At a Glance

Lifetime Success

Message from the Head of the School

Welcome to Carden School of Fresno. Whether you are visiting for the first time or are a parent of a Carden student, you most likely have questions about our school. As the head of school, I have heard many questions from many parents, but I have discovered that they are all versions of the same basic inquiry:

“How does Carden prepare my child for a lifetime of success?”

This is really the question to ask of any school, and it is one that we consider all the time on our campus.To help answer it, here is a brief list of what your child will gain by attending Carden:

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A love of learning
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Wealth of knowledge
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Emotional security
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An alert attitude of mind
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Self-reliance and self-confidence
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Good study habits
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Mastery of techniques and skills
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Stamina
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A love of school

How do I know that your child will acquire all of these? I know because Mae Carden wrote about these exact qualities in her groundbreaking educational text, Quality Teaching – Successful Learning. It is a book that is on every bookshelf of every teacher on this campus.

This is a portrait of the successful student, and it is a clear illustration of the Carden experience. At Carden, children delight in learning. They gain an appreciation not only for knowledge but for art, beauty, and each other. When you walk into any classroom you will see this at work – there is vitality here because we believe that education is a privilege and a joy.

Does this sound too good to be true? Please visit our campus and see for yourself that Carden School of Fresno is truly a place unlike any other. It is a place in which success is driven by love and the search for truth; it is a place that cherishes the individual but fosters community; it is our place.

I hope to make it yours, too.

Sincerely,

Dr. Megan McMills

Parent Testimonials

Our children have grown to be attentive listeners and are thoughtful and confident in their responses when speaking with others. All three of our children have thrived both academically and socially over the years. We credit Carden School of Fresno for much of this growth. Carden provides not only a tried and true curriculum teaching children to think critically but also focuses on building character, confidence and discipline. Our children have grown to be attentive listeners and are thoughtful and confident in their responses when speaking with others. Carden has helped teach and foster these abilities. Our children have achieved and continue to achieve academic accolades at Carden, in high school and college. They have also excelled in athletics, competing and achieving high levels of success on competitive teams and at the Division 1 level. The academic, emotional and social growth Carden has helped provide our children over the last 15 years has been influential in their personal and professional accomplishments today. What we appreciate most about Carden is the excellent teaching staff. Our teaching staff strives to see each and every student succeed. Our Carden teachers work hard on all aspects of growth in each child. Carden teachers are thoughtful, honest and transparent with their students and Carden families. We are thankful and proud to be a Carden School of Fresno family.
Wendy Kalpakoff
Our children have grown to be attentive listeners and are thoughtful and confident in their responses when speaking with others. All three of our children have thrived both academically and socially over the years. We credit Carden School of Fresno for much of this growth. Carden provides not only a tried and true curriculum teaching children to think critically but also focuses on building character, confidence and discipline. Our children have grown to be attentive listeners and are thoughtful and confident in their responses when speaking with others. Carden has helped teach and foster these abilities. Our children have achieved and continue to achieve academic accolades at Carden, in high school and college. They have also excelled in athletics, competing and achieving high levels of success on competitive teams and at the Division 1 level. The academic, emotional and social growth Carden has helped provide our children over the last 15 years has been influential in their personal and professional accomplishments today. What we appreciate most about Carden is the excellent teaching staff. Our teaching staff strives to see each and every student succeed. Our Carden teachers work hard on all aspects of growth in each child. Carden teachers are thoughtful, honest and transparent with their students and Carden families. We are thankful and proud to be a Carden School of Fresno family.
Wendy Kalpakoff
Wendy Kalpakoff
The teaching method and curriculum, created by Mae Carden, builds a learning environment that stimulates and inspires the children, and also is instrumental in developing and strengthening strong character traits. Carden School of Fresno is a school of excellence. We are fortunate to have outstanding teachers and staff who love what they do, as well as a curriculum that guides and helps teach the student to learn in a comprehensive and in-depth manner. This is our ninth year at Carden, and I have see first-hand how the students thrive, on a daily basis, and truly love to learn. So much of this is due to the care, time and support that the teachers and staff devote to all students. The teaching method and curriculum, created by Mae Carden, builds a learning environment that stimulates and inspires the children, and also is instrumental in developing and strengthening strong character traits. The Carden Method is excellent in creating a strong foundation in spelling, reading, vocabulary, language and math, especially in the early elementary, foundational years. Once the students enter middle school, their extensive vocabulary, language skills and strength in math allow them to excel in all subjects taught in middle school, such as Science, Speech and Debate, History, Latin and of course Math and Language Arts. Students are also fortunate to learn French, Music and Art, starting in Junior Kindergarten. These specialty subjects further enhance the broad and rich education offered at Carden School of Fresno. It has been a joy, honor and privilege for our children to attend Carden School of Fresno, and I know that the foundation they have received during their years at Carden will continue to benefit them throughout the rest of their academic and personal lives.
Elizabeth McCaffrey
The teaching method and curriculum, created by Mae Carden, builds a learning environment that stimulates and inspires the children, and also is instrumental in developing and strengthening strong character traits. Carden School of Fresno is a school of excellence. We are fortunate to have outstanding teachers and staff who love what they do, as well as a curriculum that guides and helps teach the student to learn in a comprehensive and in-depth manner. This is our ninth year at Carden, and I have see first-hand how the students thrive, on a daily basis, and truly love to learn. So much of this is due to the care, time and support that the teachers and staff devote to all students. The teaching method and curriculum, created by Mae Carden, builds a learning environment that stimulates and inspires the children, and also is instrumental in developing and strengthening strong character traits. The Carden Method is excellent in creating a strong foundation in spelling, reading, vocabulary, language and math, especially in the early elementary, foundational years. Once the students enter middle school, their extensive vocabulary, language skills and strength in math allow them to excel in all subjects taught in middle school, such as Science, Speech and Debate, History, Latin and of course Math and Language Arts. Students are also fortunate to learn French, Music and Art, starting in Junior Kindergarten. These specialty subjects further enhance the broad and rich education offered at Carden School of Fresno. It has been a joy, honor and privilege for our children to attend Carden School of Fresno, and I know that the foundation they have received during their years at Carden will continue to benefit them throughout the rest of their academic and personal lives.
Elizabeth McCaffrey
Elizabeth McCaffrey
Overall, I would strongly recommend this school for children who like to be challenged in school and also for parents who are seeking advanced academics balanced with exceptional sports. Our two children have been attending Carden School of Fresno for five years now. Before coming here, we toured the school for hours and asked tons of questions and by the end we were very impressed. Not only did the children demonstrate exemplary and matured manners, the curriculum was advanced and reminded me of my own well-rounded school in Europe that I attended growing up. A huge factor we also considered was the amount of active teaching time for a kindergartener in Carden and how it compared it to our previous, well-regarded Clovis Unified kindergarten; we found the number of hours were double at Carden. Over the years, the school has consistently delivered visible and noteworthy results in our children’s behavior. Carden emphasizes the importance of proper manners and attitude towards learning and self-development in children of all ages. They accomplish this by dedicating time for one-on-one instruction that focuses on teaching and correcting every student as an individual. Pairing this with small class sizes, the teachers are able to offer a rigorous education that still teaches and mandates cursive writing, neat work and precision. From book reports on literary classics to lessons in applied mathematics based on the Singapore Method, students at Carden become well-rounded academically and gain advanced understanding of their studies at a young age. Additionally, the students take dedicated classes in Art, Music, Computer Skills, and French. While I certainly hold the academics in high regard, I think it’s important to note that they are exposed to an exceptional Physical Education program while attending too. The lessons go beyond the typical outdoor-play type of lessons found at other schools. For example, during the week the students have dedicated days for endurance training in running, work-outs that teach students about kinesiology, and specific techniques used in different athletic sports. Pairing this with after school sports such as volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer, and others, really allows your student to develop a healthy body and mind, all while still having fun. Our son and daughter do not want to miss a day! Overall, I would strongly recommend this school to those children who like to be challenged in school and also for parents who are primarily seeking higher than average level education, balanced with sports.
Dr. Andras Bikk
Overall, I would strongly recommend this school for children who like to be challenged in school and also for parents who are seeking advanced academics balanced with exceptional sports. Our two children have been attending Carden School of Fresno for five years now. Before coming here, we toured the school for hours and asked tons of questions and by the end we were very impressed. Not only did the children demonstrate exemplary and matured manners, the curriculum was advanced and reminded me of my own well-rounded school in Europe that I attended growing up. A huge factor we also considered was the amount of active teaching time for a kindergartener in Carden and how it compared it to our previous, well-regarded Clovis Unified kindergarten; we found the number of hours were double at Carden. Over the years, the school has consistently delivered visible and noteworthy results in our children’s behavior. Carden emphasizes the importance of proper manners and attitude towards learning and self-development in children of all ages. They accomplish this by dedicating time for one-on-one instruction that focuses on teaching and correcting every student as an individual. Pairing this with small class sizes, the teachers are able to offer a rigorous education that still teaches and mandates cursive writing, neat work and precision. From book reports on literary classics to lessons in applied mathematics based on the Singapore Method, students at Carden become well-rounded academically and gain advanced understanding of their studies at a young age. Additionally, the students take dedicated classes in Art, Music, Computer Skills, and French. While I certainly hold the academics in high regard, I think it’s important to note that they are exposed to an exceptional Physical Education program while attending too. The lessons go beyond the typical outdoor-play type of lessons found at other schools. For example, during the week the students have dedicated days for endurance training in running, work-outs that teach students about kinesiology, and specific techniques used in different athletic sports. Pairing this with after school sports such as volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer, and others, really allows your student to develop a healthy body and mind, all while still having fun. Our son and daughter do not want to miss a day! Overall, I would strongly recommend this school to those children who like to be challenged in school and also for parents who are primarily seeking higher than average level education, balanced with sports.
Dr. Andras Bikk
Dr. Andras Bikk
We have watched our daughter grow and excel academically, socially, emotionally, and athletically over the last few years. We have watched our daughter grow and excel academically, socially, emotionally, and athletically over the last few years. The biggest difference we see with Carden is when she is around other family members her age that go to different schools. Most times, the curriculum is 1-2 grades ahead of other schools. Once she started to play sports, she had to learn time management. Children are encouraged to become student-athletes, but are reminded that the student comes first. We like and appreciate Carden because it truly is the best education in the area. Children are challenged and encouraged to be the best that they can be. Students excel and graduate with a top notch education, are well mannered, and well prepared to continue their education in high school and above.
Adam Guthrie
We have watched our daughter grow and excel academically, socially, emotionally, and athletically over the last few years. We have watched our daughter grow and excel academically, socially, emotionally, and athletically over the last few years. The biggest difference we see with Carden is when she is around other family members her age that go to different schools. Most times, the curriculum is 1-2 grades ahead of other schools. Once she started to play sports, she had to learn time management. Children are encouraged to become student-athletes, but are reminded that the student comes first. We like and appreciate Carden because it truly is the best education in the area. Children are challenged and encouraged to be the best that they can be. Students excel and graduate with a top notch education, are well mannered, and well prepared to continue their education in high school and above.
Adam Guthrie
Adam Guthrie