The Walker School, located at 700 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta, today announced the acquisition of approximately 18 acres of land adjacent to its current campus, the largest physical expansion of the current campus to date. This new property will allow the school the flexibility to enhance greatly the quality of its facilities, positively impacting its academic, fine arts and athletics programs.
When added to the school’s existing 32 acres, this acquisition brings the school’s total property to approximately 50 acres and increases the total property by 56 percent. Located at 815 Allgood Road, the newly purchased land is contiguous to the area occupied by the Preschool building and the baseball field, Warren Field. The Walker School purchased the property from Tatung Company of America, Inc. for $4.6 million.
“Investing in land and facilities is critical to the long-term health of our school,” said Jack Hall, The Walker School’s Head of School. “It is important to note that our ability to purchase this land was based on committed and identified philanthropic giving from a small group within the Walker community.”
Hall added: “Our school has been steadily growing for decades, growth built on the efforts and commitment of a community that entrusts us with the education of their children and gives us the tools and resources to support that important work.”
Board Chair Cheryl Barre, who led Walker’s Board of Trustees through a strategic planning process two years ago, said, “Adding property to our existing campus is one of the four strategic initiatives identified by the board and lays the groundwork to achieve a second initiative, upgrading facilities for academics, fine arts and athletics.”
About The Walker School
Located in Cobb County, The Walker School is one of Metro Atlanta’s top-ranked independent schools, providing a classic liberal arts education for students in Cobb and surrounding counties. Walker prepares young people for college and life by balancing a personalized curriculum with a challenging “STEAM” academic program and opportunities in fine arts, languages, research and athletics.
In 2013, 100 percent of graduating students were accepted to college. Seventeen percent received National Merit recognition and 76 percent scored 3-plus on AP exams.
Founded in 1957, the school today serves more than 980 students, building critical thinking in students ages three to 18. Walker offers Preschool (Early learners, Pre-K & K), Lower School (1st – 5th), Middle School (6th – 8th) and Upper School (9th – 12th). For more information, visit www.thewalkerschool.org or call (678) 581-0478.