K-12 Montessori School

Walden is the only K-12 public Montessori School in Utah.  Our elementary program offers Montessori curriculum coupled with a deep commitment to peace education and authentic learning experiences.

Our secondary school program combines the Montessori philosophy with service and expeditionary learning to create a unique curriculum dedicated to preparing students for higher learning, civic participation and a fulfilling life.

A liberal arts education provides a balance of science, math, language arts, fine arts and humanities.

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Our Mission

The Walden School is a place where social, emotional and academic growth are valued equally—a place where students see posibilities, make meaningful choices, take risks, and emerge with a stronger sense of identity, belonging and  purpose.  It is a place where critical thought, creativity and independence are nurtured; where empathy, cultural awareness and tolerance are valued. We champion student choice and autonomy, authentic research and project work. Our school's mission is to develop competent, self-motivated learners dedicated to making positive contributions to society.

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Upcoming Events



Summer Meal Program

This summer we will be offering breakfast and lunch at no charge to kids 18 and under. This service will available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Breakfast will go from 8:30 - 10, and lunch will be from 12 - 1. Please contact Mannie with any questions at kitchen.mannie@waldenschool.us.

Walden School Child Find

Every child is entitled to a public education regardless of disability. Children with disabilities may go
without services because families are not fully aware of their entitlement. If you know of a child, birth to age 22, who is not receiving any education services or feel that your child is in need of additional services, speak to your child’s classroom teacher or contact our special education specialists, Amy Roan or Lynda Golding, at 801-374-1545.

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Utah State Land Trust

Walden is pleased to report that our middle school students showed significant gains in math mastery during the 2012-13 school year. This was due, in part, to funds we received through the Utah State School Land Trust Program. Of course our students couldn't have done this without last year's dedicated math instructors, Kim Perry and Grace Wilson. 

Using School Land Trust funds, Walden was able to purchase 15 new computers for the middle school computer cart, and licenses to use ALEKS online mathematics learning software for all of our students. These efforts resulted in a 3% gain in passing rates on year-end criterion referenced math tests.

We are particularly proud of our 8th grade students. 92% of these students passed the end-of-year exam—well above Utah State averages. 

Thanks to the Utah State School Land Trust Program for their much needed assistance!

Walden School Lunch Program

Please accept a heartfelt thank-you for your patience these last few years as we have worked to find the right recipe for a hot lunch program at Walden.  Your concerns have been heard and we are delighted to make the following announcement that addresses the difficulties of the past:

Walden School of Liberal Arts is now offering an in-house hot breakfast and lunch program that offers a choice of menu items, including vegetarian options, each day beginning August 26

A hearty thank you goes out to our new kitchen manager, Mannie Myers, and her team for the endless hours of work to make this happen for the Walden families.   An incredible amount of time, energy, and resources have been expended this summer to upgrade the kitchen, to meet all local, state, and federal guidelines, and to prepare menus in order to qualify the school for subsidies from the federal child nutrition program.  This marks the beginning of an enhanced program that is here to stay and that is aligned to the Walden vision.

Hours of Operation: 

Breakfast will be served in the lower school building for all ages from 8:00 to 8:20 a.m. daily.  Lunch will be served daily in both buildings during class lunch periods.   Sack lunches "to go" will be available on early out Fridays.  Sack lunches will also be available on field trip days.


The cost is extremely reasonable (or free for qualifying families).


            Students:        Full price - $1.25 --  Reduced - $0.30 --  Free – $0.00

            Adults:            $1.50


            Students:        Full price - $2.25  --  Reduced - $0.40 -- Free – $0.00

            Adults:            $2.50

Students and families may pay by cash or check at the time of service, or in advance with cash, check, or credit card in the main office or business office.


Menus will be posted on the school website.  Menus will rotate through a 6 week cycle.  Each day there will be choices among entrees and side dishes.  Healthy and delicious vegetarian options are available each day.  Your ongoing feedback will help us refine the menu offerings so that they meet the high standards of nutrition and tastiness that our children deserve.  If your child has special nutritional considerations, please contact Mannie at 801-874-8162 or walden.kitchen.mannie@gmail.com to see if we can accommodate those needs.

After-school snacks will be available at no cost for all students enrolled in after-school programs.

Please watch your mail for information that will help you know if you qualify for free or reduced meals.  Even if you do not qualify for a subsidy, please return the completed form via email, postal mail, or in person.  If you do not receive the forms in the mail and cannot download them from this email, they are available in the office.  We will have them also available at the family picnic on Tuesday (look for Mannie’s Walden Café table).

Carson Smith Notification Requirements

School districts and charter schools are required by Utah law, 53A1a-704(10), to inform parents of students with IEPs enrolled in public school, of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program.

Listed below is the address of the Internet website maintained by the USOE (Utah State Office of Education) which will provide interested parents/students with all the program information and application forms for the CSS Program.

http://ww.schools.utah.gov.sars/Quick-Links/Carson Smith Scholarship.aspx

This is a voluntary, optional program for any student on an IEP, that allows for additional educational choices. 

Amy Roan
Director, Special Education

The Walden School website is undergoing HUGE changes! Please excuse our dust, and if you find something that seems to be broken, or you'd just like to make a suggestion, we'd love to hear from you. Your feedback will help us make the website a more useful resource for everyone.