My daughter went here from 5th to 8th grade. She received a great education and I really appreciated that the teachers care so much for their students. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The school's emphasis on building character and personal responsibility is something that is lacking in other schools. If we hadn't moved too far away my other children would have attended here as well. They are small and lack a library and lunch room which is a drawback but the benefits outweigh this.
We just moved our daughter there mid school year from a private school. Carden is an amazing school with an awesome approach to learning. There is an adjustment period for new students (uniforms, different approach to learning, new rules etc). This school demands a lot of of the kids, but nothing above their grade level. They truely care about the kids getting a solid education. The work I have seen come home, far exceeds anything I have seen from other schools. This school was recommened to me by a friend and has been worth the move. Even coming in mid-school year, everyone made her feel welcomed as if she had been there all year. Even thought this school is more demanding, my daughter loves it and is excited to go. Don't judge the school by its looks or location, it truely is an AWESOME school.
Our school just received an "A" based on 2013 AIMES test rating! Congratulations to students & teachers hard work & dedication to excellent
This is an amazing, little treasure of a school. It may not look like much but what comes out of it is remarkable. It is grade level, not advanced, but consistently excels at the top. Great community feeling, strong ethical values, and you can be really involved or not so much. Awesome 2 mo summer w/2 wk spring and fall breaks. Pick up time is amazing as they deliver your kid right to your car and you don't even have to get out! Totally awesome if you have littler ones with you. Right from K they get to learn about the constitution and declaration of indep. Great music and dance program. Small school, almost everyone gets to know each other-at least by name-and there is a lot of affirmation in different ways. Wish they had a library, though each teacher stocks their own classrooms. Teachers have been great with finding what works for our 3 different kids, which wasn't the same for each one. This is our 7th year there. They've continually improved since we began there: ie, their website used to be horrid. Now it's decent. In future maybe it will have more updates and be swell. No school is perfect but this one is a true GEM. A few cons but wonderful pros. Visit! Totally recommend.
Carden of Tucson,has good teaching skills and are constantly reviewing things the kids have learned throughout the year.
My son attended Carden when he was in the 6th and seventh grade. It was the best decision for him to be at this school. The principal and most of the staff really do care about the students education. The small class size is great !! They recognized my sons potential and let him excel instead of stifling that potential like many other schools today. Too bad we had to move out of state. The outside appearance of the school is not great but it goes to show you its whats inside that counts.
As an environmental educator I work with students from all over Tucson. It is ALWAYS a pleasure to work in the outdoors with Carden of Tucson students because they are so well behaved, focused, and courteous. This school really stands out in my opinion when it comes to students who have developed good listening skills and students who really love learning in the outdoors. Steve Russell
I wanted to say as a parent of a graduate and a current Carden of Tucson student, when we first came to Carden it was stressful. There was so much to learn. Uniforms on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Peace Builder shirts and jeans on Wednesday-but only if earned . Blue pants and red or white shirt on Fridays. Boys don't forget your belts & squad points, homework, spelling, lunch and water bottles. Memorize and study the Carden Mission and The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence in which to recite daily. Yes, as a parent who works a full time job, Carden of Tucson forced me to be involved with my children on all levels. I am so proud of my kids for understanding that nothing comes easy and working hard and being accountable has great rewards. I know my kids will exceed the goals set for them by Carden of Tucson and that they already have the fundamentals for a successful future. If you are a parent who feels that this school is bad because it is stressful when the teacher pushes children to their fullest potential or that a donation request of $200-$400 for supplies and field trips (which is 100% tax deductible) is too much to ask then Carden is not right for you.
The BEST elementary & middle school in Tucson! We have 3 children attending here and have been part of this school community for the last 7 years. We tried a nearby public school and quickly found that while the teacher was great, their hands were tied with a ratio of at least 30 to 1. The teacher mentioned "I am not able to give the necessary attention to all students." Carden is a small campus where students can excel in leadership, academics and character development. With class sizes at 14-16 students, they are encouraged to excel and progress or support is easily detected. Carden keeps up with our expanding technology and offers learning with use of ipads, nooks, google docs, classroom whiteboards to name just a few. The middle school has an amazing student council body and they make a difference. Teachers really care about each student and are willing to help in any way. They constantly sacrifice their personal time before and after school. NO regrets, it is worth packing a nutritious lunch and driving 20 miles a day to take our precious children to school to learn in a safe and productive environment!! psCome see a music program, you will be blown away!! Mrs.Post
Can't say enough good things about this school. My daughter is in her third year at Carden. I would challenge anyone to find another school where the teachers are so dedicated to the success of the children. A few people have posted about stringent expectations regarding coloring, etc. As in any school, parents should ask questions or perhaps sit in class. You will quickly understand that nothing happens that isn't for the purpose of advancing your child's academic success. The supply donation is a small cost in comparison to the quality of the education you receive. If you want a school that emphasizes character, patriotism and strong academics, please consider Carden.
I've had two children attend Carden, and it is the best school we could have ever wanted for our kids. The teachers are extremely dedicated, and get to know their students very well. The class sizes are capped at 15-16 kids PER CLASS! The students get so much individual attention, and because the classes are small, the incidences of bullying few and far between. It's definitely a family environment and my children have always felt safe there. The students are formed into squads at the beginning of the year, with an 8th grader at the head, and kids from every grade. So the children get to know other students of all ages and they look out for one another. They have an excellent music director and have numerous musical performances, including dancing, throughout the year. One of our favorite things about Carden is how patriotic it is! The students study and learn about the Constitution and about the founding of our country. Each morning, all students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Both of my kids are exceptional readers because of the instruction they received at Carden, and I feel they are getting a private school education at a public school price. We love Carden!!
Families drive from all over to Carden of Tucson. In the student directory, there are families from 15 different zip codes. I personally drive a half hour from Oro Valley. The rigorous academics, dedicated teachers, and small class sizes (capped at 16 students) make the drive worth it. The school is packed full of exceptional families who invest a lot of time in their kids. For instance, my kindergartener was inspired to learn chess by a 5-year-old chess master in his class. We had a chess play date on Friday. Many of the teachers have advanced degrees, and there has been almost no staff turnover since we have been at the school (4 years). Carden's approach to reading instruction is phenomenal--my kids' reading skills are amazing. Carden's standards are higher than many schools, and I can see how transitioning to Carden could be "stressful" for some students. But most transfer students do great; there is tons of support of them. Most Carden schools are private; some cost $15,000 per year. I personally feel like I am getting the deal of the century paying $200 each year for a supply donation.
The school just stresses out the children and the other parents probably don't know it because they're to busy to listen to the children. Sure the school provide school supplies but they ask for a fee not a donation... don't listen to the other reviews they're probably the staff trying to make their school seem good but its not!!! Because isn't weird that right after they have 2 bad reviews another 2 pop up almost right after the reviews!!! Listen to me this is from an honest parent that saw all the bad things about this school listen to me and avoid this school!!
I am a parent of two kids at Carden. My oldest is a 7th grader and has been there since kindergarten. I feel that she is getting an Excellent education at Carden and will be more than ready to move on to High School. They have always received the help when struggling with something. If you ask my children what they think of Carden, they will say that it is like a family.I can honestly say that before the bad economy and budget cuts, they never asked for supply fees. I know for a fact, that their budget has been cut more and more every year. It is hard on everyone, but certainly not the schools fault. It is a small price to pay for the teacher-student ratio. We need more schools like this in the country.
Carden of Tucson strives to provide an educational community where students, parents, and teachers are responsible for the learning environment. Although academics are challenging each teacher works tirelessly to provides personal support for each student. The school provides ALL supplies for students through out the year, including pencils, paper, markers, scissors, glue, notebooks, rulers, and other supplies so that parents are not responsible for continuously suppling their students, because of this, the school does ask for a supply donation. The school is more than willing to work with parents if they are unable to pay the supply donation. Carden of Tucson is a great school for students who want to work hard and participate in their education.
My child attended this school and it wasn't as good as it seems. the 8th grade homeroom teacher was great she treated everyone but the other teachers are disrespectful and get the students stressed out. And besides that there was a $175 fee per student. Don't take your child there it is not a healthy environment for students.
My daughter attended this school for kinder and 1st grade. We switched schools because Carden was a bit far for us, and it made me realize just how wonderful Carden is. The new school was fine, but there was a lot missing. Carden has wonderful teachers and staff that not only know your kids, but treat them like family. There is a wonderful atmosphere at Carden that I have not seen anywhere else. It is a wonderful school that I would encourage anyone to send their kids to, if they want them to learn respect, responsibilty, traditional values, and how to care for others, as well as the basics that should be taught in school! I cannot say enough great things about Carden, the kids and the wonderful staff!
Carden offers an elite, private-school education for free. It was private for 20 years before becoming a charter school. Class sizes are limited to 16 students. In kindergarten and 1st grade there are two teachers so the ratio is only 1:8. The Carden approach to reading is amazing. My 2nd grader reads at 6.8 grade level. I had her tested because I was curious after witnessing how much stronger her reading skills were than older kids who attended private schools. My daughter could not read "cat" when she started kindergarten. My daughter's math skills are advanced as well. I brought her a 5th grade math workbook for the summer, which is a little too easy for her. Carden also focuses on character development, technology (ipads etc.), music, and physical fitness. Bullying is not tolerated. Carden graduates get into University High School and the IB program at CDO. They excel in high school and life. P.S. The pasting/coloring stuff mentioned by the previous reviewer is part of the Carden method to improve manual dexterity and listening skills. My advice would be just let your child color polka-dotted skies at home. Carden truly offers a world-class education.
I was very disappointed with this school. My son went to kindergarten here in 2008 and it was unpleasant from day one. When I turned in my paperwork at the office, the lady there asked about my sons father, and when I said I was a single mom, she said "oh, one of those families" in a very condescending tone. Then the real problems began. My son's kindergarten teacher sent home every paper covered with red marks. If he didn't paste everything perfectly straight or color in every area with no white showing she would circle it with her red pen. I found out later that she would then make my son stay in from recess with his head down because of the "mistakes" in his work, and that she told him he ought to be ashamed of himself. She also told him he had to color things realistically, as in the sky had to be blue, the grass green, and the barn red. They obviously do not support creativity, because there was not a single art project sent home all year. I felt that this school had no concept of child development, and of encouraging self esteem and creativity.
We are finishing our first year at Carden of Tucson and have enjoyed it tremendously. It was recommended to us by a friend and was one of the best academic decisions we've made for our son. He has thrived and has started to read! The staff and administrators are some of the most dedicated and loving people I've ever met. We love the structure, small class size, uniforms, and mentoring. My only regret is that it ends at 8th grade. The special education department is wonderful and accommodating. We love the strong emphasis on the civics and leadership. Where else can you go where the students stand to greet you and address you when you enter their classroom, they shake the hand of their teacher and greet her each morning when they enter the classroom and thank her for teaching them when they leave each afternoon. I love the fact that they instill respect. As their school pledge says, " respect yourself, respect each other, respect this place!"
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