Walden International School is Brampton's first and only authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to JK - Gr 5 students. Walden’s dedication to wellness, service learning, and international mindedness ensures students are well-prepared for post-secondary studies and beyond. Its authentic teaching of the PYP demonstrates its ongoing commitment to nurturing young people who will mature into globally responsible citizens.
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The 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.
1030 Queen Street West, Brampton, Ontario, L6X 0B2
Walden offers bus transferring.
Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions Walden offers busing from are:
Additional notes: Busing is available. Some restrictions apply. Please contact Walden Office for details.
We are prominently located on the northwest corner of Queen Street West and Chinguacousy Road in the bustling and growing community of Credit Valley in West Brampton. Surrounded by all the conveniences of city living, our historic property is also flanked by acres of municipal park that includes an active cricket pitch and baseball diamond, as well as a grand gazebo where locals frequently meet for social gatherings or simply for a rest after an early evening stroll.
Our Library is situated in the original one-room schoolhouse.
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Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Walden : Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Walden has a Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Liberal arts - 16%   Traditional - 42%   Progressive - 28%   Montessori - 13%   Reggio Emilia - 0%   Waldorf - 1%
Walden has a International Baccalaureate approach to secondary curriculum.
Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.
What Walden says: Walden International School is an authorized IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden, our school is committed to fostering independent, self-reliant learners in a nature-centric environment. Our mandate is to model for our students the merits of subscribing to an unadorned approach to living while developing a worldly view in pursuit of academic excellence. As an international school with a globally-focused curriculum, we promise to deliver a rigorous, prestigious and necessary educational programme meeting the standards and demands of the world in which we live.
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.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Discovery math - 5%   Traditional math - 27%   Equal balance - 68%
What Walden says: The programme's mandate will be achieved through inquiry-based lessons and will help students become independent and self-directed learners.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: An example of a resource used in the delivery of Mathematics is "Nelson Math Focus."
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.
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.
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.
These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 74%   Traditional - 22%   Social justice - 4%
What Walden says: Resources and materials will be studied through an transdisciplinary lens. The students will be expected to dive deeply into the literature and analyse its content in differing contexts. Regular reading at home is encouraged.
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.
What Walden says: French as a second language is introduced as early as JK with formal instruction beginning in Grade 1. Students will learn popular stories and will have opportunities to explore and practice the language in social contexts.
Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Light integration - 21%   Heavy integration - 31%   Medium integration - 48%
What Walden says: Learning technologies will be integrated as needed and as per the comfort level of the teacher and students.
What Walden says: Students are expected to participate in and monitor daily physical and mindfulness activities that promote wellness and well-being. Teachers will address physical education during the regular "Personal, social and physical education" (PSPE) period, as well as formally focus on wellness and physical activity on Wellness Wednesdays.
Sex and health education approach at Walden : Not Ontario curriculum
Walden has a Not Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).
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The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 46%   Follows provincial curriculum - 54%
Approach to sex and health education:
Walden has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
Walden 's approach to sex-ed: Walden International School respects the personal beliefs upheld by individual families. We encourage open discussions at home at families' discretion. As with all aspects of our curriculum, families would be informed of specific health education topics (e.g., nutrition, mental health, social justice and diversity) prior to teaching.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at Walden : Academic
Walden has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).
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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.
What Walden says: The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3-12 designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Even in the Early Years (JK/SK), the PYP is designed to be responsive to young children’s ways of knowing and provides for stimulating, supportive interactions with their teachers and peers.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Walden : Student-paced
Walden has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).
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The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
What Walden says: Walden International School delivers a programme of inquiry that is age- and skill-appropriate that is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant for learners.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
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
What Walden says about flexible pacing: Students will be offered additional academic support as needed. 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.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Walden : Supportive
Walden has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 51%   Rigorous - 49%
What Walden says: Walden International School focuses on the importance of academic excellence, wellness, the learner profile, personal and leadership development, critical thinking, and overall communication skills.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
What Walden says: Walden International School believes in educating the whole child through a transdisciplinary and Liberal Arts curriculum. Additionally, mindfulness and reflection are practiced daily and during Wellness Wednesdays.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Walden offers No support
Walden offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
What Walden says about their special need support: The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a rigorous, academically demanding programme 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 this programme. Parents would be expected to make an informed decision about enrolling their child at Walden International School.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: Individual support will be discussed on a needs-basis.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 5, Walden students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.
This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).
What Walden says about their flipped classroom policy: Will be dependent on student need and level of teacher comfort.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Walden says:
Walden International School will run co-curricular programs and recreational and competitive teams/sports per student demand.
Competitive sports: N/A Recreational sports: 7
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Walden International School - Brampton offers 5 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What Walden says about their tuition: Please contact the school for information on tuition. Our yearly tuition schedule is available on our website.
Need-based financial aid
Walden International School - Brampton does not offer need-based financial aid.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
JK to Gr. 5
Average class size
12 to 15
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
JK - 6
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling
Offer mid-year entry:
Application fee: N/A
Registration fee: N/A
What Walden says:
INQUIRE - Let us know that you are interested in finding out more about our school by calling us at +1-905-497-8890 or sending us an email at [email protected]. We will send you an information package and answer any questions you may have.
MEET - We welcome families to get to know us. This starts with a visit and meeting with our Administration. You are invited to schedule a tour today.
APPLY - Once ready, families can complete the paperless online Application for Admission. Walden admits students on a rolling basis. Applications for the the coming school year are now available.
VISIT - The Admissions team will review every application. Students will be asked to meet with our Administration and spend time in our classrooms to meet with teachers and their peers. The student’s current and past school(s) may be contacted during this process.
DECIDE - Confirmation of acceptance will be sent to parents. Families will be invited to complete the registration process as outlined in their confirmation of acceptance.
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
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%)
Type of student Walden 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.
How exciting it is to experience daily the curiosity and passion of our students as they immerse themselves in inquiry, discovery, and reflection. Their broad smiles and budding confidence speak to their love of and engagement in our unique programme, one that thoughtfully balances academics and wellness. Walden students genuinely personify our motto — Imagine Explore Achieve. Together they embrace the challenge of new learning and share in the triumph of accomplishment. It is their enthusiasm that compels us to strive for excellence in education.
Our faculty, too, embodies the spirit of learning. They are a knowledgeable and dedicated team that collectively inspires our students to do their best not only for themselves, but also for those around them. I am proud of their resolve to design and deliver an exceptional experience for our students. And, for their steadfast commitment to ensuring that every student succeeds. We look forward to your visit and are eager to share with you our promise of a quality education. Thank you for your interest in Walden.