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


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, …

Spring Fair 2024: When I’m 65! – Saturday May 18

Join us for everyone’s favorite annual event – the Walden Spring Fair! All are welcome at this community event! Proceeds benefit Walden’s tuition assistance program. May 18, 2024 | 10am – 5pm  | Walden Center and School  | 2446 McKinley Ave, Berkeley Games Cafe BBQ Raffle Cake Walk Plant Sale Entertainment Cold Drinks Book Room