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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 164
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1980 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 626-8008
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March 28, 2014
As a recent alumni of Carden, I've found myself very well prepared for high school. My English classes at Carden have helped me to write better essays as well as improved my ability to analyze books. I find myself using the Carden Method to sound out words that I don't know how to pronounce. My history class has left me with a deeper understanding of how history repeats itself over and over again and allows me to grasp the concepts taught in my high school class better. Being able to work at your own pace is great. My french teacher at Carden split the class 3 ways and taught afterschool to ensure that people could work at their own level. Latin helps me with my vocabulary. I can find the meaning of words that I've never heard based on the roots I learned in Latin. In all honestly, have your child shadow to see if the school is right for them.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
We are in our 2nd year at Carden and couldn't be more pleased. I have 2 children attending and both of them love the school, their teachers, and their friends. This school is well rounded with a strong academic base accompanying a variety of other learning and growth opportunities. The students have PE daily, art classes, music classes, French starting from Pre-K, Latin starting in 5th grade, Computer class starting in 4th grade, many opportunities for public speaking and performance (in the classroom and assemblies), and access to several after school enrichment clubs, many for no extra charge. In some cases, the students also have the opportunity to work ahead of their grade in subjects as appropriate. This allows them to allow them to reach their full personal potential. The school has a real sense of community and already feels like an extended family. I have found everyone there to be extremely warm and welcoming. The children of Carden know how to have fun, they love learning, and they are also extremely polite! Impressive all around.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
My 2 children have attended Carden Day school . My son attended the school for 6 years , graduated from Carden , was accepted in to all the private high schools he applied to, chose Bellarmine college prep, graduated from Bellarmine, and was admitted to several great colleges with scholarships. He is a Freshman at Santa Clara University with a full academic scholarship, and we owe all his success to the great education he received at Carden. I have been so impressed by the quality of the education , the curriculum , the wonderful teachers, and the caring principal . My daughter is also graduating this year from Carden Day school after attending 10 years ( K1 - 8th) . She has turned in to a confident, outgoing young lady , and is so proud of the great education she has received at Carden Day School . She has been interviewing at several private high schools as part of their admission process, and when asked what is her plan for future, she responses , " with the great education I have received at Carden Day School, I know sky is the limit" . I highly recommend Carden Day school of San Jose, and I am grateful for the wonderful way this school has shaped my children's future

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
We have been at the school for 5 years now, with two kids who are thriving in a small community of students, parents and teachers. Because the school is small, the teachers really know our kids and are able to teach to their strengths and weaknesses. The school instills responsibility by teaching kids study habits, including keeping track of homework and assignments, rather than relying on parents. It's exciting to see our kids so engaged and self motivated. We also love that they are getting a well rounded education that includes PE, French, art and music. As a household with two working parents, we really appreciate the wide array of after-school activities and clubs. A majority of the kids stay after school so our kids prefer to be with their friends, having fun and enjoying extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
My sons have been at Carden for the past 3 years. They are very happy there, take pride in being part of its community, and love to learn and play. As a parent, I appreciate the balanced environment (highly academic and challenging, lots of non-academic activities, instilling respect and gratefulness in our children). I also love that the Parent Association has monthly programs open to all (Fall Festival, Spaghetti Social, Ski Trip, Mother's Day event, and much much more).

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
Carden has been an excellent school for my 11 year old child. My child has now been there for 4 years and has enjoyed growing and learning at Carden. Middle school curriculum is wonderful with strong academic focus on the sciences, math, language arts and Latin. To my surprise, my child loved learning Latin this year. The class ratio is great at Carden letting teachers focus on each and every child in the class. The curriculum is well balanced and gives my child opportunities to engage in other activities besides the academics.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
Carden has a wonderful elementary school curriculum. The education has a lot of variety and diversity of content and approach and the teachers do not hammer information into the students' heads. My child has been at Carden for the last couple of years now and particularly enjoys the many enrichment activities like field trips, special programs, and plays.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
I have two of my sons at Carden and they both are very happy there. The class ratio is great and allows for a lot of attention from their teachers. They are also learning French and will learn Latin in later grades. I and my wife, who has experience teaching, are very pleased with the education and environment at Carden and have been recommending it to our friends.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
Carden is a great school. This is my son's fourth year at Carden and he absolutely loves it. The school personnel are very caring and supportive of the students. They teach the students good values and respect for each other. I like the fact that the school has students from all races and ethnic backgrounds. The academics are excellent and the children get a well-rounded education in contrast with other private schools in the Bay area. My son attended one of these other schools prior to attending Carden.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
Yes, all the comments from Jan 2011, which were negative have been removed. Even my comment was removed. My son was hit by 2 different students and I requested a written report by the administration for 2 years now but, haven't recieved it. Basically, trying to even deny that it happened. I had to child to therapy becuase of it. The bullying is rampant and teacher/administration have no handle on it or any written guidelines that they would follow. They just wing it and try to hide it under the rug.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2011
Our girls love this school. We have one in both Kindergarten and Pre-K. The teachers and staff are very caring. The ratio is amazing with 3 teachers for 25 kids. And communication is very good though parents should be somewhat proactive (e.g. how is my daughter doing & how can I help?). The ladies in the office are so warm and helpful. This school is a small community but wonderful. Great place for working moms (after school care & classes and overall communication).

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
Our boy attended pre-K and new is in Kindergarten and he is flourishing and very happy. Carden does have a warm and caring atmosphere yet still offer a rich, demanding and wide ranging curriculum. I intend to send my other younger son there next year. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
I am introducing my son to this school this fall. It does upset/scare me to see negative messages like this (posted on Jan 13 and May 19th). What if that is true? However, that was not the feeling I got from the open houses and the school private tours. I see the children seem happy and polite... which was the reason why we are choosing this school. Again, I am a future parent at this school but I recommend all potential parents visiting the school instead of relying on the messages posted on this wall.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2011
Don't attend this school if you have other choices. The academic is less challenge and my kids were bored to death. Teachers are not professional and some shouted at kids. The teachers turn over rate is high --- always at personal reason. They have very limited communication. Don t just look at teacher student ratio and that cheated me at the beginning. I heard sevarl scary stories and saw many kids left. So don t go there if you have other choices.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
The last four posts are clearly from the administration . I love the "come to our open house" ad in one of the posts. Just more manipulation.... Read the older posts from the last 6 months from real parents. This school has been slowly falling apart for some time. Do find parents to talk with but not the cherry picked parents at the open house. Find parents who have had kids here and find out the truth about ALL of the ISSUES.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
I am countering the negative post of a few days ago. I am the mother of an older child, and my child has been nurtured and treated as a valued individual at Carden. Nothing like what that reviewer describes! (I would pull my child out immediately if there were bad language, strife, etc.) One would be tempted to say that maybe my child is just lucky to be having such a positive experience. But, between last year and this year, only one child left the entire Upper Campus. In these economic times, it is rare to find that kind of continuity within one grade. But this school has unmatched continuity for the entire Upper Campus! Facts don t lie families would not stay if the school were anything like that negative review. Families stay because the school provides fantastic academics in a truly warm, nurturing environment. And alumni come back to visit as if they are coming home to family So hard to find that kind of environment these days.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
I have two children at this school, in grades 3 and 6. Both have been at Carden Day School of San Jose since PreK. The kids are very happy at the school and have made many good friends. We have been with the school through the growing pains and other challenges that any developing private school faces. At moments, it has been a trying experience. But through it all, the good has always far outweighted the bad. My children are receiving a solid education, grounded in classic teaching methods that have stood the test of time. They are learning not one, but three languages (English, French and Latin). They are singing and performing on stage as well as conducting science experiments and participating in math contests. The 3rd grader was writing a Haiku last night as the 6th grader reminded me to get him new PE shoes for the PE they have every day. Last month, my older child brought home a styrofoam mannequin head that he had to build up in preparation for the paper maiche gargoyles they were to make for art class. Underlying these varied examples is a solid foundation of everyday teaching of the basic principles of language, math, science, social studies and music.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
This is our 7th year at Carden and we are delighted by the education our two children are receiving there. The music and arts programs give new meaning to the term "performing arts"; the language instruction is fantastic; the math/science/computer curriculum (computers at the upper campus) is comprehensive and engaging; and both of my children know how to diagram complex sentences and read for comprehension and understanding - not rote memorization . Carden is a growing school and we are very proud to be part of that growth! Come to the school's open house on January 29th, speak to the teachers and the parents and find out for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2011
I have two boys at Carden, in grades 3rd and 2nd. I find this school has brought out the best qualities in both of them - although they are very different from one another. One of them thrives on the challenging curriculum, strives to be organized and to do his best work in Math, English, French and Social Studies. The other one loves to participate in the plays, show off his artistic abilities and recognition of musical notes and looks forward to their educational and inspirational field trips. What they have in common is an absolute love and admiration for their teachers and the entire school community. I can't imagine providing a better education for them.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
There is a great divide amongst teachers. Some are great and others are not, you would expect consistency in caliber of educator at a private. The school doesn't leverage technology. Not only does it not use the internet technologies like School Loop, but the teachers do not have email. The shool needs a governning body, the administration is good at business development, but management is poor and communucation is frightful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The ratio of student to teacher is great. A lot on individual attention is given to each student. The school accommodates family who needs to be out of town or when the child is ill. The student is exposed to many cultural activities.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2009
I was terribly nervous to send my child to this school. I am unfamiliar with the Carden method and was afraid that it would be too structured. I am extremely pleased with the school. It's well-rounded and the teachers are innovative and caring. Wow!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
My son has only been at Carden for 2 months and I am absolutely thrilled with the teachers, curriculum, activities, parents. They truly provide a well-rounded experience. The teachers and resource staff are caring and fun-loving as well as firm when needed.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
My daughter has been at Carden for six years (since Jr. K). Great thought and research went into deciding on a school for her, having myself been an educator for over 10 years. The teachers are not just caring, they are inviting. They challenge the students every day to think for themselves, come up with thoughtful answers and provide a wonderful environment for their pupils. Artwork and student work adorn the walls. The students are proud of the work they are producing. Test scores from this school speak for themselves. They are high achieving students. The 8th grade students attend prestigious local high schools and are sought after because the schools know what kind of learner and well-rounded student Carden Day School produces. Parent participation is exceptional. We love this school, the families and the administration. I could not ask for a better school experience for my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2009
I highly recommend Carden Day School of San Jose. My child graduated from 8th grade this year. She started with Carden system in Kindergarten and with this school since second grade. She was accepted into honors programs at every private school including Harker and Mitty. She scored well above 90% on her Standford Achievement Tests which ranked her as Post-High School level in everything except one subject, that was ranked at 12th grade level. She tested and scheduled into Honors level classes at the high school of her choice in Science, Math, English, and Modern Language. She has a love of learning. Carden teaches the students HOW to study and HOW to LOVE to LEARN and HOW to THINK. Past graduates that I know (who are going into 10th grade through post-graduate college) tell that they learned how to learn well at Carden and that 9th grade will be easy!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
Our son moved to Carden for the 8th grade. The quality of the school is exceptional, from the personal care from the school principal, to the excellent education and attention provided by the teachers. The level of education is equivalent to 10th grade public schools. I highly encourage those who are seeking the best education for their children to consider this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
Carden Day has proved to be an excellent school emphasizing academic and social development. Their curricula is well rounded, incorporating art appreciation, music, and yoga into their enriching core studies. Carden Day students and parents are supportive of each other and not competitive as experienced in other private schools. The teachers are inspiring - constantly encouraging students to do their best. The leadership at Carden have the children's best interest at heart for developmental and academic success. We are fortunate to be part of a wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
Excellent school. This is our Third year at the school. It provides a great balance between academia and proper social skills. We like the school, teachers, staff, the parents, and the well rounded kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
Our children are also finishing a fourth year at Carden Day School, and both love every day there. My two children are very intelligent, articulate, out-going, creative, curious & spontaneous. Every one of their teachers over the past four years has more than satisfied each of my childrens characteristics. My 2nd grader reads well past her level, excels at both math and science, adores composing stories, is reading music as well as French story books. My son in K-1 has learned to write beautifully, can already read simple books, and has worked hard at learning self control. The Teachers and Administration extoll the highest of values and have so successfully helped the children develop a true love of learning. We are really thrilled that we found such a wonderful, loving and richly academic environment in which our children spend these important elementary school years.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
Our family is in our fourth year at Carden, and we love the school. It's a terrific community, but we've been especially impressed with how well-rounded the students become. Academically, the curriculum is very advanced, and it's great to watch the kids rise to the challenge. But it's equally impressive to see them learn to love music, art, French, chess, etc. The teachers and the leadership at Carden have far surpassed our expectations!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
Our child has been here for three years. Most kids here have grown up in the school, founded just 6 years ago. The families are wonderful, the teachers are warm and involved, and the small class sizes are because it's a startup, not attrition. The principal is straightforward and insightful, and has always been there for us. It is a fantastic, warm school, academically superior, and they grow the whole student and place a priority on good citizenship and character-building. So I am distressed by the first review posted here as it is not at all representative of our experience. Sure, there's a contract; there is at all private schools in the area that I know about. And many unscrupulous schools will routinely tell new parents that their kids are 'behind'-- this helps short-circuit any remorse over a school change and lets them charge more money.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2007
We loved this school the first year (pre-kindergarten). The two teachers are experienced and warm. The following year was not at all the same and looking at the upper grades we saw a trend. Less experienced teachers, lots of turn over with many teachers 'leaving for personal reasons' Very poor communication between teachers admin and parents. In fact, they don't want you to ask any questions. They claim the students are above average academically ( we believed the owner who is friendly and seems passionate.) In the end, we see her as the good salesperson. She provides more hugs than substance. Our kids are behind other schools academically despite being in the top group at this Carden. Very few children in upper grade classes - it seems families don't stick around long. Neither did we. They make you sign a contract so you can't leave if you are unhappy. Beware. Look behind the friendly greeting at the door.

- submitted by a parent
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Carden Day School Of San Jose
1980 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA  95125
(408) 626-8008
Last modified Carden Day School Of San Jose is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Carden Day School Of San Jose Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top