Admissions Process

We welcome inquiries about admissions at any time. Please contact VickiLee Edge at admissions@waldencenterschool.org (preferred) or 510-841-7248 for any questions not covered here, or for information about limited openings for 2020-21.

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

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

This year tours and information sessions will be held virtually. This gives us a bit more leeway when it comes to days and times.

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 $85.00 fee

Walden Application 2021-22

This is a fillable PDF if downloaded. We have a courtesy application due date on Friday, December 18, 2020 for siblings and those who are ready to apply and a final due date of Friday, January 15, 2021.

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 18, 2020 and final due date of Friday, January 15, 2021.

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, 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 a financial aid application

For new families the internal Walden financial aid application, online SSS application, 2019 Federal Income Tax Return, 2019 W-2s and 1099s are due Friday, January 22, 2021. The 2020 Federal Income Tax Return is due Friday, February 5, 2021.

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 18, 2021. This date is the same for all East Bay Independent Schools Association members.

7. Enrollment contracts and payments due Thursday, March 25, 2021

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