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French is the language chosen for study by Miss Carden because of the many words in the English language that are of French origin. The study of French grammar structure relates to the study of English as well, giving the student a secure base from which to build. Vocabulary building, songs, games, poetry, and visual aids are important techniques used to infuse joy and confidence in the learning of this foreign language.

Why do you teach French? The study of French enhances the comprehension of English. “” explains, “The invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 and the subsequent 200 years of French conquest resulted in the English language replacing almost half its vocabulary with French words. (In this last sentence, invasion, conqueror, subsequent, result, language, and vocabulary are all borrowings from French.)” In addition to studying the language, the students enjoy learning French music, customs, and culture.

French in grades Pre
K through 3 is taught by Segolene Wilson. Grades 4 and 5 are taught by Devin Blish.

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Our Mission: Carden Academy of Maui is committed to educating the whole child through a balance of academic excellence, character development, and enrichment through the arts in a nurturing, small classroom setting.

We are an independent, non-denominational private school located in Pukalani, in Upcountry Maui.  Founded in 1998, the school serves children in Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, with one class per grade and a maximum enrollment of 154 students.



Carden Academy of Maui is a member of the Carden Educational Foundation, and is accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.