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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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