The Howard School

The Howard School

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Proudly providing education in Santa Barbara County since 1912. The Carden Method®

Established in 1934 by Mae Carden, the Carden Method® encompasses the developmental progression of every child. The comprehensive curriculum gives children the tools necessary to gain mastery of math, science, reading and writing. Reading skills are taught through a sequential presentation of phonics, rhythm, and visual imagery. Specialty programs including art, music, theatre, foreign language, c

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With our middle school trips, we enable students to see beyond the classroom and to see the world – and themselves – in new ways! Starting in fifth grade, our students take learning on the road with our Science and History based trips! ✈️


As we spend this day home with our families, The Howard School honors the brave men and women who have served this country! See you on campus tomorrow! 🇺🇸


Welcome to The Howard School! What began as morning lessons for six children at Mrs. Hannah Howard’s Tea Kettle Inn in 1912, has developed into a modern campus serving students from pre-school to eighth grade! 🍎


We are excited for our upcoming class plays! Mark your calendars to see our talented students have some fun! 🎭


To all of the mothers, grandmothers and caregivers, we wish you a special day today and every day! 💕


Preschool and Pre Kindergarten at The Howard School provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child’s first educational experiences. Each child’s day is filled with activities that are interesting, challenging, and fun! 🍎


Welcome back to our middle school students who had an incredible experience at Yosemite! 🏕️


It’s Spirit Week at The Howard School! Let’s have some fun! We can’t wait to see what our hedgehogs come up with!

Photos from The Howard School's post 04/19/2024

Carpinteria Beach House Staycation, only available at our live event, April 27th! 🌊

The perfect summer staycation awaits you and 5 of your closest family or friends with a 2-night stay on the Carpinteria coast! Lounge on “the world’s safest beach”, stroll along our Linden Avenue shops, take in the view along the Carpinteria Bluffs — no commute required!

This 2 bedroom/1 bathroom ocean-front condo can accommodate up to 6 guests (no pets).

The perfect summer getaway awaits you — just steps from your door!

Dates: TBD based on availability (1-week min during holidays)
Value: $1,100


4th Annual Argentine BBQ & Bocce Tournament, available at our live event, April 27th! 🏆

Roll into an evening of fun, laughter, and competition at The 4th Annual Howard School BBQ & Bocce Ball Tournament! The night will include beverages and BBQ by Argentine chef Rodrigo Gimenez.

Whether you’re a seasoned bocce pro or a first-time player, everyone is welcome to join in on the action!

Grab your friends, channel your inner champion, and let’s roll into a memorable evening of bocce and Argentine bliss! ‘Ole!

Date: Saturday, Aug 24th, 4pm arrival
Cost: $100 per guest, all proceeds benefiting The Howard School


Headmaster for the day, only available at our live event, April 27th! 🍎

Give your scholar the exclusive chance to shadow Mr. Reed and step into the role of “Headmaster for a day!” Dress to impress as you welcome fellow students in the morning, co-lead morning assembly, and assist Mr. Reed with daily tasks and decision-making, all before indulging in a catered lunch with school faculty.


Surf Happens Summer Experience, available only at our live event, April 27th! 🏄🏽‍♂️

Grab your new softtop surfboard and spend 2-weeks at the Surf Happens summer camp learning to ride Carpinteria’s waves!

Package includes 9ft softtop surfboard and certificate to buy one week, get one week free, at Surf Happens summer camp. Ages 4-17.

Dates: As available June 10 - Aug 30
Valued at: $800 (Camp $650 + $150 surfboard)


Fess parker steak dinner party for 10 hosted by Third Window, available only at our live event, April 27th! 🐂

Treat your friends and/or family to this exclusive event at Third Window brewery in the Santa Barbara Funkzone that is sure to impress!

This private dinner for 10 will feature steaks from the Fess Parker Ranch cooked to perfection by Third Window’s skilled chefs. Served alongside decadent sides and complemented by local fine wines, this dinner promises to be an unforgettable feast for the senses.

Valued at $1,000


Available for auction at our live event, April 27th! 🌼

This custom oil on canvas painting inspired by the Carpinteria coastline & featuring agricultural gems of our region was a special commission just for The Howard School Auction! Don’t miss the chance to display this dazzling work of art in your own home or office.

John Wullbrandt is a California-Hawaii based painter responsible for much of the artwork on the Island of Lana’i, Hawaii. He founded the Lana’i Art Program in 1989, where he engaged local talent to embellish the award-winning Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay Hotel. Locally, John Wullbrandt’s art is featured on murals throughout Carpinteria.

Valued at $3,500


It was the perfect day for a track meet, our 3rd-5th graders hurdled, long jumped, relayed and more with our neighbors and friends at Crane Country Day School, Laguna Blanca School and The Riviera Ridge School!

Photos from The Howard School's post 04/17/2024

Last chance to get your tickets for our upcoming fundraiser, April 27th! Enjoy the company of friends and neighbors while you peruse our silent auction, enjoy a catered dinner along with other attractions — all while enjoying live entertainment! 🎶

We invite you to “Grow With Us” at our Spring Auction and Fundraiser to be held at Lions Park, Carpinteria.

Get your tickets now!


The Howard School visited our neighbors at Ojai’s Poco Farm for an educational visit and fun-filled morning! Our lower school loved learning about sustainable farming, baby goats and so much more. Ask our students about their field trip and you will love what they have to say! 🐐


At The Howard School, our students focus on scientific processes and explore observable changes in the world around them! See link in bio for more info or to schedule a tour! 🍎


What better way to experiment with color and patterns than through the squishy texture of finger paints! In preschool, our students experience the joy of learning through thoughtful teacher led activities! 🎨


Enroll today in one, two or three weeks of Summer Camp! The Howard School Summer Camp will be held Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm. The cost is $350 per session, snack and lots of fun included! ☀️


We just love fun learning opportunities built into hands-on activities with our hedgehogs! 🍎


We made our way down to the beach for some experiential learning of our natural world! Ask our students about their observations! ☀️


There is lots of fresh air and fun for these happy preschoolers! Our small class sizes allow for custom and individualized education for all learners. Click the link in our bio for more info on The Howard School! 🍎


Today, our hedgehogs headed outdoors to safely experience the total solar eclipse! Ask our students about the Earth’s moon shadowing our planet and listen to what they have to say! 🌙


Our 5th-8th grade students are preparing for our upcoming science based middle school trip! This year, students will visit Yosemite while exploring nature and adventuring!


Our students agree that science is all around us! We want our students to experience, see, and touch what they learn in the classroom! 🧬


Have you seen our preschool campus? We would love to share our beautiful space with you. Schedule a tour by giving us a call today! ☎️


Enroll today in The Howard School Summer Camp! Three, themed weeks of summer fun, led by Howard teachers. Each session is one week long, Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm. The cost is $350/session. A snack is included. Please sign up below for one or more sessions!

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Thank you to everyone who made The Howard School pumpkin patch a success! We will see you next year for more Fall fun! 🍂
Ask our 4th graders how our food and clothing choices impacts the community, ecology and economy! We took learning on th...
The Howard School 3rd-5th graders enjoyed the day with our friends at Crane Country Day School participating in the annu...
Students at The Howard School fall in love with Rori’s Artisanal Creamery with every scoop! We would like to extend a hu...
Thank YOU for supporting The Howard School 2022 Jump-a-Thon! Take a look at some of the fun and creative ways our studen...
We had some spooky guests at our Trunk or Treat! Keep an eye out for more festive fun at The Howard School! Boo! 🎃
Welcome to The Howard School! In the Carden® classroom, instruction is given in small groups and learning is highly indi...
There are only a few more days to get your sponsorships in for our jumpers! Each child has a $300 goal; let’s help them ...
What’s special about The Howard School? Come and see! 🍎
It’s the little things that are sometimes the most memorable! We are thrilled that we are able to come together as a sch...
We asked our parents about their experience at The Howard School. Here are their responses! 🍎
We are so excited to see students and families again next week! Listen in to see how our families feel about the communi...




5050 El Carro Lane
Carpinteria, CA
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