CARDEN CONEJO SCHOOL

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975 EVENSTAR AVE
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91361
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Phone: 805-497-7005
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 25
  • Number Students: 250
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Holly Fleming
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (44 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (40 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-07
    "I have never been asked to write a review and this is our 5th year at Carden. My older son started in preschool and is now in 1st grade and my younger son started preschool last fall. Since the classroom sizes are so small (in my experience, between 6:1 and 14:1) if the children need extra help or more challenge, they get it. If they need more discipline, nurturing, or encouragement, they get it. I have always felt comfortable contacting the teachers if I had a question or concern. My son has explored different mediums and great masters in art, singing and various instruments, French, Microsoft Office. Sports are everyday. Thanks to a wonderfully successful fundraiser this past fall, all the classrooms will get new technology like desktops, smartboards, and tablets. Dr. and Mr. Fleming (the heads of school) are very warm and caring, prioritizing the school and children above all else. If you approach them courteously, they respond in kind. The weekly assemblies are one of the things I love the most about Carden. Imagine becoming confident and comfortable speaking publicly before you even have a chance to become fearful of it. It is a priceless gift."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-14
    "Carden Conejo has been a great fit for our family since our son was in preschool. The school's inclusion of more than modeling, but discussing manners and morals have been a positive influence for our entire family. To simply describe the vibe at Friday assemblies- there is a strong sense of community and pride exuding from the children, teachers and parents attending. Dr Flemming, the Principal, and her husband, Mr. Flemming are both very passionate, fair, and important figures to all of the children and parents. Our child has benefited from the Carden Method, and the small class sizes. I can't imagine a world for my son without P.E. every day! Honestly, heading into kindergarten, that was what put me over the top to stay. The after school "play program" at Carden has been ideal, and the children are well attended to by actual teachers, separated in age appropriate groups, and this was not what I found when exploring options with public schools for my son as he entered kindergarten. We love the classical influence of the curriculum, and as a credentialed English teacher, I am a big fan of the techniques used to diagram sentences and teach reading comprehension."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-13
    "My daughter is currently very happy with Carden. She loves her teachers and looks forward to going to school every morning. The other children and families are very kind and courteous. This is quite a contrast to her poor experiences in previous schools. Carden pushes all students to their full potential. I have seen my daughter blossom into an intelligent reader and thinker because of this. I am surprised by her ability to do mental math which she learned from her phenomenal math teacher and the Singapore math system which Carden uses. I am also amazed at how her reading and reading comprehension have excelled beyond grade level at Carden. To respond to other comments, it is my understanding that Carden wants students who are respectful and are not a distraction to the learning process of the other students in the class. I would not call this trying to make students fit a mold or become followers . Having experienced students that were a constant distraction in the public school classroom first hand, I am grateful that Carden does not tolerate disruptive behavior."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-05
    "This is the first of many sectional reviews. Head of School (pt. 1) I don t mind if the administration asks parents to support them in writing favorable reviews. However, I take offense when the administration doesn t live up to their end of the bargain. When you look at the reviews on this school, you can t help but notice a disturbing trend with the Head of School. Impersonal. Difficult to communicate with. No people skills. Ok, that isn t enough to deter me if there are positive balances to that type of behavior. Unfortunately, that isn t the case. She reserves most of her time and energy in enforcing an unproductive environment rather than fostering ideas to advance the school. On multiple times, she failed to call parents whose children were assaulted and hurt by another student (one instance involved a broken arm!). She does not let anyone casually converse with the faculty (claiming she doesn t want to take up the teacher s time), yet allows movies as appropriate substitutes for teaching. These were not one-off incidents. Also, she ok ed a 23:1 student to teacher ratio this year without any parent notification that led to extremely poor results."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-13
    "We love Carden! After reading many of the reviews which range from positive to just plain snarky, it emphasizes the fact that One Size does not fit all. However, for our family, where education, well-being, compassion, and treating others with respect, are important qualities, this school has been a wonderful fit. We are happy with the curriculum and appreciate that the Flemings are always looking to improve on it. Along with a strong foundation in grammar and math (Singapore), there are also specialty classes for Science, French, Computers, Sports, Art & Music. The teachers that we've had have been dynamic, well-prepared and seem to truly love their jobs. Some Other Things That We Appreciate-- Homework starts in 2nd grade and is at an age-appropriate level (no busy work!). At Friday Assemblies the children present a poem or song with their class. It's a great tool for developing confidence. From what I've observed, behavioral issues are dealt with promptly and effectively. Fundraising is minimal, voluntary & directly benefits the students/school. After School Tutoring & Study Hall are provided free of charge. We feel that Carden provides a well-rounded education at a good value."
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