You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment...Live the life you’ve imagined.
— Henry David Thoreau

Walden School was founded by Dr. Edward F. Vermillion in 1975, as an independent, coeducational school, offering a K-12 college preparatory program in an environment where curiosity and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning would be fostered. Walden School was named in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden (1854), which stressed respect for individuality. Since Walden School’s founding in 1975, there has been a strong emphasis on small class size and a strong fine arts education, to complement a rigorous curriculum grounded in critical thinking. Walden graduates enter the world as creative and innovative thinkers, who value diversity and compassion, and appreciate their roles as ethically-minded scholars, citizens, and leaders in a global community.

Walden was originally located on the KMI (Kentucky Military School) campus on LaGrange Road, before relocating to our current Westport Road home in 1981. Walden is an accredited member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS).



Graduates of Walden School find success in every industry to which they apply. Walden alumni are scientists and researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, corporate executives, medical experts, and leaders in education. Maintaining strong connections with the Walden community, alumni are invaluable contributors to the future of our school.