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About Carden


Mae Carden established the first CARDEN SCHOOL® in 1934 at 24 East 68th Street in New York City. She demonstrated that children can gain an understanding of their own language and attain the ability to use it correctly when reading, listening, speaking, or writing. Her goal was to teach children to think; her main techniques were analysis and rhythm. Her educational philosophy and teaching techniques became an integral part of the CARDEN METHOD®. Teachers, students, and parents often shorten the name of this interrelated, eclectic group of approaches to learning. They call it Carden.


The CARDEN METHOD® is a vital educational philosophy with proven teaching techniques applied to a curriculum concerned with the development of the whole child. The Carden curriculum begins with three-year-old children and continues through middle school, each level reinforcing and building upon the strengths gained by the student during the previous year.

Using a highly individualized approach, Carden meets each learner’s particular needs. Children receive the sound, well-rounded education they need to realize their full potential in life. Carden believes that life is a joy, and so should be learning. This attitude promotes a life-long love of learning among Carden students.

The Carden curriculum includes language arts, mathematics, history, science, and geography. A cultural program engenders appreciation of art and music. A drama program affords participation for every student. A guidance program develops the student by awakening each child to ethical and social values.


Each Carden School® is independently owned and operated. Carden is not a franchise.

Each school preserves its own individuality while continuing under the guidance of the Carden Educational Foundation, which provides Carden teaching techniques and materials to the schools.

The Carden Educational Foundation, Inc.

The Carden Educational Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization teaching and publishing the CARDEN METHOD®. The Foundation's goal is to further education in the United States and throughout the world through Carden®. It provides courses, lectures, classroom visitations, demonstration teaching, and workshops in the CARDEN METHOD®. The Foundation publishes educational materials for use by students and teachers. These materials are only available to those who receive instruction in Carden's educational philosophy and teaching techniques.