We are in our third year at Carden and have seen just how much the quality has declined within the school climate. We were pleased with our 1st child in the very beginninng, but have now seen too many unpleasant interactions between the Flemings, other parents and teachers. It's all such a front they
... Read more put on to take your money, and the teachers aren't qualified, they aren't required to have teaching credentials. This blows our mind! They are paid very minimal which is why the ratios are so low. Its all about money and it took us three long years to figure it all out! Carden Conejo will eventually CLOSE, so we have toured other great schools in the area and are very pleased with the climates there and with the reviews we are getting from real people! Stay away from Carden Conejo! Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/04/13
The problem with Carden Conejo School is that it uses an outdated education method and has woefully unprepared teachers. So many parents have no idea that their children aren't being taught critical thinking or creative writing. No amount of French or Latin will help your child be an independent thinker,
... Read more as long as he or she is prohibited from expressing his/her opinion. The Carden method is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it does not prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/26/13
I really hope someone sees this. I was a carden parent for several years and just pulled my last child out. I've been checking out the reviews lately for I am pregnant and was looking in to the preschool. The second I checked today I noticed the negative comments have been removed! I also received notice
... Read more from a friend of mine who still has children at the school who said the principle of the school has been calling people begging them to write a nice review!!! This is so sad and reminded me of why I pulled my children out. The staff is all fake and only want your money. They are understaffed, it is not a safe campus my son was always coming home with screws he found on the playground. The Flemings get so defensive and can't take constructive critism. The staff they do have is underpaid. Also, most of the teachers aren't even qualified. Most parents become teachers. And don't even get me started on how snobby the families are. Couldn't find a worse school even if I tried. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/24/13
My daughter attended Carden Conejo School from preschool through sixth grade. She recently graduated high school with highest honors, and is in the honors program at her college. For graduation she went to Europe on a tour. The kids on the group were from all over the world. The leader asked each
... Read more country to get up and sing their National Anthem. My daughter's best friend, who went to public school, did not know her own countrie's song! Do public schools even say the pledge of allegiance anymore? Carden taught my daughter to be respectful, look people in the eye when speaking, and how to get up on a stage and speak publicly without fear! They have the best art, science, music, computer, and sports teachers imaginable, not to mention the most caring and patient homeroom and math instructors! Yes, lunch and recess can seem rushed at times, but isn't the priority learning? If you want small classes on safe and beautiful campus, you are crazy not to check out Carden! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/25/13
Well, if Carden is a family, there's a lot of divorce happening- have you seen how many families have left over the last three years? The person who reviewed below has a daughter in college, and obviously has not been at Carden in many years. Many parents are busy with work and trust in the reputation
... Read more of the school. They have no idea what is going on during class instruction because NO PARENT IS ALLOWED IN CLASS! They don't want you to discover how undertrained and under qualified the staff is. The directors may live and breathe Carden, but they are in denial, being defensive on behalf of their teachers, rather than firing people who shouldn't be working with children and hiring a really great teaching staff. The director doesn't want credentialed teachers because she claims to "train them" in the "Carden Way." "Learning should be a joy." Oh please...ask all the kids what a "joy it is" to miss their tiny recess and be denied bathroom privileges because the volume of work is so heavy they can't finish. And then to have only ten or fifteen minutes to play after sitting to eat lunch. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/04/13
If you are looking for a school that will provide your child with the best academics as well as encourage morals and manners then I can not recommend this school enough. As with any schools there are positives and negatives, but in my opinion the positives far out way the negatives. Hands down Carden
... Read more offers the best academics in the area. First, the class sizes are really small and your child will receive loads of attention. Second, there are individual teachers designated for their specific subject areas such math, science, reading, english, and of course music, art, and computers to name a few. Imagine having a certified math teacher teaching your child math. Based on my research, Carden's math program is about a year and a half ahead of most other public and private schools in the area. Understanding that sometimes students may have difficulty with some of the subject matter, they provide a program called academic choice which is a opportunity for the student to work with their teacher after school to master their area of difficulty. BRILLANT! Thank you Carden for being my partner to create respectful, academically sound, well rounded children with a solid foundation for life! Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/30/13
Carden is a wonderful start to your child's future academic success. It molds the child into the beginnings of an outstanding citizen of society. The students learn manners, morals, and how to be kind (so missing in today's public school curriculum!), and they excel at it. I have seen the growth
... Read more in my own child in just the few years that he has attended the school. He has felt secure and able to develop in the care of his attentive teachers, and has learned life lessons that I, as a parent, could never have taught him on my own at home. If you are a supporter of traditional methods of teaching and learning having your child learn respect and manners, this is the school for you! Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/20/13
I echo the sentiments of other low ratings. If your child fits into the Carden mold, ff very old fashioned manners (shaking hands, saying "good afternoon" & "good morning") are important to you & if your child can work an advanced but dated curriculum starting in K, it might work for you. But if your
... Read more child falls ANYWHERE outside of this mold, save your $10K & use the good public schools w better resources. Carden has an advanced curriculum, encouraging families to keep kids in Pre & Jr K so the actual kindergarten classes are full of 6 yr olds. This way they can teach a 1st grade curriculum to a K class & say their school is advanced but many kids are still struggling, some have left & my child's self esteem has definitely been damaged. The Carden method is so archaic & out of date, it's actually comical. The worksheets are straight out of the 50s or earlier. The school property is old, dirty & run down. There is almost NO technology & the brand new library is in an old storage room. Vibe is WEIRD: reciting a Christian prayer before eating but it's a secular school, the kids singing the same Civil War era patriotic song over and over. It's bizarre. Place gives me the creeps. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/05/13
We have two children in their second year at Carden and found a wonderful environment. and are very pleased with our children's education and interpersonal development. The administration, the parents, the CCPA, and the student body are all pretty close-knit and friendly with each other. Respect, manners,
... Read more foreign language, and emphasis on public speaking/performances are added benefits that we've seen all in our experience at Carden. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/12/13
My daughter is currently in 4th grade at Carden Conejo. It's her sixth year at the school and we're very happy with the results. Our child looks forward to going to school and is enjoying her time at Carden. I've been very happy with her teachers who have been nurturing role models in addition to
... Read more being qualified educators. In a world of electronics and computers I'm particularly proud of my daughter's penmanship and math skills. I like that every child is met with a handshake in the morning and greeted by name. The Friday assemblies and also help create a sense of community. Read less
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Westlake Village schools — Carden Conejo School is located at 975 Evenstar Ave, Westlake Village CA 91361. 975 Evenstar Ave is in the 91361 ZIP code in Westlake Village, CA Carden Conejo School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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