Walden is a unique K-12 school with a commitment to helping students reach their highest potential. Maintaining high academic standards and behavioral expectations in an inclusive, supportive, collaborative, noncompetitive, and safe environment is at the heart of our program.
Our curriculum is developed using the most current brain-based research on best practices. We believe that learning is an ongoing process of discovery that results in a deeper understanding of global issues and concepts. Through our discussion- and project-based classes, students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Our talented staff inspire students to persevere and experience the benefits of lifelong learning in an environment of mutual respect and accountability.
Established in 2001 by Dr. Carol Mikulka as a nonprofit, nonsectarian, private, independent school, our community of learners respects and expects inquisitiveness, creativity, perseverance, motivation, and effort.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 60 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Walden Community School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:


School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
60 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
Walden Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
2 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP English Literature and Composition
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
We accept the following scholarships: McKay/FES-UA ~ Family Empowerment Scholarship w/Unique Abilities Gardiner/FES-UA ~ Family Empowerment Scholarship w/Unique Abilities FTC ~ Florida Tax Credit Scholarship FES-EO ~ Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options Hope
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Dr. Carol Mikulka
Admissions Associate
Cari Rotenberger, MS


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Drama, Musical Theater, Yoga and Meditation

School Notes

  • Our progressive approach to learning, with a 1:10 teacher/student ratio, allows each student to excel and progress far beyond the standards of a regular classroom. Seminar-based classes (even in our elementary school) require active participation from each student. Engaging students to become involved and excited about learning is the result. Our graduates have been accepted at New College, Smith, Elon, Wake Forest, University of Richmond, College of William and Mary, Vanderbuilt, Stetson, Rollins, FAU,  and University of Maine among others.  Walden fosters independent thinking and personal responsibility for success, and our students graduate well prepared to succeed in college and beyond.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Walden Community School cost?

Walden Community School's tuition is approximately $13,000 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Walden Community School?

The acceptance rate of Walden Community School is 65%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. Walden Community School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Florida with low acceptance rates.

What is Walden Community School's ranking?

Walden Community School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for: Lowest average acceptance rates.

When is the application deadline for Walden Community School?

The application deadline for Walden Community School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
We wanted more for our daughter and that's why we chose Walden Community School. We wanted her to love learning and to be excited about going to school every day. On top of that, we wanted her to be safe and in an environment that would give her the freedom that she needs to express herself and learn from her peers. The curriculum is extraordinary and I'm constantly blown away by the critical thinking and creative writing skills that she's been developing at Walden.
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Walden Community School provides a unique learning experience for students. Both of our children attend Walden.This is my son`s fifth year here and we couldn`t be happier. The personal attention and student to teacher ratio is hard to beat! The teachers are very passionate about their jobs and are great at motivating the kids to learn. Students can learn at their own pace. The curriculum is really interesting and keeps the kids engaged. Our kids love going to school and couldn't wait to get back as summer was coming to an end. We love Walden!
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I have 5 children and am a Montessori teacher who stumbled upon Walden Community School by lucky chance. With an extremely low student:teacher ratio and a tailor-made curriculum of project-based learning, it is unlike any other school my family has ever experienced. The director's passion and staff's dedication to best learning practices is evident as students learn, aspire and achieve beyond what is typical in other school settings. The community is warm, inclusive, creative and constructively challenging, inspiring children to reach their fullest potential. I would highly recommend Walden to any families seeking an alternative learning environment.
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Walden now has over 20 kids in Middle and High School (no elementary). This is a great school where the students get individualized / differentiated instruction. Students are motivated and encouraged to do the best they can. The school focuses on academics -- but also on the "whole child" -- their emotional, physical, academically and social needs.
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 60 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Orange County, FL is $8,979 for elementary schools and $9,555 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Orange County, FL is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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