Walden Center & School

2446 Mckinley Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703-0947
Tel: (510)841-7248
Grades: K-6 | 83 students
Walden Center and School offers child-centered academics that fully incorporate artistic expression within a supportive community of learners.
Walden is a progressive, teacher-run elementary school.
Our curriculum combines developmentally appropriate expectations with challenging units of study.
The school's environment enhances each child's academic, emotional, social, creative and physical growth.
The Walden staff supports experiential learning, cooperative endeavor, creativity and appreciation of personal expression within a broader community.
We believe that children learn best in an environment that stimulates an interest in the world around them.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association for the Education of Young Children
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-6
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Classroom teachers modify program strategies to support mild learning differences with the support of a Learning Specialist.
Year Founded 1958

Student Body

Total Students 83 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Walden Center & School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $12,970
Tuition Notes Payable in 8 installments: a 3 month deposit and $1,297 per month Aug - Feb.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $4,601
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Caroline Schnieders
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