Affording Walden

Since its founding in 1970, Walden School has been grounded in equity, access, and social justice. It is our belief at Walden School that there can be no excellence in education without all types of diversity, including socio-economic.

Teaching children to respect and appreciate the beliefs, values, and histories of all individuals is as necessary for success in our world as is a solid grounding in science, math, and language.

Every family who attends Walden has the opportunity to enroll with a tuition level that fits their financial circumstances, and we maintain a commitment to equitable tuition rates based on family income. On average, approximately 30% of Walden families attend at a reduced tuition rate.



2023-2024 Tuition and Fees


Kindergarten to 6th Grade

The 2023-2024 Kindergarten to 6th grade tuition is $26,260 if paid in a single payment; payment plans are offered. Tuition is inclusive of all materials, books, and field/outdoor education trips.


The 2023-2024 full-time Pre-K rate is $24,700 if paid in a single payment and includes optional Village care for a full day from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; payment plans are offered.

We also offer part-time Pre-K options. Tuition is as follows if paid in a single payment; payment plans are offered.

  • Half-Day: $18,190 (8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
  • 3 Days: $17,180 (includes optional Village care for a full day from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

New Student Legacy Fee

There is a one-time new student legacy fee of $750. In order to fulfill the Walden mission, maintain the value and excellence of our educational program, and to build upon the strong foundation laid by generous families in years' past, this fee honors the commitments of the alumni and present families whose financial contributions and time volunteered helped purchase and renovate our campus, and continue to enrich our community.

The Walden Fund (Annual Giving)

As a non-profit, independent school, we ask every Walden family to make Walden School a philanthropic priority each year. Your annual contribution to The Walden Fund enables Walden to continue to be exemplary.

Your charitable financial support gives us the confidence to be aspirational and inspired. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by IRS guidelines. Walden School is a 501 (c)3 organization. Tax ID#95-2663177


Flexible Tuition

If the cost of a Walden education feels out of reach based on your family’s financial circumstances, we encourage you to explore our flexible tuition program.

When determining if your family should apply for flexible tuition, please look at all personal resources for meeting costs first. We ask that you give careful thought to the maximum amount of tuition that you can reasonably pay. If all available resources, including extended family, are not enough to meet tuition costs, then your family may qualify for an adjusted tuition rate.