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.
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. *Due to COVID-19 all tours for the 2021 school year will be virtual.
You may also attend our Admissions Event to meet the Directors and teachers, hear from current students, and see the progression of classwork through the grade levels.
The 2020–2021 Admissions Events will be a Virtual Open House:
- Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Please call the Student Office to RSVP at 949-645-1773 or click here.
Step two in the admissions process includes submitting an online application. There is an Application Fee of $250 per application.
Applications for the 2021–2022 school year may be submitted beginning on September 1, 2020. Applications are due by January 15, 2021.
Once your application has been received, we shall schedule a student assessment. Students are evaluated in a small group setting by our experienced classroom teachers.
Readiness screenings for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten:
- Saturday, January 30, 2021 (for Legacy families)
- Saturday, February 6, 2021 (for new families)
Readiness screenings for Grades 1 through 6:
- Saturday, February 6, 2021
Supplemental Application Requirements
- A copy of the Chancy & Bruce evaluation will need to be submitted prior to the assessment date for all Kindergarten students. (Carden Hall Kindergarten applicants may participate in our Chancy & Bruce screening date on campus on December 5, 2020.)
- 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.
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.