LETTER FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL

 

 

Jacqueline Neal | Head of School

Dear Parents, 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Carden Academy of Maui, located on slopes of Haleakala Mountain in Pukalani, Maui.  The mission at Carden Academy is focused on educating the whole child through a balance of academic excellence, character development, and enrichment through the arts in a nurturing, small classroom setting.   

We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to making a decision about what your child’s learning environment will be and we appreciate your interest in Carden Academy. The strength of our community, academic excellence, arts integration and emphasis on core values makes Carden Academy an excellent option.  

We accept children starting as early as Pre-kindergarten (age 4) through 8th grade allowing for a continuum to build as your child finds their passions. As our mission so accurately states, students of Carden Academy become lifelong learners who embody the principles of authenticity, resilience, and global stewardship, which is our vision for every child. We have carefully created a program balanced in academic rigor, enrichment classes, and intentional efforts to develop good character in our students. All of this is carried out with an emphasis on Mae Carden’s philosophy, “Life is a joy; so should be learning!”  

In addition, Carden Academy of Maui is proud to offer Project and Inquiry-Based Learning, with special attention given to the development of 21st Century Learning Skills. Students regularly engage in hands-on, cross-curricular projects in the realm of science, math, and social studies. Our enrichment classes (art, music, drama, and Hawaiian studies) are integrated throughout the program and bring life to all we do. 

Students love when they have a chance to step in to our “magic garden” where they plant their own seeds and get their hand in the dirt, or sing a song with their PE teacher who also plays the ukulele.  The magic of the moment is all around and we hope that you’ll come and see firsthand how our faculty and staff instill the “four C’s” of 21st Century skills: collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking into all they do. 

Our Carden Parent Teacher Organization (C.P.T.O.) has many opportunities for involvement and they are ready to assist you whether you are just moving from across the island or some far away destination. We are a diverse and inclusive community of lifelong learners and we look forward to welcoming you to our Ohana! I encourage you to explore and learn more by calling to schedule a visit.  

Warm Aloha,
Jacqueline Neal 
Head of School