No rating

GreatSchools Rating

Carden West School

Private | PK-5


Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:


Living in Pleasanton

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $577,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,030.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
No new ratings
No new ratings
Based on 3 ratings
Based on 30 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

75 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted January 7, 2012

I also agree with the comment made about the facility being nice and the after school programs being a nice edition for working parents. Again, other than that, it is REALLY not worth any amount of money paid here and the parents attitudes (which are really very rude overall) and the favoritism and targeting of children to get them out of the school because their parents stand up to the administration and question them, is beyond something out of a ""Housewives of Atlanta Series". Pure Drama!! and simply unjust and morally reprehensible. I am so disappoinyed in the whole thing and very sad that I exposed my kids to this type of stress and FALSE example of a leader and role model.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2012

We have been at Carden for many years now since kids were in preschool program. Kids have learned a lot. Biggest problem we have run into with elementary school part is the teacher turnover. Lost both 1st grade teachers from last year and just lost the 3rd grade teacher. Hard to judge school based on past test scores if the teachers that got those test scores are no longer there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 2, 2012

We love Carden West! My son has been in this school since he was 18 months old, starting in the Toddler Program, then the 2s, 3s and is currently in the Pre-K Program. We have had great teachers who all take the time to really care about my child. Carden West emphasizes the "whole child". It is also academic but not hardcore. This has been a great fit for my child. The parents, teachers and administration have all been great as well. I feel there's a real sense of community here. The campus is beautiful too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 22, 2011

Carden West School has wonderful, dedicated teachers that continue to foster the child's love for learning. My daughter started at Carden West in the 3's program and has continued on to the elementary school. With small class sizes, the teachers have the opportunity to get to know each and every student. At the end of each day, the teacher has something meaningful to tell me about my child's day. Not just that she had a good day but something concrete and tangible that shows my child is engaged. All the specialty classes such as computers, art, music, P.E. and science give the students a well rounded education. The kids enjoy being there so much that it's hard to get them to leave each day. Walking into the classrooms, of any grade, you will see the students happy yet engaged. They are pushed to excel without being stressed. Despite financial trouble over the years, the school continues to deliver a quality education. The school finally has a stable leader who has a background in education and it shows in in the curriculum development.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2011

I am a teacher at Carden West and I love the sense of community with the families and teachers. I love watching as the siblings are born and enter the school and move up. A real community feeling!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted December 6, 2011

I just got back from our winter concert and just wanted to share how much we love this school! They have a fantastic programs like music, computers, Spanish and library even at the preschool level. We chose Carden West several years ago for my older son and we looked for alternatives for our younger son, but could not find a school with the same balance between academic and social skill development for young kids. The facility is AMAZING, the teachers are second to none and I feel so lucky that we are part of such a fantastic organization. Thanks Carden!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2011

I love Carden West School. It is true the school is going through some financial issues, but I will say it has not affected the dedication of the faculty or the quality of the school. I did a lot of research prior to selecting Carden West School for our son. He began Carden West School as Kindergartener this year. Unlike public Kindergartens which received about three hours of curriculum per day, my son receives six hours. Also, unlike some public Kindergartens, Carden West's curriculum includes computer lab, choice of foreign language, social studies, science, art, music, reading, language, math, P.E., and weekly trips to their library. We all want to make the right choice when making life decisions for our children and I know that I made the right education decision when I enrolled my son in Carden West School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 3, 2011

My children have been at this school for 3+ years now, starting in the 18-mo toddler program on up, and I can attest without any equivocation that the quality of the education is not what it was when we first started. Teacher turnover has been a growing problem. My son's pre-school teacher was let go one day without courtesy notice or explanation to us. For the next week we had no idea if he had a teacher and still don't know what happened to his teacher he liked so much. The school filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection in early November 2011. Shortly thereafter I learned the school had not been paying its property lease for at least 2 months?? The administration, former and current, has run the school into the ground. In my opinion this stems from an unacceptable level of communication that is pervasive throughout the administration. I used to support the school at every function but am so disheartened that I can no longer be bothered. As another parent reviewed, there is an issue of mistrust that I am seeing first hand. I also believe they have lost the pricipals upon which the school was founded (Carden method) as the current and former principal have never uttered such.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2011

We have had at least one child at Carden West since 2007, in toddler and pre-school programs. Both of my kids benefited tremendously in developing their social and academic skills during this crucial time. The programs, staff and environment are top-notch, and well worth the cost. It has also been a pleasure to participate with such a solid community of parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2011

I love Carden west, We used to e here and then we left. and now I'm sorry for the time that we missed the school. Both my kids love to go to carden west now and we love the teachers , principal and all friendly environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2011

It is fantastic school, Very friendly with not a lot of kids in each class and great teachers . very academic and it is every kids wish.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2011

We were looking for a school that is not only strong in building up our 5-year-old daughter s academic foundation, but also one that would nurture her character in a holistic manner. Enrolling her in Carden West School is the answer to our wishes, and we could not be happier with it. Our daughter is so enthusiastic about school that she cannot wait to go every day! We are pleased that the school makes it a point to cultivate traits like respect, friendship, and self-control. Such traits are invaluable as she progresses into adulthood. The small class size also makes it conducive for effective learning, with the teacher being able to work with the students on their areas of weaknesses. We strongly recommend Carden West School to any parents who want only the best for their children!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 9, 2011

We have both of our sons at Carden West. They are thriving with all of the caring compassionate intelligent teachers. They all put the needs of the children first. Academically this year has been amazing. In addition to working out of higher level school books, my children are being exposed to public speaking, critical thinking, logic, independent work and so much more. We couldn't be happier. Anne Kennedy has made a tremendous difference to this school and we are lucky to have her.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 9, 2011

We absolutely love this school! The teachers are fabulous...our daughter has learned so much here. They have found a way to make learning fun. The rest of the staff and facilities are great too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2011

Our kids have excelled beyond our expectations at Carden. We know that they will be well prepared for Middle School in every way. Cardens Elementary School operates much like a Middle School Program. The children change classrooms and teachers each hour with each new subject. The teachers are able to teach their most loved subjects which translates enthusiasm to the children. This keeps the child inspired hour by hour! The Headmaster Mrs Kennedy, is amazing. She loves children and cares deeply about fostering an incredibly conducive learning environment . This is an exceptionally difficult task to manage and for those who have questioned previous headmasters leaving, don't realize that Private School pays far less for this position than Public, and Public headmasters have ample staff in place to help shoulder the load. With Ann this is an act of love, yet this motivation from the heart only propels Carden higher. There will be parents who think because they pay they get it their way. Carden listens and tries to accommodate, but Carden will not give free license to these parents. Thank goodness for this, this has kept our school grounded!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2011

I highly recommend Carden West to any family who truly cares about both education and social development for their child. We have been at Carden for many years with both of our children. Starting in Pre K all the way through Elementary school. The teachers truly care about the whole child. Socially the children are able to keep their childhoods. I appreciate this with my whole heart. Our children were not exposed by other children to any peer conversations that were inappropriate for a child to hear. These children do seem to be in a more sheltered existence that allows them to just be kids, without the burdens of the world. The academics are beyond excellent. The teachers teach each child to their fullest potential. I did read a post by an upset parent for her learning disabled child. I would agree with her that Carden is not set up to teach children with learning disabilities. The Public Schools have good programs in place for these needs. Carden is set up to foster excellent learning for children who are able to achieve, and will continue to push your child comfortably to their next level. I am so grateful for this school and so happy to have given this gift to our children!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2011

You have to check out this school!!! We Love Carden West!!!! The Upper School is amazing. The teachers are behind their students 100%. They become a team with the goal being a great education and preparation for the future. The class sizes are conducive as well for this platform of tailored education. The school is small enough that all of the children know each other from all different grades. This builds a very close community of friendship within the school. There is a ton of student respect!! I came across a blog about bullying on this site. There is NO bullying at all at Carden. The type of parent that would blog about bullying and then attack and slander Carden on a blog, is this not the true definition of bullying??? This is very sad to read because Carden would not ever allow this behavior. This is the safest and most kind school out there. I honestly think Carden is the best kept secret in town. There is no other school like it. It is filled with loving educators who really get their job done, fantastic kids, a wonderful headmaster, a terrific board, kind families and a secure atmosphere!! A truly unique school and one that I am proud and honored to be associated with.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2011

We Love Carden!!! We have happy kids that want to go to school EVERYDAY!!! They love their teachers and their friends!! They feel safe and we feel safe with them their. The education is beyond compare!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 4, 2011

My children have been at Carden for a while and we love the school. They are well taught and their teachers are loving. The bonus for our family is the new principal that is so full of vigor for learning and academic excellence and makes the environment even more appealing. The teachers are visibly excited and very eager to teach and the kids can't seem to wait to get into their classes. It's truly a great atmosphere!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2011

My daughter attended Carden West "K", she loves her school and her teacher. She left loving school and wanting to read so much more. The staff is friendly often communicates where your child needs an improvement and strategies on how to get then their. It was a positive experienced all around.
—Submitted by a parent

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 26%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Black 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
  • {{date}}
Export calendar
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...



TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

4576 Willow Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Website: Click here
Phone: (925) 463-6060


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Stratford School
Pleasanton, CA