Carden Method

To make the decision to provide a Carden education for your child, it is important to have an overview of what the Carden Method, developed by Mae Carden, is all about. The following is a brief overview of the philosophy and history behind our Carden curriculum.

Mae Carden developed the Carden Method for learning and opened Miss Carden’s School for Young Children in October of 1934 in New York. Her curriculum is designed for children beginning from the age of three and continuing through each grade, reinforcing and building upon the strengths gained by the student from the previous year. The Carden Method is specifically designed to help children develop their innate powers of analytical and organized thinking. Mae Carden believed that life and learning are enhanced by the ability to interconnect academic, social, and artistic skills through a strong foundation of knowledge sprinkled with humor and service. A strong basic in Mae Carden’s educational philosophy involves the Carden Standards of Living and the life pattern of Cause and Effect. In her book, “Let’s Bring Them Up Sensibly” Mae Carden describes this pattern as “the only way to assure the desired effect is to weigh life’s values, bear them in mind, act in accordance with them, and reap the rich reward.

” In using Miss Carden’s philosophy of Cause and Effect in our school curriculum, we are working towards our goal of providing our students a foundation of knowledge along with the self-confidence and communication skills needed to share their gifts with the world.

Underlying all of Miss Carden’s writing and educational materials is the importance of giving children a joy for learning. As she wrote, “I want children to learn and to enjoy learning. Life is a joy, so should be learning.”

Enrichment is an important part of our children’s school lives
And helps create enduring childhood memories
  • Exciting enrichment programs help make a school unique. Our diverse activities supplement our curriculum and provide further opportunities for personal growth and development. They include:
  • Assemblies and performances to develop drama and public speaking skills
  • Weekly science labs, annual science fairs, and middle school science camps
  • Student Council to develop leadership and service within the community
  • After school activities including Literary Magazine-Creative Writing, Debate Club, Math Club, Science Club, French Club, Dance Kids, After School Art, Music Lessons, Soccer A variety of Languages: Mandarin, Spanish and more, Karate, Chess Club and many others
  • Educational and exciting field trips
  • Study hall and extended care before and after school

“What I like best about Carden is the determination of the staff to teach and not make school a place that students dread. I can tell that the teachers try their best to make the school a fun place to be.” -Rahimeh, 6th grade

Carden's Teachers

Every member of our faculty has a distinguished history of Carden
teaching experience in the Bay Area. Each is accredited and Carden-trained,
with an average tenure of 10 years. All share a passion for education and
are committed to bringing a “joy of learning” to our children.