Step Three: Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Walden School.

We want to assist you in making the application process as easy as possible.

The below information will guide you through the application process, and we have also created a downloadable Application Checklist for you, so that you may track your progress.

In the event that you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Admissions staff at

Walden School admits students without regard to religion, sex, different abilities, race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students. It does not discriminate in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, athletic programs, or other school-administered programs.

Submit an online application.

Please click here to begin the online application. You will be prompted to create a secure username and password which will allow you to edit and review your application before submitting it.

The online application, a non-refundable $100 fee, and all necessary admissions materials must be received by January 24, 2020. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Space permitting, our Pre-K program has a rolling admissions process. Please contact Admissions Director Billy Christian to inquire about availability and to schedule a tour.

Submit a completed Parent's Perspective Form.

In our effort to appreciate the uniqueness of each child, we invite you to comment on your child’s strengths, interests, and special needs by completing the Parent's Perspective Form. Your candid comments and understanding of your child are extremely helpful to us.

Please feel free to attach your responses on a different sheet(s) of paper, if additional space is needed.

Request information from student's current school.

Student transcripts and teacher recommendations will assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating your child's academic history and accomplishments.

We ask that you submit the following forms to your child's current school or teacher so that they may be completed and returned to Walden by January 24, 2020. Please note that all completed forms should be mailed by the child's current school or teacher directly to Walden School.

Schedule a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (for Kindergarten applicants only).

If your child is applying for Kindergarten, please see the Integrated Learning Solutions website for information about how to register for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

Schedule a student visit.

Once all required application materials have been received, the Admissions Office staff will contact parents to arrange a visit day for each student.

Most Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants visit Walden on Saturdays in January or February. All other applicants, grades 1 through 6, typically spend a morning visiting in a classroom. During the visit, children will participate in activities which will permit the teachers to assess their social/emotional development and academic skills.

Await Application Decision.

The Admissions Committee evaluates all completed applications. The consortium of Pasadena Area Independent Schools (PAIS),of which Walden School is a member, collectively sets the date on which decisions letter will be mailed to prospective students. For Fall 2020 admission, all decision letters will be mailed on March 6, 2020. Enrollment Contracts with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit will be due approximately 10 days later.

Submit Financial Aid application (if applicable).

Applying for financial assistance is a three step process. Please be sure that you complete all three steps to ensure that your application is processed. Applications received after January 25, 2020 will not be considered until all applicants who met the deadlines are processed.

1. Click here to download the Walden School Financial Aid Letter of Intent. Print and complete this letter and mail it to Walden, so that we receive it by January 24, 2020.

2. Click here to begin the online Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) application. The online application must be completed in full by January 25, 2020. For questions about completing the online FAST application, please call FAST directly at 1-877-326-3278.

3. The following documents must be received by FAST (do not mail to Walden School) by February 16, 2020: 1) a copy of your complete and signed 2019 tax returns with W-2 and schedules attached and a copy of your last 2019 pay stub(s).

Mail directly to FAST at the address below:

FAST Processing
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

The Financial Aid Committee maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Teachers, members of the Board of Trustees, and students are not informed of financial aid applications or decisions. The Financial Aid Committee will consider financial assistance only for families who meet all of the above listed deadlines.

We understand the personal and sensitive nature of the requested documents and keep all such information strictly confidential. By providing the documents, as detailed in this letter, we can better understand your financial situation, interpret it to the Financial Aid Committee, and appropriately evaluate your application. If you have any questions about the Financial Assistance application process in general, please contact Walden School’s Director of Admissions, Billy Christian, at (626) 792-6166 x105.

To learn more about the Financial Aid process and how it affects prospective and current families, please click here.

Confirm your decision to enroll.

If you have received a decision letter offering admittance to Walden for your child, please complete the Online Enrollment Contract and submit your $1,000 non-refundable deposit.