Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM and STEM)
STEAM/STEM curriculum integrates content areas to engage students in a real world, hands-on approach to learning. Students are able to see and understand the connections between science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics while working with others to solve real world problems and design solutions.
Students benefit from a variety of community partnerships including JPL, Caltech, Side Street Projects, and more. Partnerships are a unique part of our STEAM focus, providing students an opportunity to see real scientists in action. All students benefit from the STEAM program because it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore with greater depth in all subject areas by applying real-world skills. STEAM schools also offer specialized facilities such as a science lab, technology lab, and garden.
Visual and Performing Arts
Arts Magnet teachers connect traditional subjects with real-world experience using an arts-integrated approach; rather than teaching core classes in isolation, students learn math, science, social studies, and English through arts-infused demonstrations and performance tasks.
As innovative Arts Magnet schools, Altadena and Eliot offer an array of music, dance, theater arts, and visual arts courses in state-of-the-art facilities such as a dance studio and video-recording studio where students learn from professionals. Professional partners, including The Huntington Library, Light Bringer Project, and Lineage Dance, mentor teachers and students in the classroom through ongoing artist residencies. Students also visit a wide variety of art exhibitions and performances on field trips. Additionally, students display and perform their own work in frequent recitals, showcases, and an annual musical theatre production.
NEW FOR 2018-19: John Muir High School (Grades 9-12)
In partnership with Pasadena City College (PCC), the Early College at John Muir High School will create a unique high school environment where all students will take college classes and receive intensive college and career counseling and guidance. The PCC satellite campus will offer an array of concurrent and dual enrollment classes which offer simultaneous high school and college credit.
Dual Language Immersion (Spanish, Mandarin, and French)
- Altadena Elementary (French, Grades K-2 for 2018-19)
- Blair Middle and High (Spanish, Grades 6-10 for 2018-19)
- Field Elementary (Mandarin, Grades K-5)
- Jackson Elementary (Spanish, Grades K-5)
- Jefferson Elementary (Spanish, Grades K-2 for 2018-19)
- Pasadena High (Mandarin, Grades 9-10 for 2018-19)
- San Rafael Elementary (Spanish, Grades K-5)
- NEW FOR 2018-19: Washington Middle (Spanish, Grade 6 for 2018-19)
Dual Language Immersion Programs (DLIP) provide an opportunity for students to be fully immersed in Spanish, Mandarin, or French throughout the school day. Dual language instruction helps to strengthen cognitive skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Learn more about Dual Language Immersion Programs here.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
PUSD offers authorized International Baccalaureate programs including the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. Learn more about IB here.