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Berkeley, CA
Students enrolled: 85
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2446 McKinley Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703

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(510) 841-7248
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January 30, 2014
We have been really happy with our experience at Walden. Our son came from a pre-school where there was little room for him to be himself. He is a kinesthetic learner and needs to move around constantly in order to absorb information. Teachers at Walden recognize students' different learning styles and embrace their student's individual strengths and needs. Our son couldn't be happier at school; the teachers at Walden get him and he feels respected. The balance of a solid academic curriculum and a rich arts program has been perfect for him.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
Our family couldn't be happier being part of the Walden community. After having been at Walden, both of our kids went on to private middle schools, then Berkeley High where they thrived. If you are searching for a school that values your child for who he/she is, where your child will know every teacher and student at school, and where your child will learn math, writing and reading, PLUS dance, music, and art, check out Walden. Beyond the arts and academics, the kids learn how to think creatively, work in groups, and respect their classmates. Walden is a wonderful place for all types of families too, as the community is diverse in terms of family structure, socio-economics, and ethnicity. I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
Our experience was awful. We selected Walden because our five-year old had difficulty in our public school, and Walden came up on searches for "spirited", "strong-willed boys". The Lower Grade Teacher determined very early on that our son didn't fit in. We were informed that he required a full-time "shadow" that we would have to pay for. We could not afford someone full-time, but proposed having his former "manny" come in part-time, even as a temporary solution. Walden does not have a school head. Decisions are made by committee. They are bad about communication. And while they gave us a hard deadline for providing the "shadow" (late October), they were lax in responding to our e-mails, all of which served to figure out a solution. In the end, they rejected anything we proposed. Even after having met our son in the interview process, and accepting him, they decided, in under six weeks, that they didn't want him there. Walden claims to support individuality, but if your child is not a cookie-cutter example of what they want, there will be problems. Their lack of compassion and small bureaucracy were disheartening. Only the drama teacher showed flexibility and understanding.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
Do you view your children as much more than letters, numbers, and test scores? Do you consider them special, and must be treated as intelligent, multi-faceted human beings? Do you believe your children s emotions, thoughts, and curiosity ought to respected and nurtured? Do you believe your children should be encouraged to be their authentic selves, but are also given the tools to learn and grow from mistakes? ... To be concise, when it comes to education for your children, do you want it all? If you answer yes, then, Walden is the right school! Our two children attend Walden, which is a diverse community that embraces a developmental model of education, which engages the whole child as a unique individual. On top of its academic excellence, the integrated arts curriculum makes learning a multi-sensory, thought provoking, and lasting experience; the Respect for All curriculum proactively addresses social development issues, so that kids become equipped to manage the increasingly complex social mores as they grow. Please come for a visit: observe the kids, chat with parents, and talk to the teachers. It will give you a clearer sense of all that Walden has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
As with any school, you must visit and talk with Walden's families and staff in order to appreciate what is special here. I am a strong advocate of the fine arts as a major portion of a child's education. I believe that Walden's academics sparkle with richness in content and student pride in part because the children spend so much of each week fully engaged in body, mind, friendship and imagination through a highly ambitious elementary arts program, as well as literature, shape, proportion and play. It is a joyous and supportive place for our children to grow, excel, and find out what motivates them. A family must trust, believe, and support what Walden offers and asks, in order for their children to succeed here over the long term. We have seen our own and our friends' children blossom, strengthen, and overcome great personal challenges at Walden, and we just honestly love the place.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
We had no intention of sending our daughter to private school, but when the time came, we took the plunge and couldn't be happier with our choice of Walden. It has been a near-seamless transition from her experience at a Waldorf preschool. We continue to live with my husband's 4-hour, round-trip commute because we love this school and this community so much.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
We chose Walden for our son because we value creativity, curiosity, independent thinking, and a love of learning for the intrinsic pleasure of learning--all of which Walden fosters in its students. The vibrant, close-knit (and quirky) community of teachers, parents, and children brims with creativity, warmth, and caring. I can't think of a better community to help us raise our son! Most importantly, our son loves school and is thriving in this environment! We are very pleased with both the arts programs and the academics. I'm a bit flummoxed by the negative reviews below. Walden's math curriculum is rich and deep and draws strongly on--but is not limited to--Making Math Real, which is a structured, multi-sensory program that builds strong conceptual understanding and reaches a variety of learners. The writing assignments my son receives in class and as homework are thoughtful, creative, inspiring, and challenging, and he has developed a strong love of reading and talking about books, while at Walden. He has been deeply engaged by the rich and varied science curriculum, since Kindergarten, and he loves that the teachers involve the students in choosing what to study.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
As a private music teacher, I see students from across a wide range of schools in the East Bay. This is what I notice about Walden students: they come with surprisingly deep educations in music and dance, and they bring both confidence and active learning to their lessons. They see me as a ally, as a resource and they come to me without "teacher fear" - there is no emotional hurdle get over in order to establish a student/teacher relationship. Walden students truly are different, regardless of learning styles or personalities. I've seen many of my students transition to public and private middle schools, and sometimes that transition is rough. When there is difficulty, it seems to be disappointment in the new school, a sense of sadness that their Walden days are over.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2013
Walden was founded 55 years ago by a group of pacifists, advocates for alternatives to the mechanistic approach to education that sadly is still prevalent in many schools today. Studies show that the features of a Walden education (strong arts, no grades, small class sizes, child-centered curricula) provide the very best preparation for lifelong learning. There is no "force ripening" here. The natural curiosity and intelligence inherent in all children is given room to grow in a vibrant, kind, respectful atmosphere. The community of parents is just incredible too. Some parents have voiced concerns about academic standards, but I'm not worried at all. Children can always take tests and acquire skills, but can they always learn to love learning? Walden provides an environment in which it's safe to explore, in which students are supported to follow their interests and reach (often very high) levels of achievement in their chosen areas. I have no doubt that Walden grads do well in life thanks to the good foundation they receive. My 5th-grade daughter has been here since kindergarten and loves to go to school every single day. Walden totally rocks.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Walden Center and School has been proving hands-on education for more than 50 years. Their teachers know how to make learning fun and a new daily experience. Integration of the "ARTS" and environment are the cornerstone of Walden's principles. Reading, writing, math and science become positive activities, because childen see and feel how they are part of the world we live-in. Walden has a strong support system with parents, teachers and a small but nimble staff working together to implement a meaningful and fun program. Although Walden is not a traditional school, its graduates go on to excell in all levels of the education system (junior high, high, and university) because they have a strong foundation in acedemics, arts and science.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2013
Walden is an amazing environment where kids are free to explore themselves in a nurturing non-sexist, egalitarian environment. The school nurtures art and the teachers are dedicated to strong academics.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
My hackles go up a bit when I read the negative reviews and my knee jerk reaction is to defend Walden. What I will say is this: no school is perfect. There are things that I think Walden could do better. It is still, without a doubt, the BEST place for our family. It may not be the right place for every family. The approach to academics is not the public school one. Children learn by doing - exploring, discussing, experimenting etc. They are not at their desks doing pages of work sheets or tests. The home work load is light but increases each year towards 6 grade. Walden also teaches Spanish, Sign Language, Art, Music and Drama - each 2 times a week! These programs ADD to the academic learning. They do not detract from them. My children have a love of learning and a desire to know. Walden allows them to develop this in their own little quirky ways. We did not want their sparks to be squashed as we feared they would at a public school because the teachers have to teach to the test and have so many kids to deal with. Our kids' little sparks are burning bright!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
I've had my child at Walden from Kindergarten to what is considered 5th grade. However, this will be the last year they will attend because I am afraid that she will not be prepared for the social stress of entering a public school. The program at Walden doesn't prepare kids for public or other schools outside the bubble of less than decent academics, especially writing.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
There are so many wonderful things about Walden. From the true sense of community to the creative learning orocess, Walden explores and nurtures the whole child in both academics and the way they individually fit into the world around them.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This is our son's second year at Walden and he loves it. We weren't even considering a private primary school but when we showed up for spring fair it was evident how different this community was. The focus on interactions and relationships over rote learning was, for me, the tipping point.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
(Walden/Berkeley) The only reason I'm not giving this five stars is so you'll take this seriously. If you want a school that teaches your child to be a good "worker" in a mindless, robotic way, consider elsewhere. If on the other hand you want to foster in them independent/critical thinking, creativity, self-confidence, curiosity, awareness of the world, and an overwhelming joy for life, then this is the school for you. There is a spirit and community that I've never seen *anywhere*. Not normally prone to hyperbole, I can honestly say without a doubt that sending my two kids to this school is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Hands down. The teachers are exceptional, the curriculum superb, the classes small (a plus). A turning point for me was taking the tour (don't get put off by the scruffiness of the buildings) and seeing kids of all ages and body types in the dance class; or reading on-line reviews from former students (now adults) with comments like "Walden was the happiest time of my life" or " I wouldn't be who I am without that school." The school is not for everyone, for sure. But if it's for you, you'll know it immediately. Take a tour.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Walden is a teacher's collective without a principal based on consensus decision-making and mutual aid. It is a small, nurturing and progressive school community run by teachers and supported by wonderful administrative and programmatic staff and parents. Whether in Kindergarten or the 6th grade, the students know one another and interact fluidly providing many opportunities for student leadership and mentoring. Walden creates a foundation for the love of lifelong learning-- traditional testing and grades are not used for student assessment but more meaningful assessment and evaluative tools that encourage intrinsic motivation. The curriculum, however, is comprehensive, placing the arts, foreign language and the social and emotional well being of children at the same level of importance as traditional curricular elements. Parent involvement is a requirement and the school community is greatly enhanced by 100% parent participation. It is difficult to properly rate Walden using this system since the school purposefully does not espouse hierarchy in their governance and therefore does not have a principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
My fourth grade son wakes every morning excited about school. Walden is an vibrant learning environment for him in all manner of ways. His education is vast and full of depth. My child has attended Walden since Kindergarten. Walden is a small and charming place - and I believe to be like no other. The experiences my son and our family have had throughout the years are moments in time never to be forgotten. If you want a school where kids of all ages and gender play and care for one another, where all the teachers are integrally involved in the every day experience, the learning both in the classroom as well as everywhere else is rich, plus the size of the classes are small - I recommend Walden. In addition to my fourth grader, I also have a son who is in high school and by way of him over the years have known many WALDEN GRADUATES. These Walden alum that we've had an opportunity to follow have attended both public and private middle school and high schools - and by all accounts all are doing great. The kids that I am referencing are excelling both academically as well as personally. Walden has been a joyful that we wouldn't have wanted to miss.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Walden Center and School = pure magic! How wonderful to watch my daughter blossom in such a safe, creative, nurturing environment. How opposite is her experience of elementary school from my own memories of public school prison/hell. In addition to academics and arts, Walden teaches life principles that are so woefully lacking in many other schools such as empathy, respect for all, non-violent conflict resolution, etc. our society would be so much better off if more children received the type of education that Walden provides.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
If you choose send your children to this school, be sure to sign them up for year round tutoring. The arts programs are very solid, but the academics standards are nonexistent no matter what you read here. The Science curriculum involve making soaps and candles, and the Science Fair is a sad and sorry affair.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2013
Walden Center and School is a truly unique place. My son is beginning his third year at Walden, and has been very happy there since the start. I am impressed by the commitment to respect for all, consensus process, and community involvement. Walden is a teacher-run cooperative, with a few hired administrators, but no "principal". There is no one person "in charge", which creates a dynamic and horizontal model of leadership. This extends into all the learning environments, which are stimulating and fun and conducive to positive experiences of learning. The school structures mixed-age activities and classrooms, which I believe also fosters a stronger sense of belonging and community-there are not so many arbitrary lines of separation. I would highly recommend Walden as a school for parents who are independent and critical thinkers, and kids who are self-possessed and able to take some ownership of their learning process.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The only way I can describe Walden's philosophy in teaching my kids is a fearless desire to: discover, question, try, make mistakes, learn and be yourself. I appreciate how the teachers at Walden see my kids as individuals, providing a customized learning experience. The school truly nurtures the love for learning by incorporating teaching experiences in the kids daily activities. I remember my youngest child coming home from Kindergarden saying "I didn't learn anything today, we just played...we walked and estimated how many deciduous trees there were in the neighborhood." Homework is optional in 1st grade which I've noticed how empowered my kids feel when they completed homework when it's not mandatory. The school encourages the joy of reading, telling stories in pictures and reckless writing so spelling and grammar corrections are not enforced until Middle Group (2nd- 3rd grades). My oldest is in Upper Group (4-6th grades) and from what I can tell, the trajectory goal aside from academics is to encourage self reliance and accountability. My kids are thriving at Walden and as the years pass, we continue to find reassurance that Walden is the right school for our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
I have given this school such a high rating because they have found a way to make education exciting & relevant and to help students learn by actively participating in every aspect of their education. They build an enthusiam for learning in each student by engaging them. Field trips are a crucial component that allows the students to learn about their environment and to use the skills they have acquired at Walden in a meaningful manner. When my children left Walden they took their enthusiam of learning to the public middle and high and UC schools they attended

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Walden is a truly special place and we're grateful that our children can be a part of it. The teachers are intelligent, thoughtful, and creative, the environment is respectful and celebrates each child's special qualities. Class sizes are small. There is tons of art in various forms and the music, drama, and visual art teachers are simply **tremendous**. Discipline, when needed, is careful and thoughtfully executed. There is a lot of outdoor time for kids to let off steam. A day at Walden is a day for exploration, inquiry, and discovery. It is a magical environment for children! No school is perfect, and of course Walden is not perfect in every way. Some families may not like the cooperative aspect of the school which requires mandatory volunteer work from parents. Personally I like the community feeling this work brings, and feel proud of all we do. Plus it keeps costs down. I find the calendar challenging, because school starts late in the year and there is an extra week off in February. We also had some math challenges, which are being worked on. Despite these issues this school is an extraordinary place, and I feel fortunate and grateful every day that we are there.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I attended Walden from K-6. Walden was an amazing school that reinforced in me a love of learning. Walden also promoted diversity, in every way; diversity of subjects, learning styles, teacher and students. This upbringing has made me a more respectful, understanding and open person. I'm am very grateful for my experiences at Walden, and I wish that more children got the opportunity to attend a similar school.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2013
Walden is a small arts-based, child-centered school, with amazing teachers. 2nd - 6th grade have multi-age classrooms, with 2-3 being one class, and 4 - 6 being one class. There is a lot of opportunity for individual attention, and the curriculum is driven by student interest, and integrating arts and academic lessons by topic. For example, a unit on money in the first grade included creating a store, playing games involving marketplaces, drawing pictures for new coins, and learning "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles. The community is filled with interesting and committed families who enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I looked into the California Department of Education standards concerned that my child was not getting the education that I am paying for at this school. I found that my child did not meet the core spelling and reading skills that a child entering the second grade would had she attended a public school. I was told during a parent/teacher conference that my child was the top of the class, however, if she were to go to public school, she would likely need special services to get her up to speed. I would rate this school a zero if I could. Don't waste your time or money.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
Teacher's here state that they follow the California curriculum core standards. Staff will tell you that your child is doing great and exactly where she/he needs to be academically. Don't believe them. There is no technology, no parental curriculum reviews, no reports cards, and no accountability for failing to teach. My daughter was 2 years behind in Math by the time she reached 6th grade and is paying the price for it now.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
This is a school where every teacher will know your child personally, and each teacher we had was fantastic (k-2nd...could no longer afford private school and had to leave). The arts teachers are with your kids from k on. This school is committed to the children and their education.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
Walden is unique among Berkeley schools in that it is run by the teachers, not by a head of school. What this means for your family is that every teacher at Walden has a personal stake in the school and is committed to the school's vision in a way that is different from teachers at more traditional schools. There is very little teacher turnover at Walden. The teaching staff is academically excellent and also diverse, which reflects Walden's commitment to view each child as an individual. Walden is a small community, but the families at Walden span a big range -- young parents and old, big families and single parents, well-to-do and just-starting-out parents, working artists and regular workaday folks. The children at Walden all know each other and treat each other like an extended family, playing together before and after school and during lunch time. Our child, who came to Walden after a few years at another school, has developed a love for school and learning that we have not seen before, nor in our older children. The music, art, and theater programs at Walden have been a source of real joy and achievement for our child. It is a really special school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The students are happy and comfortable in their skin at this arts-based, progressive school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2009
Walden is a wonderful environment for children's growth and learning. To call it a 'school' is a misnomer for it connotes feelings associated with standardized expectations and boxed teaching. If you are of the belief that it does take a village to raise a child, you will be delighted to see this in action at Walden. Self-confidence, acceptance, and a desire for learning and continued enrichment are only a few of the positive side effects of a Walden education. My son has grown into an independent thinker, lover of the arts, and has a strong sense of community and friendship...these are real attributes which support a healthy future for us all. Thank you, Walden!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2009
Walden was the perfect choice for my son who is a very bright, slightly quirky learner. His teachers at every level have appreciated his strengths, made room for his interests in the classroom, and met him where he was in any areas needing support. We have been uniformly impressed with the staff and have watched them handle a few potentially difficult transitions with honesty and authenticity. This school is not a fancy place, but it makes up in heart for what it may lack in polish.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
The school was a God send for my son. He learned what he needed academically in a loving environment. He grew emotionally and creatively through the help of the amazing staff. He misses Walden, but is doing very well in a public middle school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
Ah, a 'daycare' that has sent successful students towards excellent results in many public and private high school. The roster of Walden graduates who have gone on to lead successful lives, have great careers, contribute to their communities and, as an aside, graduate from some of the premier colleges in the country, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, The Claremont Schools, Berkeley, Stanford and many more. In terms of caring for and educating the whole student for a lifetime of participation and learning, there is no better school than Walden Center and School.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
Walden is not a traditional 'sit at your desk - don't talk- obey - memorize' kind of school. It encourages creativity, open-mindedness, having and voicing your opinion without fear. Kids at Walden gain 'SELF-CONFIDENCE' which is something far more valuable than academics for success in life. All the graduates I've known have done very well in the career path they have chosen. I think the teachers collectively, harmoniously and successfuly run the school. Choosing Walden was one of the best things I've done for my son.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
Walden has been a wonderful experience for my two daughters. One gregarious and the other slightly shy, they both are becoming very confident people and have had their creativity lovingly nurtured by the school and its wonderful teachers. Although class size is small and the friend pool can be limited, my girls have had great experiences with their peers. When times were tough they have learned great problem solving skills that will help them throughout their lives. Walden has been there not only for our kids but for the whole family and we are so glad that we chose to send our kids there even if it is a hippy school ! Love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
This school is not a joke. The students are given freedom to be creative, but guided in solving problems together when necessary. My son is doing very well, but had some major problems adjusting to his new environment. Now after three years of attentive guidance, he is truly thriving.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
We never thought we'd end up sending daughter to private school but we are SO grateful to have found Walden. Our bright child spent kindergarten in one of the better public schools and was still far from thriving. At Walden, she's excited to learn because she is genuinely interested, not because there is a trinket in a prize box awaiting her. Small class size allows teachers to tailor work for each child, those who are able work above grade level. We love how teachers identify what kids are excited about and make it a learning experience. As social issues arise teachers have been on top of them and have helped kids work things through in class meetings. Walden arts are amazing and have increased daughter's self esteem. Afterschool program on site is fun and stimulating and run by young adults who love kids. Best thing we ever did for our child!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
Walden is a gem of a school! After carefully looking at both public and private schools in Berkeley our family unanimously chose Walden. As my daughter rounds the end of her fourth year at Walden I can confidently say that the experienced, skillful and highly dedicated teachers take the time to know each child in a way that feeds their natural love of learning and sets them on a life-path of active participation in their education. I cannot say enough about the true integration of the arts into the curriculum and the incredible community at this school. If things appear unstructured on the surface, one need only to look a little deeper to see how the teachers and staff know and engage each child respectfully and individually. We love the way Walden has challenged and nurtured our child academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2009
This 'school' is a joke. It is basically a daycare where children are allowed to do what they want without consequences. The teachers run the school and with nobody really in charge, the lack of administrative leadership really becomes a problem.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
We selected Walden for many reasons, but the two primary reasons were our desire for a small school and the fact that we really liked the kindergarten teacher and felt that our son would connect well with her. We really wanted our son to thrive in his first year at elementary school and, happily, he has. Our child feels very much at home at Walden, has made friends there, and is an enthusiastic participant in class and in the afterschool program. He looks forward to meeting weekly with his older Reading Buddy on Tuesdays and playing hockey or kickball with the big kids after school. As parents, we enjoy chatting with other parents on campus and have felt ourselves become part of the Walden family. Deciding on an elementary school was a time-consuming and high stakes endeavor, but we have been very content with our decision.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
I'm the parent of alumni, and an alumni myself. My (now adult) children can refer directly to Walden in how they have made choices throughout their lives - both in their interests, higher education, and the kind of relationships they build with others.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2009
Walden is a wonderful school, my three children attended and the one thing that was consisted was that they are all well balanced and confident students. Walden has a great sense of community and friends they keep well after the school days are over. Very supportive yet flexible and attentive when it comes to children being their own individual. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
Walden is a place where children are truly loved and respected for who they are as individuals and as community members in an environment that fosters independent thinking and creative process. Kids know who they are, know how to think for themselves and apply what they have learned to the broader world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2008
There are some good things about this school, but the staff collective lacks direction, governance and responsibility. The staff is not responsive to important problems.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2008
I have a child currently at Walden. While it does have a wonderful arts program - especially drama, I've found that Walden suffers from a lack of administration. If you are lucky enough to have a child that makes it through school without any problems, then Walden may work out fine for you. But if your child runs into problems with bullies, teasing, etc. don't expect the staff to address this in any significant way. I don't know if I would choose Walden again because of this. However, if your child happens to end up in a class with a group of kids that get along well together, things may go just fine for you there, and it is a sweet, creative environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2007
We have 2 boys in 1st and 4th grades at Walden, that have been there since Kindergarten. I liked the school from the start because I saw happy teachers that can spend most of their time focussed on the classroom. They are experienced, but not burnt out, and they teach to the students, not to an agenda. Curiousity is encouraged and developed. There are 2 hours each of music, art and drama every week, taught by separate Music, Art and Drama teachers. Both of my boys enjoy school, and are learning at or above grade level. They are also getting confident in exploring new subjects on their own, learning how to learn, and are not afraid to try out new things. Parent participation helps Walden to work, and its small size allows you to bring your unique talents to the school, if you want to.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2003
Walden is a wonderful school with an arts emphasis. The drama and arts are just great. The staff is respectful of the children and I feel that they really get the gift of learning. It is a small school and since it is a teacher collective, parent participation is key. Socially, it can be hard due to the size and your child's temperment. Sometimes it just depends on your class. We have enjoying most of our times there.

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Walden Center And School
2446 McKinley Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94703
(510) 841-7248
Last modified Walden Center And School is a Private school that serves grades K-6
Walden Center And School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top