment Block) which gives students a couple hours every Wednesday to seek one-on-one help from teachers in any class; sports and activities (there are so many available and the student body is so active outside the classroom!!) CONS: Lack of true diversity (especially true economically - most students are from middle to upper middle class backgrounds with a few really upper class students thrown into the mix) probably doesn't match the real world outside of the East Cobb bubble; Cobb district budget cuts (some classes are larger than they used to be, although the PTA and local businesses have helped offset some of the cuts; two feeder middle schools vs.one
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2013

Having had 2 children go through Walton, I'd like to offer my perspective. How Walton is viewed depends on each family's situation. Walton will not be a great fit for every child. Perhaps because of the community it serves, Walton is not geared to serve students who are unsure about whether or not they want to attend college - those students will find little support and guidance by attending the school. Rather, Walton's forte is providing college-bound students with rigorous courses and tremendous extracurricular opportunities. The school profile makes this very clear - Walton expects that all students will pursue a post-secondary education and so endeavors to provide a rigorous education that prepares student for any college. A high number of students do go on to Ivy League universities from Walton. However, I've found that the school also is a great fit for those students wanting to go to UGA, Tech, GSU or any other state universities. My youngest daughter, in fact, after going through Walton WITHOUT taking all honors/AP courses found UGA a breeze and graduated with honors. She really thrived in a peer environment where college was the norm, not the exception.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

I am a senior at Walton High School. It is a thoroughly a terrible school. If you are not in all honors and AP classes, your student will be ridiculed by all their friends who are. The math curriculum does not work and the math teachers are incapable and incompetent. The band director refuses to recognize that marching band is not the students' first and only priority in life. There is one bright spot though: the science teachers are excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2011

If you want your kids to be the best of the best send them to Walton. If you want your children to be Mediocre, any other Cobb school should do the trick.


Posted November 2, 2011

If I had it to do over again, I would not have sent my son to Walton. Walton is a good school for a lot of really, really smart and motivated kids, and their music programs are world-class. However, my son is highly intelligent but not self-motivated, with a learning disability(dyslexia), and this school has done absolutely nothing to help. Many teachers, staff, and especially the guidance counselors are condescending and outright rude to the students and sometimes parents. As others have said, some of the teachers are wonderful, but unfortunately they are overshadowed by a pervasive atmosphere of superiority and disdain for average kids. I personally observed a staff member berating a student in front of others - it made me very uncomfortable. My son's 2.5 GPA, which puts him in the bottom 10% of the class, would be a 3.0 somewhere else in the middle of the class, negatively impacting his college opportunities. If your kid is a superstar and you don't care how much pressure they're under, and you accept the suicide statistics, then go for it. But If your child falls in the middle, I advise sending them to another highly-rated yet more accepting school nearby.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I graduated from Walton and recently from UGA. Academically, the school is very good and prepares you well for higher education. However, if you are not smart enough for all AP and honors courses, your student will be taught by coaches and not be sufficiently prepared. The biggest problem with Walton is its lack of diversity and heavy drug culture among many of its students(Rich kids have money to buy drugs). Overall, I wished my parents had not saught out living in East Cobb to attend Walton and live in its cookie cutter bubble.


Posted February 6, 2011

I'm a student at Walton and I love it. I'm in the band, many clubs, AP classes, etc. and there aren't too many bad things to say. The only problems are: some really bad science, math, and language teachers (but some are amazing, it's just which you end up with) and getting overstressed with 8-9 AP's a year. It's tough, but a lot of students go onto Ivy league schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

It is a great school for academics. There is a lot of school spirit!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

I am a senior here and I love it here! I will admit that this is not an easy school and isn't a great choice for slackers - good grades are not exactly handed out on a silver platter here so be prepared to work hard. But, my academic and extracurricular experiences have been phenomenal and as a result, I've developed a good sense of how to prioritize and meet several deadlines simultaneously. I will be attending Duke in the fall and firmly believe that the life skills and knowledge that I've picked up at Walton will prepare me well for college and the rest of my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2010

We moved into the Walton school district from Cherokee county last year so our children could attend this school. We have lived in the metro area for a long time so I wanted to share my perspective. In my opinion, what sets this school apart from others in the area is the expectations and vision of the school staff, the parents, and the students themselves. When we visited the school, we found that the school benchmarked itself against the best schools across the nation in determining curriculum and school priorities, which no other school did. The caliber of students and their accomplishments was also extremely impressive, with numerous sports titles, academic awards and kids that seemed to be all around well balanced and motivated. The college matriculation data feels like it comes straight out of a private school and sealed the deal for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2010

As a parent of WHS senior, I can say my son has had a great experience during his time here. Prior to moving to this district a few years ago, my son had been in private school his entire life so despite the school's solid reputation, we were still concerned if the school would be challenging enough for him. Very quickly we found that our biggest worry was actually if our son could handle his challenging courses and lacrosse schedule! To say this school has been rigorous would be an understatement but my son's hard work recently paid off in an early acceptance to an Ivy. As parents, we are grateful for the work ethic Walton has instilled in our son and would recommend this school to other parents like us who have high expectations for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2009

I had two children graduate from WHS and one there now. My daughter that graduated from UGA with honors, told me that WHS prepared her as well or better than some of her friends who attended the expensive Buckhead private schools! The parental involvement is extremely important and a big reason for the student success. The faculty is the other reason. There's no doubt why this is the premier school in the state and why our property values have risen even in this recession. Everyone wants to go to WHS...for good reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

I graduated from Walton two years ago and am attending college in California right now. From my experience, in order to understand Walton you have to understand the community it serves. This is an area filled with lawyers, doctors, CEOs, etc. and their high expectations for their own children are reflected in the school's academic and athletic accomplishments. As several posters have already pointed out, there were no shortage of people aiming for (and gaining entrance into( Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, etc. (myself included) during my four years there. Not surprisingly, this school has been cited by Time, U.S. News, Newsweek, and Atlanta magazine for its high parental involvement as well as highly intense student body. Of course, this intensity can also have its downside - too many students over stress themselves by trying to be 'perfect' in everything they are involved in (whether AP classes, sports, clubs, community service, etc.)
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

622 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

618 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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99%

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100%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

621 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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100%

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99%

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99%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

620 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

2010

 
 
97%

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99%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

653 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

675 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
96%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

664 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

618 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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96%

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95%

2010

 
 
96%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

612 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
96%

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91%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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98%

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93%

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96%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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94%

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96%

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94%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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97%

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97%

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62%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

701 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 3%
Black 7% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/A51%
Female 49%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1590 Bill Murdock Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
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