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First Choice Festival is Oct. 11

Pasadena Unified School District First Choice Festival is Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The 5th Annual First Choice Festival kicks off the 2018-2019 Open Enrollment-School Choice period.

Join us for Pasadena Unified’s First Choice Festival at the Pasadena Convention Center on October 11, 2017 from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and explore the exciting science, art, and global language programs now available for preK-12 students! This year’s First Choice Festival is paired with PUSD’s 2017 College Fair to showcase educational choices from preschool through college. 

The First Choice Festival brings together all Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools so that families can explore and select the best educational options for their children’s learning needs and interests. Information about unique programs and enrollment will be available.

Whether families are planning for next year or for a few years from now, the First Choice Festival is the perfect opportunity to talk to principals, meet teachers, and schedule school tours.

The First Choice Festival highlights the preK-12 pathway for the whole child, from academic rigor, enhanced enrichment and afterschool programs to support services for students and families. The First Choice Festival brings together all PUSD preschool, elementary, middle and high schools, programs and partners in one space so families can gather information, meet teachers, principals and other parents.

Featured exhibits include PUSD’s Dual Language Immersion Programs in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese; K-12 International Baccalaureate programs; STEM, arts and music programs; magnet and neighborhood schools; college and career academies; early education opportunities; athletics, parent engagement opportunities, and more.

The First Choice Festival launches the district’s annual Open Enrollment-School Choice for the 2018-2019 school year. Open Enrollment-School Choice begins October 30, 2017, with sibling priority registration and pre-enrollment for students in specific programs. General Open Enrollment online applications will be accepted January 11 - February 2, 2018. Information sessions on the district’s Open Enrollment process are planned for November and December. For more information, visit

Pasadena Unified 2017 First Choice Festival and College Fair
Wed., October 11, 2017, 4 – 7 p.m..
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St., Pasadena

4 - 7 p.m.   College Fair
4 p.m.   ACT vs. SAT
5 p.m.   Paying for College
6 p.m.   Writing the College Application Essay/Personal Statement

5 - 6:30 p.m. First Choice Festival 

About PUSD Open Enrollment:

We know that you have many choices in selecting the best education for your child and we thank you for making PUSD your first choice.

While every child living within PUSD boundaries is guaranteed placement in their neighborhood school, a different campus might offer a specialized program or focus that better meets the interests and needs of the individual student.

PUSD's annual winter Open Enrollment process offers families an opportunity to apply to attend a school other than their assigned neighborhood school in the next academic year.

Find out more at our official enrollment website!


We invite you to take school tours. A full schedule of every school can be found here.