Our alumni are our greatest legacy here at Walden. It is a testament to our strong community that at every Walden event you will find several teenage alumni willingly volunteering their time to help out. We find that many alumni have an unusually strong connection to each other and to the school.


We are always curious to know what Walden alums are up to. We know that you follow your interests in many directions. You write books, deliver babies, run companies, teach, perform, protect us, create art, protect our environment, create nonprofits, document languages, pursue scientific discovery, and do many, many other things.

Please contact us and let us know about your time at Walden and what you are doing now!

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Walden now has generations of families who not only stay involved, but who are teachers and administrators of Walden, sit on the Foundation, and who return to send their children and grandchildren to Walden.

Here are just a few things Walden alumni and their parents have to say:

Self-confidence, the expectation and desire to be treated with respect, the inquisitive enjoyment of learning, the guts to put yourself out there in front of a group of people, the idea that you and your contributions are intrinsically valuable… all of this and more they learned at Walden and that’s not even mentioning learning to read, and multiply, and sketch, and say the names of many fruits in Spanish!  -parent of Walden alumni, classes of 2006 and 2010

It helped me realize there is nothing wrong with being yourself. – Morgan Hunter Grody, Walden class of 2004

It allowed me to learn to approach the acquisition of knowledge in my own determined way, and truly for myself.  -Aine Banfield, Walden Class of 2002

I know how to both think for myself and work with others.  -Arienna Grody, Walden class of 2000

Walden defines me in an in-definable way.  -Fennis Brown, Walden class of 2000

As a member of one of the founding families, Walden was my life! The emphasis on the importance of the natural environment heavily influenced my choices for education and career.  -Jenifer McRae Ruyle, Walden class of 1966


Here are some of the schools our alumni have attended:

Middle Schools

Albany Middle School

Black Pine Circle

Longfellow Middle Schoo

Park Day School

Westlake Middle School

Archway School

Edna Brewer Middle School

Montera Middle School

Raskob Day Schoo

Willard Middle Schooll

The Berkeley School

King Middle School

Oakland School for the Arts

Redwood Day School

High Schools

Albany High School

Bishop O Dowd High School

Lick-Wilmerding High School

Oakland School for the Arts

Bard High School Early College

College Preparatory HS

Maybeck High School

Saint Mary’s College HS

Berkeley High School

Head Royce School

Millennium High School

The Urban School

Colleges and Universities

Barnard College

Boston University

Columbia University

Goucher College

Lewis and Clark University

Mount Holyoke College

Pomon.a College

San Jose State University

Sonoma State University

UC Berkeley

UC Santa Cruz

Vassar College

Beloit College

Brown University

De Paul University

Harvard University

Mills College

New York University

Reed College

Sarah Lawrence College


UC Davis

University of Chicago

Yale University

Bennington College

Carnegie Mellon University

Evergreen State College

Humboldt State University


Occidental College

San Francisco State University



University of Wisconsin