George Walton Academy is a coeducational, independent, non-profit, college-preparatory day school founded in 1969 by parents and community leaders looking for rigorous academics and strong Judeo-Christian values. The school has nearly 900 students in K4-12th grades. The academy serves students from Walton, Newton, Rockdale, Oconee, Morgan, Gwinnett, Clark, DeKalb and Barrow counties. The Academy is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees and is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Georgia Independent School Association and Georgia High School Association (Region 8A).
The school has 130 faculty and staff members with a ratio of one professional staff member to each twenty students. School counselors coordinate guidance, and individual faculty members assist as advisors to the students. The upper school counselor provides college and academic counseling.
George Walton Academy is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
George Walton Academy's school year consist of 180 days divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine-week marking periods with upper school students attending six classes daily.
George Walton Academy first, third and fifth grade students take the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) each November. 2012 results continue to be impressive. George Walton students performed well above grade level in all areas tested.
Percentile Rank of Average Standard Scores: National School Norms
First Grade 99%
Third Grade 99%
Fifth Grade 99%
For high school students, college preparatory, honors and advanced placement (AP) classes are offered. The maximum target class size is 20 students, with AP courses averaging 10 students.
AP classes are offered in the following areas:
Calculus (AB & BC)*
US Government and Politics
*In 2012, every student that took the AP Calculus exams scored a PERFECT score.
All students are required to take the SAT as a part of GWA graduation requirements. The average SAT score for 2012 is 1730.
100% of George Walton Academy graduates have been accepted into a college or university. A large majority of our graduates are eligible for scholarships. The Class of 2012 received more than $3 million in scholarship offers in addition to the HOPE scholarship.
School Meal Program
Hot, nutritious meals are served each day in the George Walton cafeteria. The cafeteria is managed by SAGE Dining Services. SAGE cooks meals from scratch, using fresh, wholesome ingredients. SAGE does not serve peanuts, tree nuts or nut oils to school- age children. Nut oils are not used in the cooking process.