The Walden School

The Walden School, a preschool through eighth grade independent school, promotes a high standard of academics in a peaceful and caring learning environment.
Walden nurtures the whole child, ignites intellectual curiosity, and fosters independence in a culture of deep and abiding respect.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 120 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,750
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1967
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
120 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
The Walden School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges between $7,200 (3 half day preschool program) and $15,750 (full day Elementary/Middle School program)
% on Financial Aid
20%
Admissions Director
Kathy Swierczek

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Art Club, Athletic Club, Cooking Club, Digital Photography, Graphic Noveling, Science Explorers, Young Actors Guild

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Team, Tennis Club

School Notes

  • The Walden School`s purpose is to offer a child-centered education based on the Montessori philosophy of developing the whole child in a nurturing and caring environment. The school provides a process-oriented preschool through middle school curriculum to a diverse community of learners that affirms a child`s innate joy of discovery. We think of ourselves as sharing a journey with children, not charting their journey for them. By expecting them to be responsible and accountable, and treating them with respect, we help them become competent and confident learners. They develop a real love of learning that lasts long after they leave the school.
Profile last updated: 10/26/2020

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
5  
If ever there was a school that exemplified a commitment to education, evolution and excellence - Walden would be it. Our family recently moved from out of state and we were delighted to find a community that so effortlessly aligned with our desire to preserve our child's curiosity, creativity and love of learning. Walden teachers and staff are eager to share their tools with parents; prioritizing the whole child - not just the parts that show up in class. One thing that surprised us about Walden is that they have an on-site school psychologist. She not only visits the classroom, offering children an opportunity to understand more fully their emotional landscape, but she is also available to speak with parents that may need a little extra support. Walden has worked tirelessly during the Covid pandemic to ensure the safety of the staff and children and we have felt at ease sending our child to school during such uncertain times. We are so grateful to be a part of the Walden community!
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5  
The Walden School has been such a blessing for our family. We moved to the area from out of state during the pandemic and were fortunate to find places for our two older girls (kindergarten and preschool). In the midst of a tough year with so much uncertainty, our daughters have found a warm and welcoming place where they feel at home and have thrived. Though they have vastly different personalities, both of them love it. The school has done an outstanding job of embracing needed COVID changes in creative ways that have not detracted from learning at all. Our girls have made great friends and are learning so much. They are definitely getting a great foundation for a lifetime of love of learning, working hard, and successful relationships.
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5  
I feel so grateful to everyone at the Walden School. My twins love walking in every single day. They are guided to use their unique skills to foster a natural learning style that fits their individual needs. They are both encouraged to grow in new dynamic ways. Since starting at Walden, I have noticed a self-confidence in both of them that can be traced back to their teachers and the staff. Walden is more than a school---it is a loving, nurturing community.
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5  
The Walden School provides exceptional academic instruction in a nurturing, peaceful environment. Our daughter started in the Learning Together program, which is for 1.5 to 2.5-year-olds accompanied by a caregiver. It is the perfect way to get acquainted with the Montessori philosophy, which promotes independence, maturity, and curiosity. Our daughter is turning four this year and has now done two years of preschool at Walden. She is speaking German, doing basic math, singing Beatles songs, sounding out words, and can name the bones in the body and the planets in our solar system. It is a truly holistic education, and it feels like such a natural way for children to learn. We are so lucky to have found Walden.
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5  
I have fallen in love with The Walden School. I was searching for a private school that would be K-8 or K-12 and from the moment I walked into Walden it felt like so much more than just a school. It felt so warm and welcoming. Those feelings are still there today for my son and as a parent. My son has been at Walden for 5 years and is greeted with the same warmth and enthusiasm every morning as I did as a visiting parent. The faculty is unlike any other and the attention given to each child, their individual academic needs, and their social needs far surpasses what any parent could want for their child. A smaller school with an enormous heart.
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5  
We first found The Walden School researching available options in the area on the internet and it has exceeded our expectations in almost every way. We sent our first child to Walden when he was 2.5 years old for the full-week, half-day and it was his first experience outside of the home in a formal learning to set. When you first walk into a classroom it's incredible how warm, inviting, and "preschool friendly" they have made the classroom environment. The teachers were patient about helping him feel comfortable and having the older children serve as "buddies" was great. He's now been at Walden for ~2 years and continues to thrive in the same classroom. The fidelity to the Montessori model is immediately evident and the communication between teacher-parent and school-parent is strong. Most telling, our son leaves school smiling at the end of each day and speaks enthusiastically about the work he does during the day. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in the Montessori model.
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5  
Walden is an amazing place to send your child. The education my daughter has received has been outstanding. Everyone I've met has been warm and welcoming. The teachers are stellar at what they do. They have met my child where she is and helped her to grow immeasurably. She comes home happy and tired. She goes to school energized. We couldn't be happier we sent her to The Walden school. I wish we could stay through high school.
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5  
Both of my kids have been at Walden since kindergarten and have thrived in the nurturing environment that has helped to shape them into caring and inquisitive young people. Every teacher is great and truly cares about each student and seeing them blossom into lifelong learners. We wish they both could stay there forever.
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5  
The Walden School was so much more than a school to my family. They were part of our community, our neighborhood, and our lives. My daughter started in the Pre-K program at 3.5 and has blossomed into an intelligent, compassionate, and strong independent child. As parents, we prioritized finding a school that would instill a love of learning and a respect for the student in their core values and Walden more than lived up to that expectation. I wish we could stay there forever!!
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5  
My husband and I feel so fortunate that we are able to send our son to the Walden School. They have created an environment that has allowed my kind-hearted, socially shy, needs help to come out of his shell 9-year-old son to thrive. They allow the students to explore; they encourage them to speak up & speak out; they take an interest in them inside and outside of school & they really foster a culture of diversity and understanding of differences. Prior to coming to Walden, my son attended K-1st grade at a school that just wasn't up to par academically & where we felt our son got lost in the shuffle. Here, everyone knows him by name, makes an effort to know us as parents and really digs deep to understand how they can best help each individual child. I especially love that the way they teach isn't just by lecture, sitting at a desk staring at a chalkboard, but through hands-on projects, exploration & using sensory and tactile items to accommodate different learning styles. I will sing their praises to anyone looking into schools for their children.
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5  
We feel so lucky that we found Walden and that we can be part of this community. Our big kid transitioned to a new school this year after 6 glorious years at Walden. Walden set him up for success. The feedback we get from his new school is how conscientious, hard-working, thoughtful, and confident. He learned this at Walden. Our little guy is still at Walden and we treasure our years there. Our energetic boys thrive at Walden. Walden instills in them a love learning. The teachers know them so well and guide them to dig deep into math, science, writing, art, history, and life lessons. The boys are growing and thriving as whole people. And our lives are all better because of it. When they come home, they enjoy doing homework. They love reading. This school, the teachers, and the administration are an absolute treasure!
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 120 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,750
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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