School Details

Walton High School

1590 Bill Murdock Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 578-3225

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 2636 students 17 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)

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.
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About this school

Walton High School is a charter high school in Marietta. The principal of Walton High School is Judith McNeill, whose e-mail is 2,636 children attend Walton High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 2% of the Walton High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 8% of the 2,636 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 7% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Walton High School is 17:1. Pope High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 70% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 33%
Hispanic 4% 18%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 5%
Asian 16% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.04% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 44%
Limited English proficiency 2% 10%
Economically disadvantaged 8% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Walton High School has an excellent academic environment. Attend the open houses and meet your student's motivated teachers. Walton is a truly a home for four years if your student takes an interest in going the extra mile by joining a club band orchestra chorus or fine arts or makes a team.

  • (5 months ago)

    Walton High School does not deserve the rating of 10. This school lacks racial diversity and as such is filled with unrealistic and disillusioned children who have a sense of entitlement and genuinely believe that because they are "White and Rich" they are inherently superior to other races. They are being ill prepared for the post high school 'real' world. These ideals are further perpetuated via Walton High School's racially discriminatory curriculum called 'Race Gender and Class' where the children are taught that regardless of educational achievement the "white male secretary" will possess more power than the "black physician" because he is White and Male in America. This is a blatant white supremacist racist view and is not true of the United States of America that I reside in. Walton High School has the potential to be an exceptional school however as long as they turn a blind eye to the ill treatment of children of color by students and teachers they do not deserve the rating that they have received. This is the United States of America which I am proud to call the country I love. Walton- you need to do better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (6 months ago)

    Walton has consistently been one of the best schools in the state according to various national magazine rankings. The graduation rate is 99 - 100% and the percentage of graduates moving on to college is above 95%. High quality curriculum top educators a broad range of AP classes and a variety of extracurricular activities make Walton the top choice for parents who want the best education for their children.

  • (7 months ago)

    Walton High School is an okay school. It could be a bad school if you get bad teachers but if you get the right teachers you should see a successful semester ahead. Lots of families are moving away from this school because it wasn't as good as they had expected. For example is that some teachers here aren't good at their job. They add zeros for work you have done sometimes and they get mad if you ask students questions(even though the teacher isn't talking) or other reasons to contact your parents and get mad at you. There are good things about Walton too like WEB help sessions(Take advantage and get an A in a class!). I went to my Honors Bio sessions almost every WEB and I had a 92 in the class. High school counts so let go of social media texting and expect a ton of studying for these 4 years. Already messed up a chance of getting into a good college. If you stay enjoy being a Walton Raider!

  • (1 year ago)

    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

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

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

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

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

  • (1 year ago)

    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

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a great school for academics. There is a lot of school spirit!!

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

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