Walden Report Card 2017
K-8th Grade • 4230 N. University Avenue, Provo, Utah 84604 • 801-374-1545
High School • 4266 N. University Avenue, Provo, Utah 84604 • 801-655-5889
Walden is a place where social, emotional and academic growth are valued equally, a place where students see possibilities, 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. Our purpose is to develop capable, globally minded citizens who are dedicated to making positive contributions to society.
Walden families are asked to donate 40 hours per family during the school year. In 2016-17, our families donated countless hours improving school programs, raising funds, and serving our students. Over 500 volunteers came to our Comcast Cares Day and helped to clean, garden, build, and beautify our campus.
Walden has had over a thousand guest speakers, panel members, and professional mentors in the school during the past thirteen years. Working professionals, university students, and university faculty have all contributed to making Walden a vibrant place to learn. In addition, our students have taken advantage of a variety of workshops, conferences and forums at BYU, UVU, the U of U and USU, and have participated in a wide range of internships.
Although attracting an ethnically diverse population in Utah Valley can be challenging, Walden is proud of our unique population. We consistently attract families from a wide range of cultural, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds:
Hispanic/Latino - 39 students (9%)
American - Indian 8 students (2%)
Asian - 6 students (1.5%)
African American/Black - 5 students (1.2%)
Pacific Islander - 3 students (0.7%)
Multiple Races - 16 students (3.8%)
White - 342 students (81.5%)
Special Education - 78 students (18%)
Economicly Disadvantaged - 188 students (43%)
Female - 211 students (50.4%)
Male - 208 students (49.6%)
Graduation Rates and Matriculation
Walden teachers and counselors work extraordinarily hard to ensure that every senior is admitted to at least one college before graduation. We have had thirteen graduating classes and only a handful of students have chosen to leave school early or to take the GED. In 2017, we had a 97% graduation rate. Walden graduates have attended colleges as diverse as, Sarah Lawrence, Antioch, Tufts, Bryn Mawr, Cambridge, Stanford, BYU, Bard College, Barnard, Colorado School of Mines, NYU, Evergreen, Seattle University, University of Washington, Westminster, USU, SUU, UVU, and University of Utah.
Walden’s Academic Programs
Walden School of Liberal Arts provides our students with an education based on the principles of four major educational philosophies: 1) The Montessori Method; 2) International Baccalaureate Programmes;
3) Expeditionary Learning, and 4) Optimal Experience Theory (Flow).
The Montessori Method is an educational philosophy of education with an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, discovery, and developmentally appropriate learning activities. The method is based on a profound respect for all aspects of a child’s cognitive, academic, psychological, physical, and social development. Montessori schools seek to create learning environments where discovery and interest help guide the learning process. Classes typically are made up of 2-3 year age levels in order to allow children to learn and grow at their own rate. At Walden, grade levels are combined as follows: grades 1-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.
Walden School of Liberal Arts is an International Baccalaureate World school offering the Diploma and Middle Year Programmes. IB schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students. IB programs encourage students to become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.