Walden is the best private school in Louisville. My children started in kindergarten & one has graduated HS, the others plan to graduate from Walden too. The small class size allows teachers to know each student & give each student individual attention. If the student who transferred to another school is struggling to get decent grades something else must be going on. Walden teachers are great in preparing students for the top colleges, I can't see not being prepared for another school. My high school child says the best thing about Walden School is that students are "challenged every day". No one is held back, students who need extra help are brought up to a higher level. How to rate a school? Are students safe, happy at school and learning advanced work? Are parents satisfied with the education? Are the teachers qualified, passionate about their subject & have freedom to teach? Do the student like their teachers & the teachers care for their students? Does the administration listen to, work with & include parents? At Walden the answer is YES to all of these! Walden is a family school centered on helping students lean to to be well rounded, successful adults of the future.
When I left Walden and moved to a different school, I felt very behind. At Walden I excelled and had straight A's. At my new high school I am struggling to get decent grades. Walden has not prepared me for the real world.
My son is in 5th grade at Walden. He has been there since Kindergarten. He has blossomed academically and socially. The school instills a thirst for knowledge, an understanding of the importance of community and core values that will make the children responsible, engaged members of society. In my book, for my son, it doesn't get much better than that. Also, with impressive incoming new leadership, great faculty and land in the heart of St. Matthews, I believe Walden's future is bright.
I am surprised to hear that a student had difficulty with math when he/she transferred to a near by public high school. I am not sure what would have caused this. It is my experience that the academics at Walden are very high. My son attended from K to 12 and received a 5 on the AP calculus exam, got a full scholarship to 2 different universities, and is at the top of his class in engineering. Walden is a wonderful school for academics and for a child's social environment. We loved it.
Like the student review that was written earlier, I, too am now a student at DuPont Manual who attended Walden for a lengthy amount of time, but my opinion is much different. I adored Walden, and I think it really prepared me for Manual. And, no, I am not 'slow', which I think is a ridiculously derogatory word. Walden has never once kept me from advancing, which I certainly have. When I was in Sophomore Advanced English, not Freshman, we spent a whole semester covering how to write a five-paragraph essay and conducting a thesis statement, things I had learned in 7th grade at Walden. Ironically, it was the supposed 'most advanced school in the state' that kept me back, not Walden. Where at Walden I had teachers who knew me and the way that I learned and advanced, at Manual I have a teacher who routinely calls me by the wrong name and never has anything to say during Parent-teacher conferences. Now, I really like Manual, and they're doing a good job educating me, but there's absolutely no way I could ever say that Walden hadn't equipped me to handle the rigorous schedule they give me. Walden was a fabulous school, I really could not have asked for better in educating me.
As a former student who attended walden from first to eighth grade, I was very unsatisfied with the academics and teaching Walden provided me. I had steller recommendations from all of my teachers to attend my dream high school - Manual. I was at the top of my class, taking high school math when I was only in 8th grade. I thought Walden would have challenged and prepared me for duPont Manual. Once I went to high school away from Walden, I found out my academics background was far behind all of my classmates. I struggled to achieve B's and C's at Manual's MST program, when I was a straight A student and the winner of the math and science awards at Walden. Now reflecting back at my younger years at Walden, I understand why Walden can never provide the same high-quality education that duPont Manual challenged me with. Walden is simply not big enough to provide advance classes to students. All students are held to the same standard. Therefore the slowest student in a class will hold back the brightest student. This may be a good thing for the slow student, but the brightest student will always be at the disadvantage at walden.
I love this school. They have done a great job with my children. The staff is friendly and effective. There are a lot of nice kids that attend and families that are involved. The academic curriculum is excellent. It can be difficult to tell how good competing schools are unless you have kids that attend them. We have friends who left for economic reasons to join the Jefferson County Middle School Advanced Program. By comparison, they were disappointed in the Advanced Program curriculum and hope to make it back. I wish our friend had a better year but it was good feedback to help reinforce that Walden is the best choice for us.
As I write this, I am trying to decide whether or not my child will return to Walden next year. The past year at Walden has been problematic. Even now, as the teachers and administrators appear to know we are contemplating leaving, no one has asked us why or expressed any concern about the fact that one of their best students is likely going elsewhere. There is little follow-through when problems arise. And a lot of defensiveness and denial when it comes to dealing with the occasional less-than-stellar faculty member. We were very pleased previously but things have taken a dark turn at Walden in this past year.
It's a small intimate school. Academic standards are high but at the same time we don't feel our children are forced into a mold. The focus is on the children. They really try to instill a love of learning. Classes are small with a lof individual attention. Because the school is smaller, we know a lot of the other parents (and teachers) well. This provides a greater degree of social control. Potential problems like bullying for example, are recognized early and quickly addressed. However, the school has an easygoing, tolerant atmosphere, accepting of students with many different backgrounds, cultures and religions. We love the school.
The theory was great until the economy took a dive. Money became the focus over the children. Despite what appears to be very hands on individual attention, parents are not informed of their child's progress. Their website has been an endless disaster for many, many years and most parents cannot get on or navigate the grade system online. Even if they can, it still doesn't tell the story of where your child is - including if they're failing. Student led conferences only 'celebrate' the good work. They refuse to make a phone call directly to parents if there is a problem. We were at the school daily and still in the dark on our child's progress. Save yourself $15,000 a year. Local public schools are on par with this school and with less hounding for money at every turn. We were one of many families who left in recent years due to poor academic management and when we left they really couldn't have cared less. Not even one phone call. So much for individual attention.
I am a parent of a Walden second grader. She has loved it since Kindergarten. The teachers are really nice and dedicated, not to mention gifted at teaching. Even if she has a bad day, when she wakes up the next morning she is eager to go to school again. The level of responsiveness to parental concerns is amazing. The academic offering are well rounded and strong effort is made to encourage the faculty to pursue additional education. She especially loves Spanish, Music, Art, Science and Library time. If you want to send you child to a good private school, please consider Walden.
I have been a lower school teacher at Walden for 5 years. It is an amazing school! My small classes have enabled me to really get to know each student as well as their families. My students bounce into school each day with smiles on their faces and an eagerness to learn! I am asked often what makes Walden different from other independent schools in the area. I think it is the family atmosphere that really makes the difference. Our parents are very involved, and are always welcome! Parents often come to eat lunch with their children and join them on the playground! There is a lot of communication between the parents and teachers. We build wonderful relationships that don't end as children advance to higher grades. I highly recommend taking a tour of Walden during the school day. You will be able to see and feel the loving atmosphere!
As a past parent I found Walden to be the one school that could give each of my children what they needed individully to be successful not only in high school, but in college as well. Walden High School may be smaller then most, but our students are definitely prepared to attend any college or university of their choice.
By the end of my 7th grade year, I realized I was becoming a bad student and a bad child, so I begged my parents to pull me out of public school. My family was fortunate enough to be able to send me to Walden. My entire attitude, personality and overall demeanor changed after my first day at that school. I loved the small atmosphere, I loved the attention from the teachers. The best part was having the same teacher for each subject all four years, and still keep in touch with many of them. They knew my strengths & weaknesses, and utilized that to help me grow & succeed. Walden has expanded and added many great programs but hasn't lost its 'family' atmosphere. I wished I still lived there to send my daughter. I wish I had more space because there is so much more to say. Great school!!
As a former high school teacher at Walden School, I'm absolutely delighted to see the stellar comments and ratings given by all reviewers but one. I can't imagine who could have felt so negatively about the finest educational institution with which I've ever been associated. I loved each and every one of my students and delighted in watching them grow as scholars and as individuals. Small classes provided the marvelous luxury of knowing each young man or woman as unique human beings. The attention students receive in small classes like those at Walden helps them feel confidence in who they are and what they can achieve--and their success in higher education demonstrates that self-empowerment. Parents support the school in a myriad of ways and the Head of School is a dedicated, committed and loving instructional leader. Obviously, I had a most fulfilling several years of teaching at Walden School.
I am a former teacher at Walden who now works in higher education. I still miss the teamwork and creativity of the middle school team there. Dedicated teachers led by a tireless, highly-educated and caring headmistress added to small classrooms where respect and honesty are valued - what more could anyone ask for. As a current member of the Board of Trustees, I suggest that interested families visit Walden and look a the success of their students while there and after going on to college. Small and special - that is Walden.
Hi! I am a proud parent of a second grader at Walden school. I have found that the education she is receiving there is second to none. She is very bright and inquesitive. Walden School encourages her creativity and natural spirit to learn. She is very advanced in comparison to other children her age and I am very proud of her and Walden School. Thank you very much.
We have been a Walden School Family for the last 6 years during the middle school and high school years. The teachers are outstanding, the program is academically challenging, there are after after school clubs, intramurals, sports, and service opportunities. The high school college counselor is outstanding in working with families and students during the entire four years to match up the 'right' college and help persue scholarships. I would highly recommend Walden School.
I am writing as parent of two children who have attended Walden for three years. We are extremely pleased with the education they are receiving. The curriculum is challenging yet the environment is nurturing - the best of both worlds! The class sizes cannot be matched by any other school in town. I attended another private school in Louisville (K-12) and, even being a very good student and athlete, felt like an outsider because my family didn't live in a big house in the right neighborhood. There is no such competition at Walden. Everyone is treated equally, students and parents alike, without any pretense. The teachers are extremely dedicated professionals who focus on each child as an individual. There is no greater feeling as a parent to see your children get up every day excited about going to school.
My daughter has attended Walden School for 10 tears. I cannot think of a more nurturing environment for my child!
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