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Admissions and Testing 

George Walton Academy seeks to enroll students of good moral character who have the ability to benefit from and seek the challenge of a college-preparatory experience. Students are admitted on the basis of academic testing, school records and teacher recommendations.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, with K4, K5, 6th and 8th grades being considered as the primary entry points. Only students moving to the Atlanta area are admitted to Grade 12.

Campus Tours
Each family interested in George Walton Academy is encouraged to attend one of our open houses.  (No Reservations Needed).
Please follow the link below for current dates:

Admission Calendar

Tours may also be arranged through the admissions department.

Admission Procedures
In order for a student to be brought before the Admissions Committee, the application for admission must be completely filled out and returned to the school along with a $150.00 application fee. Three items must then be completed before the applicants name is considered:

  • Testing - (K4, K5 and 1st grade are required)
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from present teachers/administrators  

    Entrance testing, if necessary, is scheduled through the Director of Admissions, Cari Bailey, who may be contacted via e-mail or 770.267.7578.

    Standardized Testing
    All applicants for kindergarten and all first grade applicants who did not attend George Walton Academy kindergarten are required to take an admissions test. For students applying for grades 2-12, the test results of a nationally standardized test taken within the last 12 months will be considered. If testing records are not available or if additional testing is necessary, a testing date will be scheduled. The time required for testing is approximately three hours.

Admissions Committee
All candidates are considered by the Admissions Committee with care. The committee attempts to make a fair decision in every case considering not only what our school can offer each candidate, but also what contributions that candidate can make to GWA. This committee is composed of the Headmaster, Assistant Headmaster, Director of Admissions and Counselor. The Headmaster has the final decision on admission of any applicant. In making application to George Walton Academy, parents should understand that the decision of the Admissions Committee is made with the best interest of each candidate as a primary concern. George Walton Academy admits qualified students without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin.

GWA Profile

George Walton Academy is a coeducational, independent, non-profit, college-preparatory day school founded in 1969. The school has nearly 900 students in K4-12th grades.  The academy currently 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, the Georgia High School Association and the Georgia Independent School Association.

The school has 130 faculty and staff members with a ratio of one professional staff member to each fifteen 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 and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

School Year
George Walton Academy's school year consists of 180 days divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine-week marking periods with students attending six classes daily.

100% of George Walton Academy graduates have been accepted to a college or university. For a list of colleges and universities that GWA alumni currently attend, please click here.  The Class of 2014 was awarded more than $5 million in scholarship offers, excluding the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships.


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