Fact Sheet - Walton Middle School
Home of the Wildcats
Expanding Opportunities for All
Walton Middle School is providing students from all of its diverse Southern Albemarle communities with an innovative, world-class education that expands opportunity for all. Walton’s mission is to foster a learning community, through relationships, rigor and relevance, that leads to greater student independence and pursuit of continuous learning.
One of the highlights of the student experience at Walton is the school’s focus on opening a world of exploration to kids, so they may find and develop their passions. This is put into practice at the school in many ways, including through student design of learning spaces. In 2016-2017, a group of Walton students partnered with a local architect to enter the Association for Learning Environments’ SchoolsNEXT Design Competition and achieved first place in the state with their redesign of Walton around wellness. The students worked with the architecture firm who designed the new Learning Labs to integrate some of their ideas. The Learning Labs opened in August 2017 and were funded through the 2016 bond referendum for classroom modernization.
All students are encouraged to pursue interests beyond their core academics. This is highlighted in the robust elective program that is offered to all students at Walton. The Career and Technical Education program at the school provides a wide range of opportunities based on student interest and modern technology, including such areas as woodshop, entrepreneurship and programming, often times mixing diverse topics together into a single project. Students also pursue their interests through a world languages program, an award-winning band and orchestra, drama classes, and many other fine arts opportunities. Walton is in the midst of planning a continuation of the Spanish immersion experience at Cale Elementary school starting with sixth-grade students in the 2018-2019 school year.
A recent area of instructional focus for the school involves providing students with “p-based” learning opportunities. These experiences could be project-, passion-, or problem-based learning opportunities that are rooted in solving authentic problems. Examples of this work in the 2017-2018 school year include a partnership with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance, which provides students with hands-on analysis of the health of the Hardware River; a partnership with Caring for Creatures through which students have built dog houses; math teams designing for accessibility on campus; and student-designed fundraiser events as part of our Leadership and Entrepreneurship class.
Walton builds a strong community in many ways. The school follows the practices of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS), which teaches each child how to be a safe, responsible, respectful learner while developing the whole child into a conscientious global citizen. Walton creates a community where students are taught these essential skills and are recognized when they put them into practice.
Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)
(as of September 30, 2017)
Total Enrollment: 351
English Learners: 3.7%
Students with Disabilities: 15.4%
"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.
Walton Middle School is part of the Southern Feeder Pattern. Students previously attended Cale, Red Hill, Scottsville, Stone-Robinson or Yancey Elementary School, and will graduate from Monticello High School.