“Life is a joy, so should be learning!”
– Mae Carden

Our Pre-Kindergarten Program

Early Literacy & Math Skills

Social, Emotional, & Motor Development

The Carden Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) is an inter-related and developmentally appropriate program for the young child. The Carden method fosters the development of your child’s cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical potential. In addition to enrichment lessons in art, music, French language, Hawaiiana, and yoga, the program also provides a solid foundation for success in kindergarten by offering experience and practice in emerging language and math skills 
Throughout the Pre-K experience, your child will be respected as a unique, individual learner. Mae Carden said, “Each child is an expression of individuality.” The Carden method strives to develop good judgement, independence, stamina, and resilience in every child. By addressing any obstacles that would prevent the child from learning through individual and small group instruction, your child will naturally unfold into an eager, enthusiastic, and independent learner. 
The classroom is a joyous, artistic, academic, child-oriented, and teacher-directed environment designed to develop your child’s full potential. Mae Carden said that the “…classroom maintains a cheery, calm atmosphere in which the student develops powers of concentration and works in a relaxed manner.” 
By providing a balanced daily program of academics and enrichment classes with plenty of opportunities for creative play and free movement, the development of the whole child is nurtured. The schedule of the week and day is planned carefully and rhythmically to include vigorous gross motor exploration outdoors as well as time to develop a relationship with the natural environment. Joyous free play, games, and instruction in the Pre-K play yard foster the health and well-being of each child while providing opportunities to develop a keen interest in the natural world and stewardship of earth. 

Pre-K Arts & Enrichments




Hawaiian Studies


Let’s Grow Life Long Learners Together!

We invite you to learn more about what makes Pre-Kindergarten at Carden Academy an important stepping stone along your child’s path of development.


3 years old by September 1 (PK3)
4 years old by September 1 (PK4)

All students must be able to complete basic self-care activities such as toilet use and hand washing.

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.

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, private school located in the Upcountry Maui area of Pukalani. Founded in 1998, the school serves children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8, with one class per grade and a maximum enrollment of 184 students.