Encouraging the spirit of Renaissance learning
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.
Teaching that we all have stewardship for the world in which we live
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.
Nurturing a child's natural wonder
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.
Promoting child-led inquiry
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.
Valuing and respecting diversity
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.
Fostering Creativity in Problem Solving
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, stretch their ideas, and come up with practical solutions.
Cashey Shatraw, Class of 2008, was the featured alumni speaker at the 2019 Walden graduation.
Kelli Dawn created a new video with students about what we learned in SEL this year.
Our community recently came together at the annual Parent Guild Gala to celebrate Walden and the powerful role it plays in inspiring and empowering our children and igniting their sense of creativity, understanding, and stewardship of the world.
As educators, we have a profound opportunity to impact society positively through the children that come through our classrooms. When planning lessons and activities, I’m thinking about what I want my students to bring and also what I want them to take away from it. Are they going to feel better about themselves and their abilities? Are they going to have a better sense of what they can do? Are they going to work better in pairs or independently?
The real value of art education at the elementary level is that it teaches creative problem solving and promotes patterns of creative behavior. Every day, I am inspired by the concepts kids bring to class. I love seeing students push through a challenging project and emerge on the other side. Walden students are bold, curious, and ambitious.
Our four children, three Walden graduates and a current student, are each different learners with individual interests and their own educational strengths and weaknesses. In each of them, Walden instilled a sense of confidence in their own voices and ideas. This allowed them to not only be successful in the challenging academic environments they moved on to, but to stand out and remain themselves.
I graduated from Walden with the class of 2012 Golden Frogs. After attending Westridge for middle and high school, I am now at Florida State University, where I have the unique opportunity of playing soccer, the sport that I love, as well as pursuing my dreams in media production and editing. Both of these passions were born during my time at Walden. Couldn’t be more thankful for the memories, lessons, and friendships that I built at Walden.
I value the social emotional learning we do at Walden with our children. It's very important to me as a teacher, and I appreciate how it’s woven into the fabric of our day. It helps our community practice empathy, compassion, and understanding for one another. Checking in with each other is one of the many ways I enjoy connecting with our students.