Carden Hall

Founded in 1963, Carden Hall is a learner-centered, independent, private, co-educational Pre-KindergartenGrade 8 day school devoted to educating the whole child through character development, social emotional literacy, and the highest standards of academic excellence anchored in timeless truths and treasured values.
We seek to inspire the love of learning, a dedication to virtue, a call to leadership, and a commitment of service to all.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 501 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,000
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Carden Hall ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:


School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students
501 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Carden Hall Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Pre-Kindergarten: $12,000 Kindergarten: $16,800 Grades 1–6: $18,000 Grades 7–8: $18,900
Admissions Director
Sarah Peterson


Total Sports Offered
4 sports

School Notes

  • At Carden Hall we welcome families who seek for their children an exceptional start to a lifetime of learning. During our application process, we aim to get a snapshot of your child as a student. Using a combination of Carden Hall tests, grade level specific standardized tests, and several one-on-one conversations and interactions with our expert teachers, we carefully evaluate each student to ensure readiness and ideal placement. Carden Hall accepts applicants for Grades Pre-K through six. We do not accept applicants for Grades 7 and 8. Students applying for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1. Students applying for Pre-Kindergarten must be 4 years old by September 1.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Carden Hall cost?
Carden Hall's tuition is approximately $18,000 for private students.
What sports does Carden Hall offer?
Carden Hall offers 4 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Football, Soccer and Volleyball.
What is Carden Hall's ranking?
Carden Hall ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Carden Hall?
The application deadline for Carden Hall is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We feel truly blessed to have found Carden Hall. We started our journey at a local public school and soon found we needed to move our children into a more structured environment. We found Carden Hall to be rich in character, integrity and faith. Our children come home beaming every day after school and this testifies to the love and care they receive at Carden. Each child is valued, treasured and guided by an extremely dedicated teaching staff. The academics are strong and challenge our children to think critically. We love that they have music daily so their spirit is excercised along with their minds and bodies. This is a school that developes the whole child; mind, body and spirit. We thank God for Carden Hall everyday!!
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I posted this review on Yelp as well and putting it here as well because I hope to share some of our experience with those who are considering Carden Hall as a possible choice for providing the educational foundation for their children. We have 2 boys who have attended here for the past 6 years. Prior to CH, they were in Montessori & we tried 1 yr in public school. Considering private school was never on our family's radar until we experienced what public school has become. CH provides our kids with a safe, morally grounded & wonderful environment where they have absolutely excelled. We write 1 tuition check & there is no fundraising or hidden costs like so many of the other schools. Our family has more time together in part b/c the kids don't have homework until after 4th grade & we get about 3 weeks more vacation time every year. Academically CH is very strong, principled, and purposeful in their approach. Our kids are happy & better people when we pick them up after school - we don't know what more we could ever hope for. I''ve heard SO many positives about CH students in the community. CH students leave prepared for high school, college and to be successful adults. There is SO much more to CH than first meets the eye as it is truly understated and a beautiful diamond in the rough. There is a rich history in the 50+ yrs of CH. It's not the "flashy" Newport, it's "Classy" timeless Newport Beach that is simple, clean, pure and rich in character and tradition. CH has made us a better parents and a better family. I encourage everyone to check out the other schools, as we did, b/c CH isn't necessarily the right fit for everyone. CH may not dazzle you with school galas or fabulous parent parties....but when your kids get in the car after school with smiles and singing you will start to understand. French is taught at every grade level Teachers KNOW your child in remarkable detail Music, art and sports programs are great (CH does not have a gym, but that does not prevent them from being extremely competitive in area sports) The CH athletes pride themselves on great sportsmanship on and off the field.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 501 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,000
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Orange County, CA is $11,084 for elementary schools and $16,592 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Orange County, CA is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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