Welcome To PUSD STEM Schools

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that emphasizes innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking. According to the U.S. Department of Education "In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it's more important than ever that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions." STEM careers are in high demand and are projected to stay that way for several years. What separates STEM/STEAM from traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method and engineering design cycle can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real-world applications of problem-solving.
    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education is crucial to meet the needs of a changing world. According to an article from iD Tech, millions of STEAM jobs remain unfilled in the U.S., therefore efforts to fill this skill gap are of great importance. According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there is a projected growth of STEAM-related occupations of 10.5% between 2020 and 2030 compared to 7.5% in non-STEAM-related occupations. The median wage in 2020 was also higher in STEAM occupations ($89,780) compared to non-STEAM occupations ($40,020).

    The Pasadena Unified School District has 4 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, and 3 High School Academies that focus on STEM. Our elementary schools focus on the interdisciplinary nature of STEM/STEAM to prepare students for a more focused career-based path in high school. 

    Click on the school name to go to each individual webpage to learn more about the school. 

    Elementary Schools
    Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy
    Madison Elementary
    Norma Coombs Elementary School

    Washington Elementary STEM Magnet 

    Middle Schools
    Octavia E. Butler Magnet 

    High School STEM Academies
    Blair High School Health Careers Academy
    John Muir Engineering and Environmental Science Academy
    Pasadena High School App Academy


  • Jodi Marchesso, Ed.D 
    Coordinator, Professional Devleopment & Community Schools
    STEM Specialist 
    626.396.3600 ext. 88463