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Why Choose Walden?

Walden Center & School is a place where children’s learning is at the center of all we do.

A Walden education is as unique as your child.

We offer the ONLY arts-academics integrated approach to teaching and learning in the Bay Area. We combine arts education, a deep understanding of child development, and a commitment to social-emotional learning to help us form our unique approach to educating children. This is part of a core philosophy that we have practiced since 1958. It has put Walden Center & School at the forefront of progressive education practice since then.

By choosing Walden for your child, you are choosing to support your child’s creative energy, respect her/his learning style, and develop his/her sense of belonging to a larger diverse community.

Creative Energy

Creativity enhances learning—by translating experiences and ideas into dance, drawing, music, and writing children deepen their understanding of the topic at hand. Drawing has been shown to help students consolidate knowledge and store it in long-term memory. Learning a pattern in a song or seeing symmetry in a painting can form a vibrant foundation for mathematical concepts. Our teachers understand that an arts-integrated curriculum employs all the senses, engaging more children and engaging them more deeply. Tapping into creativity intensifies learning for all children.

Learning Styles

Experienced teachers support and challenge each child where they need it most. In order to take in new concepts, students must be open and trust their environment, peers, and teachers. Walden provides this by working intensively with children on group and individual interactions, striving to create a climate of respect for differences and similarities as learners. Multi-age classes offer learners a chance to bond with teachers and peers, creating opportunities for challenge and support. Our curriculum features hands-on activities, integrated curriculum, and authentic assessment—no teaching to the test.


By setting goals and actively working together to achieve them, children develop a sense of belonging and investment in their school community and beyond. Our program of social-emotional learning embraces the idea of child as citizen and leader. As citizens, each of us has rights within and responsibilities to the group. As leaders, individuals recognize their gifts and step up to challenges, on the road to developing character. Community service helps students give back to the larger community.

Commitment to Diversity

We are more than a school. We are a center where families can participate and share who they are together. We work tirelessly with our families to create the most open, inclusive, and multi-cultural campus we possibly can.

You Can Have It All

At Walden we work hard to help children develop a lifelong love of learning and to experience joy as a natural part of the learning process. It is wonderful to note that our joyful learners are also successful students wherever they go to from here. Whether it be to public or private middle schools, large or small high schools, or the myriad of choices for college/university study, Walden graduates bring their creativity, their self-confidence, and their dedication wherever they go and to whatever they do.