« Back to compare
K-8
Private
Huntington Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 91
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

Contact this school

5702 Clark Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

School website
(714) 840-5127
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Carden Conservatory address.

Profile Completeness

ADVANCED

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
September 24, 2013
Carden is an amazing small private school, parent supported. The class sizes are small and this enables the children to obtain a better education. Their curriculum is by far above standard.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
We have been at this school for 7 years now and absolutely love it. My child is learning much more than his peers at other schools and enjoying himself. The new computer boards in the classrooms are great and I love the new film, golf and paddleboarding classes for the older kids! This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
Fantastic school, fantastic teachers! My two children have attended Carden for seven years. We started in the preschool and continued forward. I am so appreciative for the teachers and staff at Carden. They take great care and dedication to bring the very best education to my children. It's amazing how supportive and caring the teachers and staff are at Carden Conservatory - truly a family atmosphere. The balance between academics and electives is more than they would obtain from other schools. My children have had Spanish, art and music since preschool. From kindergarten on every grade has computer education. The peer to peer support is excellent. I prefer to have my children attend a school with a class size of 10-15 than 30-40. Carden Conservatory is a top-notch education and I cannot say enough good things about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
Carden Conservatory is an exceptional school. I have been so impressed with my son's academic, social, and physical development in this school environment. Some parents have mentioned in previous reviews that the Carden curriculum is no better than the public school curriculum. In some cases, this may be true however, there is absolutley no comparison when it comes to an overall educational experience for a child. The following are just a few of the reasons this school stands out. Carden has small class sizes which enables the teachers to tailor their teaching to the individual needs of the child - as they do this they are able to nurture and celebrate the creative minds of these children which can be difficult to find in a school. Art/theater/computer/foreign language/PE & music are not electives but an important part of the overall development of each child. The school environment is a safe place that has a consistent value system that all students adhere to. No bullying would ever occur in this school - they learn respect & peace. They learn civilty and tolerance. My young son is not only excelling academically - he is learning how to be a good citizen.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
This school has been a total blessing to our son and our family. The teachers are amazing; we communicate nearly every day with the teacher about how our son is doing and ways in which we can help him. The children there are very sweet-- their is an innocence that is cannot be found in public school. The parents are very involved and are also great people. We looked at MANY options before choosing Carden, and we feel as though we have hit a complete home run. Our son is in 1st grade and learning Spanish! Our friends whose kids are in other schools (both public and private) are amazed at the curriculum and how our son has progressed. It is a great feeling to be able to drop our son off at school in the morning and not only know that he is in a safe and loving environment, but also that he is getting a level of personal attention that cannot be found anywhere else. I love this school and recommend it to anyone who wants the best for their child.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
I have reported the 3/14 post as it is filled with false information. This is an excellent school, with small class sizes and a rigorous program that covers all aspects of the Carden curriculum. In fact Carden uses several of this campus s classrooms as examples in their local area visits for how to teach using the Carden method. Hopefully Great Schools will pull that post. Until they do I would like to dispel some of the misinformation in the post. Foreign Language, Music, Art and Drama are ALL part of the school's regular curriculum. Physical Education IS also a part of the regular curriculum and IS NOT an added cost, like many other schools everywhere AYSO operates after school hours as their own program. Choir is also NOT an added cost, it is a part of the Music program which is a part of the regular curriculum. Principal leadership at this school is also excellent; the current Director took over and began to reverse the damaged caused by years of mismanagement. I am recommending this school under its current management and teaching staff whenever I have the opportunity, hopefully other parents are as well. All of my children will be attending Carden Conservatory.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
A small school so the staff treat my child like family member (I have 1 child still at Carden, and another in High school). I believe that a young child needs to be raised in an environment that have plenty of support, care and plenty of discipline. Regarding the curriculum I believe that the caliber of teaching at Carden is comparable to other school. Academically my children performed very well in Carden and in outside HS. I feels safe when my child is at Carden and to me that secure feeling is worth every penny of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Carden Conservatory is more than just a school. It's a family. Each teacher genuinely cares about every student - and it's evident in the way the students act towards each other as well as their academic performance. I have two children in Carden, and I couldn't wish for a better school for them. Academically, because of the small class sizes, the teachers are able to customize their curriculum to fit the needs of each student. My boys are the "young ones" in their respective classes. Other schools didn't care about their abilities - they just cared about their ages. Carden Conservatory took the time to evaluate my boys based on their abilities, and placed them in the appropriate classes. My boys amaze me on a daily basis with what they learn in school. They never complain about being bored, and they are always excited to learn more. I wish I was as lucky.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
I could not invent a better school for my daughter. She attends music and art class every day (unheard of in a public school). My child would have "skated" in a bigger class because she's bright and social. Instead, she gets individualized instruction in attending and discipline- those learn to learn skills- which ensure her success in all parts of her life. To learn more of the curriculum, I encourage you to research the tenets of the Carden philosophy to see how it emphasizes the cognitive thought process over rote memorization. The children are well adjusted and conscientious. We came from the Midwest and I am impressed by the down to earth, appropriately concerned and invested parents. However a previous parent review mentions "safety" concerns. That seems wholly unfounded, however for reassurance you should check it out for yourself. The principal leadership, I hear is improved from a couple years ago, which helps explain some of the older reviews. The community of rigorous curriculum delivered with consistent individualized instruction make Carden Conservatory an unparalleled choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
I have two children at Carden Conservatory and I can't be happier with the quality of education they have received the last two years. The teachers and staff keep an open communication with the parents and the academics have gone above and beyond what I have seen in the public school system.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
I have been fortunate enough to have my children attend this unique, lttle school. With the small class sizes, I know that my child's individual needs are being addressed which, in turn, has made a very successful learning environment. If you are looking for a structured, highly academic learning institution for your child, this is definitely the place you want to come.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
I pulled my child from this school. The last 3 years have been getting worse and worse each year. This past year was the worst managed year yet. The school has decreased yet again in size. The actual classrooms are so small they are stifling! They pride themselves on a small school setting however I feel it is unhealthly for the children to be so crammed in such a small classroom. For your childs safety really check the school out before you commit.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
This is by far the best school in Huntington Beach. Because the school is so small, your child receives one on one attention. Having a child that excelled academically in public school, I must admit Carden Conservatory has expedited and expanded her growth. As a public school teacher, Carden provides an excellent social environment that can not be duplicated in the public school setting.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2010
Carden Conservatory is not for everyone. It lacks many of the things you would get at a larger public school. For me however, this is a good thing. It has an environment that you will never find at any public school. Carden provides a very structured environment. Discipline (almost military) and respect are key attributes of kids at Carden. Carden is small. It had some problems for the last couple of years with ownership but many of those issues have been resolved. The major advantage of small class sizes should be obvious. My children gets one-on-one instruction and tailored curriculum when needed. They excel in this environment and are scoring very well academically. Carden is expensive but to me well worth every penny. The parents and kids there are wonderful and I couldn't be happier with it.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
My children have been at this school for 4 years and I could not be more pleased with their schooling and class environment. Top notch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2009
As a parent we dedcided to give Carden a chance...however as of yet we have really not seen any improvement with the leadership of the school nor the teachers. After much careful thought and converstation with friends and family. We have decided to make this our last year at Carden. I have kept in contact with the families who left to go to public schools and they are very pleased. Which led me to check the schools. They too have small classrooms (15 kids on avg)with homework help club run by a credentialed teacher and 2 aides. Upon further investigation I have found that Carden academic scores are really not that impressive when compared to the surrounding public and private schools. Sure it states above the nat. average however for California schools in the area Carden scores are just average. Carden does not really have the accountability that O.C.D.E. does.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
Have two children attending Carden Conservatory since Preschool. The school's recent changes are positive, forward steps. The new owner, Mr. Hunt, is professional and forthright. The new teachers joining the staff since last years, Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Chapman..., are energetic, capable, and very caring. The small class sizes provide students with plenty attention and one-on-one interaction with teachers. We ve been very pleased to see our kids and other students master the subjects of reading, mathematics, language arts, science... In standard tests, such as Stanford Achievement Test Series, the Carden Conservatory average students consistently score in upper quartile and achieve 2 or more grade levels above national peers. Like any parents, we all want a school environment where our kids can excel academically and socially. We are keeping close tap on Carden Conservatory, but are more than willing to give it a chance to be a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
My grand daughter has been at Carden since Kindergarten. With few exceptions, she has had wonderful, caring teachers who got to know her and how best to teach her. My interactions with staff have been positive and supportive. While Carden may lack the fancy high-tech stuff that local public schools can afford, the small class size and the close working relationship between students and teachers is far more valuable. I am a retired public school teacher. 35 students in a class and an electronic white board do not result in better education; 8 students in a class and plenty of one-to-one time with a teacher do result in better education. The new teachers hired last year and this year have brought a new spirit and a greater commitment to academics. The director is dynamic and professional. Carden is once again a great place for students.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
no rating September 09, 2009
We are so glad we left Carden! First of all I am very pleased with the public school we are going to! To the previous person who wrote we will be back you could not be further from the truth! This is what Carden Lacks and what the public schools offer! Public school: has a professional musician for their music teacher (whom has a doctorate!) Whom has credential too! Carden no! Public School: Art teacher has a Masters in Art, not to mention the kids really do artwork! They will be doing clay pottery on a wheel, they will be doing the acclaimed 'Meet the Masters' program. Carden no! (1/2 hr of drawing or coloring is not suffice!) Public Schools have SMARTBOARDS in every classroom, Carden no! Carden lacks, in technology & academics, especially for gifted students. At Carden there is no accountability, in Public School there is and its publicized.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
My children have been at Carden for five years. We have been very happy. We love the close net community at the school. The education standards at Carden a well above that at the public schools. Carden has hired several highly degreed and young teachers with great enthusiasm. Carden has a fantastic art, music, theater and academic program. Both my children are above average and the public school is not able to provide their educational needs. I look forward to the 2009-2010 school year at Carden and I know that after people see what the public schools are providing this year, they will be back.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
I had a child in the preschool and will not be returning as well. I admit I was not thrilled about it however; I knew it was only temporary. My child went to other academic preschools before and they always sent his work home everyday (proof that they did work with him) as well as let me know what they were working on so I could follow through at home; this school only sends stuff home at the end of the month. Why? It makes no sense because when I asked him when did you do this... he could not remember! He was always happy to leave and never wanted to be left! I should have listened to him earlier. The preschool is run more like a 'daycare' then an 'academic preschool'

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
I am sick to my stomach to think how much money I sunk into this school. I did a recent tour of the public school systems and was amazed to see how much these public school kids had in comparison. I don't blame the director; I think he tried to the best of his ability to make things better. I do blame the teachers for letting their egos get the better of them. The school was great when we first started; so with that said, even though public schools have shrinking budgets, I'm comforted to know that the staff and faculty will be held accountable to measurable standards and not the mere dollar.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2009
I was afraid to leave a less than positive comment, because I felt that everyone would know who I was. However after seeing that others are unsatisfied as well. I feel that I should. We have left the school as well. I never thought we would. I have volunteered thoughout the school years and I have really seen a decline in the last couple of years. They really need to raise the standards, both in teacher quality and leadership. They did start with hiring some new teachers last year, they were great. They just need more of them. Because I did volunteer so much I was too embarrassed to let the office know that we would not be returning. They do need a better math program, art program, reading program. Better after school program too.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
My child will not be returning to Carden. I am displeased with the Math program as well as the lack of a science program. This school is too expensive for the program your child gets. I went to a public school to compare and I was very pleased with their standards. The Carden Spelling is lacking compared to my local public school standards. Carden doesn't have enough students which leaves my childs social skills and friendships with next to nothing.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2009
My husband and I have pulled our child out of this school. The school has downsized drastically. We had hoped that with the new owner; the few new teachers he hired last year, there would be change. Please think carefully before you enroll your child. Carefully go over the learning materials, which are old and outdated, ask to speak with the teachers-they should be warm and friendly yet nurturing. Not cold and mechanical. Dont forget to ask how many children are actually enrolled in the school. Really do you homework and check the school go several times, check out different teachers. Ask to see the 'carden books'

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
This is my sons first year at carden. He has never taken Spanish before yet he was in Spanish class with the rest of his classmates who have taken Spanish for many years. Thankfully the Spanish teacher understood and has worked with the both of us and now my son feels comfortable with his Spanish class. I am very please with his English teacher too! He is willing to work with the parents and the students. He will even work after school wtih your child! I am very happy and my son has adjusted to his new school! I am very pleased with my choice to move him out of public school and into Carden Conservatory!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
When looking for a private school for my child to attend, Carden Conservatory shined above all schools. Their commitment to teaching our children and supporting the development of values is a refreshing change from any pubilc school in California. My child has improved in all subjects. The smaller class sizes gives my child the opportunity for more one on one time with the teacher. Carden also supports the full development of a childs mind and education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2009
My child has attended Carden Conservatory since Kindergarten. She loves and takes tremendous pride in her school and cherishes her relationships with classmates, teachers and other students. I am very pleased with the school's well rounded education and emphasis on the arts and languages in addition to other standard academic subjects. Her test scores are well above grade level averages. We are very happy with the school and the new Director/Principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
I initially loved this school but now the school is suffering both financially and academically not only that it's super expensive and has a horibble lunch program. Many students and family have dropped out this year (2008)-I wonder why??? The teachers are just substandard and the rest of the administration is well just ok.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2008
This is a great school and my kids (and many of their classmates) scored well above their grade level on the Stanford Achievement Test last year. My kids are doing well in school, great teachers, they have good manners (encouraged by the school), and they have great friends - that's enought for me!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
Great teachers and programs. The small class size allows my child to get the attention he needs - he is testing above his grade level as are many of his peers. He loves the school and is doing well. I love the environment and the new director.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
My son is in his first year at the Carden preschool and he loves it. I love the teachers and the environment there.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
My child thrived in this small school. He attended from preschool through eighth grade. The small class size enabled his teachers to give him the attention he needed, and he is now excelling in high school. The staff and faculty where very caring and willing to assist with all our needs. I highly reccommend this school to parents who are looking for a school with an academic focus.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
The small class size is certianly a plus for this school. The academics are well taught. My son has done much better in this school environment than when he attended Carden Hall in Newport Beach. Parental involvement is key to success here. The school really works best if one parent is available during the day. It doesn't cater to 2 parent working families.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2007
I have two children at Carden. This school is very small which is it's advantage. As other reviewers pointed out, there is little visible adminstrative support, as far direction and communication with parents. A few parents are very involved which is necessary. The academic program is competative and children recieve adequate attention due to the small class size. My children are very engaged in the school. There is a strong core focus of respect. The music program is probably too much of the cirriculum but keeps the student body very cohesive. Overall has good potential but struggles with maintaining a consistent reputation and more recently consistent staffing.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Operationally, this school is run horribly. Curriculum is average at best. Critical thinking skills and meaningful learning experiences are non-existant.

- submitted by a teacher
September 14, 2007
Little or no communication with parents. Absentee director and no on-site director with accountability or decision making authority. Homework load is extreme (4 to 5 hours). Would not recommend this school to any parent. There are much better choices.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2004
Small classes. Academics at school are top-notch. There is a strong emphasis on homework, sometimes too much. Students are very challenged. This school is not for the student that struggles with school/academics. School facilities could be better - leased from HB School District. Very rarely see principal and only asst. principal is on campus (daily). Asst. principal teaches also.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Rolling deadline

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 28, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Carden Conservatory
5702 Clark Drive, Huntington Beach, CA  92649
(714) 840-5127
Last modified Carden Conservatory is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Carden Conservatory Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top