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Pleasanton, CA

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4576 Willow Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588

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January 07, 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
January 03, 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
January 02, 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
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
December 08, 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
December 06, 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
December 04, 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
December 03, 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
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
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
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
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
November 09, 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
November 09, 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
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
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
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
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
September 04, 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
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
June 09, 2011
My son attends the toddler program and loves his class. The teachers are wonderful! I appreciate the warm and caring environment they create for my son and other children.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
I had a Kindergartener and preschooler this year at Carden and though I love the preschool, the upper school is not worth the money. I would not think I would have to repeately ask for a reading specialist. I asked several times and finally got an evaluation and since going to the specialist my child has overcome obvious issues. I pay a hefty tuition to have to micro manage my childs education. I can do that in public school. Also, the PTA is less than welcoming (a big clique) that I overhear alot gossiping about other parents in the hallways and at functions. Go look at the school but be careful to justify what you get for such a high tuition. We are switching to public school next year. (I agree with posts that most of the teachers do not seem to be happy there (very noticable).

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
My daughter attends school at Carden West, and we cant wait for the school year to be over, so we can get back to public school and a reasonable experience for our child. The school seems to do a better job with pre k and k, but the upper grades are in need of an overhaul from the ground up. Even the teachers are unhappy, which spills over in to the child's experience. Not sure why they cant get it together, based on the amount of tuition, but they can't. We would have left mid year if our public school had space for us to return. Out of the 14 kids in the class, only half are returning, which speaks volumes about all of our experiences. Beware, especially if you have a child in 2nd grade or higher.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
We were happy to enroll our child in the school after the tour. But were very disappointed it did not reach the expectations. The toddler program is good but the head teacher for the toddler class is tricky to deal with. Not upfront in her conversations,. There should be discrimination lawsuit filed against the school for lack of understanding child behaviors.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
My two children attended this school for three years. I am moving them to a different school not because of the teachers (who have been wonderful with the kids), but because of the administration. The school does not properly screen "consultants" that they allow into the school and will not provide you with credentials when requested. The administration does not make decisions based upon teacher opinions or recommendations, instead "doing their own thing" regardless of teacher input. Most unfortunately, the administration is either sneaky, dishonest, or unprofessional--not sure which. They call meetings and misstate the purpose behind it and they don't tell you when they are going to have multiple people at meetings, as if they are trying to catch people off guard. I will be sending my children to a school where teachers and administration are on the same page.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
I have two children at Carden West and we've been there for 3 years. We love the atmosphere and feeling of community. There is a new principal in place that is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
My son is enrolled at Carden West School as a second grader this year and my family could not be happier. This is a wonderful school with small classroom sizes of 16 children or less, enthusiastic and great quality teachers, supportive and involved parents, and a new and highly motivated head master. The preschool and elementary school have strong enrollment and the school is now expanding and offering a middle school. In addition, Carden West School offers an aftercare program until 6pm for the working parents and many on site opportunties for additional activities after school for your child (karate classes, chess classes, science classes, dance classes, boy scouts, etc.) My son benefits from involved, highly qualified teachers and additional weekly courses in Computers, Art, Music, PE, 2 different foreign language courses and special focus on character development. Carden West School Star Testing scores are 1-2 grades above grade level! This school is the best kept secret in Pleasanton! We will be enrolling our daughter in Preschool at Carden West next year! Visit the school! You will not be sorry!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
Our daughter is completing her Kindergarten year at Carden West. I could fill this entire review with praise of their teachers and academics but that part of the school is easy to observe. What sold my wife and I on the school was the first awards assembly. Several students received awards for demonstrating various school values (determination, friendship, etc.). What amazed us is the support the students gave to each other. When a student s name was announced their classmates cheered and gave them sincere praise. We heard several students say "Way to go!" and "Great job" and they all knew each other s name. The supportive and caring student, teacher and parent communities is what set Carden West apart from other schools. OK, one comment on the academics, we overheard our daughter counting to herself in Mandarin! We are amazed at what she s learning and exposed to on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
Our son is completing his second year at Carden West and we could not be more impressed with the accelerated pace of his learning. He is doing work well beyond grade level, bur more important to us, he is developing a love of learning and a confidence in his own abilities that will carry him far over time. The teachers are committed to the betterment of the "whole" student and they have the ability and time to address his individual needs and personality. He is becoming a true and caring citizen, interested in what happens around him and committed to the betterment of what he sees. The issues surrounding changes in the administration, while a distraction, have not negatively impacted the quality of the educational experience. I would challenge anyone in business today to find a company that hasn't experienced some growing pains as it expanded. Carden is a warm, caring, academically excellent program. The parents and teachers work well together to promote a real sense of community and possibility for our children. If you are thinking of a program that promotes strong and responsibility character while expanding the child's academic horizons, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
We are very pleased with Carden West School and believe the K-8th has an outstanding cirriculum along with polite, well mannered and respectful children. The teachers are truly amazing and mirror everything you would hope for in a role model. As a parent of two elementary children, we have never felt that the Administration or Board has had a direct impact on the quality of education or care of our children. Carden's highly educated and experienced teachers out weigh any of the hardships of past principals. Both our son and daughter are very happy and have never complained of bullying or teasing of any nature. We hope to continue at Carden with daily success through 8th Grade!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
This is our fourth year at Carden West and besides the principal turn over (which we feel the board is trying to find the perfect fit for both the teachers and parents) we have been very happy with the education and care our children are recieving. The elementary K-8th is highly academic with the ability to still provide creativity and expression. Our children have not experienced any bullying or teasing and feel the caliber of kids, in addition to the community of parents is simply amazing!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Coming from a nearby academic private school in Dublin, we were so excited to find a school that held the same value system/vision which we try to install in our son. Carden West is really about the whole child and knowing what makes them succeed both as a student and young person. We felt our child was pushing the pencil and not acheiving the "love" for learning at his previous school. Being Entrepreneurs ourselves, we realize the importance of "thinking out of the box" and really grasping what you are taught with a passion. Although we felt that Carden West was more of an academic challenge than Quarry Lane, we are looking forward to another successful year!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
This is our first (and last) year at Carden West with our son. We expected private schol to be more than just small class seize. The lack of administrative involvement and the bullying by a few children, has ruined the school for us. I just don't understand how the school can justify four principals in four years, the last one abruptly leaving after three months. The fourth grade teacher was let go after four months. It make spirvate school look good, and we are heading back.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
Talented teachers, troubled BOARD and administration. Board operates like a Kangaroo Court making up the rules as they go along to support their own agenda. 3rd principal in 4 years has just resigned. Several families did not return this fall because of a bullying problem in 2 elementary grades (unresolved by the Board). Concerned parents who came forward were ignored, given the run around or personally attacked by members of the "Board". Time to reconsider a Carden West education!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
Carden West School K-8th has a wonderful combination of academic excellence with a loving atmosphere. The children are able to advance in their subjects, regardless of their grade. The maximum class size is 16:1 which allows for individual attention and small groups. The elective classes are truly an enrichment and exceed our expectations in every way (Computers, Music, Art, Foreign Language, PE & Library). Foreign Language is offered 3x's a week and is part of the curriculum. This was very important for our children to have the opportunity to become bilingual at such a young age. Carden is also very safe and the security is sound. What we feel makes Carden West so special, is the high caliber of teachers/faculty, the outstanding curriculum and the warm family atmosphere. I highly recommend this school to any parent looking for a higher standard of education and a well rounded, happy child.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
We (our kids and us) have had very good experience at Carden West. The school is home for great teacher and staff. The school has grown in enrollment over years reflecting the academic achievement of the kids in a safe environment. We highly recommend the school to parents who are looking for kids to achieve all around grown.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
This is the second year at Carden West and we are very happy with the school. Excellent teachers, very strong parent involvement, dedicated staff, strong board and a safe environment for our children. Regardless of children s grade level, parents and children know each other and there is a strong friendship between families. Despite of rare negative comments by some individuals, we believe school has done a great job, and continues to make tremendous improvement. Nevertheless nothing is perfect, and some people focus more on negativity, and nothing gain by that. Our children love going to school and we have a hard time keeping them home when they are sick. Open communications with teachers, other parents, staffs and board member is one of great characteristic of Carden West school. Two thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
We are very happy with our son's progress at Carden West. We've been here two years and had wonderful teachers both years. The standard curriculum includes music, art and foreign language classes as well as math, science, english and social studies. The administration strongly encourages and supports programs that are individualised for each child to match their interests and growth. There is also a clear feeling of community which we value highly. Our son is achieving scores on the standardized testing at the very top end of the scale and we attribute this to the combination of great teachers and supportive and encouraging environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This is our second year at Carden West and I could not ask for a better caring learning environment for my child. The class size has been fantastic, which makes the relationship bond between teacher, parent and student wonderful. The ability to talk to the staff and administration any time you would like, makes communication ideal. The parent community has also been unique, socializing both at school and on free time has built a strong, trusting community for our family. We love it here!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Excellent teachers, strong parent community and a caring administration is what makes Carden West such a great community to be a part of. The administrators are always willing to listen to my suggestions and have a good eye to make sure that each child is treated fairly and flourish within their own. My children love their teacher and look forward to attending school each day. Security within the school was of great importance to me and with locked doors (requiring a key card to get in the door) adds that extra security. As a working parent after school activities are important to me too. Carden West offers a variety of after school activities (including dance, drama, tuff tumblers, martial arts, science and music) that are on site. The school is worth your time to schedule an appointment for a tour. Signed--- A very happy parent

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no rating April 26, 2010
I have been a Carden parent for a few years now and have been extremely happy with the school and the progress of my children. They enjoy every minute they spend at school and are always eager and curious to learn. The close knit community support that I get as a parent is priceless. I would recommend Carden to any parent who is looking for a great school which is home for wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Great teachers, strong parent community, very weak Administration and inept Board (that actually runs the school). School has had an ongoing issue with bullying (impacting multiple children in multiple grades) and has failed to address the issue. Several families (including mine) are re-thinking their decision to keep their children at the school. Administration and Board blame each other for lack of resolution for this issue, with no action plan to address the problem! School trying to get a middle school off the ground, with very little support from the Board, with marginal results (6th grade has 1 student).

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2009
loving preschool, with very attentive staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
Despite some of the rare negatives being said on this rating of this great school. I feel that the school has come along way to try to make every family happy. All schools are not perfect! There will always be someone that's not gonna be happy for whatever reason! So with that note, I as a Carden West Parent is very Happy with what Carden has to offer and If my child loves going to school and loves his teacher/teachers and enjoys what he is learning in his classess, to me that's money well spent!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
School is not academic enough. For the price, it should have a stronger curriculum. The teachers seem overwhelmed, with high turnover rates among staff, and the small group of PTA runs the school (good and bad).

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September 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Amazing school - well worth the tuition - small class sizes and loving teachers. My child is in Kindergarten and the teachers, curriculum and facility are all wonderful!

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no rating September 12, 2009
Carden West is a great day care! This is a fact no one may challenge. Given the nice huge building with secure closed doors every where, safty issues were satisfied completly. Probably priority one in a day care and for most parent is safety and security of their kids. However, Carden West as an elementry School is definitly trailing behind puplic school in the area. It has been always argued that small class size may work to the advange of students. Let us all think: what is the definition of a small class size? who crafted the numbers of 20 or 15 or 10 students to be the optimim size of a class. Which kind of studies support 20 or 15 or 10? Please take a time and think about this issue. You may discover that a 20 student class size is infact the optimal class size after all. more later.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
Carden West is a great school! This is the start of our 4th year at Carden. We have 2 children in the elementary school and could not be more happy. We love the school for many reasons; small class sizes, excellent curriculum, outstanding and dedicated teaching staff, great sense of community, variety of after school programs, and the fact that it is non-profit making. We have found the administration and the board of directors to be extremely approachable and they have been totally responsive to any issues that we have had to discuss with them. Our family has had a very positive experience at Carden West and we would highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
We love Carden West. The teachers are awesome and they are very dedicate. And as far as the rare negative, I also have not experience it either. We are happy that we have found such a great school and we have met some wonderful famlies. And at the end of the day my child is happy to be there and I love hearing all the stuff that my child has learned. And I agree with the last review ' If you are clear about what you want out of this school than you will be happy '!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
I never faced the experience that have been posted in the rare negative reviews. If you are clear about what you want out of this school you will be happy with the school. Every school will have its occasional share of operational issues . You judge a school s efficacy not by lack of occasional operational issues rather you judge them by how well they address the situation with ethically integrate and fairness.

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no rating July 06, 2009
It is surprising to see the good reviews on this site. Our experience was very challenging. The tuition is high and not a good value due to the mediocre curriculum. Some of the teachers were good, but many were sub-par and put in little effort. We have had our children in this private school & in public school and found that the San Ramon public schools are better. We made the change to public mid-year due to unchallenging curriculum and the lack of cooperation from the admistration when we tried to address our concerns. Both the board and the adminstration were unresponsive to our concerns. Our family contributed a lot of time & money to this school. It was unappreciated and under recognized. Policies are inconsistant and change with the moods of the admisitrators. Overall, a very disappointing experience for our family. We are pleased we are leaving the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
Wish it were a more academic and push the kids harder to reach their potential. But awesome environment for learning without fear unlike the cookie cutter schools such as challenger/stratford. This inspires the love for learning than the fear of performance. Splendid behavior of kids and this is molded very patiently. Dedicated art teacher with background in structured arts would help or after school class on those lines would be good substitute.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
I have looked at many private schools for my kids within a 30 minute driving distance. This is a school that teaches kids to be excited about learning. They love to go to school! The school costs are low compared to the next best private schools in the area and their level of teaching is much higher quality, not to mention the great teachers!

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February 06, 2009
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January 19, 2009
This is an excellent school. The standard of education is high, the environment is warm and nurturing, the teachers are excellent and the commmunity is loving. I have 3 kids in the school (preschool and elementary) and we don't have any regrets at all. We are very proud to be a part of the Carden Family.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
This school is the Best Private School in the Easy Bay. The teachers are fully qualified and very nuturing. I have 2 children that attend Carden. The curriculm is fantasitc. Public school could not compete with this private school. My Kindergatener is learning things that ist graders learn in public school. Need I say more?

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
I am really amazed with these reviews left by other parents, I mean are you guys blind? My child was in the Pre K program and This is not a good private school! The tuition is way too high!! I mean where does the money go but the classrooms are so dull. There is too much hype for this school and the people in charge of the school and even some teachers seem skeptical, they only want your money. Some Pre K teachers lack educational teaching experience and are not creative or innovative. They hire way too many Teacher aids, especially in the toddler program. there are no extra ciricular activities for the children. Save your money for your child's college tuition!

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April 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
My child has been through both preshool and elementary. These are my thoughts: Preschool pros: strong head teachers, well developed program, lots of resources and attention. Preschool cons: some turnover of younger aides. The preschool can not be beat. Elementary pros: individual attention, included extras like languages and art, very well behaved kids compared to what I have seen at public schools. Elementary cons: tuition, what do you do when leave for middle school?

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
I have toured many schools in the tri-valley. My children have spent time in 2 others. What a waste of time both for them and for me. Carden West is the only school that has truely provided an enriched learning environment. I do not see my children lacking for anything in their classroom. My children don't want to leave at the end of the day. That is a statement in itself for the all round quality of the school

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
When my wife and I were looking for the best option for schools we researched public and private. We found Carden to be a place where the teachers were engaging, the families were amazing, and the class ratios well hands down better than public schools. As a working professionals the extended care program is awesome. Where can you find a quality after school program where credentialed teachers run homework club (Elementary), and hours up to 6PM. Preschool extended care is amazing. Our kids actually cry when they have to go home. For us Carden has been a great school where the kids can't wait to get to school in the morning and hate to leave when they go home. We also felt that as a non profit and having a volunteer Board of Directors made up of working professionals was important. We feel Carden is great for our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2008
Carden West is an excellent elementary and preschool school that would be a dream for any child to attend. On the strength of the preschool children enter the Kindergarten program at an accelerated pace. First through fourth grade standardized results show fourth graders reading at eleven and twelfth grade equivalency. This performance is a by product of great instruction in a small class setting due to a rich enhanced curriculum with lots of hands on activates, field trips and guest speakers. Wow, what a place. Under the new leadership things continue to improve with excellent teachers, curriculum, parent involvement and high student satisfaction. The school really does address a whole child focus, in their quality of programs, atmosphere and philosophy.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
Most of the posted good reviews are from preschool parents and our family agrees that the preschool is good. However, if you are looking for an elementary school for your child, you will be very disappointed with the results from Carden. They have had high teacher turnover and the current administration is disappointing. They try to sell the prospective parents on the small class sizes, but the reality is that they do not have enough student enrollment to fill a grade level. Third, fourth & fifth grades has just 10 children combined in one classroom. This school had so much potential, but like the other reviews stated, it has lost it's strong family base and is failing under current leadership. Sadly, we are not reenrolling (along with several other families) next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
Excellent all-rounded school. Excellent teachers, management, curriculum, philosophy, parent involvement, student satisfaction, academics, all-rounded / whole child focus, atmosphere, quality.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2006
Our two children are doing very well at Carden West. We looked at several private schools in the area (Quarry Lane, Valley Christian, Catholic schools); there was something we didn't like about each one. Quarry Lane seems to be very money-oriented. Valley Christian is huge. Difficult to get into the Catholic schools. Carden West has huge, modern classrooms, attentive teachers that communicate well with parents, a good environment overall. This is a hidden gem because there is almost no marketing for this school. Check this school out.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
I am a teacher at carden west school in pleasanton, california. I am so fortunate and lucky to teach with a wonderful, educated and professional staff. It is very hard to teach in an environment where some teachers may feel unwanted or overtired....But not carden! We all work together to define the quality of education for our students! ms. julie

- submitted by a teacher
March 28, 2006
Good school for academics and a whole child philosophy. Great teachers and a supportive environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
I've toured over 15 preschools in the past 2 years (private, montessori, academic and play) and none have compared to the quality of education offered at Carden West. The school week includes a music teacher, French teacher, computer class with a designated computer teacher and enough computers for all the students in the class to sit at their own screen, as well as the regular free-play and learning that goes on in the classroom. They have huge, clean classrooms with one teacher to 12 students in each class so children are not distracted by other teachers and students within the same room doing 'stations'. My favorite part is the Diversity within the student and teacher population- I couldn't find anything like it at any of the other schools (Doris Eaton, Stratford, Danville Montessori, Quarry Lane, etc) that I toured. I love that the teachers are right there for you to talk to when you drop off and pick up your child. The whole staff has been wonderful to work with. Ms.Machi, the receptionist, always answers the phone, so you never get a voicemail during business hours, which I really like. Ms. Hand, the preschool director, is very responsive to questions and concerns about anything. And most of all, my child's teacher, Ms. Shermeen, has been an angel. She is very knowledgable about child development and is always willing to give me ideas for resolving behavior issues or conquer learning milestones with my child. I love Carden West and wish that all preschoolers were able to experience this type of education.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
Our son attended the pre-school at Carden West and we have been very happy with the teachers and the curriculum. Organized classes. Dedicated teachers. Great atmosphere in the class.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
A truly wonderful school with a very caring staff. Class sizes are small and lessons are tailored to the individual level of the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
In general a very good academic and extracurricular activity school; fees though are on the higher side. Teachers are very qualified, effective and caring.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
Carden West is a school that truly believes in teaching not only academics but life skills. All of the teachers that my children have had are exceptional. They go the extra mile to create a program that is exciting and challenging. My children come home each day with something new they have learned and are always eager to share this with us. The new campus that they have moved to is beautiful. Each classroom is large and they even have their own large cafeteria. I know that in many places kids have to sit outside for lunch. We are very happy with our decision to put our child in Carden West.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
Carden has a low student teacher ratio (max 16:1), caring teachers and staff, and a strong elementary academic foundation for your child. Additonal classes include computers, French, and Spanish. I have toured many private schools in the area and none compare to the bright and happy children who attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
My child went to the preschool and pre-K program here, very academically oriented, no surprises there. Class sizes are small; computer lab and everything else new, clean and somewhat exceed expectations. No parent involvement needed practically. However, no field trips and not many available extracurricular activities at all when compared to surrounding private preschools which do offer field trips and also charge comparative tuition. I honestly think there are better options out there.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
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January 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
Wonderful school with great small classes. Currently my daughter is in a class of 12 students. Dedicated teachers and staff and huge classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
It was a wonderful school for the past 3 years, but now wiht the new management, the school is not better than a money collecting workshop. The cirriculum is not at all innovative.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
When my child started at Carden West we thought we had found the perfect school. Small class sizes, great academics, loving environment and the school planned to grow all the way to 8th Grade. We planned to stay. But during the academic year 04/05 the school had many problems. The board seemed to disagree with the much loved Executive Director who, to the shock of most of the parents suddenly resigned soon after moving to a new and grand location. The whole school year was spent with uncertainty in the leadership and disagreements between the board and parents. It was very sad because it had such potential in September 2004. Many parents decided not to stay for the following academic year. I hope they can sort themselves out because it's a great building with wonderful facilities and has a lot of potential. But sadly, we are not reenrolling next year

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
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Carden West School
4576 Willow Road, Pleasanton, CA  94588
(925) 463-6060
Last modified Carden West School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Carden West School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 82 reviews. Top