Learning and growing
The Village is Walden’s extended day child care program. We are open every school day (and some non-school holidays) Monday through Friday from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enrollment is open to all Walden School students, Pre-Kindergarten to sixth grade.
We believe that children learn and grow though play. The Village offers a balance of structured activities and unstructured free play for cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. We also provide enrichment classes for special interests.
To reach the Village during after-school care, please call 626-484-9503.
Faculty and staff at Walden understand that children who spend all day in an academic environment have differing needs in an after-school program. Being away from family for long hours can be difficult for both children and parents alike, so The Village is a program developed to allow children to participate in a variety of activities.
Some of our activities include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, homework assistance, specialty classes, quiet time, and socializing with friends. Within the Walden spirit, children will be encouraged to try new activities but will not be pressured to participate if they choose not to. We strive to provide an assortment of activities to spark every child’s interest.
Please click here for more information and the 2018-19 Village registration forms.
The Village Pre-K program is committed to furthering the children’s experience with the Walden philosophy while meeting parents’ needs for quality childcare. We recognize the distinction between school hours and the after-school sessions; however, we strive for continuity.
As an extension of our day program, the Walden philosophy, policies, and expectations for behavior and staff excellence are in effect during The Village. Excellence, positive communication, caring, and conflict resolution are not just classroom catchwords. We encourage and support the practice of these principles during the after-school program, as well as at home and in the community.
The Village offers various classes for student enrichment. These are taught by outside and in-house vendors that charge an additional fee. Some classes require attendance from the beginning while others have a drop-in policy. Village members (those with a 2, 3, or 5 day plans) have priority and pay a lesser fee.
The following classes will be offered in the third trimester of the 2018-19 school year:
Taught by Sophia Hamilton
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, April 9 through June 12
Click here for more information and to register.
Taught by Carlyle Williams (acting), Sydney Walsh (acting), and Crash Buist (stage combat)
Kid Shakespeare is returning for another season! Explore the wonders of theatre through a comprehensive study at Walden's after-school program. Shakespeare plays will be brought to life through improvisation and storytelling. At the end of the program, there will be a “Shakespeare Under the Stars” performance in the North yard.
- Wednesdays 3:00-6:00 p.m.
- January 23 through May 29; Performance on June 2
- Grades 3-6 (2nd graders welcome if strong readers)
Yoga with certified kids yoga teacher Elizabeth Zeleke! Play, dance, move... Appropriate for all ages, Pre-K through 6th Grade!
- Wednesdays 3:40-4:20 p.m.
- April 10 through June 5
- $10 per class
Taught by Peter Barrow of Golf Squad
Golf Squad classes are the most professionally instructed, convenient, and organized way of bringing golf education to people of all ages. All Golf Squads are taught by PGA / LPGA Members and Associates only. In a social and fun environment, students learn the vocabulary, etiquette, safety, social and technical aspects necessary to enjoy golf for a lifetime.
- Mondays 3:45-4:45 p.m.
- April 15 through May 27
MAD SCIENCE - SYSTEM 5 - Let's Get Scientific!
Take a walk on the wild side as kids explore zoology, the study of animals. Then spring into action with the science of energy. Find out how telephones and radios work. Dive into the deep end and study ocean life. Mix things up with a little chemistry then test out the laws of motion as we launch objects through the air. Finally, be amazed by the world of robotics and embark on a quest for alternative energy sources! Science has never been more exciting!
- Fridays 3:45-4:45 p.m.
- April 19 through June 7