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East Cobb SNOBSThursday, February 16th, 2017 at 11:05am

SNOB submitted question:
Which school is BEST: Walton or Lassiter?

"Be honest. We are normal people - working parents and Atlanta Natives. So please give me your feedback... Our child is just normal, active boy."

Mark Bessey I find them both to be pretentious and too homogeneous. If I was wanting a school that was preparing my child for the real world, I would choose Wheeler, Sprayberry, or Pope. Their demographics more closely align with society so college won't be so much of a culture shock. If your child wants to learn and you are an involved parent, any east Cobb school will work just fine.
Katrina Barrett I went to Lassiter, my husband went to Pope, and our kids are in the Walton district for no other reason that the location relative to our commute time. The difference between the schools is negligible once you get to this caliber. As a prior response said, academically and athletically speaking, your child will get out what they put in. Unless band is a strong interest (in which case Lassiter would prevail) the schools are all extremely strong in this area of East Cobb.
John Edwards House values over time: Walton Band: Lassiter Reputation: Walton Actual education: Your kid will get out of it what he puts in.
Mike Hagan Does this question really need to be asked? In a match of Walton vs any school, anywhere, Walton is always #1.
Ashley Lawrence Hall People are a little funny about "their" schools here. I say, have your son visit each school & see where he feels most comfortable. They're all great schools. I went to Pope but my kids will go to Lassiter.
Deanna Smith Cook IMO and based on many friends whose kids attend Walton, Lassiter and Pope, i am very thankful my kids attendPope. My son participates in the NJROTC program and is bused over everyday during school hrs to attend NJROTC class at LHS. Ive asked him if he wanted to transfer to LHS and he did not hesitate saying No thanks. If your kid is average then they may struggle academically at Walton. Average is a 4.0. Pope and LHS trade off test score wise every yr. I think Pope is a Great balance between both schools academically, socially and in athletics. I wld take your kids to all 3 schools and see what they think. Keep in mind, Pope is going through a major renovations and shld be done by 2019.
DAnne Dickerson Hamilton Lassiter is a great school and a School of Excellence for many years . I went there over 23 years ago and it's still one of the most preferred schools in Cobb
Ang A Em I would say visit the schools several times, observe classes, lunch, extracurricular activities, everything and see what fits your child the best. See if it's what you're looking for in a school. "Best" is relative and subjective. Both have pros and cons as with anything. It has to be a fit for your child.
Laurie Morris Wood I have twins in different high schools. One at Wheeler Magnet the other at Pope. Love them both. They are perfect fits for my kids. That being said Wheeler is a block schedule 8 classes per year 4 fall, 4 spring. 32 classes overall for high school. Pope, Lassister, Walton are 7 classes per year; 1 is lunch so 24 classes overall for high school. Sorayberry has a modified block so more like Wheeler. If you choose a STEM curriculum Wheeler prevails cause they dig deep into subjects, i.e. Magnet biology, then AP biology etc. the Block schedule is necessary for a STEM certification, cutting classes causes curriculum gaps and learning problems. Wheeler Magnet was the 1st in Cobb and really has perfected the curriculum. Only Cobb school with repeat STEM certification. Wheeler is more diverse than any of the schools in East Cobb. Pope is a well rounded school, excellent academics, sports and is much smaller than all the area high schools. Parking at Pope for students is now a big issue with construction. Seniors only can drive at Pope.
Debra Evans Check out total class sizes. They all differ greatly with Walton being the largest. You need to take into account as others have said extracurricular. Plus how your child(ren) are academically. While Walton is great for academics, they devote much more attention to the students who are in advanced classes. We love Pope. Great atmosphere and balance of academics and extra curricular.
John Venegas My wife and I both went to Pope. Great school. Half my friends ended up at Walton after Dodgen. Both great schools. My wife and I and Most of all our friends went to UGA...great school. My kids will go to Lassiter...great school. See where this is going. All three are the best Cobb County has to offer.
Nedia Dallett Hicks Walton is extremely intense. I regret that my son worked so hard in high school . That said he is in a good college and my house is keeping its value.
Courtney Coleman I'll leave it at this "high school" is what you make of it. Your child will get a GREAT eduction at EITHER if they APPLY themselves (can't count on the schools to do it). I went to Walton, was an average student, went to an average college who grew into an average adult. I graduated with friends who were exceptional students went to Ivy League schools and are now some top professionals in their trade. I also have friends who dropped out of high school and still live in East Cobb... Just make sure you stay involved in their growth and it's a win / win! If this is the hardest question on your mind... you're doing A 👌 ( I was C+ 👌😂). Xo
Em Harris I graduated from Walton in 2011 and I would never let my children step foot in that school. My self esteem was killed. I struggled to graduate with a 2.3 GPA and thought I would never make anything of myself.
Carol Serwator Lief I live in the Walton district and although Walton was great for my older child, it was disastrous for my younger child. She needed smaller classes, more personal interaction with teachers. She likes to be in an environment where "everybody knows her name." She is in a small private school and is finally excelling academically as she should have all along. The competition and pressure of a huge public school would have crushed her. You need to put your child in an environment where he will excel and you are happy with the culture. Walton is less diverse, more competitive; Pope is smaller and that has advantages, if your child needs Wheeler magnet, that is excellent, and I know very little about Lassiter. Its about what your child needs because these schools are six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Pam Gibson Years ago, before statistics validated our choice, we chose Lassiter. Best decision ever. Excellent and better balance. Teachers and administrative personnel never cease to amaze. Kids are happy, challenged, respected but held accountable. Our youngest graduates from Lassiter this year. So very happy with that choice 20+ years ago.
Erin Hoffman Seriously?!?! They're both good schools. It matters how your kid applies him or herself. The education you get depends on what you put into it. If you honestly believe one of these is "better" than the other, you're kidding yourself and have some personal bias leading you to your opinion. How about posting something useful?
Heather Perry Brozowski I went to wheeler and Walton. That being said, I would want my children to go to Walton and not wheeler. Walton gave me what I needed to be successful for college. My parents kept me grounded. There was diversity of rich and poor at Walton. I would not want my kids go to wheeler.
Karla Kivlin Like at work, the culture should fit. My sister's kids went to Pope and were well prepared for college and had a diverse group of friends. Played sports. Smaller school but a little political. High school spirit rules and that impressed me. We live in Walton. Better commute and home value stats. Goal at Walton is to keep the stats up. Could be overwhelming if you are not competitive. All mentioned are great and best in Atlanta area.
Adam Frink I went to Pope so I'm def biased, but all three are great. There isn't a huge disparity between the academics. I would say Walton is so good in athletics due to its sheer size though. They have more students. I drove by Walton last week and the new construction addition makes it look like a small college. Wish they'd use some of that money to pay teachers more.
Leslie Ann Dunn We all went through this same analysis. My sister's kids went to Walton. The competition and pressure was crazy fierce. Also remember, with all that competition, it makes for a more difficult time getting into certain colleges. We considered Walton, but tbh, I didn't like where the school was, how it was laid out and wedged in the neighborhood across from a middle school. And now they are rebuilding Walton in a high rise such that it can eventually accommodate 5,000 students. Lassiter is a beautiful school, also able to accommodate large numbers of students. We eliminated Walton off the bat, had a tough decision between Pope and Lassiter. We ended up choosing Pope because of size. Pope is significantly smaller than either Walton or Lassiter.... our son loves Pope, he's in one of the STEM academies and is in marching band. He is loving his experience so far.... Pope has these fun "spirit days" every Friday and the students really get into it! This doesn't take away from the other schools - all are great schools. We have a friend who is in the Dickerson/Walton district and used school choice to put his son through Hightower/Pope. I recommend visiting each of the schools and touring them. Get a feel for the culture of the school.
Kara Rutledge Both are great schools. I went to Lassiter and had a cousin go to Walton. Walton tends to be more pressure academically. That's not to say Lassiter doesn't , but I think Lassiter encourages a more well rounded student . . . focusing on academic and extracurricular.
Sherry Binder Nikodem "Best" is situational. Have your son visit each school for a day. He'll be able to compare and contrast and can tell you which is the "best" fit for him.
Sharon Cheffetz Quigley The difference is negligible because they're both amazing schools. I would disagree with Wheeler, which was mentioned, being on par with these schools. At either of these schools your kid(s) will receive a phenomenal education, period. The same colleges generally recruit at both schools, except maybe for band which would favor Lassiter. Walton used to be known as #1 with Pope following second. I don't believe that's the case any longer. I'm from the northeast and a product of one of the strongest school systems in the country. I was a total school snob when picking a school for my son and I ended up buying a house in Lassiter district. If you're open to either I'd stay open minded in finding the home that suits you best and you'll be great in either district. I have heard that at Walton kids who aren't extensively academically gifted can fall through the cracks a bit, but I haven't experienced that, just been told it by a number of people who have children at Walton or that have attended Walton. Lassiter was top notch. A child that excels at either school will have a very bright future.
Amy Kusmierz Frost What a strange question to ask. Let the parents do their research and move to the neighborhood where they can send their kid where they think would be the best fit.
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