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1341 North San Antonio Avenue
Upland, CA 91786

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(909) 982-9919
(909) 981-3221
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September 16, 2014
I am a past student of Carden Arbor View. In fact, I was in the very first graduating class and I was a student when they first opened their doors in Upland. I cannot say what the quality of teachers are like now but in my time they were top notch. I still use my vowel charts in my mind (at age 44!) when trying to explain to my kids why certain words are spelled the way that they are spelled. I was introduced to Latin and French as well as classical music. I can pick out which instruments are being played in a song. I got to do amazing art projects like building my own kite and weaving a basket from reeds. I am a graduate of the University of Houston Clear Lake although now I stay at home with my children. If this school is sticking with the Carden method, I cannot emphasize enough how this stays with a person. If I had remained in California, I would have put my children in a Carden school. However, if they do not have effective teachers then it will be lost. Mostly, I just wanted parents to know that the Carden method works. You will have to evaluate the quality of the current staff.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2013
I love this school. My kids are confident, intelligent, creative and curious. Carden encourages teaching the whole child, not just to succeed at an end of year test like our public schools. They also let children be children. They start off slowly encouraging kids to enjoy the process of learning, and not be overwhelmed by it, like at other private schools. I would encourage parents to do your homework about schools in the area. If you are on this site, it's a good start. But understand that most negative posts are by parents with sour grapes to share, and no school is perfect for everyone. Visit Carden and let your kids spend a day there to check it out. Best of luck in your search.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Carden is not a good school. Academically. The teachers, however, are sub-par -- and that's generous. Our children currently attend another private school. If you need a school that creates a make-believe environment to protect your children from the realities of life, Carden Arbor View in Upland is the place for you. If you want strong, academically-prepared children who will be able to thrive in the real world, Carden Arbor View School is not for you.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
This school has done an amazing job in developing my children scholastically, emotionally, and socially. The teachers are concerned and committed, and the staff has the best interest of the students and families in all they do. The headmaster manages with quiet, caring, but ultimately absolute authority. I love this school, as they are developing my children to be intelligent and motivated human beings who will succeed and not just to be test takers.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
Our child started Carden as a 6th grader last fall--she loves it and so do we. We wanted a smaller school with great teachers and high moral standards and Carden has outperformed our expectations. Our daughter loved every one of her middle school teachers and learned a lot in every class. Academic standards are traditional and high, and homework is reasonable (limited to 2 hours per weeknight, but usually for her less than an hour). Courses were Grammar (more stuff than I learned in high school), Literature (read Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Dog of Flanders and The Odyssey and did different challenging activities with each), Earth and Space Science, Pre-Algebra, Ancient History, and French; also Life Skills, Art, Music, Composition and Computer. There are fun, low-key sports teams in volleyball/football, basketball, archery and track; and student government. The social atmosphere is kind and welcoming (imagine all the 6th grade girls getting along well!) The headmaster is flexible as to what's best for each child, very well-organized, and lives by and teaches the Carden values. We are so glad we found this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
I speak from first hand experience when I say this is a great school. Carden is an amazing school. From the books we read in literature to the equations we do in math, I love this school. In 8th grade literature we read huckleberry finn, julius ceasar, and many other books. In math we go from 5th grade math to algebra 1. This is truly a great school and it is worth every penny!

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2010
I am a child who attended Carden Arbor View School and found that it was a fantastic! It really prepared me for high school and all the years to come and I will always look back on my 8 Carden years remembering how much I learned and how great of an overall experience I had there. I highly suggest Carden Arbor View School for anyone who wants to send their child to a school that educates very well and truly cares about the whole child and who that child will turn out to be.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2010
I think many of the parents coming to the Great Schools site want to know if this is the right place to send their child. I heartily recommend it for all the reasons the other reviewers give, but want to address the issues the 1 star parents cite. Elementary and middle school are about preparing a well rounded learner, not the high school prep classes we take to get into the competitive colleges. The local schools consider Carden one of the best private feeder schools because our students are prepared with the soft skills that come from having a tight knit parent / teacher / administration triple play. Don't be fooled by parents who want elementary school to resemble a prep school. That is high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
I love my school! it is fantastic! the best ever! :) seriously the best school probally in upland :)

- submitted by a student
no rating January 25, 2010
If anyone has come here looking for a honest review of Carden, keep in mind that the school sends parents to this site to rate the school. Our family took our son out of Carden last year after four years. We feel that education is below average and not worth the money. The teachers our son had were not good. You can do much better elsewhere. We did.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
its a fantastic school! it is a exquisite school for us! they teach us french, spanish and latin and we go to quebec, and catalina island! I love it!!! :)

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2009
My daughter has been a student at Carden since 1st grade and is now preparing to graduate from 8th. While investigating high school options, I have been pleased to find what I suspected all along. She will be very well prepared for high school, she will be very well prepared for college, and she will be very well prepared for life after college. Why do I know this? Because, she has tested very well in private high school entrance exams. When visiting the local public high school, we found that she is well above freshman level in math, English, and literature. She has demonstrated successful skills not only because she is smart, but also because she has received excellent preparation from outstanding and supportive teachers. She has learned to respect others, present herself well, and be proud of her own achievements. Carden has been worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
Sending my two daughters to Carden has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Equipped with a strong academic curriculum, a dedicated and diligent staff, a strong and devoted Head of School, and excellent outdoor educational opportunities, Carden has succeeded in providing my daughters with an exceptional foundation for success. It is just as important to note that Carden cares as much about a student s development of character as it does of his/her academic success. At Carden, students are encouraged to strive for and demonstrate the highest levels of respect, courage, honesty, and responsibility. One more thing I would like to mention is that when your children attend a school such as Carden, they not only have the ability to attend any one of the best high schools in the nation, they will be well equipped to be successful there and in college as well. This alone speaks for Carden s excellence in educating and in developing the whole child for success!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
Our familiy has two children at Carden Arbor View School. I am continually impressed at how much enthusiasm is expressed with the students combined with a dedicated diverse staff. The school has focus on the 'whole child'.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
I have a daughter who graduated from this school. She did excellent during her High School years, and has since graduated from USC. She attended Carden Arbor View for 9 years from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school's curriculum is very comprehensive and complete. The language arts program uses all classical literature and my daughter enjoyed the rich vocabulary.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2008
For parents that want to leave the educational process between the teacher and child only - Carden is not for you. Carden requires a 'community' approach towards the education process involving the teacher and the parent to support the child's learning experience. The school has a rigorous academic program that prepares the child not only for high school and college, but for life. Carden offers a phenomenal academic experience that is not for all people. Those of us that 'get' Carden, love Carden.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
My daughter has been at Carden for 4 years now and I have just enrolled my youngest daughter there also. I feel that Carden is an excellent school the well exceeds the State Curriculum for each grade level. The teachers and administration make sure that the children are well rounded and experience more than what the curriculum is limited to. They provide more than what I as a public school teacher am able to give my students, due to state requirements and testing. Carden makes sure that all students are well rounded based on the individual student, not a standardize test. This allows all students to become successful and aquire the skills necessary to continue that success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 19, 2008
Carden has been a wonderful environment for our children. Having compared my Jr. High daughter to those of friends in other schools(Ok, I know you're not supposed to compare, but come on, we all do!!) I find her more organized, self-reliant and responsible. I believe this is due to the teachers and staff putting an emphasise on self-responsibility and instilling an attitude of truly caring about their schoowork and ethics. I would highly recommend CAVS to any family looking for a quality education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 18, 2008
Carden provides an excellent education to those who are open to a great education. A great education takes time and discipline on the part of the parents and children. The teachers have many years of experience and have mastered their subject matter. The Carden method is unchallengable when it comes to Grammar. A note to parents: even though you have your children in private school or public it is never a reason to 'check out' and think that (any) school will do your job as a parent and theirs as the educator. Parents must stay involved and guide their children.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating May 08, 2008
Carden is not a good school. Academically, CAVS is weak. Just examine the messages written by CAVS students on this site. They are full of grammatical mistakes. CAVS does do a good job of creating a safe, artificial environment for its students. The teachers, however, are sub-par -- and that's generous. Our children currently attend a public high school. Three other former CAVS students also attend this school. Each of them has struggled mightily academically and socially. In contrast, our children have succeeded. This is true, I believe, because we removed them from CAVS prior to the 5th grade. If you need a school that creates a make-believe environment to protect your children from the realities of life, CAVS is the place for you. If you want strong, academically-prepared children who will be able to thrive in the real world, CAVS is not for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2008
I attended Carden Arbor View from 1st to 8th grade. Not only do I feel prepared academically because of Carden s superb educational approach, but I also believe that Carden has equipped me with the necessary qualities that enable me to be a thriving, competent, and successful individual. I owe my current success and my future achievements to my education at Carden Arbor View.

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2008
Carden is an incredible find! My three children are thriving there. They are challenged academically and are in a safe, nurturing environment. This is a values-oriented school that is a gem!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2008
Great school for my kids - strong acedemics, safe environment, friendly atmosphere that they look forward to going to everyday.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
Carden is an excellent school in all aspects. I have 3 children there and even though my children are all very different, it is the only place I want them to be. They have been able to find ways to motivate and excite them in three completely different ways. I am thankful for a strong staff that looks at each child as an individual instead of another child like the first one they may have taught. My son will graduate next year and I am so thankful we found Carden.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
Our daughter has been at Carden for 7 years. We have been impressed with all aspects of school life. She has grown tremendously as a student and as a person. Carden nurtured her at the appropriate time and now challenges her to achieve academically. The Head of School is a great leader and is dedicated to the continued success of the school. We are confident that our daughter will be prepared for whatever challenges await.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
Carden Arbor View rox!!!!!!!! It has awesome teachers and great physical education!!!!!!!!! I love going there! The computers and art program is beyond great!!!! I will never forget c.A.V.S.!!! Everyone there is so friendly!!! We go on field trips for at least a day, starting from 4th grade til' 8th grade that teach the students a lot, while they have fun!!!! I love carden arbor view school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
Our daughter has been a student at Carden for 7 years. Her growth and maturity socially and academically have been exceptional. The teachers are very dedicated and support the success of each child. Positive character development is priceless! Thank you Carden!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
This school provides a comprehensive social and educational experience! The care and concern that teachers, administration and staff provide for the children is absolutely wonderful. Every child is personally attended to, and his or her needs are met. The finest school on the planet!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
Academic quality is excellent, the teachers are dedicated to their students that makes a big difference, art, music, sports and other activities are enjoyed by students and parents alike. Parents are involved very much in the school activities. The philosophy of formation of the student as a whole using the Carden curriculum is excellent. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2007
My daughter attended this school for 9 years. Kdg through 8th grade. She was well prepared for high school and college.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I have a sixth grader and a first grader at Carden. The academic education is outstanding and I love the emphasis on personal responsibility and 'owning your actions.' My experience has been so great over the past six years that I turned down a business opportunity elsewhere to be able to keep my kids in such a nurturing and safe environment. I would highly recommend Carden for any family wanting a complete school experience beyond the tradition three 'R's.'

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
We have been at Carden Arbor View for seven years now. The school is the strongest that is has been in the seven years that we have been here. The Head of School's focus is on the academic program and has excelled at uniting the staff on this focus. Additionally the physical grounds have gone through a massive revamp and is definitely at its best. The strongest testimony to Carden's academic prowess is witnessing the alumni success at our local high schools (private and public) and colleges. Carden Arbor View School is well worth the cost of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2007
I have two kids at Carden and really believe they are getting a great education. I like the fact the education is well balanced and values driven. My kids are learning and love school and that is what counts. Is the school perfect? No. But a perfect school does not exist. Some parents complain about tuition and participation. The tuition is higher than other private schools due to its small size. There are less than 200 kids for grades k-8. Yes - tuition is a stretch for my wife and I but we feel it is worth it. As a private school, tuition is not a problem for some parents. So what? The school likes parents to participate in their kids education because they should. Education is not just a schools responsibility. Carden Arbor View School is a very good school. I recommend a visit to see for yourself.

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December 02, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 30, 2006
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November 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
We were at Carden for only a few years. We feel that we wasted our money. The education is extremely average. Carden won't prepare your kids for the real world at all. It's all make believe.

- submitted by a teacher
March 02, 2006
Carden Arbor View has an excellent and highly educated staff. Teachers regularly attend Carden training to adhere to the methods of teaching that Mae Carden created. There are a great many varieties of foreign language, volleyball, football and other sports, and the parents that support the school are like family. It truly is and always will be home for me as a teacher.

- submitted by a teacher
February 24, 2006
Overall, your child will receive a strong educational foundation from Carden, but I'm beginning to wonder if the cost of this private school is worth it. I am hoping that things will get better, otherwise we may have to consider other options.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
Carden Arbor View is a decent school. The school is very traditional and they have a strong academic program.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
This is a good littel school that is a hidden secret. With a new principal they will shine. The Carden curriculum is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
As a parent of a former Carden student, I found these reviews telling. Carden reminds me of politics -- it pushes people to the extremes. Some love the school; others hate it. It saddens me that this is true, but it is. Our child is now a sophomore in high school. At Carden, he was a top student. However, he has struggled in his high school honor classes. We always recognized that Carden's academics were not top-notch. Each summer, our son received tutoring to keep up with his peers. Even so, the other honor students in his high school were more prepared for the material than was he. He'll be fine, but I wish Carden would have focused less on values and more on academics.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
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November 19, 2004
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October 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2004
After seven years at the school, I remain impressed with the dedication of the teachers, the quality of the educational program, and the core values of the institution.

- submitted by a administrator
September 01, 2004
As the reviews below show, some parents like the school, while others do not. At Carden, there seems to be two camps with respect to every issue, each with strong opinions. The school has some strengths. Because it is small, each child feels a part of the group. Bullying is minimal. The literature program is strong. The school also has many problems. The teachers are not the best. The school tends to hire family members without credentials. The staff is often rude to those not in 'the inner circle.' The board is also comprised of 'the inner circle' who guard their control jealously. However, in the end, I can't escape the feeling that Carden does not provide an education worthy of its cost. Private schools should offer more than Carden does, in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
We recently joined the long list of families who left Carden. We now feel that we wasted four years of time and money. Our first year was fine, but we became more and more disillusioned with each year. Carden needs to improve greatly before it can be called a good school.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2003
Our child attended Carden for several years. We were very disappointed with the school. In retrospect, our disappointment was due to our mistaken belief that Carden would be a good place for bright children to excel. This is not Carden's mission. Carden is a good school to protect the emotions of children who would struggle outside of a protected environment, but it is not an academic school. We were able to see some of the school's test scores, and they are well below where a private school should be. As for the parent below who stated that many families have left Carden, that statement is true. However, those families were limited to those who were looking for a challenging academic atmosphere. Those parents who understand that Carden is not about academics seem to be very satisfied. How you see Carden depends on your expectations. If you are looking for a school with superior academics and great teachers, Carden will disappoint you. If you are looking for a school and teachers who will protect your child's emotional state, then Carden will please you. It depends what you want.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2003
Many of the responses below sound as if they came from the school's board of directors. My child attended Carden for six years. In his last three years, the school had three different headmasters. The teachers are, at best, very average. Most are unaccredited. Academically, the school is behind other private schools. The school won't let you see their overall scores (which is very frustrating), but most parents I associated with revealed to me that their children's scores lagged well behind their hopes and expectations. My son transferred to a Catholic school and is now scoring much higher. Carden's biggest problem is that it is dominated by a small group of parents. They (and not the teachers or headmaster) control the school. It's a real problem.

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2003
Carden Arbor View School is an academic powerhouse where children are presented with a challenging curriculum while emphasis is also given to character development. The success of our graduates speaks for the sound education the students receive. Parent involvement helps add to the program and lends to a supportive community within the school. We love CAVS!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2003
I have a daughter in her seventh year at CAVS. In kindergarten through fourth grade she received all her instruction in small groups--an approach that allows CAVS' teachers to assess and address the needs of each student. Academic rigor begins in kindergarten--third graders can identify and name more verb tenses than I can--but the small group instruction makes it possible for the average child to be successful and achieve an excellent primary education. I continue to be amazed that this school so successfully addresses the needs of the average student while providing a very challenging curriculum for higher achieving students like my daughter. It is, in fact, this aspect of the school that keeps us there--the fact that the school cares so deeply about every student at every achievement level. It goes much deeper than academics, but my 150 words are just about up!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
Our son has been in Carden Arbor View School since K-1. He is now in grade 8. As parents we are very proud in sending him to a school where the method of teaching is quite different from the other school system. Academics are well emphasized, discipline is given priority and the students overall performance is closely monitored. Parents involvement is most welcomed. The school is a safe haven for children who need assistance and strong guidance at the critical years of their character building stage to attain their best potential. I highly recommend Carden Arbor School without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
Carden Arbor View School is like no other school in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. Carden excels at the humanities: reading, literature, art, music, with a strong math and science program. The added bonus at CAVS is that the school promotes character development. No, the school will not teach your child on how to develop his/her character, but will support what is taught at the home. The parent group at CAVS is a group of like-minded individuals that recognize that a well-rounded human being possesses book smarts as well as character smarts. This is what is special about Carden Arbor View School.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
As a current parent at Carden, I am extremely satisfied with my family's experience at Carden. It is a safe and nurturing environment for my child. The educational experience is superior to any other school in the area. The philosophy of Carden Arbor View School is to educate the whole child with joy, growth, ethusiasm, dignity and respect ~ qualities that we strive for and value in our own home. Therefore the Carden experience is a partnership to raise a child who is not only a capable and successful student but also, a person of integrity and individuality.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2003
After reading the comments of a parent in August 2003, I felt it necessary to respond. First of all, the comments made by this parent are not at all factual. We have not lost 'literally scores' of parents recently, nor have they abandoned Carden. Several parents left because of job changes and financial reasons, but for any other reasons. Parents are proud of Carden and our enrollment is at it's maximum. The founding teachers have not abandoned the school either; in fact the founding teacher is still there, and we have several teachers with more than 20 years at our school. We also have a very challenging curriculum, as evidenced by the outstanding record of our graduates. So, don't believe the ramblings of one dissatisfied parent, check out the school for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2003
We were involved with Carden for several years. Like many other parents who recently left Carden (and there are literally scores of families who have abandoned Carden), we eventually realized that Carden has become all fluff and no substance. It wasn't always like this. However, those teachers who created a good school have since left. Those who remain have turned Carden into their own little educational fiefdom. In summary, if you are looking for a place to harbor a child who would have a difficult time surviving in a competitive academic environment, then Carden is for you. However, if you are looking for a quality education, a place to challenge your capable student, you would be wasting your money at Carden.

- submitted by a parent
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Carden Arbor View
1341 North San Antonio Avenue, Upland, CA  91786
(909) 982-9919
Last modified Carden Arbor View is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Carden Arbor View Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top