Walden School is an independent progressive school for Pre-K to 6th grade students in Pasadena, California.
In Walden classrooms, learning is grounded in inquiry, experience, and collaboration. Our progressive program is informed by principles of social justice and inclusion, and helps children master both academic and social-emotional skills.
Explore how we cultivate creative and critical thinkers who use their voice as compassionate change makers in our diverse world.
Children are naturally driven to explore the world around them and figure things out. When this curiosity is encouraged, their mind is actively engaged, making observations, analyzing options, finding connections—in other words, learning. Our curriculum views wonder as the foundation for growth and progress.
DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
Classes in art, dance, library, music, P.E., science & technology, Spanish, and storytelling are an integral part of the Walden experience from Pre-K through 6th grade. Taught by our specialist faculty, these classes provide creative inspiration to every learner and support our students in becoming well-rounded citizens who understand the world through multiple perspectives.
LEAD THE WAY
At Walden, children have a voice and a choice. Child-led inquiry is the tool that encourages students to take ownership for their learning. Beginning with questions that spark critical thinking, students' inquiry and reflection lie at the heart of our educational experience.
Our program guides students toward mastering traditional academic skills and applying their knowledge to a variety of situations in creative, insightful ways. As children discover the inter-relatedness of what they learn, they are inspired to find deeper answers to their questions.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Our place-based approach to learning includes outdoor education, field trips, and service learning. Students gain a deep understanding of the needs and resources of the environment and communities around them, and learn how to make a positive impact.
BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN
Rooted in a deep commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion, we guide students to understand their multiple identities, notice and celebrate the diversity in their community, recognize and name injustice, and take action to create a more equitable world.
STRETCH YOUR IDEAS
We view problems as opportunities to improve and develop a growth mindset. Our teachers model the importance of approaching a challenge with empathy and an open mind. We encourage students to find fresh perspectives and come up with practical solutions.
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