High school graduation ceremonies for the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) Class of 2017 are May 26 – June 1, 2017. Congratulations graduates!
Lawton Gray has been named principal of John Muir High School. He’s an alumnus of John Muir, an experienced educational leader, and a PUSD parent.
Jason Taylor, who teaches math and robotics at Wilson Middle School, has been selected as the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) nominee for the annual 2017 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year
Meet the five recipients of the 2017 Teachers of Excellence Award, presented annually by the Rotary Club of Pasadena to educators who excel in their profession.
PUSD is hosting an informational community meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. seeking input on program options for Linda Vista Elementary, the campus that closed in 2006.
The Pasadena area has a host of enrichment and academic activities to keep kids active and learning during the long days of summer.
Two Pasadena Unified School District campuses have won U.S. News & World Report silver medals as part the magazine’s 2017 Best High Schools ranking, and another five have been named Honor Roll schools by a national campaign of business and education leaders.
Musical theater, instrumental, band, and dance performances are happening at our schools this spring!
Parent University is an opportunity for parents and adult caregivers to hone skills for one of life's most important roles: coaching and advocating for children through their academic journey. Classes build and strengthen connections between families and schools.
Pasadena’s alternative to the science fair, is Friday, May 12, 2017. Public viewing of student projects begins at 5 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, fifth-seventh graders in Pasadena Unified’s Math Academy will compete in “Solve 2017,” an exciting, highly interactive event that features both individual and team contests. The contest will be held at Caltech.
Pasadena Unified students participated in the 67th Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair and took home top awards!
Spring Open House events at the schools of Pasadena Unified are a great opportunity to meet our faculty and staff, visit with student leaders and athletes, take campus tours, and enjoy shows and exhibits presented by our student scientists, artists, and more.
The 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee will hold public hearings on April 26 on disposition of the former Burbank Elementary School property
PUSD is seeking applicants to fill two vacant seats on its Measure TT Citizens Oversight Committee. Applications are due April 28, 2017.
Early Education choices for kids ages 3-5 include preschool full and half-day programs, transitional and expanded transitional kindergarten, Mandarin and Spanish immersion, and before and after-school care. Registration for programs is now open
Pasadena Unified preschools teach young children to be creative and confident thinkers. Explore educational options for young children at our Preschool Fairs this April.
Pasadena Unified is accepting applications for the new French Dual Language Immersion Program that opens in 2017-2018. The program begins with kindergarten and first grade at Altadena Elementary.
Muir High School Principal Tim Sippel has announced that he will leave John Muir High School at the end of the school year to complete a three-year Doctor in Education Leadership program at Harvard University.
Teams of 4-8th grade students test their math knowledge during Pasadena Unified’s annual Math Field Day on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Marshall Fundamental School.
California’s new accountability system delivers important information about our schools and district.
Blair's Health Careers Academy is partnering with Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) to raise awareness about brain health and disease among youth.
Eliot Middle School, the arts magnet, was recognized with a bronze award from the California Green Ribbon Schools recognition program honoring schools that conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy. Eliot was among 22 California public schools honored.
For the second consecutive year, local realtors join community leaders and volunteers and read aloud to children during the annual Read Across PASadena celebration Feb. 27 – March 3, 2017.
The two-day All-District Secondary Music Festivals brought together more than 1,000 6-12th grade students in bands, orchestras, and choirs from schools across the district on Feb. 8 and 9.
Pasadena Unified second graders are getting special behind-the-scenes access to nurseries and other areas of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens this spring, thanks to a unique partnership between the Huntington and the district’s Farm to School program.
Washington STEAM, PUSD's magnet middle school focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math, celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,800 square foot gymnasium during a ceremony Jan. 18
Young adult author Kate DiCamillo visited Blair Middle and High School Feb. 3 to meet the first place winner of a Scholastic Reader essay contest, sign books, and speak with students.
With about 640 children in foster care enrolled in its schools in 2015-2016 and an average of 400 in classrooms at any point in time, the Pasadena Unified School District is transforming the way it serves foster youth.
PUSD salutes the un”bee”lieveable spelling skills that fourth, fifth and sixth grade students demonstrated at the District Spelling Bee.
Pasadena Unified students proudly participated in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade. Blair High School’s Audrey Cameron, a Tournament of Roses Princess, rode on the Royal Court float. Blair’s Arianna Aviña and Coleman Bryant marched in the PCC Tournament of Roses Honor Band, both on tenor drums.
Feeling connected, safe, and engaged in school shape children’s learning and development. The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has an organized array of social-emotional support programs to nurture the whole child’s behavioral, emotional, and academic success.
Located at five Pasadena Unified (PUSD) schools, Healthy Start Family Centers are at the front line of helping district students and their families navigate their way to resources and services that help children thrive.
Marshall's new sports complex supports excellence in academics and athletics.
PUSD's Office of Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety is focusing on the academic consequences of lost instructional time and on preventing excessive absences so that students stay on track.
Franklin Elementary's Fox Farm is PUSD’s 17th Active School Garden
Learn everything you need to know about PUSD’s Open Enrollment for the 2017-2018 year. Apply online!
A message from PUSD Board of Education President Kim Kenne and Superintendent Brian McDonald
Superintendent Brian McDonald will be honored for excellence in leadership at the Cal State LA Charter College of Education’s 27th Annual Distinguished Educators Award Dinner Friday, November 4, 2016.
Tour PUSD schools and see first-hand the academic excellence and campus features that are making PUSD the first choice in education
Pasadena Unified is recognized for its Building a Healthy School Environment program, which improves student health and wellness.
PUSD’s new Foster Youth Center serves as a place of support for children and youth who have been displaced from family and schools. The Center was established in partnership with Senator Liu, All Saints Church Foster Care Project, Pasadena City College, and PUSD’s Office of Child Welfare, Attendance & Safety.
Blair High School’s Audrey Cameron is one of seven members of the Tournament of Roses 2017 Royal Court. As a member of the Royal Court, Audrey will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, culminating with the 128th Rose Parade®
Pasadena Unified seventh graders get a chance to tour and learn about the Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena’s own National Historic Landmark through the new educational program “Field Trip to the Field.”
Whether you’re the parent of a child with special needs, teach someone with special needs, or if you are a community member who wants to make a difference, we invite you to join Pasadena Unified’s Community Advisory Committee. Join us at the next meeting October 17 at 6 p.m.!
The newly-created Ombuds Office is a cornerstone of the deep commitment PUSD has to delivering excellence in service and ethical behavior.
Fresh local fruit and vegetables are headed to cafeterias, fueling classroom learning, healthy eating and fitness habits. Pasadena Unified is partnering with the Pasadena Garden Conservancy and urban farmers to embedding lessons about the environment, science, and stewardship in the process.
Pasadena Unified students made steady gains on the more rigorous 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests which measure progress towards college and career preparedness. Student score reports are being mailed home.
School meals have gotten a boost, with school lunches and breakfasts featuring exciting menu options, fresh local produce, antibiotic-free chicken, and whole grains. Explore menus, apply for meal benefits, and manage lunch balances.
Pasadena Unified is expanding is options for young children this year, with a new preschool at Altadena Elementary School, a new Spanish Dual Language Immersion preschool at Jefferson Elementary, and a new Mandarin Dual Immersion preschool at the district’s Burbank campus in Altadena.
Pasadena LEARNs after school program offers academic support, enrichment, and sports for students in grades K-12. Coding, Spanish Immersion, Tennis, College Prep, and more. Pasadena LEARNs is now accepting applications for 2016-2017!
Now Enrolling for 2016-2017
The story of the graduating Class of 2016 is both a collection of individual tales and a narrative about today’s Pasadena Unified, and the remarkable turnaround of its high schools. The achievements and accolades won by the Class of 2016 reflect the bold new vision of Pasadena public high schools - and give notice that it’s not business as usual in this school district.
Seniors in the inaugural class of the App Academy at Pasadena High School have completed the innovative four-year high school program where they learn computer science through mobile, web, and game development.
Middle school students got “Fast and Furious!” at the annual end-of-year robotics contest
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of district and school leaders who will help lead the district into the next phase of its growth and success.
McKinley School, which serves 1,000 students in grades TK-8, celebrated the completion of major new construction on the campus.
The Pasadena Community Foundation has awarded its second annual $50,000 Dr. Robert Fefferman Award for Excellence in Math and Science Education to Blair High School’s science department.
Five elementary schools in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) are among several hundred in the state being honored with the new Gold Ribbon Award sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE).
John Muir High School senior Prakash Dass has been named a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar, becoming the school's seventh winner of the prestigious academic scholarship since 2005.
As Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), I am inspired by the achievements of our students and the passion of our staff.
April is National Math Awareness Month and here at PUSD we celebrate the innovations that math can lead to.
It's awards season, and the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) proudly congratulates the students, faculty and staff who have won recognition this year. We salute you!
Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos visited Madison Elementary School Tuesday, March 22, 2016 to see fourth grade student filmmakers in action and to celebrate the dedication of a new mural featuring his words.
Two school principals from the Pasadena Unified School District have won top honors for their educational leadership from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region XV, which includes Pasadena, Glendale, Alhambra, and the West San Gabriel Valley.
The Pasadena Unified School District is pleased to announce the selection of Pasadena High School’s Principal Gilbert Barraza as the new District Athletic Director.
Students More Confident in Language Arts and Math, Have Fewer School Absences
Results from the first Open Enrollment lottery are now availalbe online.
More than 30 local realtors Madison Tornekand community members joined Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek to read to students in Madison Elementary School classrooms throughout the day on Friday, March 7, 2016 in celebration of Read Across America.
Keith Urban GuitarsEliot Arts Magnet Academy received 20 guitars last month from musician Keith Urban in support of the middle school’s growing Modern Band program.
No Boundaries 11, the Pasadena Unified School District’s 11th annual exhibit of student art, continues through March 11, 2016, at the Shops on Lake Avenue, 345 South Lake Ave., Pasadena.
More than 85 local realtors will join parents and community members in the classrooms and libraries of PUSD elementary schools to read aloud to children in kindergarten-fifth grade during the first annual Read Across PASadena March 2 – 11, 2016.
For years, the Pasadena Unified School District has offered industry-focused pathways and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses that encourage high school students to explore professional options and give them a competitive edge in college and in their careers.
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including the Pasadena Unified School District. As part of the lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to provide to the court, the parties, their attorneys and consultants, with personally identifiable information. The data includes personally identifiable information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended, a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. The court order prevents any party from disclosing confidential information acquired in the course of the lawsuit, including student records, to anyone other than the parties, their attorneys and consultants, and the Court.
Muir HS Dodgers Field of Dreams Dedication is March 9
Cleveland Elementary School’s annual STEAM festival on January 28, 2016 was a fun evening of science, technology, engineering, art, and math for families, staff and friends. Kids and their families took part in hands-on activities, peered through telescopes, and got a peek at the engineering behind the scenes of a TV show.
Blair School sophomore Johanna Dickie is the winner of the 2016 International Baccalaureate Lifelong Learner Award.
PUSD salutes the un”bee”lieveable spelling skills of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at the District Spelling Bee held Jan. 27, 2016 at Webster Elementary School.
African-American history is celebrated in PUSD schools in the month of February with meaningful and culturally relevant activities. The Board of Education approved a resolution recognizing February as African-American History month at its Jan. 28, 2016, meeting.
Results to Guide the Development of a Strategic Master Plan.
McKinley K-8 School, an arts-focus school, hosted Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek's 2016 State of the City address in the school's new gymnasium Wednesday, Jan. 20.
“Ask me how I SUSI” was the question of the day at Wilson Middle School Jan. 20, 2016 when students launched the national SUSI campaign, which stands for “Stand Up Step In,” part of a year-round program called “Be Kind Online” that helps students build and sustain healthy relationships and positive communication online. The campaign encourages adolescents to be upstanders, not bystanders and encourages positive interaction.
See this special presentation designed for families of children who are transitioning to middle school.
El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Pasadena está colaborando muy de cerca con los departamentos locales de policía y de bomberos para asegurar que los niños permanezcan seguros en el plantel escolar y durante su traslado a la escuela y de regreso a casa durante las lluvias provocadas por El Niño. A continuación proporcionamos algunos recursos que los padres pueden utilizar para prepararse durante los días lluviosos que se aproximan.
The Pasadena Unified School District is working closely with local police and fire departments to ensure that children will continue to be safe on campus and while traveling to and from school during the El Niño rains. Here are some resources parents can use to prepare for the rainy days ahead.
Students, staff and community members will commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a series of events over the next week.
Enrolling now through Friday, April 8, 2016
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) invites families with young children to explore the district’s preschool and kindergarten options at the second annual Early Education Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Madison Elementary School.
PUSD's proud tradition of excellence in high school athletics has been recognized by the National Football League just in time for Super Bowl 50.
Steffanie Stanley was just 10 years old when she came to the US from her native Trinidad and Tobago with her mom and older brother.
PUSD is preparing students to be successful in college and careers.