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About Us

Words of Appreciation

Mary Ann Hogan

Each of our four children received an outstanding education, both with lessons in the academic arena and lessons in values and ethics. These lessons were in perfect balance with what was being taught at home. Once again, we feel we are sending a child to high school with a rock solid foundation to support him. I am so thankful for the eighth grade curriculum that you have put together. It is a curriculum so appropriate to their age. It allows these children to be free from the pop culture to be “cool,” and with that barrier down, allows incredible teachers to do their work. And what work they did with our son! This year has been a year of tremendous growth for him. I cannot compliment you enough on the program that you have set up for these children. From junior primary all the way through, each year was a building block that shaped the child who stood before us on the graduation platform. Our son stood before us, confident and ready to go forth into the next segment of his life. He is excited, and he is prepared. Thank you!

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Christine and Steven Farwell

A variety of intense emotions fill our hearts during this exciting (graduation) time.  We are certainly grateful for the quality education afforded our children at Carden Hall.  We are certain that it was God’s intention for our family to land here.  Jacob and Margaret have thrived in this rich and joyful learning environment.  We often find ourselves giving each other “the look” as one of them makes an interesting contribution to our dinner conversation with something they learned at school.  “The look” for us means, “God bless Carden Hall.”  Another example of when we give “the look” is when the children are singing happily as they get ready to race off to school.  Each day is a new opportunity for them to learn and become better persons.  This is truly lived at Carden Hall by every student, faculty, and staff member.

We confidently stand at a new threshold for Jacob.  He has been well prepared to handle the rigors ahead – academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  He will often draw upon the positive experiences at Carden Hall to guide him throughout his life.  Fortunately, Margaret will benefit from a few more years.

May God continue to bless you and the faculty and staff as you have blessed so many.

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Danielle De Long

Because of my background in French, I’ve been able to travel through France with ease. When I was in high school and college, I aced my French classes. Because of Mr. Jones’ public speaking course, I’ve had few problems talking in front of large groups of people — I eventually became a TV reporter. I remember him telling me my smile was my biggest asset, and I have never forgotten that when I speak publicly. I am also a published writer, and I owe my skills to Carden Hall’s reading and writing programs. My sister always enjoyed art at Carden Hall, and she went on to receive her degree in fine arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. While I didn’t see the value in the “strict” culture of Carden Hall when I was a child, I definitely believe in it as an adult — children need structure and should learn about accountability. Oh yes, and I should add that I can play a mean game of beach volleyball, I have a lifetime love for Golden Retrievers, and I am always shocked when people my age don’t know how to square dance, or ballroom dance! (This last skill is very helpful when watching “Dancing with the Stars.”) So thank you, Carden Hall, for an invaluable foundation. What I have learned from you during my childhood I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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Keith Brisack

I thought that I would write you a note to thank you for the excellent education that I received from Carden Hall. It has served always as a great base from which I could learn. Throughout high school and college, I have continually used knowledge that Carden Hall gave me. It is amazing how much Carden Hall truly affected me and has aided me in my classes and life. Now, as I complete college, I realize this once again. Thank you.

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Audrey Nisbet

I enjoyed every moment spent at Carden Hall, and I continue to reap the benefits of Miss Mae Carden’s educational philosophy. As a current senior at Newport Harbor, I can now fully appreciate the unparalleled educational foundation upon which Carden Hall is based. I know I have the framework to handle any academic, ethical, and social challenge that is presented in everyday life.

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