Welcome to Walden!

Here you’ll find child-centered K-6 education at its best. Our approach to teaching makes learning a multisensory, joyful, and lasting experience. We cultivate a diverse community of learners, families, and teachers to create a secure and textured learning environment. Walden students love to go to school every day.


Walden Center & School is a place where children’s learning is at the center of all we do. A Walden education is as unique as your child.

Our arts-academics integrated approach to teaching and learning is part of a core philosophy that has put Walden Center & School at the forefront of progressive education since 1958. We combine arts education, a deep understanding of child development, and a commitment to social-emotional learning to help us form our unique approach to educating children.

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We are a group of teachers and parents who have created an environment where children take an active role in their own learning and where arts and creative expression are a part of every child’s education, every day.

Everything about Walden is unique. From the way we approach learning to the way we structure our governing board, we have a unique approach which is informed by our philosophy, our history, and our mission.

Walden is a member of Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA).

Community and Events


Walden is hiring…After School Program Teacher

We are seeking a self-motivated, dynamic, and enthusiastic Extended Day Care (EDC) teacher who loves working with children and has experience with whole-child education encompassing academic, social, emotional, and physical development. EDC utilizes the indoor and outdoor space of our campus. We offer before and after school care. We offer all day EDC during certain …

2024 Upper Group Play: Willy Wonka Jr. May 31 – June 1

We are proud to announce this year’s Spring Show will be Willy Wonka Jr! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. Ticket and reservation info coming soon.  LOCATION: Live Oak Park Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709PERFORMANCE DATES: May 31, 7:00 pmJune 1, …