Walden Center & School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-6
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedClassroom teachers modify program strategies to support mild learning differences with the support of a Learning Specialist.
Year Founded1958

Student Body

Total Students82 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 3 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,970
Tuition NotesPayable in 8 installments: a 3 month deposit and $1,297 per month Aug - Feb.
% on Financial Aid
50%
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,601
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCaroline Schnieders
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 101 students
    1 miles
    2722 Benvenue Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510)549-0605
    1 K-8
    101
  • Berkeley
    Grades: PK-8 | 320 students
    0.8 miles
    1310 University Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94702
    (510)665-8800
    0.8 PK-8
    320
  • Alameda
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    Grades: PK-5 | 125 students
    7.6 miles
    1421 High Street
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510)865-4536
    7.6 PK-5
    125
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-5 | 96 students
    0.2 miles
    1809 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    (510)883-6990
    0.2 K-5
    96
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 328 students
    1.3 miles
    2027 7th Street
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    (510)845-0876
    1.3 K-8
    328

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