AP*, Gifted & Advanced Learning Programs



    The Advanced Learning Program (ALP) Department supports the AP* program at Walton, Pre-AP courses, and issues pertaining to the learning needs of Gifted and high-achieving students.

    * AP, Advanced Placement Program, Pre-AP, and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used by permission.   

    The AP* Program

    Advanced Placement testing will take place from May 1-12, 2017 with late testing on May 17-19. 
    The cost of each exam will be $93.00 The AP Capstone Seminar and Research exams are each $141.00

    State Assistance:  After the legislature examined the budget, state assistance for students taking AP exams is as follows: A student who qualifies for fee reductions from the College Board will have one AP exam paid for by the State of Georgia. All other exam fees are covered by the student..

    Registration for AP exams will take place in February 2017. 

    Explore AP on the College Board website by clicking here: Explore AP

    Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

    A Different Kind of Class

    From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the difference—in the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead you'll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

    Find Your Passion

    With 34 AP courses to choose from, including Chinese Language and Culture, Environmental Science, and Psychology, you'll be able to explore your interests and discover new passions. In AP classes, you'll study fascinating topics and ideas that just might become the foundation of your future college major or career.

    Prepare to Succeed in College

    AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. You'll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.

    Earn College Credit and Placement

    More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

    The AP* Bulletin for students and parents is available for 2016-2017 is available at the College Board website. AP students will receive a bulletin in January.


    Download College Board's publication The Values of Advanced Placement Courses


    Choose AP.


    This link will take you the College Board's page that links to information regarding AP Credit Policies


    This link discusses AP and the Cost of College 


    ALP Philosophy at Walton High School
      The teachers of the Walton Advanced Learning Programs Department (ALP) are the certified teachers who have completed the required coursework from the Georgia Department of Education and have the Gifted Endorsement on their certificate, and who are teaching honors or Advanced Placement classes. In addition, the ALP Department teachers have further training in characteristics of gifted students and high achievers, and in teaching the Advanced Placement classes.

    These teachers encourage all students to effectively utilize their capacity to think and reason, know and comprehend, to analyze, synthesize, and apply subject material.  They also stress sensitivity, flexibility, openness, the ability to set aside established conventions when appropriate, and evolve novel processes, materials, assessments and solutions for the students in their classes.

    Classes are differentiated in content, process and product in order to expand the learning for all students. Parents and students should realize that not all classes, or sections, or even students within the same class will necessarily be doing the same thing at the same time.

    The ALP Department supports differentiation of instruction and assessment in all classes, regardless of designation (on-level, honors, or AP) so that 100% of our students are well prepared for success in their post-secondary ventures.  

    Gifted Endorsement course under the auspices of Metro RESA at Walton:   ENDORSEMENT BLOG link here. 

    This link will take participating teachers to our class Blog for files, links and comments.



    Walton Teachers with Gifted Endorsement Credentials:

    In addition to the AP certification (for those teachers teaching AP classes), the following teachers have fulfilled requirements for gifted endorsements on their certificates:
    • Rachel Baker
    • Michelle Baumann
    • Ann Baxley
    • Jamie Bell
    • Brian Benton
    • Donna Blankenbecler
    • Teagrin Bowers
    • Hannah Burwell
    • Sharon Camp
    • Teresa Casey
    • Tim Church
    • Tara Cohen
    • Elena Cox
    • Mary Crittenden
    • Marco Davila
    • Amanda Davis
    • Sheryl Davis
    • David Dewar
    • Christina Diaz
    • Olympia Marisela Diaz
    • Lynn Dombrowski
    • Matt Edelstein
    • Amanda Edwards
    • Alan Farnsworth 
    • Kelly Fincher
    • Suzanne Fitzgerald
    • Greg Fleenor
    • Lori Foltz, Ph.D.
    • Farrah Gammel
    • Bree Goolsby
    • Joymichelle Green
    • Travis Gower
    • Susan Griffin
    • Erin Guthrie
    • Pat Harvey
    • Angeles Hatfield
    • Tobie Hendricks
    • Perry Holbrook
    • Laurie Howard
    • Al Hubbard
    • Amy Jenson
    • Patrick Kay
    • Kenneth Keller
    • Matthew Kelterborn
    • Erin Kremer
    • Lori Lavoy
    • Jasenda League
    • Sue LeTellier
    • Christina Lewis
    • Tina Link
    • Jenny Lyon
    • Angela MacDonald
    • Tripp Madden
    • Catherine Mallanda - Administrator
    • Elisabeth Manguno
    • Roberta Manheim
    • David Martin 
    • Amy Merlin
    • Jan Miller
    • Vince Mull
    • James Orff
    • Jennice Ozment
    • Kara Pavkovich
    • Michelle Payne
    • Jennifer Phillips
    • Robert Phillipps
    • Christine Rachmeler-Gordon
    • Shannon Rastogi
    • Pam Riley
    • Karen Romano
    • Amanda Ryan
    • Stephanie Santoro
    • Suzanne Schott - Administrator
    • Sheila Sell
    • Diane Smyser
    • Jennifer Snoddy
    • Sandra Snyder
    • Laura Speer
    • Griffin Spotz
    • Matt Staruch
    • Melissa Tatman
    • Ty Vernon  
    • Karen Webb
    • Jennifer West
    • Chris Williams - Administrator
    • Jana Williams



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