Dear Walker Community,
I write to you brimming with excitement for the 2023-24 school year to begin! This past school year was very successful, and the upcoming year is positioned to be even better. We will begin the year with enrollment above 950 students, more than 30 students more than last year at this time! Interest in Walker continued to be strong throughout the summer, and most of our grades have waitlists.
This week we will be welcoming to campus an incredibly talented and diverse group of students across all of our divisions. In addition, we have an impressive group of new employees who arrived last week for their orientation. Collectively, they bring an incredible amount of talent, experience, energy and different perspectives that will make Walker even more dynamic and impressive.
Summer is an important time for students, teachers and staff to get away, experience adventures and recharge for the year. With this in mind, one might expect a dormant campus over the summer, but Walker has been buzzing with activities. We hosted a record number of children in our summer camps over the past nine weeks, including offerings such as Summer Explorers, Ninja Camp, Garden Club, Fishing at the Farm, Kid Cuisine, Ceramics & Sculpture, Atlanta Adventures and many more. We also had academic enrichment opportunities such as Geometry, Academic Voyages, Wealthy Habits, Computer Science, Sensational Science and Journalism & Speech. The athletic facilities were busy with Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheer, Football, Tennis, Speed & Agility and Cross Country. Over the final weeks of the summer, it has been heartening to see twice as many football players as last year out on Robertson Field for preseason. On a related note, we had a strong spring season in many sports, and we finished the 2022-23 school year sixth out of 41 schools in Class 2A in the Directors Cup. Wolverine Athletics are on the move!
Summer is also a time when we can work on the campus, and there are a number of improvements that have been made. The classrooms on the first hallway in the main building got an upgrade with a new paint job and ceiling tiles. Several of the classrooms had new furniture installed along with 10 new ActivPanels. The Chorus Room for the Middle and Upper School students was remodeled. Muthiah Gymnasium got a facelift with a paint job and new carpeting. Future work in Muthiah and around Robertson Field is coming thanks to support from the Wolverine Club. The Walker School Association funded a complete overhaul of the Faculty break room in the Main Building as well as the overhaul of a classroom.
There are more improvements on the horizon, and we are incredibly appreciative of the support from all of our generous parent groups. Information will be shared over the upcoming weeks about ways to get involved in the 2023-24 school year.
Our teachers and administrators took advantage of the summer to grow professionally by attending and presenting at conferences. Collectively, Walker School teachers spent nearly 1,000 hours at conferences and workshops, in addition to countless additional hours working during their summer vacation to improve as educators. We have Wolverines who gave presentations at major conferences:
Accreditation and Strategic Plan
This year we will be involved in two major projects that will help to shape the direction of the school over the next five to 10 years — the creation of a Strategic Plan for Walker and a comprehensive self-study as part of the SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools) accreditation process. These two major projects will require significant contributions from all stakeholders in the community as we shape a vision and plan for the direction of The Walker School moving forward.
This is a very exciting and important year for the Walker community as we chart our path forward for the next five to 10 years! With that said, there are plenty of exciting events coming up early in the school year. There are two dates that I encourage you to put on your calendar.
The best day of the year is this Wednesday when classes begin and all of our 950+ students will be on campus. They are the reason we are here, and we can’t wait to get going!