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Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 87

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3020 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

(916) 488-1313
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
July 18, 2015
My daughter was there for a couple of years. She came from a charter school in the area, and transferring to Carden was more difficult than we thought. She did well at her previous school, but Carden was more convenient to our jobs so we made the move... But it turned out to be a struggle. By the end, my daughter was afraid of making mistakes because of the way her teacher would react. They have an old idea of teaching, they teach the same way they taught me 30 years ago. Time to adapt to the changes in eduction. Books are outdated and now that I've moved to the Elk Grove school district, I feel like I wasted money at this school. My mistake, I was a Carden faithful because of my experience there as a child, error on my part. Additionionally, we struggled so much with her last teacher, she begged me to take her out. From the teacher punishing her for "eating lunch to slow," to my daughter coming home crying because her teacher didn't like her and was a bully. That broke my heart and I knew I had to make a choice, the safety and sanity of my child was at stake. As an educator, I would assume your job is to build a child up, not break them down. Middle of the school year my daughter struggled with seeing the board, she did not mention it to me, but did to her teacher. Instead of clarifying with the student about her trouble seeing the board, my daughter was reprimanded. When I took my daughter in for her next eye appointment she was given a prescription for glasses, she smiled and said "see, I told my teacher I couldn't see." I then asked what she was talking about and heard from her how she was told she was a liar and disruptive and just couldn't pay attention... It seems that this school is more of a safe haven now for children that may not have done well at other schools. The "bad kids" seem to be held on an easier standard, the "good kids" were sent to the office just as much as the tougher kids on campus. The declining enrollment speaks directly to the leadership of the school, kids don't stay here to long, there also seems to be a high turnover of teachers, at least the good ones... I can now say I see why.

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Amount of homework: Just right
July 18, 2015
My daughter left in the 2nd grade, they had about 15 minutes of homework a night which is enough for a child this age.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 18, 2015
Some children needed more discipline. Smaller class sizes is good of course, but it also makes for an elite feeling with kids that feel like they have gotten over on their teachers. My daughter, in all honesty is a good kid, I wish she would get in a little trouble as a life lesson sometimes, but I don't think students here are held accountable for their behavior when it is bad and really needing accountability. The good kids are in trouble just as much as the bad kids, I feel like it is because enrollment a low and Mr. Cone is afraid to punish them for fear their parents will take them and their $$ from the school.

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July 18, 2015
My daughter was here for a few years, and our experience was anything but pleasant. Over this time, she struggled both in class and with her self-esteem. We originally were at a charter school in the area, she consistently made the honor roll and was "a pleasure to have in class" on all of her reports. At Carden, she struggled academically, she was still the same sweet girl, and it wasn't that Carden was overly challenging. Realistically, I feel Carden is academically stunted. I went there 25+ years ago, they are still using the same methods of teaching... It's the "Carden way." They have outdated text books some of their teachers, the better ones, actually go online to print out worksheets to help the students adjust to the times of today. My daughter specifically struggled with her most recent teacher the most. It was a challenging year for us, my daughter would come home crying, felt her teacher disliked her and that she was basically a bully. As an educator, I feel it is important to build up a students self esteem and character, not break them down. She was verbally aggressive, even punished for "eating to slow" at one point. There was a point that my daughter, who sat in the back of the class, complained to her teacher that she couldn't see. She didn't mention it to me until I took her to her annual appointment where she was prescribed glasses, she smiled at me and said "see, I told my teacher I couldn't see!" I asked her what she meant and she described how her teacher basically called her a liar, reprimanded her for being distracting by telling her she couldn't see the board. When I asked her what she said to the teacher, she said basically, "can I move to the front of the class, I can't see the homework." And the teacher reprimanded her, I asked if it was rude, in the middle of the teaching, she told me no, she was polite and raised her hand... And I believe her. I didn't pull her out in the middle of the school year because I felt she needed to go through this tough part with this teacher, build some character, kids can't just have easy teachers. This teacher was more than tough. Now that we are in the Elk Grove school district, my daughter loves going to school, she loves her new teacher and carries herself with more confidence then before. The enrollment of the school is down, kids don't stay long, now I know why. I will say that

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June 15, 2015
Carden School of Sacramento is a hidden gem!! I really wish more people knew of this school because they're missing out on putting their kids in an amazing environment! My daughter just finished her first year at this school and I couldn't be more pleased with how well she's done.

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October 15, 2013
This is my daughter's third year at Carden. Confidence, ownership, respect and unity are instilled from day one. The older children genuinely want to mentor the younger and the younger thrive on it. Each teacher knows each child and starts developing a relationship with them long before the classroom. The after school team goes so far beyond "babysitting" and the cost is included in the tuition. My daughter asks me not to pick her up until 6:00pm a lot of nights. Miss Roberts and Mr. Cone are extraordinary. They care about your children and take a special interest in their development. I am a single parent. My daughter has an absent father, therefore I firmly believe it takes a village. Carden is our little village. I don't feel alone raising my child with the wonderful staff and parents I have experienced here. One month here and you won't want to leave...ever. Did I mention I am a Carden School graduate? I understand what Carden has to offer as a student and now as a parent. I couldn't wait to get Sophia enrolled. My 8th grade teacher still teaches at Carden!!! Hope this review was helpful. Give your child one month at Carden and just watch...

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October 05, 2013
Carden School of Sacramento is great!!!! The small school size and individualized attention is great. The teachers are very caring and concerned and they know the Carden method. My son actually enjoys going to school everyday. The students get music, French, and computer classes in addition to the regular curriculum. They have a nice sports program. In 7th and 8th grade, the students take trips to Washington, DC and Francophile Canadian cities. The students put on special performances two or three times a year. The graduation ceremony each year is worth the price of tuition by itself. This is truly an excellent school.

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August 19, 2013
We love Carden and couldn't be happier. The class sizes are small, 20 maximum. Compare that to most public schools in Sacramento currently with 30-35 kids per class. The Carden method of teaching is wonderful. The teachers are amazing! Both my children have continuously achieved above average on their SAT tests. Structure and moral values are also taught on campus. Most often when Carden students are on field trips or attending a class birthday party, the children are praised for their respect for others and good behavior .

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July 25, 2013
We were at Carden for four years before leaving. The leadership is lacking from the administration down. The Board of Directors are not involved nor meeting to review the school is following the true Carden Method and there is little to no accountability on the Director Mr. Cone to ensure he is doing his job well. There is a group of parents who are running rouge and making the environment around the school feel elitist. While I like the small class size and the attention given to the children, I don't believe it's worth the price or the trouble to deal with the leadership & fellow parents 'elites'.

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July 14, 2011
My son has attended Carden for 5 years. This is an exceptional school with small class sizes and nurturing teachers that care for their students. Academically, the students excel at work that is above their grade level. They love the challenge that is provided by Carden. The sports programs are great.

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March 23, 2010
Carden School of Sacramento has been an amazing fit for our child, who is in his third year at this school. If you are looking for individualized attention for your child, this is the place to be. My son was not challenged enough in public school, and now does higher grade work in the areas he excels in, and every report card has been excellent. Traditional small school, with no thrills, but excellent education in English, writing, comprehension, math, French, and yes, an excellent PE period every day, in addition to recess. The teachers and staff are amazing, and available if you have any questions.

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March 05, 2010
My son is in his 7th year at Carden and my daughter is just starting and I can't say enough about how pleased we are to have found this school. The classes are small, the academics are traditional, the teachers' expectations for student performance and behavior are high but the environment is loving and supportive. PE 45 minutes a day, music class, French for all grades, computers, a beautifully maintained campus and wonderful families, with no snobbishness. Many socioeconomic groups and cultures are represented here. If you want your child to learn respect of others, his/her education, country and self, this is the best choice you could make.

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November 19, 2009
I love Carden School. My son has been attending for 4 years. I love the small class size that allows my son to thrive. The teachers are great. It's is nice to be able to know all the students and parents in your child's class. The school is worth every penny.

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October 28, 2009
Choosing Carden School of Sacramento for our child is the best parenting decision we've made thus far. After touring most of the private schools in the Sacramento area, there was no doubt that this school was the perfect fit for our family. The Director, Mr. Cone, is an active participant in all school functions and is always available to meet with parents. The academics and programs (including science, French, music, sports, computers, etc) are superb. The dedicated teachers and staff are amazing with the children and are very involved. This is our third year at this remarkable school. We feel the tuition is not overpriced and seeing our child thrive in this environment is worth every penny. We are very blessed to give our child the very best!

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July 19, 2009
With public schools getting less funding, it seems like it's more important than ever to search for the best education. The teachers are very involved with the students and our son has had opportunities to excel academically that he would probably have not had elsewhere. My son is doing very well at this school academically, socially, and physically. As for religion, it's not an evangelical school - they honor 'God' but not much beyond that. Don't expect have Bible classes or Jesus songs. But it's a healthy environment where your child can feel safe and get a quality education.

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May 28, 2009
Carden School of Sacramento is a remarkable school with wonderful & dedicated teachers and staff. My first child is about to complete his 2nd year and I jumped at open enrollment to reserve a returning spot and an additional for my youngest to attend. My son has blossomed under the tutelage of the amazing teachers from Ms. C., Ms. R., Mrs. R., Mrs. E. in PreK to Mrs. B. in Kindergarten ...not to mention Mrs. F. in Music, Mdm. C. in French, Mrs. W. in Computers, and Mr. P. in Physical Education. It's an amazing school and we feel blessed to have found it and to give our children the opportunity to attend. Stop by for a visit. You will not regret it!!!!

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May 31, 2006
Carden school is one of the best schools in the sacramento area. for a small school they have an incredible sports program. Mr. Pena the coach take great care with all of his teams and they learn a great deal about the game, while keeping the values of sportsmanship. He also runs an art club after the sporting season is over. The students love creating projects and art and it is a good way to for a student to spend time after school. The new Director Norm cone, has take over and Carden is doing well, enrollment is up and the teacher and student moral couldent be better. Thank for everything!

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March 21, 2006
Our son has made remarkable leaps and bounds at Carden School of Sacramento. Tuition isn't cheap, but the staff are very helpful and day care is provided on campus before and after school.

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September 21, 2005
My child has been going to Shalom school since he was an infant and is now in their preschool program. I am pleased with my son s experiences thus far. However I feel that the school is overpriced for the programs that they offer and they have a mandatory parent volunteer program of 35 hours a school year and if you do not complete these hours you are charged a hefty fee for each hour not completed. I must add that I am concerned that my son s secular curriculum is below standards. For now I will continue to keep my child at Shalom School, while I compare other schools in the area for edcuation and cost.

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January 22, 2005
Carden school has nott impressed me the way that I thought that it would. The curriculum was devised by the founder of the 'carden method'. Books, lesson plans, and all currriculum differs greatly from that of other schools that I have had experience with. Latin, and French are mandatory. Other subjects such as History, and Science are 'placed on the back burner' so to speak. Very small class sizes...good in ways, however, bad for social growth for children in my opinion. Staff can be judgemental, and 'short' at times. Extracurricular activities come at a cost, and are limited. Tuition only pays for the classes...not books, paper...etc. Parent involvment based on your 'status' as a person, or inthe community. You have to check it out for yourself to see if it is right for your child. Children are pushed hard to learn at a pace about 1 1/2- 2 years above average.

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November 21, 2003
We have been to a carden school in oregon and heve seen how good carden can be. The sacramento carden academics are good; but the parent, and thus children, quality is lacking.

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Carden School Of Sacramento
3020 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95821
(916) 488-1313
Last modified Carden School Of Sacramento is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Carden School Of Sacramento Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top