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Washington STEM Magnet Celebrates New Buildings

Students, teachers, and families of Washington Elementary STEM Magnet celebrated the addition of a new classroom building, a new auditorium, and new playfields at a dedication ceremony on October 19, 2018. They were joined by Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Board of Education member Michelle Richardson Bailey, and other officials.

“The new classrooms and auditorium at Washington STEM provide first-class learning facilities that accelerate and inspire great teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “Together with the new gymnasium next door at Washington STEAM Magnet, the new campus additions benefit students and the broader community.”

The new campus additions consist of two new buildings: a 10,000 square foot multipurpose auditorium/cafeteria and kitchen; and a 19,000 square-foot two-story classroom building that houses 13 classrooms, including math and science labs. New outdoor learning areas, play areas, and basketball courts were also added.

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet is a TK-5th grade elementary school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math learning in all areas of the curriculum. Students partner with top scientists in the region and use the most current technologies.  The school offers coding, 3D printing, hands-on life science learning in the school’s garden, and after-school enrichment in reverse engineering and more.

The $20 million project was funded by Measure TT, the $350 million school bond initiative approved by area voters in 2008. The project was designed by LPA Architects with G2K as the general contractor.

For more information about the school buildings and campus improvements funded by Measure TT, visit