Posted May 28, 2013
Calibre has just finished a successful school year. We have seen huge academic growth in all of our students. This year we expanded the campus to double the capacity and added a beautiful gymnasium and cafeteria, as well as grassy fields to support our expanding athletics program. We anticipate an amazing 2013-14 school year!
We love Carden! My son has attended since pre-school and is now in second grade. Carden has a gifted program that is wonderful and I do believe he is in this class because of the attention from his previous teachers. They care about the students and keep the parents involved.
This school is only good if your child is gifted because they only care about there test results. If your child happens to be a little behind or in need of a little extra help this school will shun them. I think it is sad my one gifted son does great at a school like Carden but my other son who learns a little differently is pushed away. What does that say for the charactor of this school?
We love this school!! My daughter started here this fall and I am quite impressed. The principal and staff is awesome. There are so many different programs. As a military family that moves every 2 years, my daughter has already experienced many different public school environments. This is by far the best. Thank you Carden!
Very good school. Helpful Staff, and the fact that they have a uniform policy helps the students focus, no worries about cliques etc. The programs are challenging but the children are walked through them as needed. Great area as well. One little complaint is that they do seem to be focused a little too much on promotions of the school, which in turn makes them seem a bit too concerned about monetary gain from the attendance of extra students. Do they really have to wear a logo on the shirt? why?
I have 3 kids that all attend Carden. They all started in kindergarten, none of them had attended any preschool. They all have done very well, always on honor roll. The teachers are wonderful. Yes, there has been alot of turnover with the teachers but some of them left due to family illnesses, some moved out of state, some had babies they wanted to stay home with. You can't blame the school for any of that. Bottom line is, my kids are getting an excellent education, far better than any public school. We love Carden and our kids will continue to attend.
We LOVE Carden of Surprise! My daughter excelled in Kindergarten. We will continue to make the drive now that we have moved to ensure she stays in such a good school!
Carden School is not the great school that probably used to be. Many changes of principals and teachers, second and third grade. They are more worried of saving money than hiring aid teachers to help kids. My son was in that group and they put him with a woman that is not a teacher and she was yelling to him, when she should be helping him. This is a money making machine and all the time are asking parents for donations in any way. They don't have nurse and aid teachers. By the way, I wrote before my review, but I don't see my notes... Please tell the truth to parents that we are trusting this website for advise about schools in Arizona.
My son has attended Carden for the last 2 years and we couldn't be more pleased. Due to some special needs, he has required additional help and services and the entire staff has been wonderful to work with. When we go into an IEP meeting, a whole team is there, ready with ideas, willing to participate and prepared to do anything they can to help our son succeed. Thanks Carden!
The PTO at this school has been the best I have ever seen. The group of women they had the last few years were horrible. They had no idea what they were doing and completely on a power trip. Great improvement. The school need a lot of help and they do a good job.
Show me something perfect and I will show you that is not the case.Nothing in life is about perfection and everything about subjective opinions based on individual experiences and specific circumstances.And from that very personal place is that I am voicing my opinion about Carden.This school has quickly become our second home,in other words it has become a place where learning occurs in a caring,safe and commited environment.My son is a happy student and classmate who is learning and having fun at the same time,and as a mother I have found my own place by helping and assisting whenever needed.Everytime I have had the need to share my concerns with school representatives(including the principal) I felt welcome to do so.Everybody is very personable and easy to approach.For as long as my child goes to school with a smile on his face Carden will remain our school of choice.
I was thrilled with this school for the first couple of years my son attended. Unfortunately, I have been disappointed 2 years in a row now! Poor communication and lack of follow up from administration and a terrible choice in teachers by the school. I am sure the really 'gifted kids' are really challenged, I know the average kids are NOT. We will definitely be choosing another school that will give my child the challenge and encouragement he needs and better communication between staff and parents.
I love to read all the reviews from people that complain....if there were more people that found out the reasons why things happen the way they do....people would understand what makes a school work. I have been at Carden for 5 years now...is it perfect, no....what school is? I find comfort in the fact that my kids learn and are happy. I have a son in the gifted program and a son that is your typical type of student. All aspects of learning are covered at Carden. We have a phenominal Gifted Coordinator that pushes to make everyone around her a better person. Teachers and Administration that do the best with what they have. But when it comes to areas that need work....parents need to be more involved. Its so much easier to criticise others when you dont know what's involved. I am happy to have the choice of Charter
This school has major communcation issues between staff and administration and staff and parents. You can never seem to get a straight answer from anyone. Meetings were made weeks in advance between princpal, teacher, parent to have the principal not show.
So disappointing to see a school that had so much potential go down the drain in just a few months. My son has attended since preschool and now is in his third yr at Carden, what a difference a year makes. Unfortunately Carden lost a good amount of teachers over the summer and now we are left with new teachers who are receiving no direction. We have no communication from the school on things that are going on unless it s from the PTO asking for money again that most likely will be used to buy that team dinner or coffee. With all the money the school asks for its parents to donate you would think we could at minimum get a nurse to care for our children.
This school is the best!! The teachers really care about the kids. The kids are challanged and the communication is wonderful.
Use extreme caution when choosing this school!!! This school is lacking in so many areas including its unmotivated teachers and numerous principals. My children are not being challenged at all, so such for their vigorous curriculum. I am pulling them out after winter break.
This school as really come a long way. We have a great principle. The teaching staff is the best I have ever seen. The new PTO officers are doing a fabulous job. The kids are happy. The new phase of the building construction is going to begin soon. They are the ONLY IB World learner school in AZ for a middle school. The office staff is top notch. What more could you want?
Amazing!! This school is a close knit group of teachers, parents & students.
I would use extreme caution when choosing this school. There is a lack of consistancy when it comes to discipiline, grading and structure. My child came home every day feeling defeated even though my child is an A student. We will not be sending our child back to this school.
Looking forward to a new school year. My kids are doing great. Fabulous teachers. Really looking forward to the new Booster officers.
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