What are the school hours?
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
It is important to have your student at school on time, as it minimizes disruption to both the classroom and the student. Students not picked up by 3:30 p.m. are automatically directed to Extended Supervision.
Is there Extended Supervision?
Yes. There is Extended Supervision (E.S.) even on the first day of school. It is on site at the campus, supervised by the Carden E.S. staff.
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: $5.00 per day per child
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: playground supervision, no charge
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: $15.00 per day per child
There is also E.S. available on conference days. Please refer to the Extended Supervision guidelines on our website for further details.
What are Conference Days?
Conference Days are designated days when parents have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher and discuss the progress of their child. There is no school on Conference Days, but E.S. is available. For Kindergarten through Grade 5, all parents must set up conference appointments through the school office. For Grades 6-8, the office will contact parents to set up appointments per teacher request. Please note, Carden Academy believes strongly in an open door communication policy, therefore parents should feel free at any time to schedule appointments with the office or their teacher to discuss school-related concerns.
What is the illness policy?
A student who is running a fever, is unusually tired, or shows even mild symptoms of a cold or other disease should be kept at home. Please notify the school office by 9:00 a.m. if the student will be absent. Communicable diseases are required to be reported to the school administration for the health and safety of the entire student and faculty population.
Is there a hot lunch program?
Yes. The hot lunch program at Carden Academy is provided by Choice Lunch, a leading hot lunch provider for a number of schools in the Bay Area. You can conveniently select lunches from a wide selection of delicious meals, both hot and cold at www.choicelunch.com. You may make changes to an existing order, view or change details of your account, and browse through nutrition news and resources. Registration through the Choice Lunch website is required to utilize this service. Our school code is: Carden.
What happens if my student forgets their lunch?
A limited number of extra hot lunches will be available for purchase. Families will be billed by Choice Lunch.
What should be brought to the first day of school?
- Lunch (if not pre-ordered), a snack, and a beverage. Milk-only is available for pre-order through www.choicelunch.com.
- Sweatshirt or jacket. Your student should already be dressed in full uniform each day. Please clearly label all your student’s clothing, lunch boxes, school bags, and other personal items.
- School supplies for your student’s grade level as detailed in our School Supplies notification.
When is the first tuition payment due?
The first payment of the annual tuition’s eleven installments is due July 1. A late fee will be applied if your account is ten days past due. FACTS Management is Carden Academy’s tuition processing service provider.
How does my student sign up for After School activities?
Information about our after school classes will be posted on our website as programs become available. Fliers will also be available in the office and sent home throughout the school year.
When do school notices go home?
General school notices will be posted weekly on our web-based parent/student information system, Schoolspeak. This is our primary communication source between the school and Carden families. Some hardcopy notices will be sent home with the student in their folders.
Why are French, Spanish and Mandarin taught at Carden?
One of the key goals of the Carden Method is to teach children how to communicate their ideas fluently and accurately, both orally and in writing. Learning another language enhances children’s linguistic abilities. We also recognize that we live in a global community, and it is important for students to understand different cultures and way of thinking. Teaching a foreign language provides a broader perspective of the world. That is why we teach the three most commonly spoken languages in the world – French, Spanish and Mandarin.