School Details

Carden School of Tehachapi

20419 Brian Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561
(661) 822-9565

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 111 students 14 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Carden School of Tehachapi is a private middle school in Tehachapi. The principal of Carden School of Tehachapi is Mrs. Sarah Bekker and can be contacted at 111 students attend Carden School of Tehachapi and are mostly Native American or Native Alaskan; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Carden School of Tehachapi is 14:1. Jacobsen Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 7% %
Asian 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 58% %
Hispanic 22% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Having had my children in multiple schools public and private and in multiple states I rate Carden a 2. My primary concern is with the substantially lacking math curriculum. Both of my children who attended Carden for 2 years received straight A's in math while there. Entry level math testing at their new school was shocking - both are 2 grade levels behind. They are currently being tutored to catch up to their new classmates. It truly is strictly a curriculum issue. As Carden uses the "Carden" math curriculum particularly in the lower grades altering even if the school desired to do so would be unlikely. Carden teaches math the way it was taught 30 years ago and current standards are reflective of more complex problem solving. Students attending Carden will simply be unprepared in math. Recent changes in faculty also believe me to consider that there is a systemic issue with the school's long-term viability. There was a lack of respect given to students from some of the aides. This was repugnant to me as this is supposed to be a high morally demonstrative school. We also had concerns with other student behaviors and disruptions that were never properly resolved.

  • (7 months ago)

    Carden is an excellent school. The principal Mrs. Bekker is respected and loved by all. She leads by example and expects the children to behave and do their best. She is kind supportive and fair. All the teachers are wonderful and the children love coming to school. All the teachers are credentialed and highly effective. The teachers have great classroom management and use positive reinforcement. The teachers take the students on great field trips. The school offers so much beyond stellar academics. The school focuses on character building. There are many enrichment programs PE art band Spanish classes and the school participates in science fair spelling bee and essay contests. The environment is safe clean and welcoming. Parents are encouraged to help and give input. The school is very family friendly. The dress code is strictly enforced and all students are treated fairly. If you are new to Tehachapi you should check out Carden School!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    Carden uniform policy has gotten sloppy no longer requires belts tucked shirts neutral shoes and stockings or dress shirts on Mondays. It seems to be more of a "suggested" uniform policy lately. There has also been alot of teacher turnaround in the past 2 yrs several first year teachers this year and last and they don't stay. The incoming students reflect a less disciplined group than in previous years. Carden no longer conducts entrance exams and this shows in the less academically-focused orientation of the student body. More kids are coming to Carden due to having behavioral issues at the public schools. 98% of the staff have kids that attend Carden (22% of the total student body) and these kids earn a disproportionate number of awards monthly yet are the most disruptive. We have been with Carden for 5 yrs with our daughter so we have some perspective when it was known for its academics and students with good manners. MUCH less community involvement than in previous years. Newer families might see it as a great school but families who have been there 8 9 yrs might definitely see a downward trend regarding academics uniforms civility and conduct.

  • (11 months ago)

    Carden school of Tehachapi has been such a wonderful experience for my children. They have blossomed here. It is such a wonderful family atmosphere. All the students and teachers know each other and the older kids get to interact with the younger kids through reading buddies program. The teachers are all very caring and professional.

  • (1 year ago)

    Carden is an excellent school. The public schools don't even come close to competing with the quality of education at Carden. It is an investment in your child's future and one I would pay double for. Carden has a great staff phenomenal principal and involved parents. It's the best school in Tehachapi!

  • (1 year ago)

    Carden is the best school in Tehachapi. It is a incredible deal for a private school education. The teachers are fantastic the principal is progressive the classes are small plus there is fine arts and physical education...something the public schools in this area don't offer due to budget cuts. It's an investment in your child's education. Carden will foster a love of learning and school while challenging and creating a solid education foundation prior to high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a parent at Carden School for many years and I came across this website and I was shocked to see the review posted on January 21 2013. The information is absolutely false. There has not been a lot of teacher turn over the past year. The school added some new teachers for new classes but the large majority of the teachers have been there for many years. The updated reading program is fantastic and it promotes a common goal and giving back to others. The school always promotes community service. I agree that the school is moving in a different direction....but it is a fantastic direction of new ideas and very high expectations. The standards at Carden remain very high and the teachers aides and administration is top-notch. We could not ask for more. I give this school and all it represents an A++++++++!!!!! We decided against moving to another city with a better job offer because we want our children to stay at this school. Please read all reviews and you will see that Carden is the best place for your children.

  • (2 years ago)

    Affordable and outstanding education! The students are polite and love learning. The atmosphere is family friendly. Expectations of academics and behavior are very high. The curriculum is challenging. The owners principal teachers and aides are wonderful. This is the best school in the Tehachapi area for preschool thru 8th grade. Fabulous field trips and enrichment programs. Carden offers foreign language clubs student council PE computer classes art drama choir orchestra martial arts and daycare. I would pay 3 times the tuition for my child to be in this environment! Thank you CARDEN SCHOOL!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a FANTASTIC school!!! I know my children are receiving a high quality education and they are truly cared about by the entire staff. The teachers go over and above their duties to make sure the children learn and excel. The teachers make learning a joy! The principal and vice principal are awesome. They support the staff and genuinely love each child. The expectations of academics and discipline are very high at Carden School. Problems are easily resolved because the teachers and principal are so easy to communicate with and they do what is best for the children. This school offers so many enrichments and clubs my children are excited about school every day. The field trips are wonderful. The daycare is affordable and high quality. Rumor has it that Carden will be starting a Preschool and I really hope so because Tehachapi needs another good Preschool! Way to go Carden School! YOU ARE THE BEST. Thank you for all you do for the children!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Both my children attended Carden School from kinder thru 8th and it was the best investment I ever made. My children learned all the necessary components to be successful in high school and college. Carden taught my children how to be motivated learners and respectful children. Words cannot express how grateful I am to Carden School of Tehachapi. This spring my son will be graduating from college with honors and I attribute it to the solid foundation that Carden School gave him. If you want the very best for your children send them to Carden School.

  • (9 years ago)

    It was a wonderful school for me to attend. I had a wonderful experience and am nwo a senior in high school. I will be attending law school in the summer.

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