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Walden International School

Grades JK TO Gr. 8 — Oakville, ON (MAP)

Walden International School:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    15 — 18 students
  • Tuition
    $20,000 to 23,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    IB, OIS
  • Enrolment
    200 day students
  • Curriculum
    Progressive & International Baccalaureate

School address

  • 2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7G6 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Walden International offers bus transferring. Service options offered are door-to-door pickup.

The regions Walden International offers busing from are:

  • Oakville
  • Brampton
  • Mississauga

Additional notes: Return transportation from Brampton and Mississauga to Oakville is available. Please contact the school office for further information. Busing is included in the cost of tuition.

Our Perspective

How we see Walden International School

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. The school includes a dedication to 21st century skills, fostering leadership and independence, developing communication and interpersonal skills, as well as much of the staff, students, and the culture. As such the school is at the cutting edge of curriculum delivery, with a gaze firmly set on the skills, behaviours, and values that students will need as they move forward in schooling and in life. The ideal student is one able to make the most of an enriched, creative, student-driven educational environment.

School's Perspective

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How Walden International School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Walden International School is an authorized IB World School that delivers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) to students in JK-Gr 5, and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to Gr 6-8 students. Walden’s dedication to wellness, service learning, environmental stewardship and international mindedness ensures students are well-prepared for secondary school studies and beyond. Walden is committed to nurturing young people who will mature into globally responsible citizens."

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
  • 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Leadership
  • Wellness
  • Service Learning | Taking action and making a difference in local, regional and national communities
  • Platinum Certified Eco-School | Promoting environmental awareness and stewardship
  • STEA'M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Intramural and Competitive Varsity Sports Programs

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We consider Wellness to be an essential skill and have purposefully incorporated it into our programme."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"We have a truly balanced approach to learning and a commitment to educating the whole child. There is consideration and appreciation for process (rather than simply outcomes) and an explicit focus on nurturing critical thinking and application of knowledge."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Our campus is larger than they perceive from the outside. And, all of our families, students, and guests report that upon entrance into the lobby of our school, there is a welcoming, transcendental feeling that cannot be perfectly articulated."

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Walden International School

Video reviews of Walden International School

Parent, Farrah Rahim (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Farrah Rahim to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Walden International School.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Daphne Perugini, Head of School

“Welcome to Walden. Our motto, Imagine Explore Achieve, speaks to the potential that we seek in our students. We inspire even the youngest students 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.

“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.”


Daphne Perugini was a teacher and Vice-Principal with the Peel District School Board for nearly two decades. She has had experience leading a comprehensive network of educators in Gifted Learning, Alternative Education, and the International Baccalaureate. Like many in the field who have inspired her, Ms. Perugini believes that education needs to be transformed.

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