Who We Are
We are a community of learners dedicated to educating the whole person. We challenge students to develop academic skills, social and emotional abilities, and creative capacities in a collaborative environment, enabling them to take ownership of their education and reach their highest potential.
What We Do
Protect and honor a student’s uniqueness and innate ability to be inquisitive and creative.
Understand and respect different ways of learning based on Multiple Intelligence Theory.
Encourage out-of-the-box thinking, teaching students how to think not what to think.
Teach that mistakes are necessary for learning, resiliency, and emotional growth.
Enable every student to have a sense of belonging, a role, and a responsibility in our community.
Realize that education is more than academics.
How We Do It
Utilize research: we provide a best-of-practice approach to teaching and college preparation based on educational and psychosocial research.
Hand-craft curriculum: we create our own curriculum, meeting academic and developmental benchmarks, using a variety of modalities for various types of learners.
Maintain a low teacher-to-student ratio: we keep class sizes small in order to provide individualized goals and instruction and to allow teachers to get to know their students’ strengths and challenges.
Utilize multi-age classrooms: we use mixed-grade classes to best support students’ differing levels of learning.
Provide a structured, yet flexible environment: we have clear daily schedules and practices, but maintain a relaxed setting for learning.
Reduce school anxiety: we create a cooperative rather than a competitive environment by focusing on small-group and team-building collaborative activities instead of on grades and testing.
Focus on concept-based learning: we use essential questions, big-picture concepts, and hands-on projects to teach students how to link information and discover meaningful connections between ideas.
Nurture communication skills: we guide students in their journey to listen and communicate with clarity, precision, and empathy.
Teach students to self-regulate: we teach students to appropriately identify and express their feelings and to learn when they need assistance or when they need breaks.
The Walden Methodology
In a world where the "one-size-fits-all" mentality reigns over education, students' personal needs are often overlooked. Walden addresses that problem with small class size, an open atmosphere, and personalized learning. Walden Community School began in response to Dr. Mikulka's search for an education for her own children. Her search yielded multiple theories, each with its own merit; however, none of the available options satisfied her desire to find a school focused on developing the whole person.
At Walden, we foster independent thinking and build our curriculum for our students -- not a test. Excited, passionate teachers create excited students. Teachers and parents witness and encourage the process of discovery, abstract thought, and insight. The result is the evolution of highly competent individuals able to analyze, interpret, and communicate their ideas confidently and effectively. Walden also has high academic standards and provides all students with an environment and the educational support to achieve success and accomplish their individual goals.
Walden offers a unique educational program that focuses on the development of each student's artistic, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. Seminar-style classes, project-based learning, higher-ordered thinking and in-depth exploration of major concepts and ideas are a few key elements of our program. Walden students are ambitious, take pride in their work, take responsibility for their actions, and are required to produce original work and ideas. Walden students are invested in their own education.
At Walden, it is easy to see academics are only the beginning of our commitment to educating our students. Our focus on building the whole person requires separate planning, care, and methodologies to accommodate the emotional, social, and physical needs of our students. Our commitment to building better individuals and better students is uncompromising and the reason a Walden student is a student destined to achieve both professionally and personally. The basic guiding principal of Walden Community School is simple; every student can, and wants to, learn in an environment that respects and fosters both the individual and the community.