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At Carden Hall we welcome families who seek for their children an exceptional start to a lifetime of learning. By partnering with parents, we create learning and home environments that mirror each other. As you explore the opportunity to become part of the Carden Hall community, we invite you to meet with us and to tour our campus. Carden Hall boasts over 50 years of academic excellence as the perfect preparation to serve students for the next 50 years.

During our application process, we aim to get a snapshot of your child as a student. Using a combination of Carden Hall tests, grade level specific standardized tests, and several one-on-one conversations and interactions with our expert teachers, we carefully evaluate each student to ensure readiness and ideal placement. Carden Hall accepts applicants for Grades Pre-K through six. We do not accept applicants for Grades 7 and 8.

Students applying for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1. Students applying for Pre-Kindergarten must be 4 years old by September 1.

Admissions Process

  • Campus Visit

    The first step in the admissions process is a trip to our campus. Once on campus you will see an assembly, visit classrooms, and experience first hand all that Carden Hall has to offer. Tours are given by appointment on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.


    You may also attend an Admissions Event to meet the Directors and teachers, hear from current students, and see the progression of classwork through the grade levels.

    The 2019–2020 Admissions Events are as follows:

    • Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

    Please call the Student Office to RSVP at 949-645-1773.


  • Application

    Step two in the admissions process includes submitting an online application. There is an Application Fee of $200 per application.

    Applications for the upcoming school year may be submitted beginning on September 1.

    Families in grades 5 and 6 will be asked to submit a Recommendation Form from the previous school and will participate in a family meeting with our Director.

  • Student Assessment

    Once your application has been received, we shall schedule a student assessment. Students are evaluated in a welcoming small group setting by our experienced classroom teachers.

    Readiness screenings for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be held on Saturday, January 25 (for Legacy families)  and Saturday, February 1, 2020. (Late applicants will be placed on a waiting list.)

    The testing date for students in Grades 1 through 6 is Saturday, February 1, 2020. A second testing will be held in the spring, space permitting.

  • Enrollment

    Within two weeks of the assessment, the Director of Admissions will call to discuss the results of the evaluation and grade placement. Enrollment must be submitted within 21 days of acceptance.

    To ensure your child’s success and an easy transition into Carden Hall, students entering grades one through six are required to attend our four-week Summer School program. Please click here for further details.

“We would like to thank you for your time and attention today at Carden Hall.  It was a pleasure to meet and speak with you about Pre-K.  The Carden Hall campus is beautiful as always. I do have to admit that the faculty were all exceptionally friendly.  Thank you again for the opportunity.  Carden Hall will be a wonderful environment for my daughter to learn, and we are excited for the years that lie ahead.”

Michelle Rosenthal Carden Hall parent