"My daughter has truly blossomed as both a person and a student as a result of the academically rigorous and warm social environment that Walden provides. They make sure that every incoming student is a good fit for the school and vice versa. I looked far and wide to find a school that did not provide a cookie cutter education. Dr. Milkulka's visionary approach of addressing the whole child and truly caring for the academic and social development of every child is priceless. I could not be happier with the education my daughter is receiving, from the incredible teachers who mentor her and the great friends she has made at Walden!"
"Schools have one fundamental purpose: to educate our children. Many achieve that purpose through traditional classroom learning and simply stop there. Then there are schools like Walden Community School that break the mold and take the notion of education to a new level. Walden delivers traditional classroom instruction in a smaller, nurturing environment that encourages questions and ensures students can truly understand. But, that is just part of the recipe. Walden also challenges students by exposing them to a variety of topics, providing new ways to learn that stretches their critical thinking, and helps them view the world more broadly. A love for learning, bravery, objectivity, and a respect for alternative points-of-view are just some of the take-aways our daughter has gained from being in this environment the past two years. Walden has transformed her. She is thriving like never before, confident, and prepared to make a difference to the planet. That is how Walden Community School delivers on the purpose of educating our children."
Fantastic non traditional learning environment - perfect for the middle school years and beyond. This small school has such a close knit community feel and removes all the typical negative things associated with large public schools. Because it is small, students have lots of one-on-one time with teachers and are they are able to have courses like art, music, drama, dance and even a hands on organic garden.
Great school. Students feel comfortable and safe, so that they can learn without distractions and at their own pace and gain social skills in a safe environment.
This school is amazing! The teachers are so nice. They make you feel at home. T
I can not say enough good things about this school. The welcoming attitude and feeling of community amongst the students and teachers can not be beat. My 7th grade daughter is thriving and able to be challenged academically while feeling happy and excited about going to school each day. The teachers and administration are accessible and very attentive to the needs of each student. This school approaches the whole child in an environment which encourages teamwork, free thinking, real life preparation skills while taking a academic approach that ignites a love of learning!
Walden Community School is the best kept secret in Florida. My husband and I visited many schools and nothing matched the amazing learning environment that cozy Walden Community School provides. Young and enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about teaching create a stimulating, challenging, and engaging environment for all students.
This is a great school! Spent the last four years here and loved every minute of it. Wonderful teachers, really fun students, and always interesting courses. For some students, who aren't invested in their learning, this school is not the right fit. For anyone who wants a creative, intellectual environment in which to learn Walden is a must!
Terrible. Promises everything delivers little. Teacher turnover pretty constant -- 5 science teachers in one year. Last year some kids did "self study" in science instead of having a teacher! Many kids pulled out for 2013-14 school year and all of them have tested 2 years behind in Math. Owner very punitive -- heavy on punishment for minor crimes while ignoring kids who hit others and are verbally abusive. Stay far, far away!
So i shadowed here last year and though it was amazing this year the shcool has doubled and i do not like it i am a student i really dont like it i am in 8 grade and learning i find is a chore not fun like it should be and they never listen to anyhting i have to say so yea so far not very good at meeting to my expectations i will update the review if the school improves
Wonderful school, great teachers, caring and energetic owner/administrator, all in a cozy, low stress home away from home environment. Most classes have 2 to 3 students. Aside from the much sought after SACS accreditation and AP courses, an exciting variety of electives are offered. The small size and extremely low student/teacher ratio provides an ideal environment for individual learning, whether extra support or an accelerated program is needed. My son is working 2 years above grade level and participated in an intro to calculus course while in "6 th" grade. For the right student, this school provides opportunities not found in any other school in the greater Orlando, Winter Park area. A great school, indeed.
A superb school for bright students in grades 6-12 who love learning. Nothing in Central Florida can compare to it. Imagine a teacher to student ratio of 1:4, accelerated academics, a great group of motivated students in a cool, relaxed environment. Besides the stellar teachers and great core courses, they also offer AP classes, drama, art, and so much more. The tuition is half the cost of many other private schools, the stress is low, a dream for both parents and kids alike. If you can think outside the box, and you want a happy kid with high self-esteem, send them here.
Our family moved to Orlando from New England and my son had always attended small schools. When we first moved to Orlando he attended a public school that had almost 3000 students. The classrooms were large and he did not get the individual attention he was used to. After seeing him struggle to succeed I moved him to Walden Community School. I have seen a 100% turn around in his attitude toward school. He enjoys going to school. The teachers are energetic and enjoy teaching the students. The classroom size is very small which means each student gets the attention they need and will never slip through the cracks. Everyone at the school has such a positive attitude and is willing to help in any way they can.
For the right kid, this school is paradise. All the work is individualized, so students work at their own pace on their core curriculum. They work on laptops in an environment that's more like a cozy house than it is a classic school setting (well, a cozy house with a lot of white boards and tables). An ever-changing set of electives are taught by visiting teachers who come in for an hour or two a week, on subjects such as engineering, philosophy, drama, dance, community service and much more. So far this year, they've planted a butterfly garden, gone to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, worked on a student film and created Rube Goldberg machines. (It's mid-November.) For parents and students who like to think outside the box, Walden is incredible. All that said, it's not for everyone--enrollment is currently low (although they're hoping to expand) and all current students (in 2010) are in middle or high school. If sports or social life are the most important things about school for your student, it's probably not the right place. But if creativity and critical thinking are important to you, Walden can't be beat.
Walden Community School, accredited by SACS and Advanced Ed, is committed to providing academic excellence and unique educational experiences for elementary, middle and high school students in a non competitive environment.
I have 2 children at the school. We homeschooled for 2 years, then started coming part time, and now are full time. I love the multi-age relationships, the focus on teaching for understanding, and the community atmosphere. My children are thriving. The teachers are great, and the other parents are suppportive and involved.
This is my daughter's first year at the Walden School. She is a high school student who has always attended traditional school. Walden offers her a broad experience, feeding her curiosity and motivating her to 'learn how to learn.' She is truly happy. The community of the school is a family. The staff is deeply committed to helping each student reach their full potential in a non-competive environment.
Walden is an amazing school. It has given my daughter the opportunity to expand her natural abilities in an environment where learning is a more natural, authentic process. The concept of a 'school without walls' allows the school to partner with the community to explore learning outside of a traditional classroom. She experiences learning now versus being a passive participant in the process. As a non profit school, I know that the administrators are truly committed to creating a positive learning environment. From tennis, to dance, hands on science, math, history, reading, writing, art and music my daughter is having a truly enriching experience, learning more than she has ever learned before.
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