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Walden International School

1030 Queen Street West, Brampton, Ontario, L6X 0B2

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
JK to 6 (Coed)
$10,000 to 20,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 15
Day: Varies (Gr. JK - 6)

School Address
1030 Queen Street West, Brampton, Ontario, L6X 0B2

About this school:


Walden International School is a Candidate School in pursuit of International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status and will continue to expand its grade offerings that will offer to students the full IB continuum. Walden’s dedication to wellness and international mindedness ensures students are well-prepared for post-secondary studies and beyond. Its current delivery of the Primary Years Programme demonstrates its ongoing commitment to nurturing young people who will mature into globally responsible citizens. — Visit school website



The Our Kids review of Walden International School

our takeThe work of Walden, as suggested by the school’s name, is informed by the work of Henry David Thoreau, specifically the idea that working within a natural setting, allowing curiosity to guide you, is the basis to working with others and knowing your place in the world. The offering of the IB program underscores that world view, as does an emphasis on getting into nature. It’s a noisy world. Kids need quiet, and Walden rightly makes that a priority. Instruction is student driven, seeking to inspire curiosity, while also capitalizing on the interests that students bring into the classroom. While academics are strong, it’s the values that the school promotes that is a particular draw to the families that enroll here.

Principal's Message


Daphne Perugini, Head of School

Welcome to Walden. It is truly incredible to be able to work and learn in a school built almost a century and a half ago. We’ve lovingly restored the interior to reflect its origins and have created new learning spaces that encourage discovery and collaboration. But beyond the aesthetics, we have built a school for families that value excellent teaching and learning, where curiosity, creativity, and confidence are fostered, and where academic rigour is celebrated.

Our motto, Imagine Explore Achieve, speaks to the potential that we seek in our students. We inspire even the youngest girls and boys in our Early Years classroom to reach beyond what they know through inquiry and reflection. And, by embracing daily challenges they learn resilience and gain confidence, both hallmarks of success.

But what ultimately sets our standards at Walden is our team of dedicated faculty and staff who never cease to amaze me with their innovation, patience, and professionalism. They are educators who feel that every child is deserving of the very best, who are committed to delivering the very best, and who are not apologetic for demanding the very best.

We look forward to your visit to Walden. We are eager to share with you our promise of a quality education.



Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What Walden says: Walden International School has strategically formed a curriculum that focuses on inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Rather than relying on traditional content-driven pedagogy, Walden offers a more process-driven and experiential approach. Students in the Walden Primary School programme will be well prepared to transition from a transdisciplinary focus to an interdisciplinary model in the Upper Years. Students in Grades 6 to 9 will complete the Baccalaureate Foundations: Advanced Diploma Preparation programme that features interdisciplinary studies in the areas of Commerce, Humanities, and Natural and Quantitative Sciences. The Foundations Programme also offers daily Personal and Leadership Development and features a weekly, critical thinking course that asks students to reflect on what they know and how they know it. This course will build the foundation for the Theory of Knowledge course taken in the IB Diploma Programme. Walden International School is currently pursuing authorization to become an IB World School.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Walden says: Baccalaureate Foundations will focus on in student-centred learning. The teacher's mandate, which will be achieved through inquiry-based lessons, is to help students become quality, independent, self-directed learners.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: TBD

    • Calculator policy: Students will be encouraged to utilize learning technologies available to them in the classroom and/or to use personal devices that will supplement the teacher's learning objectives. Students will be explicitly taught appropriate applications that will maximize the potential of learning technologies both in- and outside the classroom.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Walden says: Students are given opportunities to independently explore written texts facilitated by classroom teachers.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Walden says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Walden says: Students are taught different styles of writing, context for different forms of expression, and opportunities to produce creative pieces.

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Natural Science (aka "Science") will be introduced in a transdisciplinary manner and later taught in an interdisciplinary manner with Quantitative Science (aka "Math") during JK-10. Not unlike the other courses in the Primary School and Baccalaureate Foundations programmes, and especially for studies in Natural Science, learning will be student-driven, organic, and experiential (where possible).

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Walden says: Resources and materials will be studied through an interdisciplinary lens. Literature written by and about indigenous people will be on a comprehensive Reading List. The students will be expected to dive deeply into the literature and analyse its content in differing contexts.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Walden says: Students will be taught historical themes and where possible, connections will be made to relevant and current context.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Walden says: French as a second language will be introduced to the Primary School students. Students will learn popular stories and will have opportunities to explore and practice the language in social contexts. French, Spanish and Mandarin will be offered once authorized as an IB World School. Students will experience Foreign Language in an online learning environment (with blended learning opportunities with on-site teachers).

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   11
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Walden says: Dramatic Arts will be offered as interdisciplinary study under Humanities.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Walden says: Learning technologies will be integrated as needed and as per the comfort level of the teacher and students.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Walden says: Physical Education as a course will not be offered at Walden International School. Instead, students are expected to participate in and monitor daily physical and mindfulness activities that promote wellness and well-being. Teachers will address daily "physical education" during Personal and Leadership Development, as well as formally focus on wellness and physical activity on Wellness Wednesdays.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French ab initio SL
    • Spanish ab initio SL
    • Mandarin ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Business and Management HL
    • Economics SL
    • Psychology HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics SL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Film SL

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What Walden says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Walden says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Walden says: The focus of Walden Primary School programme will be the child's experience, characterised by self-directed activity. Further to this, teachers will integrate transdisciplinary themes, such as who we are and sharing the planet, that are reflective of those introduced in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The implementation of the Primary School is part of the school's plan to pursue the designation of a fully authorised IB World School offering the continuum.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Walden says about flexible pacing: Students who require additional academic support will be offered tutorial time with Walden teachers as required. Parents will be kept apprised of student progress during the school term and will be invited on a needs-basis to discuss appropriate strategies that will optimize learning supports for their children.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Walden says: While the ultimate goal for students is preparation for (the IBDP) and for entrance into and success at University, Walden International School staff also stress the importance of wellness, the learner profile, personal and leadership development, critical thinking, essay writing and, overall communication skills.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Walden says: Walden International School believes in educating the whole child through a Liberal Arts curriculum. Additionally, mindfulness and reflection are practiced during the Personal and Leadership Development course and on Wellness Wednesdays.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    Walden offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Summary: Individual support will be discussed and provided as required.

    • What Walden says: The Primary School and Baccalaureate Foundations programmes (and, eventually the IB Diploma Programme) are rigorous, academically demanding programmes that will require curiosity, conscientiousness, organisation and self-discipline, in addition to advanced cognitive ability. Staff will discuss with parents the commitment and range of ability required for overall success in these programmes. Parents would be expected to make an informed decision about enrolling their child at Walden International School.

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Walden says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 10, Walden International School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Walden90 mins90 mins
    Site Average71 mins81 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 10
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 10
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 10
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 10

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What Walden says: Recess is viewed as an integral part of our wellness program.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    What Walden says:
    • Walden International School will run co-curricular programs and recreational and competitive teams/sports per student demand.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Outdoor Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic)$10,000$20,000
    What Walden says: Please contact the school for information on tuition. Our yearly tuition schedule is available on our website.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Founders' Grant
    Amount: $100,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to —

    See 'In the News' for details. 

    Founders' Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to —

    All incoming students are eligible to qualify for this scholarship. Call for details.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size12 to 15
    Gender (grades)JK to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1010101010101010101010



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Walden says:

    Please visit our OpenApply portal by clicking here.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Walden International School is looking for: Walden students are academically motivated, independent, keen starters, and well-rounded in preparation for the rigours of the IB Diploma Programme and inherent challenges of post-secondary studies. Our learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)

    Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • We are dedicated to nurturing and preparing our students for future success. Expect great things from our founding cohort, Class of 2019!

    Stories & Testimonials



    The teaching staff at Walden International School are conscientious individuals who embody the school’’s philosophy in inspiring and empowering students to become future leaders.

    They are members in Good Standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and are certified to effectively deliver the IB curriculum. Staff are committed to ongoing professional learning and modelling lifelong learning to our students.


    International Baccalaureate: IB World School

    Walden International School will seek candidacy status in pursuit of becoming an authorised IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme and, eventually, the full IB continuum. Unlike other secondary schools in Ontario, Walden International School will deliver exclusively an international curriculum, enabling us to focus on the core values of the IB philosophy.

    The IB aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. It is also different from other curricula because it encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told; is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula; and, encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.

    Walden International School encourages and guides students in helping to contribute to a more positive future through intercultural understanding and respect.


    Online Studies

    Online study is featured in our schedule to genuinely internationalise the learning experience, cater to a variety of learning styles and develop students who will be savvy in the global marketplace.

    Pamoja Education is the only IB approved online course provider. They work in close collaboration with the IB to develop and deliver authorised online Diploma Programme courses. Pamoja Education continues to develop innovative ways to provide students and teachers with a collaborative and dynamic online learning environment to support students in achieving their academic potential.


    Foundations Programme for IB Diploma

    Baccalaureate Foundations: Advanced Diploma Preparation was developed by the founders of Walden International School for high school students intending to pursue the IB Diploma Programme. It is designed to support the comprehensive scope of a liberal arts curriculum and the rigours of international education by bridging prior learning with a unique interdisciplinary pedagogy.  
    The trilateral model of Baccalaureate Foundations: Advanced Diploma Preparation is delivered over two years and features studies in Commerce, Humanities, and Quantitative and Natural Sciences. Online learning is introduced in the second year as preliminary study for the academic challenges of IB Diploma Programme courses and for promoting fluency in this emerging learning and working environment.


    In the News


    May 26, 2017 - Walden: The Future is Bright

    Walden International School shares news about its successful inaugural year and announces a new Grade 4–6 classroom in September 2017. ...

    April 29, 2016 - Walden International School announces addition of Primary School

    Walden is excited to serve the growing community of Brampton by expanding their academic offering to the primary years. Now enrolling JK-9. ...

    February 4, 2016 - New school dedicates $500,000 in grants for the best and brightest

    School founders invest $500,000 in grants for Ontario's best and brightest students. Available to all incoming Grade 8 students. ...

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