Together, we’re Walden School
Welcome to Walden, an independent K-12 school offering an academically rigorous and student-centered college preparatory curriculum.  Walden is a vibrant learning community that inspires students to think critically and creatively, encourages and supports risk-taking in the classroom, and emphasizes the importance of intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.  Our responsive, dedicated, and compassionate teachers create a classroom environment that leads students to discover and develop their passions and provides them with the tools required to be successful in today’s complex, global society. 

Parent Involvement
At Walden our doors are always open to our families.  We encourage a high level of involvement and provide opportunities for all parents, no matter what their schedule, to participate in their child’s school experience.

All parents are members of the Walden Parent Association, which organizes an annual speaker series, manages all school volunteer opportunities, conducts a new-parent mentor program, and coordinates a number of school-wide events throughout the year. In addition, Walden parents regularly serve on the Board of Trustees, participate daily as classroom parents and reading buddies, and join the school community for such enjoyable events as Thoreau Day, Grandparents Day, and the Chili Cook-off.

Mission Statement
In partnership with families, Walden School provides an educational environment - both academic and social - that fosters a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and challenges individual students to reach their full potential so they may flourish in a diverse and changing world.

At Walden, academic, cultural, and religious differences are acknowledged, respected, and celebrated. We give students the knowledge, skills and values to succeed and accept responsibility in their lives. In partnership with families, Walden fosters academic and intellectual development, complemented by a focus for moral, physical and psychological growth. Development in these areas is necessary to play an effective role in today’s multicultural society.

Walden School is designed to accommodate the different rates of growth in students by providing small classes, a carefully planned and frequently reviewed college preparatory curriculum, and professional excellence in the faculty. Our unique and individualized educational experience is designed to nourish all aspects of a student’s educational and personal growth.

Walden School seeks to foster a community of inclusion that respects, celebrates, and compassionately embraces the cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, socioeconomic, and personal diversity of each member of the Walden family. Walden strives to promote cultural competency and understanding through its curriculum, instruction, program, and community outreach.  All members of the Walden community are responsible for working to create a school culture that values honest and open dialogue, mutual respect, and acceptance of different values and beliefs.

Core Values

Walden Nurtures:

  • Curiosity - an engaging environment that promotes intellectual curiosity.

  • Community - a student-centered environment that fosters partnerships among students, faculty, and families.

  • Respect - academic, cultural, and religious differences are acknowledged, respected and celebrated.

  • Responsibility - students are confident, responsible enthusiastic learners, and compassionate global citizens.

During the 2013-14 school year, our K-12 students drafted a Compassion Resolution in response to an invitation from Compassionate Louisville, in support of Louisville’s commitment to the Compassionate Cities Movement. This resolution was signed by Walden’s Head of School and Board of Trustees Chair, effective September 10, 2014. This document was submitted to the mayor’s office and Walden officially became a “compassionate school” and among the first one hundred institutions locally to partner with the city in this effort.