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The Howard School serves 89 students in grades Prekindergarten-8, is a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Carden Educational Foundation.
The student:teacher of The Howard School is 9:1 and the school's religious affiliation is Nonsectarian.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 89 students
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

The Howard School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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Attribute
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1912

Student Body

Total Students
89 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
27%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
The Howard School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(e.g. Polos and Khaki)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

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.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
The Howard School has been an amazing experience for my children. My kids have gone through The Howard School from preschool-8th grade. Not only does the school provide the feeling of having a second family but they have both discovered a love of learning. The tools they are taking with them to high school and beyond are invaluable.
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5  
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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 89 students
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Santa Barbara County, CA is $30,864 for elementary schools and $41,698 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Barbara County, CA is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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