Admissions Process

We welcome inquiries about admissions at any time. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator admissions@waldencenterschool.com or 510-841-7248 for any questions not covered here.

Here are the steps for finding out more about and applying to Walden.

1. Sign up for a tour and/or information session for 2022-2023 

This year, weekend tours are available on campus* following a video tour of our faculty and students during an active school day.  One information session will be held virtually in January.    *Note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours required to attend an on-campus tour. 

Click to sign up for a tour or information session.

2. Complete an application and include $85.00 fee

Walden Application 2021-22

This is a fillable PDF if downloaded. We have a courtesy application due date on Friday, December 17, 2021 for siblings and those who are ready to apply and a final due date of Friday, January 14, 2022.

Walden will accept and consider applications after this deadline, but will give preference to applications filed by the January deadline.

3. Ask a current teacher to fill out a recommendation form

Walden uses the standard East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA) recommendation forms. If your child is home schooled, an adult or mentor who has worked academically with your child in a group setting can fill out the form. These forms also have a courtesy due date of Friday, December 17, 2021 and final due date of Friday, January 14, 2022.

EBISA Kindergarten Recommendation Form

EBISA Grades 1-8 Recommendation Form

Be sure to sign and date the recommendation before giving to your child’s teacher. The recommendation forms are confidential and should be e-mailed (admissions@waldencenterschool.com) or mailed by the teacher to Walden Center & School at:

Walden Center & School
2446 McKinley Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Fax: 510-845-4609

4. If applying for financial aid, complete a financial aid application

For new families the internal Walden financial aid application, online SSS application, 2020 Federal Income Tax Return, 2020 W-2s and 1099s are due Friday, January 21, 2022. The 2021 Federal Income Tax Return is due Friday, February 4, 2022.

For more detailed information about financial aid and the internal application click here.

5. Child visit

Since we are not able to have group child visits in person, once applications are complete, we will send instructions for parents of applicants to the Lower Group to make a guided video of their children as a way for us to get to know them.  Older children will either participate in a Zoom child visit or a physically distanced visit with just teachers, outdoors. We do not administer any readiness tests.

6. Notification of admissions decisions

Decision letters will be e-mailed to applicant families on Thursday, March 17, 2022. This date is the same for all East Bay Independent Schools Association members.

7. Enrollment contracts and payments due Thursday, March 24, 2022

If you have questions at any time, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Winona Alexander, at admissions@waldencenterschool.com or at 510-841-7248.