Admissions Process

We welcome inquiries about admissions at any time. Please contact VickiLee Edge at or 510-841-7248 for any questions not covered here, or for information about limited openings for 2019-20.

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

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

Tours are held on most Tuesday mornings, October through January. Information sessions are held on two Saturday afternoons, November 9, 2019 and January 11, 2020.

Click to learn more about Walden tours and information sessions or to sign up for a tour or information session.

2. Complete an application and include $65.00 fee

Walden Application 2019-20

This is a fillable PDF if downloaded. Applications will also be available at tours and information sessions. We have a courtesy application due date on Friday, December 20, 2019 for those who are ready to apply and a final due date of Friday, January 17, 2020 (common EBISA date).

Walden will accept and consider applications after this deadline, but will give preference to applications filed by the 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 20, 2019 and final due date of Friday, January 17, 2020.

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 mailed or faxed 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 separate applications

For new families the internal Walden financial aid application, online SSS application, 2018 Federal Income Tax Return, 2018 W-2s, and IRS form 4506T are due Friday, January 17, 2020. The 2019 Federal Income Tax Return is due Friday, February 7, 2020.

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

5. Child visit

Once we receive an application, we will schedule an observational child visit. Lower Group applicants will be invited to participate in a classroom environment for approximately one hour on a Saturday. Older children will join a Walden classroom of their peers for approximately 3 hours. We do not administer any readiness tests.

6. Notification of admissions decisions

Decision letters will be mailed to applicant families on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This date is the same for all East Bay Independent Schools Association members.

7. Enrollment contracts and payments due Thursday, March 26, 2020

If you have questions at any time, please contact our Admissions Coordinator VickiLee Edge at or at 510-841-7248.