Bakersfield Carden School

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Parents be very wary about sending your children to this school. Any responsible adult will look before getting their children into this program. The OLPH is a better option it has a good curriculum. I attended both schools due to the failures of Carden my parents transferred me. I was ignored and humiliated at Carden.
Experience it for yourself before sending your children to the school. Yet, I remember when parents came by to 'LOOK', the class would became interesting with an instructive teacher; but, as soon as the parent left, the class went back to a boring routine.

It's your child's future be aware of the risk!

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Parents be very wary about sending your children to this school. Any responsible adult will look before getting their children into this program. The OLPH is a better option it has a good curriculum. I attended both schools due to the failures of Carden my parents transferred me. I was ignored and humiliated at Carden.
Experience it for yourself before sending your children to the school. Yet, I remember when parents came by to 'LOOK', the class would became interesting with an instructive teacher; but, as soon as the parent left, the class went back to a boring routine.

It's your child's future be aware of the risk!

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This is one of the worst schools you could ever enroll your child into. The classes do have a very good teacher to student ratio, but that's only because everyone else was smart enough to not enroll here. For the people that DO go to school here they are grouped together with 3 classes at a time (at least in my experience). Maxwell has no idea how to teach and 99% of the time she's making notices in MS Word about how they no longer are allowed to sell soda or something. Any inclination at a greater capacity in thinking is thrown away as the school has no means of understanding where its students actually stand because the grading system revolves around 2 or 3 arbitrary tests throughout the school year (with the exception of grammar and spelling).

I literally had to self-teach myself all the material since the teachers were either gone or shouting some half-baked profanities or slamming whatever heavy object they had on their desk to intimidate the children. At one point in time she even brought the 4th-5th grade class into the 3rd grade classroom to be yelled at one-by-one.

Apparently a new preschool teacher was hired. That's great, I cannot give my insight on her, but I can tell you that Maxwell is the absolute worst person to keep your children around. She is obese, but she'll insult the physical appearance of your children (she did to me at least). She says it's a school that accepts all religions, but forces roughly 2 weeks of forced Christmas song singing with no education being held during that period. Of course if you're mormon or jewish you are not forced to sing or perform, but they will receive even less than the 1% of education they received prior. The list goes on and on regarding the asinine things she'll put your child through which have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACTUAL CURRICULUM, ranging from writing get well soon cards to families you may or may not know to spending entire weeks sanding wooden candy canes. You may have a great experience in their preschool (who cares really?) but I can guarantee you the 5th-8th grade curriculum taught there will not prepare your child for high school WHERE IT MATTERS.

If I stayed in that school until 8th grade when Hixon was there I maybe might've gained enough of an education to make it into pre-algebra (I don't even think she taught factoring). However, with Maxwell now the 4th-8th grade teacher I can assure you that all hope of your child excelling in high school is gone.

Don't go here. If your child needs help they won't get it, if your child is smart nothing will be done to enhance their intelligence.

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This is one of the worst schools you could ever enroll your child into. The classes do have a very good teacher to student ratio, but that's only because everyone else was smart enough to not enroll here. For the people that DO go to school here they are grouped together with 3 classes at a time (at least in my experience). Maxwell has no idea how to teach and 99% of the time she's making notices in MS Word about how they no longer are allowed to sell soda or something. Any inclination at a greater capacity in thinking is thrown away as the school has no means of understanding where its students actually stand because the grading system revolves around 2 or 3 arbitrary tests throughout the school year (with the exception of grammar and spelling).

I literally had to self-teach myself all the material since the teachers were either gone or shouting some half-baked profanities or slamming whatever heavy object they had on their desk to intimidate the children. At one point in time she even brought the 4th-5th grade class into the 3rd grade classroom to be yelled at one-by-one.

Apparently a new preschool teacher was hired. That's great, I cannot give my insight on her, but I can tell you that Maxwell is the absolute worst person to keep your children around. She is obese, but she'll insult the physical appearance of your children (she did to me at least). She says it's a school that accepts all religions, but forces roughly 2 weeks of forced Christmas song singing with no education being held during that period. Of course if you're mormon or jewish you are not forced to sing or perform, but they will receive even less than the 1% of education they received prior. The list goes on and on regarding the asinine things she'll put your child through which have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACTUAL CURRICULUM, ranging from writing get well soon cards to families you may or may not know to spending entire weeks sanding wooden candy canes. You may have a great experience in their preschool (who cares really?) but I can guarantee you the 5th-8th grade curriculum taught there will not prepare your child for high school WHERE IT MATTERS.

If I stayed in that school until 8th grade when Hixon was there I maybe might've gained enough of an education to make it into pre-algebra (I don't even think she taught factoring). However, with Maxwell now the 4th-8th grade teacher I can assure you that all hope of your child excelling in high school is gone.

Don't go here. If your child needs help they won't get it, if your child is smart nothing will be done to enhance their intelligence.

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After reading some of the reviews I had to chime in. Carden has literally been a GOD send to my children. After having both my girls attend a private Christian based school and have them leave there having not learned much and actually have the simple values of respect, integrity, and truthfulness that I was instilling at home be stripped from them while at school I had to find another alternative. I searched and searched and I had numerous people suggest Carden to me and never having heard of the school was absolutely impressed upon my first visit.

The Pre-School (Mrs. Chavez) and Kindergarten teachers (Mrs. Carson) was who I met first and was immediately invited to sit in on there class without an appointment. I saw 3, 4 and 5 yr old students that were courteous and respectful to one another and confident in what they knew. I was blown away by Kindergartners reading chapter books and being taught phonics which is hard to come by. It was obvious every child in each class loved their teacher and the school.

Fast forward two years . . . My two kids just finished their second year at Carden and my entire family couldn't be happier with the level of education they have received and the amount of focused one-on-one time they get from their teachers. Mrs. Chavez is wonderful and has taught both of my kids. The amount of love she shows for her job and the kids is amazing, I know my kids will always remember their first teacher, Love, Love, Love her!!!
Mrs. Carson is teaching my Kindergartner and she has not only been concerned with her education and development scholastically but has been in tuned to her development socially. Mrs. Carson creates a world in her classroom that is safe, exciting, challenging, and so much fun. My child loves to read chapter books and is proud and confident of how much she knows. The Owner/Principal (Mrs. Maxwell) runs a tight ship and accepts and expects only the best from each child. I am so impressed with how thoughtful and protective the older children are over the younger kids, it's great. There is no teasing or name calling it simply is not tolerated at Carden. As a working parent it is hard to find a place where your kids will spend the majority of their day and feel secure that they will be taken care of, Carden is that place and I am looking forward to another great year there!

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After reading some of the reviews I had to chime in. Carden has literally been a GOD send to my children. After having both my girls attend a private Christian based school and have them leave there having not learned much and actually have the simple values of respect, integrity, and truthfulness that I was instilling at home be stripped from them while at school I had to find another alternative. I searched and searched and I had numerous people suggest Carden to me and never having heard of the school was absolutely impressed upon my first visit.

The Pre-School (Mrs. Chavez) and Kindergarten teachers (Mrs. Carson) was who I met first and was immediately invited to sit in on there class without an appointment. I saw 3, 4 and 5 yr old students that were courteous and respectful to one another and confident in what they knew. I was blown away by Kindergartners reading chapter books and being taught phonics which is hard to come by. It was obvious every child in each class loved their teacher and the school.

Fast forward two years . . . My two kids just finished their second year at Carden and my entire family couldn't be happier with the level of education they have received and the amount of focused one-on-one time they get from their teachers. Mrs. Chavez is wonderful and has taught both of my kids. The amount of love she shows for her job and the kids is amazing, I know my kids will always remember their first teacher, Love, Love, Love her!!!
Mrs. Carson is teaching my Kindergartner and she has not only been concerned with her education and development scholastically but has been in tuned to her development socially. Mrs. Carson creates a world in her classroom that is safe, exciting, challenging, and so much fun. My child loves to read chapter books and is proud and confident of how much she knows. The Owner/Principal (Mrs. Maxwell) runs a tight ship and accepts and expects only the best from each child. I am so impressed with how thoughtful and protective the older children are over the younger kids, it's great. There is no teasing or name calling it simply is not tolerated at Carden. As a working parent it is hard to find a place where your kids will spend the majority of their day and feel secure that they will be taken care of, Carden is that place and I am looking forward to another great year there!

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Wow! What a horrible school. I wish I would have read these reviews before I placed my child at Carden. FYI: this school has NOT been around since the sixties-completely different school, program, and owners. This is definitely a manipulation of information-school was bought so only the name is from original school. I was quite disappointed in this school and staff, but what I found even more disturbing is that when I came online to write this review, one reviewer told those with negative experiences to reevaluate their perspective. From my experience, it is close to other reviewers...and seems quite abusive. How does one reevaluate abuse and clear it in one's mind? Sorry but that reviewer is either from a time when abuse is acceptable or possibly an owner of the school. I know that when I see inappropriate behavior with my child I don't need to "reevaluate" or accept this abuse. Only advice I can leave...trust your intuition. If it feels wrong, remember you are the protector of your child.

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Wow! What a horrible school. I wish I would have read these reviews before I placed my child at Carden. FYI: this school has NOT been around since the sixties-completely different school, program, and owners. This is definitely a manipulation of information-school was bought so only the name is from original school. I was quite disappointed in this school and staff, but what I found even more disturbing is that when I came online to write this review, one reviewer told those with negative experiences to reevaluate their perspective. From my experience, it is close to other reviewers...and seems quite abusive. How does one reevaluate abuse and clear it in one's mind? Sorry but that reviewer is either from a time when abuse is acceptable or possibly an owner of the school. I know that when I see inappropriate behavior with my child I don't need to "reevaluate" or accept this abuse. Only advice I can leave...trust your intuition. If it feels wrong, remember you are the protector of your child.

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WOW!!! After reading the two (2) negative reviews I just HAD to chime in. We've had our grandson in both the pre-school program and, after slogging through public school for kindergarten and 1st grade, we returned him to Carden. His public school teacher was going to fail him and have him do 1st grade again as she claimed he didn't know how to read, was a problem child and had learned nothing of value in her classroom. This was a class with 30 kids!!! I KNEW he could read and was NOT a problem child so we enrolled him in Carden immediately after the end of his 1st grade year. He began on the 1st grade level but within 2 weeks had promoted to 2nd grade. Imagine that! He CAN read. He's NOT a problem child. He LOVES it at Carden and so do we. Small class size, interested instructors, concerned administrators, involved parents (and grandparents)...what more can you ask for? Carden has been a God-send for our grandson and, if I have anything to say about it, he'll stay there until he enters high school. As for you nay-sayer's, I'd suggest you re-evaluate your analysis and adjust your perspective. Carden is wonderful!!!

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WOW!!! After reading the two (2) negative reviews I just HAD to chime in. We've had our grandson in both the pre-school program and, after slogging through public school for kindergarten and 1st grade, we returned him to Carden. His public school teacher was going to fail him and have him do 1st grade again as she claimed he didn't know how to read, was a problem child and had learned nothing of value in her classroom. This was a class with 30 kids!!! I KNEW he could read and was NOT a problem child so we enrolled him in Carden immediately after the end of his 1st grade year. He began on the 1st grade level but within 2 weeks had promoted to 2nd grade. Imagine that! He CAN read. He's NOT a problem child. He LOVES it at Carden and so do we. Small class size, interested instructors, concerned administrators, involved parents (and grandparents)...what more can you ask for? Carden has been a God-send for our grandson and, if I have anything to say about it, he'll stay there until he enters high school. As for you nay-sayer's, I'd suggest you re-evaluate your analysis and adjust your perspective. Carden is wonderful!!!

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I give Carden School 5 or more stars! My son has been attending Carden School since preschool and he is now in First Grade. I am amazed at the amount he has learned in such a short period of time. He left preschool reading small words and by the end of Kindergarten was reading chapter books. My child is no prodigy, but he has happily and willfully learned with the nurturing skills of his teachers. The Carden School Staff has a very positive attitude where every teacher knows the name of every student. Students come from diverse cultures. Each is respected and help us appreciate our neighbors. However, this is not to say that my child is singled because he is different. He is able to unashamedly share in our ways without fear of feeling ridiculed. The staff, especially the principal/owner, Mrs. Maxwell, has an extraordinary compassion for their students. Mrs. Maxwell, makes it a point to interact with each student every day. Her staff are excellent. Likely their salaries are not as much as public school, but their skill and professionalism is world class! Their students know what is expected of them and they produce great results. A student to teacher ratio of less than 10:1 for most classes is awesome alone, but coupled with the extras the school offers, provides priceless advantages for your child as it has mine. Mrs. Maxwell sees to it that the school works WITH the working parent in mind. Their hours are flexible. Routinely, Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Carson bend over backwards to help you. They transport my child to my workplace thus helping our family spend more quality time together. The little things that Mrs. Maxwell and her staff do, like when asked, offering hints on handling behavioral issues at home, have been such a gift to me. In truth, I don't know where my son and I would be without the help of the Carden School Staff. I can only say to anyone reading this; Carden School is like a family. The older students protectively look after the younger ones on the play ground and on field trips. I ask you to come to our Back to School pot luck this September 23rd at 5:30 PM. Meet the preschool teacher who enriches everyone with their first lessons in speaking Spanish, the principal who can find her way around the heart of any child and the Kindergarten teacher for whom your 5 year old would learn calculus for. Come to see The Survivor Games in the spring where a whole school year full of comoroderie shines as bright as the stars in heaven. Carden is not your conventional school but it is an enriching environment with a strict curriculum that produces results. You won't be disappointed!

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I give Carden School 5 or more stars! My son has been attending Carden School since preschool and he is now in First Grade. I am amazed at the amount he has learned in such a short period of time. He left preschool reading small words and by the end of Kindergarten was reading chapter books. My child is no prodigy, but he has happily and willfully learned with the nurturing skills of his teachers. The Carden School Staff has a very positive attitude where every teacher knows the name of every student. Students come from diverse cultures. Each is respected and help us appreciate our neighbors. However, this is not to say that my child is singled because he is different. He is able to unashamedly share in our ways without fear of feeling ridiculed. The staff, especially the principal/owner, Mrs. Maxwell, has an extraordinary compassion for their students. Mrs. Maxwell, makes it a point to interact with each student every day. Her staff are excellent. Likely their salaries are not as much as public school, but their skill and professionalism is world class! Their students know what is expected of them and they produce great results. A student to teacher ratio of less than 10:1 for most classes is awesome alone, but coupled with the extras the school offers, provides priceless advantages for your child as it has mine. Mrs. Maxwell sees to it that the school works WITH the working parent in mind. Their hours are flexible. Routinely, Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Carson bend over backwards to help you. They transport my child to my workplace thus helping our family spend more quality time together. The little things that Mrs. Maxwell and her staff do, like when asked, offering hints on handling behavioral issues at home, have been such a gift to me. In truth, I don't know where my son and I would be without the help of the Carden School Staff. I can only say to anyone reading this; Carden School is like a family. The older students protectively look after the younger ones on the play ground and on field trips. I ask you to come to our Back to School pot luck this September 23rd at 5:30 PM. Meet the preschool teacher who enriches everyone with their first lessons in speaking Spanish, the principal who can find her way around the heart of any child and the Kindergarten teacher for whom your 5 year old would learn calculus for. Come to see The Survivor Games in the spring where a whole school year full of comoroderie shines as bright as the stars in heaven. Carden is not your conventional school but it is an enriching environment with a strict curriculum that produces results. You won't be disappointed!

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My children have been attending Carden School for 4 years. This is a wonderful, loving school. The teachers really care about the students. As a parent, I am offended by the accusations made about this school. I would never have my children attend a school as it was described by the previous reviewer. My advice to anyone interested in this school is to check out the school for yourself. Ask if you can speak to some of the parents. That is what you should go by. Please don't go by a review from someone who was there for only a day. Also, I did ask the owner about this review and was told a completely different side. If the reviewer was so concerned about her daughter, then why was the school the one to call and tell her that they did not think her daughter was ready for preschool and to maybe try again next year?

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★★★★★

My children have been attending Carden School for 4 years. This is a wonderful, loving school. The teachers really care about the students. As a parent, I am offended by the accusations made about this school. I would never have my children attend a school as it was described by the previous reviewer. My advice to anyone interested in this school is to check out the school for yourself. Ask if you can speak to some of the parents. That is what you should go by. Please don't go by a review from someone who was there for only a day. Also, I did ask the owner about this review and was told a completely different side. If the reviewer was so concerned about her daughter, then why was the school the one to call and tell her that they did not think her daughter was ready for preschool and to maybe try again next year?

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My child has done extremely well in high school since his basic education. He has an excellent command of math and English. He is able to write a term paper with all the necessary elements and understands the meaning of correct grammar.
The teachers are very caring individuals that work extra hard to make sure no child is left out of the learning process. They are a very small school but they have very high standards of education.
A child is taught to actually EARN the grade they receive.

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My child has done extremely well in high school since his basic education. He has an excellent command of math and English. He is able to write a term paper with all the necessary elements and understands the meaning of correct grammar.
The teachers are very caring individuals that work extra hard to make sure no child is left out of the learning process. They are a very small school but they have very high standards of education.
A child is taught to actually EARN the grade they receive.

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Carden deserves "ZERO STARS". If it was an option on this review page, I would enter even lower than one star--Carden deserves the lowest rating possible. I have lived in Bakersfield almost 40 years, and years ago when Carden School was on Niles St., and I was in grade school they had the reputation of a very elite school. Since then, they have lost tons of enrollment; many Carden students have transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The building on Niles St. was lost, and the school was moved to a church not far from our home in the Northeast, near the Alta Vista area. I have heard rumors that Carden School changed owners, but I do not know actual confirmed information about the history of ownership. A neighbor I know briefly, warned us that the academics are horrendous; she sent her daughter there for a few years during junior high and her daughter ended up falling very far behind; she said her daughter learned absolutely nothing in core subjects such as math and English. Although we are not close friends, I do trust my neighbor's opinion since she is also an educator. I ignored all the warning signs, and thought "how can Carden mess up preschool?" I didn't plan to send my daughter to elementary school at Carden, only part-time preschool for three years. We have sent our oldest child to other very good private schools in Bakersfield, but, since Carden moved so close to our home and was small, I liked the convenience and small size, and didn't do my research adequately. Instead I trusted information I heard from when I was an elementary grade student, which was far too long ago to trust. I don't know what is accurate and what is rumor, I only know my bad experience. My child went there for less than a week. The staff seemed very nice when I first signed her up. However, her application was never reviewed and they didn't know anything about her. This is kind of a big deal since preschool children don't communicate a lot. Carden preschool teachers and assistants are "terrified" of toilet accidents and want the children to go on demand. Do we even treat adults this disrespectfully? Our child had zero toilet accidents, but I did hear about them trying to force her to potty. On her second day, the secretary said it was normal when she cried for a few minutes as I left the school, but then called me later to un-enroll her. She was at school less than half a day; most of the day was a field trip where I waited to drive her back to school due to the school not having adequate amounts of car seats. As I watched the school children on the field trip, my child seemed content and was not making any fuss or crying, yet the staff kept carrying her and not letting her participate. I believe this was due to her slowing them down since she was the youngest. The school says they take 2 year old students, but aren't equipped for them, and don't seem to have any knowledge of preschoolers. When my child was first signed up, the school should have sated that they did not accept 2 year olds, because although they say they do, all their 2 year old children are actually almost 3 years old. What exactly happened at the school on her second day, I don't know. She was there less than an hour after I dropped her back at school after the field trip. But, it was a little weird that the owner was physically in my face as well as my husbands, as if she wanted to fight, and kept trying to start an actual physical fight. She refused to give a refund, and the next day when I went to calmly ask for it, she again was physically ready to attack me.Yet, what brought this about confounds me; there was never any major disagreements from us and no yelling occurred before this attitude from the owner. So what is really going on at this school and what are they trying to hide? I know I should have trusted my intuition when I showed up a few weeks before my child's start date to turn in forms and heard the preschool teacher YELLING at the class, ordering them to sit straight and get their hands out of their mouths. At this point, I thought this wouldn't be her teacher, and sadly questioned my own doubts.

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Carden deserves "ZERO STARS". If it was an option on this review page, I would enter even lower than one star--Carden deserves the lowest rating possible. I have lived in Bakersfield almost 40 years, and years ago when Carden School was on Niles St., and I was in grade school they had the reputation of a very elite school. Since then, they have lost tons of enrollment; many Carden students have transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The building on Niles St. was lost, and the school was moved to a church not far from our home in the Northeast, near the Alta Vista area. I have heard rumors that Carden School changed owners, but I do not know actual confirmed information about the history of ownership. A neighbor I know briefly, warned us that the academics are horrendous; she sent her daughter there for a few years during junior high and her daughter ended up falling very far behind; she said her daughter learned absolutely nothing in core subjects such as math and English. Although we are not close friends, I do trust my neighbor's opinion since she is also an educator. I ignored all the warning signs, and thought "how can Carden mess up preschool?" I didn't plan to send my daughter to elementary school at Carden, only part-time preschool for three years. We have sent our oldest child to other very good private schools in Bakersfield, but, since Carden moved so close to our home and was small, I liked the convenience and small size, and didn't do my research adequately. Instead I trusted information I heard from when I was an elementary grade student, which was far too long ago to trust. I don't know what is accurate and what is rumor, I only know my bad experience. My child went there for less than a week. The staff seemed very nice when I first signed her up. However, her application was never reviewed and they didn't know anything about her. This is kind of a big deal since preschool children don't communicate a lot. Carden preschool teachers and assistants are "terrified" of toilet accidents and want the children to go on demand. Do we even treat adults this disrespectfully? Our child had zero toilet accidents, but I did hear about them trying to force her to potty. On her second day, the secretary said it was normal when she cried for a few minutes as I left the school, but then called me later to un-enroll her. She was at school less than half a day; most of the day was a field trip where I waited to drive her back to school due to the school not having adequate amounts of car seats. As I watched the school children on the field trip, my child seemed content and was not making any fuss or crying, yet the staff kept carrying her and not letting her participate. I believe this was due to her slowing them down since she was the youngest. The school says they take 2 year old students, but aren't equipped for them, and don't seem to have any knowledge of preschoolers. When my child was first signed up, the school should have sated that they did not accept 2 year olds, because although they say they do, all their 2 year old children are actually almost 3 years old. What exactly happened at the school on her second day, I don't know. She was there less than an hour after I dropped her back at school after the field trip. But, it was a little weird that the owner was physically in my face as well as my husbands, as if she wanted to fight, and kept trying to start an actual physical fight. She refused to give a refund, and the next day when I went to calmly ask for it, she again was physically ready to attack me.Yet, what brought this about confounds me; there was never any major disagreements from us and no yelling occurred before this attitude from the owner. So what is really going on at this school and what are they trying to hide? I know I should have trusted my intuition when I showed up a few weeks before my child's start date to turn in forms and heard the preschool teacher YELLING at the class, ordering them to sit straight and get their hands out of their mouths. At this point, I thought this wouldn't be her teacher, and sadly questioned my own doubts.

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Later, on her first day, I discovered this was her teacher. Not a good sign, but I decided to be open-minded since maybe I didn't know the whole story. All 2, 3, and 4 year old preschoolers are together in one class. They do not do developmentally appropriate work and require the children to sit at desks all day. Discipline seems to be more important that nurturing and developing the children. Staff seems very angry and rigid, and as I searched for a new preschool and relayed the information to others trying to decipher what each school meant by "structured" so I didn't repeat this mistake, people stated that Carden had a reputation for being "rigid", not structured. So the school and our child were not "a fit", that is one thing, but to come to the point of acting physical: very unprofessional for an owner. As an educator, one has to deal with parents and children all the time, and if we aggravated her this much without any actual arguments, you have to worry about their patience level with children. My oldest daughter is 15 years old and went to preschool at Cal State Bakersfield (amazing program back then) for ages 2, 3, and 4 and never had an issue. In my ignorance, I didn't realize any schools in town had such a backwards philosophy on education and discipline. Upon enrolling her, there was a form that was supposed to be signed about allowing discipline. I signed it but modified it to say no physical punishment, and any punishment that occurred I would need to be informed about. I think this was the real issue. My enrollment forms were reviewed on the day they decided they wanted her to be removed from the program. I believe they were planning to or wanted to "discipline" her (or already did) and went to make sure that they had my signed permission, and upon seeing my notes chose to try to get my child out of the school. I have my doubts about what actually happened to my child that day. I know in all other preschools, it is normal to be informed about behavioral issues, and any injuries a child gets, along with an incident report, so my modifications and requests were definitely not out of line.The staff sends body language as if they will "discipline" your children. I very clearly stated that my child was not to be touched because I thought the wording was odd and primitive. Every preschool I have researched since has a more progressive attitude toward educating preschoolers, and it doesn't call for yelling and forcing the children into desks all day. When my oldest went to preschool 13 years ago, programs weren't this rigid even back then. I had all the warning signs about Carden School, but ignored myself. With hindsight, I am posting this review in every location for other parents. If you choose to send your child to Carden: beware. And no matter where you choose, be diligent about your research. I usually research everything when it comes to my children, so I am kicking myself that I was so trusting of a staple name in Bakersfield. Just because a business has been around a long time, doesn't guarantee that they are a good business. I am thankful that my child only attended less than two days; I seriously would be worried about her physical, emotional, and educational safety if she had continued. The front desk greeter/receptionist is very nice, but don't take this as an overall indicator of the school. Beware Carden School in Bakersfield.

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Later, on her first day, I discovered this was her teacher. Not a good sign, but I decided to be open-minded since maybe I didn't know the whole story. All 2, 3, and 4 year old preschoolers are together in one class. They do not do developmentally appropriate work and require the children to sit at desks all day. Discipline seems to be more important that nurturing and developing the children. Staff seems very angry and rigid, and as I searched for a new preschool and relayed the information to others trying to decipher what each school meant by "structured" so I didn't repeat this mistake, people stated that Carden had a reputation for being "rigid", not structured. So the school and our child were not "a fit", that is one thing, but to come to the point of acting physical: very unprofessional for an owner. As an educator, one has to deal with parents and children all the time, and if we aggravated her this much without any actual arguments, you have to worry about their patience level with children. My oldest daughter is 15 years old and went to preschool at Cal State Bakersfield (amazing program back then) for ages 2, 3, and 4 and never had an issue. In my ignorance, I didn't realize any schools in town had such a backwards philosophy on education and discipline. Upon enrolling her, there was a form that was supposed to be signed about allowing discipline. I signed it but modified it to say no physical punishment, and any punishment that occurred I would need to be informed about. I think this was the real issue. My enrollment forms were reviewed on the day they decided they wanted her to be removed from the program. I believe they were planning to or wanted to "discipline" her (or already did) and went to make sure that they had my signed permission, and upon seeing my notes chose to try to get my child out of the school. I have my doubts about what actually happened to my child that day. I know in all other preschools, it is normal to be informed about behavioral issues, and any injuries a child gets, along with an incident report, so my modifications and requests were definitely not out of line.The staff sends body language as if they will "discipline" your children. I very clearly stated that my child was not to be touched because I thought the wording was odd and primitive. Every preschool I have researched since has a more progressive attitude toward educating preschoolers, and it doesn't call for yelling and forcing the children into desks all day. When my oldest went to preschool 13 years ago, programs weren't this rigid even back then. I had all the warning signs about Carden School, but ignored myself. With hindsight, I am posting this review in every location for other parents. If you choose to send your child to Carden: beware. And no matter where you choose, be diligent about your research. I usually research everything when it comes to my children, so I am kicking myself that I was so trusting of a staple name in Bakersfield. Just because a business has been around a long time, doesn't guarantee that they are a good business. I am thankful that my child only attended less than two days; I seriously would be worried about her physical, emotional, and educational safety if she had continued. The front desk greeter/receptionist is very nice, but don't take this as an overall indicator of the school. Beware Carden School in Bakersfield.

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Unprofessional and uneducated on proper developmental methods for preschoolers. This school isn't a good environment for preschoolers. Don't just take my word for it--pop in on your own time and watch this preschool class and the teacher and make your own decisions.

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Unprofessional and uneducated on proper developmental methods for preschoolers. This school isn't a good environment for preschoolers. Don't just take my word for it--pop in on your own time and watch this preschool class and the teacher and make your own decisions.

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