Educational Equity Project

Founded by a group of Berkeley parents in 1958, Walden has strong ties to our surrounding communities. Walden was envisioned as a Center of both learning and community, and informed by the idea that an arts-rich education would foster well-rounded, creative thinkers and learners. Over time, research has borne these ideas out, showing that in particular music and theater are highly correlated with success in mathematics and reading.

Walden Center & School provides the high-quality, arts-rich education that every child deserves, and keeping a Walden education accessible to as many students as possible is a top priority. This keeps Walden connected to our immediate communities while directly enriching the Walden community.

With the belief that an abundance of every type of diversity – including economic diversity – promotes compassion, respect for differences and enriches our community as a whole, the Walden Foundation is actively pursuing dedicated funding for the Educational Equity Project from both foundations and individual donors. In September, 2010 Walden was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert T. Keeler Foundation, Mary Rust, Trustee to seed a scholarship fund and begin the Educational Equity Project. The Robert T. Keeler Foundation made a second $50,000 challenge grant in 2012.

The EEP will allow Walden to continue to lower economic barriers and enable students from lower income families to enroll and remain at Walden Center & School for a full seven years. To help realize the goal of this project and bring more children who would not otherwise have access to the alternative education offered at Walden, please contact