Life is a joy.  And at Carden Academy, we believe that learning should be a joy as well.
By combining a thoughtful, contemporary approach to student learning with traditional values of education we help nurture confident, accomplished children who are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of life.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 105 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,050
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
105 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Carden Academy Of Almaden Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Uniforms required)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Assessment Interview Fee: $100.00Registration Fee: $600.00Tuition (New Student): $13,900.00
Admissions Director
Bill Ries, Principal


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
After School Science, Girl Scouts, High School Prep, Scrapbooking, Success Chess School

Arts and Music Programs:
After School Dance, Music Enrichment

Recreational Athletic Programs:
One-on-One Basketball, Soccer Shots, Tae Kwon Do

School Notes

  • Carden Academy is a co-educational, non-sectarian, independent private elementary and middle school. The curriculum emphasizes the interrelationship of the subjects presented. Carden is concerned with development of the whole child. It has a well-rounded program that includes language arts, literature, mathematics, geography, history, science, physical education, French, Mandarin, music, art, and drama. A variety of after school enrichment is also available to every student. Here, you`ll find our students are fully engaged. Each and every one of ourteachers and staff take the time to get to know the students and place anemphasis on individualized attention and small group learning. Ouracademics are challenging, and our curriculum is well rounded. The resultis an education where students are ready for high school, and beyond. Visit our website or, better yet, schedule a visit today. And see whyCarden Academy is a place where children become confident andaccomplished. 
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
My son started Carden Academy of Almaden in 1st grade. When we were picking which school to send him to, and he was going to multiple shadow days in different schools, after going to Carden Academy he said that he likes this school the best because of the types of kids that are there. We could not agree more. The school provides not only strong academics: there are plenty of schools like that in the Bay Area; Carden Academy provides psychological and moral support and education to the whole child; they teach how to deal with different social situation, they aid with emotional maturity and guide the child along the way. We will be sending our daughter here in 2 years.
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We transferred our son to Carden Academy from a top rated public school at the beginning of third grade and couldn't be happier with our decision. The school is very well managed with an impressive staff of teachers and administrators. The Carden philosophy and their teaching strategies have been extremely effective; it is easy to see why it works. In addition to a rich, well rounded curriculum, including foreign language and PE every day, the small class sizes make learning so much easier for all. We also appreciate the strong emphasis the school places on respect for others as well as yourself. We feel fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful school and highly recommend.
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Go to this school. Carden of Almaden is a great school, high standards and amazing results. We have had our kids enrolled at Carden Academy at earlier campus in Santa Clara and was an easy decision to stick with Carden through search for new campus and transition to Almaden. The adminstration, faculty, and families make a great community. In addition to curiculum and standards, many other programs to participate in and grow well rounded minds. Untimately our children are most prepared for high school and continuing into higher education.
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My daughter was in the Kindergarten class last year, and 1st this year, and I could not be more happy with the school. The small group work has allowed her to work at her level, and feel challenged yet supported. The special subject teachers are great. Every day I pick her up, I always ask her what was her favorite part of the day, and it is almost something different. The new song she learned in Spanish, the game they played in PE, the iPads they use on Fridays, the Alice in Wonderland song they learned in music, the drawing she made in computers, the book she picked at the library, etc. The school has a small environment and family feeling, yet has the facilities and space of a larger school. Tons of outdoor space for the kids to run around. I love that they get up to 30 minutes of playground time in the morning between drop off and start of school, plus 2 twenty minute recces times, and daily PE. The teachers and administration are very responsive. I had questions about how my daughter was doing in class, and immediately scheduled a meeting with the teacher and the director of education, where they walked through every question I had, and gave helpful suggestions on how to improve things for her. The school is so smoothly run, everything from morning drop off and pick up routine, teacher escorts from your car with umbrellas on rainy days, and special performances. We look forward to many more years at Carden Academy.
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My son really enjoyed Carden for the past eight years. He enjoy the four wonderful teachers, in Science, English, Math, Computers, and Music. They gave him the essential tools of knowledge and personality to help my son be ready for high school and future.
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Carden Academy of Almaden is a great school. We have three daughters enroll at this school. Ms. Baker is a wonderful math teacher. We love her. Thank you so much Ms. Baker for helping our daughters to improve math. We're looking forward to enroll our new born baby in a next five years.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 105 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,050
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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