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Walton Academy for Growth and Change /lori-jernigan walton-academy-for-growth-and-change 286 Gene Hurley Road FL 32433 (850) 520-4642 (850) 520-4648 cody.wood@rop.com 42 Rite of Passage, Inc. http://www.riteofpassage.com/ High-Risk http://www.djj.state.fl.us/programs-facilities/restrictiveness-levels#High 1 DeFuniak Springs Cody Wood Acting Program Director

The Walton Academy for Growth and Change (WAGC) is a secure residential treatment program for males, ages 13 to 18, that provides residents with Substance Abuse Treatment Overlay Services (SAOS) and Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS), which includes innovations in delinquency programming. 

Treatment includes academic, vocational, clinical anger management, substance abuse, and mental health services.

The length of stay in the program depends on the youth's assessed risk to reoffend and the progress the youth has made in his individualized treatment plan.  The anticipated average length of stay depends on the youth's pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals.

Academic services focus on maximizing individualized achievement toward the completion a high school diploma and post-secondary education, training, and employment.
The educational needs of the residents are served by the Walton Learning Center through a partnership with Walton County School District and the Rader Group.
The Walton Learning Center offers an educational program that includes all course requirements for students to complete middle school progression requirements and earn a standard high school diploma.  Academic and career education instruction are provided through the Walton County School District and partnerships with the Rader Group and Home Builders Institute.
Walton Learning Center is a Type 3 program and career education opportunities include the Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) certification .
This program is an approved GED® test site and Post-secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) site.

  • From Tallahassee, travel Interstate 10 West to exit 85 (HWY 331).
  • Turn right (North) on HWY 331 and follow that road approximately 2.5 miles.
  • The road ends at HWY 90.
  • Turn Left (West) on HWY 90 and follow the road for approximately 2 miles.
  • Turn Left onto Gene Hurley Road and proceed ½ mile.
  • The Walton Academy for Growth and Change will be on the right side of the road, just past the airport runway.