Our Philosophy and History

Our Mission

The Walker School is the college-preparatory independent school for families seeking an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning.

Our Promise

Walker’s dedicated teachers exude contagious intellectual energy, demonstrate authentic interest in the life of the mind that extends beyond their core subject areas, and model genuine respect for students and one another.

Through their actions and interactions, Walker teachers cultivate students’ spirit of wanting to know in every setting—the classroom and the hallway, the laboratory and the library, the art studio and the stage, the court and the playing field.

Walker students, feeling known and encouraged by their teachers and classmates, come to value the experience over the applause, developing along the way the confidence to explore new avenues of thinking, the wisdom to articulate meaningful insights, and the fortitude to act with integrity and honor.

At the culmination of this carefully guided, increasingly independent journey from Early Learners through grade 12, Walker graduates have evolved from curious young learners into critically thinking, individually expressive, confidently collaborative, and admirably honest young adults thoroughly prepared for the intellectual and relational challenges of college and life.

Our History

The Walker School was founded in 1957 as St. James Kindergarten under the direction of Father Joseph T. Walker, Rector. In 1960 elementary grades were added, and the school became known as St. James Day School. The school functioned as part of the St. James Episcopal Church until 1971. At that time it became an independent school. The school was then moved to the Waterman Street location where it was housed for six years. The Upper School (grades 7-12) was added beginning with the 1975-76 school term. In 1977, the school purchased property at the corner of Allgood Road and Cobb Parkway. The school was restructured in 1984 to include a Middle School (grades 6-8).

Today the school is a non-profit, non-sectarian, independent, co-educational day school. Walker's curriculum is college preparatory, and the school serves average to superior students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.