• Academic Programs

    Cleveland’s diverse activities and programs support the well- rounded educational environment in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.   A community production garden serves as a living classroom used to teach Earth Science, Health Science, and Conservation.

    Innovative Programs

    The STEAM Integration theme is supported by the following programs:

    • Balanced Literacy:   The Balanced Literacy program at PUSD trains and supports our teachers to help our students to think critically so they are prepared for the future. It is an effort to present students with a menu of engaging, balanced literacy instruction. Balanced Literacy includes both reading as well as writing instruction, each in a variety of settings within the elementary classroom.
    • Ceramics: Students explore the properties of clay by using shaping and molding techniques to create objects, then firing the clay objects in the on-site kiln.  Beautiful pottery and tile have been on display including No Boundaries.
    • Education Through the Arts-LA:  A music program provided as a core subject for every student.  It develops self confidence, improves academic achievement and increases motivation for school.
    • Engineering is Elementary:  Introducing children to engineering in elementary school brings a host of benefits. If you’ve ever watched children at play, you know they’re fascinated with building things—and with taking things apart to see how they work. In other words, children are natural-born engineers. When children engineer in a school setting, research suggests several positive results: building science and math skills, classroom equity, 21st century skills, career success, and engaged citizens.  
    • GATE- The primary years program for IB is designed for GATE learners differentiation and extension through a structured, purposeful inquiry that engages students in their own learning. Bi-monthly information is shared with parents on how their GATE child is receiving differentiation. Additionally, there are also opportunities for enrichment after school as well.
    • Instrumental Music:  Instrumental music instruction is offered starting in the fourth grade.
    • My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community- My Masterpieces is an award winning program of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, operated in partnership with Pasadena Unified School District and ten museums and arts organizations. Students visit local treasures like Kidspace Museum (Kindergarten), Huntington (1st grade), City of Pasadena Public Art Walking Tour (2nd grade), Gamble House (3rd grade), Pasadena Museum of History (4th grade), and Norton Simon (5th grade).
    • Raising A Reader:  We get books into homes and focus on strengthening family and community connections.  We offer an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated it can improve the reading readiness skills of children birth to age eight.
    • Reading Partners: An evidence-based and community-driven organization, they recruit and train volunteers to work one-on-one with our students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum.  The program model works and is backed by evidence-based research which proves that students make significant gains in reading. On average, Reading Partners’ students more than double their rate of learning while in the program.
    • Rosebowl Aquatics- Third grade students visit the Rosebowl Aquatics center to take swim lessons. Swim lessons span three weeks. Students at all ability levels are instructed by expert swim teachers to expand their swimming abilities.
    • Student Council:  Students in grades 4th and 5th campaign for four positions and take on leadership roles on campus.