Howard Carden

     Tel: (805)745-8448
Grades: NS - 8 | 79 students
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School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Carden Educational Foundation
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Year Founded 1912

Student Body

Total Students 79 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 5%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Howard Carden Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(e.g. Polos and Khaki)
Admission Deadline None / Rolling

School Notes:

Established in 1934 by Mae Carden, the Carden Method® encompasses the developmental progression of every child. The comprehensive curriculum gives children the tools necessary to gain mastery of math, science, reading and writing. Reading s...kills are taught through a sequential presentation of phonics, rhythm, and visual imagery. Specialty programs including art, music, theatre, foreign language, computer and physical education are central to a Carden education. Our goal is to promote growth of the whole child including emotional and physical development coupled with the pursuit of academic excellence. Small class sizes allow teachers to work closely with each child to develop strengths and target areas of weakness. Located in the semi-rural Carpinteria Valley, our campus offers a picturesque educational environment to families from the towns of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura and Oxnard. Instruction is complemented by superb facilities: playing fields and an indoor gymnasium provide daily opportunities for physical activity; the theatre accommodates drama, music and special programs; and a state-of-the-art computer lab fosters computer literacy. Education at The Howard Carden School extends beyond the classroom. Students are taught leadership and responsibility in the community through participation in activities such as the Teddy Bear Foundation's, Adopt a Child for Christmas program or hosting senior citizens at school performances. They also participate in educational programs that promote relationships with local businesses and non-profit organizations including Carpinteria’s Girls Inc., with which we have partnered since 1999.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Cate School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Crane Country Day School (6.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is El Montecito School (7.4 miles away)
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School Reviews

3 months ago
The Howard School is unique in the emphasis it puts on teaching students how to "learn" and to also perform life''s important non-academic skills with exceptional results. The teachers and administrators are excellent educators who display a passion for teaching and a deep caring for & pride in their students.
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