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 second semester of the 2018-19 school year:
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)
Taught by Sophia Hamilton
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, beginning January 7
Click here for more information and to register.
Young Kings Basketball is offering a basketball class on Monday afternoons, beginning January 14. The class will focus on basketball fundamentals, intimate game situations, and developing proper technique. Young Kings will help your child master important and basic basketball skills.
- Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- January 14 through April 8
Register with Whitney Matsuno.
Taught by Coach David
Join a chess class with the Scholastic Chess Academy! All levels welcome.
MAD SCIENCE - Radical, Mad-Ical Science!
Are you ready to get engrossed in entomology, the study of bugs? To investigate and analyze crime scene evidence to solve a mystery? To DIG in to Earth Science? We’ll see what physical and chemical changes take place in and around your kitchen and discover how simple machines make our lives easier. Movie Effects gives you a chance to sit in the director’s chair and discover why science is the real star of the big screen. What makes toys work? Test and play with spinning tops, building gears, and gravity toys. Finally, conduct hands-on experiments to understand how and why weather occurs!
- Fridays 3:45-4:45 p.m.
- January 25 through April 12