Award Year: 2016

Carden School of Fresno

6901 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA, 93710-4520

(559) 323-0126

Mr. Jim Blanks, Principal at time of Nomination

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To provide the highest quality education of the whole child using the Carden Method and curriculum and to educate with joy, enthusiasm, dignity, and respect.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 23%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 31%
  • Two or more races: 33%
Student Life at Carden

Student Life at Carden

At Carden School of Fresno, the greatest strength of the school is its created community. This begins with a faith and trust in the Carden Method© of instruction and a willingness to adhere to the principles and ideals set forth by Mae Carden. From the staff to the students to the parents, there exists a complete trust in the curriculum and the teaching methods and philosophies. Without this commitment from all parties, the school would be unable to achieve such success.

There are clearly defined roles for every person on the Carden campus. This, coupled with a set of high expectations of behavior, allows for real education to take place in the classroom. Quality education and successful learning rely on the faith of the children, the parents, and the teachers - they must believe that they are doing what is right, and that despite obstacles or setbacks the goal will be achieved. This requires a great deal of patience as well.

Each member of the Carden community is personally invested in the success of the students, the staff, the families, and the ideals of the school. Each person understands this commitment, and cherishes it. Nobody is ever alone at Carden. Everyone works together to create the best possible educational experience for the children, and in doing so ensures the school's future viability and success.