Educational Equity Project

Founded by a group of Berkeley parents in 1958, Walden has strong ties to our surrounding communities. Walden was envisioned as a Center of both learning and community, and informed by the idea that an arts-rich education would foster well-rounded, creative thinkers and learners. Over time, research has borne these ideas out, showing that in particular music and theater are highly correlated with success in mathematics and reading. Walden Center & School provides the high-quality, arts-rich education that every child deserves, and keeping a Walden education accessible to as many students as possible is a top priority. This keeps Walden connected to our immediate communities while directly enriching the Walden community. With the belief that an abundance of every type of diversity - including economic diversity - promotes compassion, respect for differences and enriches our community as a whole, the Walden Foundation is actively pursuing dedicated funding for the Educational Equity Project from both foundations and individual donors. In September, 2010 Walden was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert T. Keeler Foundation, Mary Rust, Trustee to seed a scholarship fund and begin the Educational Equity Project. The Robert T. Keeler Foundation made a second $50,000 challenge grant in 2012. The EEP will allow Walden to continue to lower economic barriers and enable students from lower income families to enroll and remain at Walden Center & School for a full seven years. To help realize the goal of this project and bring more children who would not otherwise have access to the alternative education offered at Walden, please contact tamara@walden-school.net.