Students enrolled 802
School leader Mona Boersma

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744 East Walton Boulevard
Pontiac, MI 48340

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(248) 371-9300
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3 stars
Based on 38 ratings

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October 24, 2013
The school is a great school my daughter has learned a lot. I always recomend this school to other parents

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
I love that my son is treated and loved as an individual and that each teacher he has had takes a special interest in each student, and that as a parent I am a part of every aspect of his education and included in the loop

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
I was searching for a great, trustworthy school for my then kindergarten child to attend, I knew I wanted Walton Charter to be that school (recommend to apply at least a year in advance). Love everything about the school! Love how the principal, dean or any teacher greet the kids when they walk in & shakes their hand with a smile. How they challenge the students to do better. If you have a concern the school work with you to feel ease at whatever the situation is. My son is in the 1st grade now & could not ask for better school. The downfall is the parking lot, but besides that this school is the BEST there is in Pontiac. Academics its a PLUS

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
Great School, my child has been a student here for the last 4 years starting in First Grade, I have no Complaints

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
I am so impressed with the school and its leadership! i am so proud of the quality of the education my children display here at home. I love everything about the school such as......security,secretaries,teachers,and parent involment is encouraged. I just wish the parking lot situation will just get better :/

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
I am a parent with an all 'A' student that attends Walton. I also have a child that performs 'C' average that attends here as well. My problem with the school is that they seem to focus very well on the excellent students but the ones the that are not so great that performs average gets lost in the storm. Therefore I am pulling my 'C' student from the school while letting my all A student remain....so unfair

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
This is a great school!!!Why are you still using the ratings from 2007 to judge this school. The principal has changed, the teachers have changed, more parent involvement, better teacher quality!! The whole school has changed, yet it's being judged by some parents that had their kids there in 2007. It's not fair to the children, the parents, the teachers or the school. This is an excellent school!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
I love this school! My children have been there 6 years. Mr Brillhart is an amazing principal. The worst part of the school is the parking lot in the afternoon. I wish they went thru high school!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2009
Ever since Mr. Brillhart arrived at this school according to my children it has been a better place and alot of fun. The staff always find ways to make learning interesting. Security is more than adequate. I would like to see more performing arts classes such as a band, choir etc. especially for middle school, and also more use of computers to keep up with technology.

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June 16, 2009
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June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
I would say this school is a 4 out of 5 stars!! the principal is great, the teachers really care about the students. The faculty run a tight ship in terms of security. This is almost like a boarding school in terms of training the children, academics as well as behaviorial. Its a good school!

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May 26, 2009
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April 17, 2009
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January 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
I love this school!!My son has been going there since K and Iam very happy with the new principal and teachers..They really care about your child in everyway!!And they are great on keeping us informed about our children in weekly reports!!Keep up the good work!!!

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May 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2008
I am very pleased with Walton! This is only our first year at the school and I will continue to keep my child enrolled there. Everyone from the Priciple, teachers, and staff all seem to care tremendously for the students and keep the parents informed. I have seen alot of parent participation and it is greatly welcomed.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
I was a student of Walton from 1st to 6th grade, although I'd be more than delighted to give a review. I personally this school is one of the best, if not the best school in Michigan that is neither pulic or private. I left to a public school in 7th grade, and compared to Walton it was a living nightmare. The teachers didn't care, the students were inconsiderate, and the staff was overall rather idiotic in terms of how they organized their school. Yes, we have more extracurricular activities in this public school, and it is unfortunate that Walton only proceeds to the 8th grade, but I would recommend enrolling your children in Walton Charter Academy, take it from a first-hand experience. My mom does regret enrolling me in this current school, and wish I'd stayed in Walton until I graduated 8th grade.

- submitted by a former student
no rating September 15, 2007
this school is a very nice school,have very good meap scores, i fact my daughter goes there.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
The school has fantastic teachers that work endless hours each day and on the weekends for the children at this school. The turnover of teachers though is outrageous due to the endless list of tasks outlined by the principal. Parents need to accept responsibility and be a part of their child's lives by volunteering at school and being their at home. My children enjoy the school but wish their were more extracurricular activities, but these extra activitities can't be possible if the teachers are already bogged down. We will be giving it one more year, though my children get upset when their favorite teachers or assistant principals leave each year.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
This school is the pits and it is true the parent/ administration relationship here is non existent. The safety and well being of our children at Walton is in danger.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
The teachers here really try to care about their students. Unfortunately, they have very little(if any) experience to draw on. This and the principals lack of respect for the parents is why we will not be returning. While you can't please every parent, I've seen numerous occasions where parents were treated like misbehaved students of the school. She does not partner with parents and treat them as equals. We were very will to partner until we realized we weren't considered equals by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2007
The school has wonderful teachers that care about the students.

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2007
I am very happy with the school and its quality. We have had nothing but wonderful teachers and nothing but concern for their success. We did have a serious incident this year that could have happened in any school anywhere and I am still working towards a better resolution regarding it to be put in place. I fully intend to pursue every avenue to assure that happens.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
This school is over rated. If only I heard the complaints before I signed my children up. Don't let the waiting list fool you, they just wait to the last minute to contact you, which is what they did with me. There are no extracurricular activities, except basketball and even that was a joke. I must say that they have two handfulls of excellent teachers but if the administration is lacking what do you expect from the teachers? The principle is clueless and she really doesn't care about any parent concerns. If she is there next year I will not send my children back next year. One bad apple will spoil the whole bunch! Beware!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
We left Walton mid-year due to many reasons that were beyond our control, but not beyond Mrs. Butler's, the principal. I was led to believe that my child was 1st in his class because he is far ahead of the others. The 'extra's' like lego league were a joke! My son and I wasted a lot of time and the school didn't even send the kids to the competition! Wasted Time!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
Change is never taken well. The prior reviews all talk about new administration not the educational level of the students. My child attend Walton for 2 years and it was a wonderful experience. The teachers were great and yes, even the administration. Considering the alternative, Pontiac Public Schools, Walton is a breath of fresh air. But, don't take my word for it call the school and try to enroll your child. They always have a waiting list for every grade. It can't be all bad if the school turns away students everyday. My child is ahead of the majority of her peers thanks to the teacher's at Walton. Go Wildcats!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2005
Why do people think that Walton is a bad school? I mean we have everything with extracurricular activities to library and computer privileges. This is a very good school. I can say that the principal is very strict which most students don't like but these students need that education and disipline. The academics here are great! There is Open Corut and Saxon Math. The expectations are also very high. The extracurricular activities include sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track also including Lego League for more info go to www.firstlegoleague.org . Parents usually think that this is too much for the kids to take which makes them very behind in studies. They go at a rate which depends on the pace of the students. That helps the students a lot and has a very good chance for student to get scholarships into good schools. This is a very good school.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2005
My child has been attending Walton since it opened and I loved the school at the time. Since they changed principals it has been going downhill. My child is very unhappy with the school and so am I. There is no activities for my child. They have jv and varsity basketball and my child tried out for, but did not make it for bogus reasons. He is a very good basketball player. When picture day came around I was told that he had to wear what they said. I'm not paying for pictures which my son can't wear what he wants. This school has really went downhill.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2005
Walton Charter Academy must be one of the worst schools in the state. Can you name another school that forbids 7th and 8th graders from using the library? These kids are about to enter high school and are completely unprepared. If you care about your kids, do not send them here.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
I Have 3 children that attend Walton Charter and have been very happy up until the new Principle came there last year. My children have been there since they opened 5 years ago, they keep firing the best teachers. Their principle there is very unapproachable, and how come they have to get a new principle every other year, and every time a new one gets in there, they say its their school and they change all the rules especially dress code. Who is she to tell me what my child has to wear on picture day is she paying for the pictures. My children hate going to Walton these days. If you want any after school activities this is not the school, they don' even get to go on any feild trips anymore. Theres nothing there except school work which is fine, but come on. 'Concerned Parent'.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
Parents beware! My children started at this school the day they opened, but no more. Our entire family loved the school and were very happy until last year. Most if not all of the children were terrified of the principal, as were some of the new/young teachers. Extracurricular activities are restricted to the chosen few, and even positive groups such as Boy/Cub/Girl scouts were thrown out of the school. Unfortunately, National Heritage Academies has chosed to turn a blind eye to the issues. Avoid if possible!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
My children attend this school for year 5 now. I am very happy with the education the children receive there. The teachers are wonderful. We were lucky to have had the best teachers in the past. Unfortunately many of those have not been 'invited back' this year because they didn't share the views of the new principal. If things with the new principal don't improve, I will consider pulling my children from this school at the end of this school year. My kids both tested above average in the MEAP and I give all the credit to the wonderful teachers they had. I'm hoping for the same results this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
This school was great until a new principal turned dictator last year. My child has had exceptional teachers, but 2/3 of the staff left! Anyone sticking up for their students was a challenge and was not welcome. Rules were unfairly applied (dresscode, valentines, etc) to those students who had involved parents that the Principal disliked. She even threw out the highly successful Girl Scout and Cub Scout programs because of the passionate parents who ran them! There are also several Special Ed. cases of non-compliance being investigated by the State of Michigan. This new year she has eliminated all holiday celebrations, as well as weekly and quarterly awards the children adored. Since when is rewarding K-2 students with achievement a bad thing? I was highly involved in several committees and the PTO, but no longer am I made welcome. Parents are afraid of her and don't know who to trust.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2004
I'm moving my children from this school. The current adminstration does not support any type of parental involvement or input. The chartering agency and corporation have no idea how unhappy the parents are. 19 of the 29 teachers 'chose' to leave the school after a new principal was appointed. The marketing materials promise much more than is actually in practice. There are no opportunities for after school activities unless you want to play varsity basketball in the 7th and 8th grades. Until the change in administration, there were small problems as typical in an elementary school. Since then, well, take a good look at the yearbook. Their current curriculum and organization of classrooms is unfair to children. Be careful!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
The statistics do not fairly represent this school. My son has been consistently in the top 1% of the state. I credit his teachers for their expertise that has inspired him to set high standards. However, they recently fired some of their best teachers that the area could ever offer. I have not been impressed with the new principal. I am concerned the direction that the school may be headed in. I still think this is the best charter school in the region.

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Walton Charter Academy
744 East Walton Boulevard, Pontiac, MI  48340
(248) 371-9300
Last modified Walton Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Walton Charter Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top