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ARE BOYS FALLING BEHIND? WHILE THE NATION CHAMPIONS ACADEMIC EMPOWERMENT OF GIRLS, CONCERN GROWS OVER WHETHER BOYS ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND ACADEMICALLY

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ARE BOYS FALLING BEHIND? WHILE THE NATION CHAMPIONS ACADEMIC EMPOWERMENT OF GIRLS, CONCERN GROWS OVER WHETHER BOYS ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND ACADEMICALLY BY REBECCA WAER

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MAJOR DECISION SCHOOLS ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO DECLARE A MAJOR EARLY IN THEIR ACADEMIC CAREERS BY REBECCA KUZINS

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Are Boys Falling Behind? WHILE THE NATION CHAMPIONS ACADEMIC EMPOWERMENT OF GIRLS, CONCERN GROWS OVER WHETHER BOYS ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND ACADEMICALLY BY REBECCA WAER

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r. Mikala Rahn, CEO of Pasadena charter school Learning Works and a former member of the Pasadena Board of Education, says boys just aren’t hitting the mark. “Boys are not achieving key indicators at the same rate as girls,” says Rahn. Rahn says boys are not as kindergarten-ready, their achievement on standardized tests is generally lower than girls, boys’ GPAs are overall lower than girls’, boys are not staying in school at the same rate as girls, and the retention rate of boys in college is lower than girls. As published in The New York Times earlier this year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report about gender inequality in education. As reported, “The study shows that six out of 10 underachievers in the OECD — who fail to meet the baseline standard of proficiency across the tests in math, reading and science — are boys. That includes 15 percent of American boys, compared with only 9 percent of girls. Also, across the board, girls tend to score higher than boys in reading, which the OECD considers the most important skill, essential for future learning.” Journalist Richard Whitmire, author of “Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Education System That’s Leaving Them Behind,” says literacy skills are key, but boys and girls learn differently. “When schools reconfigured for tougher standards, they ignored the fact that boys develop literacy skills later than girls. Boys fell behind, and then concluded that school was not for girls,” Whitmire says. “I’m not saying there aren’t other factors, 6

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but this one is huge, and correctable. For politically correct reasons, nobody wants to take that step. “Schools are responsible … and parents have to hold them responsible for educating their sons as well as they educate their daughters,” he says. In an interview with the journal Education Next, Whitmire said literacy learning is critical. “Getting boys to read too young is part of the problem. It’s not asking them to acquire these literacy skills, but knowing how to do it. They assume they can push down from second grade to pre-K/kindergarten, the same literacy skills. With girls, they’ve been successful. With boys, they have to start doing something different,” he told the journal. Whitmire says this problem hasn’t been around forever — just about two decades, according to research. Yet, since publishing his research in 2010, he’s seen no change. “(Since 2010) nothing has changed, because the political dynamics are determined to block literacy interventions for boys similar to the stem interventions that worked so well for girls 15 years ago,” he says. Rahn says she sees a high number of kinesthetic learners comprising a large portion of the male high school dropout population. “I fi nd with high school dropouts, boys tend to be kinesthetic or hands-on learners. This is the most difficult teaching style to master given the teaching conditions of high school: teacher ratios ... lots of content to cover. With this style, the content becomes boring and not engaging, not applied.”


“BOYS WHO CANNOT SIT STILL ARE NOT APPEALING TO MOST TEACHERS IN THE LOWER GRADES — AND IT DOES NOT GET MUCH BETTER IN THE UPPER GRADES. NOT BEING LIKED OR ANNOYING TEACHERS TAKES A TOLL ON BOYS’ SELF- ESTEEM. THEY DON’T GET IT, THEY TALK TOO MUCH, THEY CAN’T SIT STILL ... EVENTUALLY THEY DO NOT LIKE SCHOOL.” — DR. MIKALA RAHN

Rahn says “boy dislike” is also a contributing factor in the classroom. “Boys who cannot sit still are not appealing to most teachers in the lower grades — and it does not get much better in the upper grades. Not being liked or annoying teachers takes a toll on boys’ self- esteem. They don’t get it, they talk too much, they can’t sit still ... eventually they do not like school,” Rahn says. Rahn also says socioeconomics contribute to boys’ failure to perform well academically. “Socioeconomics always influences education outcomes. Socioeconomics is correlated with race in this country, as well. Low-income boys fare worse, as well as African-Americans and Latinos, Rahn says. “In Pasadena, there is a great socioeconomic divide that, of course, correlates with race. We have a huge achievement gap with white males compared to African American and Latino. We need to bridge the gap.” Whitmire says that while socioeconomics do play a role the middle class is also hit by this problem. “There are lots of articles out there about elite colleges accepting boys at higher ratios than girls — [colleges] have to dig deeper into the application pool to keep the mix from slipping beyond 60 percent female, 40 percent male, which is considered a danger point,” he says. Whitmire says the solution is simpler that people realize: schools just need to decide they’re not going to leave any child behind. “If you’re running an elementary school and you figure out a way for boys to not fall behind in literacy skills, it’s amazing what happens. It’s as simple as that,” he told Education Next. ■ BACK TO SCHOOL 2015 PASADENA WEEKLY

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s the summer break ends, moms and dads rejoice that their youngsters will once again be ensconced in all things educational. Sooner or later, even the most indecisive college students will have to declare a major that will hopefully prepare them for future careers. Many four-year schools, like Occidental College in Eagle Rock, allow students to declare a major at the end of their sophomore year, enabling students to enroll in a range of courses before making their decision. California’s community colleges, however, have adopted new policies that aim to speed up the decision-making process. At Pasadena City College, for example, students must select a major after they complete 15 degree-applicable units. Cynthia Olivo, PCC’s associate vice president, student affairs, said about 2,100 of the more than 5,000 freshman who entered PCC in the fall of 2014 completed 15 units in their fi rst year and were ready to declare their majors. The early declaration requirement is included in the Student Success Act of 2012, a state law that seeks to reduce the number of community college students who drop out without completing their education. Proponents of early declaration believe the sooner students understand and commit to a major, the more 10

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progress they will make in completing their education in a shorter period of time. “Students can’t stretch out their educations,” said Marisa R. Sarian, director of College and Career Pathways for the Pasadena Unified School District. “Exploration and discovering your passion has to happen at an early age.” The Pathways program enables PUSD students to begin that exploration in the ninth grade. High school students select one of 10 college and career pathways to prepare them to work in high-demand jobs within the local economy. There are three arts-related pathways (film and video, fi ne and media arts, and music), three STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pathways (engineering, computer science, and health careers) and pathways in law and public service, culinary arts and hospitality, and business and entrepreneurship. The 10th pathway is a career exploration program designed for students attending alternative education schools. The school district has teamed with PCC to deliver the Pathways program. For example, Olivo worked with a group of ninthgraders from Muir High School who took a career exploration course at the community college. PCC will follow up with these


students when they are in the 10th through 12th grades to learn how they are pursuing their career goals. PCC also provides assistance to help its own students explore career options. The Career-Guided Exploration Module (CGEM) contains several components, including counseling and online research, aimed at helping students learn about prospective jobs. Despite these efforts to help students declare a career-related major, Olivo said, “The reality is that students change their majors all the time; the average is twice.” In deciding upon a career — and the major that will allow them to pursue it — Olivo advised students to “select a career that is interesting to them, that suits their talents. Happiness will follow if you are doing something you enjoy and are good at it. “These days,” she added, “students should also be aware of salaries.” Fritz Grupe, creator of MyMajors.com, told The New York Times that the biggest mistake students make in selecting a major is failing to research the requirements of both the major and their prospective career. While some students may want to become nurses because they like to help people, they must also be able to pass the technical math and science courses that are part of their major. A student’s major, however, often has no relation to their

future career. The Princeton Review, an organization that helps students prepare for college, maintains that selecting a major does not mean a student is locked into one type of job: “Many graduates fi nd jobs that have nothing to do with what they studied in college. According to the US Department of Labor, the average 20-something switches jobs once every three years and the average person changes career fields two or three times in their lifetime.” Students who are undecided about their major when they enter college are advised to take courses in which they are interested; learn more about majors by talking with professors, advisers and students; fi nd an internship and interview people who work in their field of interest; and assess their personal interests, abilities and work values. Students can also take the MyMajors.com quiz. Based on their answers, the website will recommend majors, colleges and careers. Another option is for students to declare a double major, taking required courses for two majors instead of one. They can also declare both a major and a minor; the minor will enable them to concentrate on a subject while taking fewer required courses. However, these options are time-intensive, and students will have less time to explore their interests. ■ BACK TO SCHOOL 2015 PASADENA WEEKLY

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(Founded in 1981) is a year-round, non-profi t preschool committed to providing a safe, secure loving environment where children ages 18-months through 5 years of age can learn and explore and we have summer camp for ages 5-9 years old. We believe that a lower student to teacher ratio provides a better education by allowing more individual attention. As a church-based Christian school, A Plus stresses intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual development. We offer a fun, stimulating environment where children learn through play and hands-on experience. The mission of A Plus Adventist Children’s Center is to serve the Glendale Community by providing a loving Christian atmosphere where our children can be nurtured as they grow. 234 N. Isabel Street, Glendale (818) 241.9353 – www.aplusadventist.com

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Altadena Christian Childrens Center At ACCC, the families of the children in our programs who range in age from 2 months to prekindergarten find programs that meet the needs of the whole child within a developmentally appropriate framework. Our family-centered approach helps to nurture healthy partnerships between teachers and parents as we all work together to support the children. We are eager to help families from diverse backgrounds to discover that ACCC is the best place for their child’s early education. Join us for our summer programs which combine fun and learning and nature! Contact Director Toni Boucher at (626) 797-6142 or visit accc-kids.org.

Altadena Stables Altadena Stables offers Horseback Riding Lessons for ages 5 to adult, in a family friendly environment. Whether you are a first time rider or an experienced equestrian looking to enhance your horsemanship skills, our individualized instruction will help you to achieve your goals. Our all encompassing program teaches riders to groom, saddle, and understand the horse’s body language. Riders develop confidence, assertiveness, and responsibility. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to compete on an equestrian team for their school. This is a team sport –You and the Horse! Safety is always a priority. We offer Birthday Parties which include a riding lesson and other horse related fun. Horse Boarding is available adjacent to the beautiful mountain and arroyo trails. altadenastables.com (626) 797-2012

Arroyo Pacific Academy A Personal Approach to Education. . . . . it’s our honor and privilege to welcome you to explore Arroyo Pacific Academy. APA is a learning institution where academic attainment has the highest priority within a learning environment that is supportive and encouraging. Through small class sizes, a comprehensive curricular and co-curricular program, including AP classes, technology and the Arts, we provides a distinctive educational program and a special place for students to learn, grow and prepare for life. We invite you to find out for yourself what makes APA’s personal approach to education the place that ignites your intellectual curiosity and provides you the skills needed for success in college and life. Robert Nguyen, Director of Admissions admissions@arroyopacific.org 41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, CA 91007 (626) 294-0661 www.arroyopacific.org

Art Center College of Design Art Center College of Design has been a global leader in art and design education for 85 years, offering 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees across a spectrum of visual art and industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of open enrollment art and design programs for kids, teens and continued on page 14 BACK TO SCHOOL 2015 PASADENA WEEKLY

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adults at all skill levels. Degree courses and public programs are offered year round. artcenter.edu/makeithappen - Hillside Campus (1700 Lida St.) and South Campus (950 .S Raymond Ave.) in Pasadena.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Distinguished by our next generation technology, robust academics, championship athletics, Spanish program and strong sense of community, Assumption is a TK – 8 Catholic school rooted in the message and mission of a faith based education. This past fall, Assumption launched its transitional kindergarten class for our young 4 year old students! High expectations, coupled with skilled, differentiated instruction across the grade levels, are provided by our teachers, many of whom have advanced degrees. Students are nurtured to be confident, compassionate and well balanced individuals who are sought after, and accepted to our area’s finest high schools. We are committed to being financially accessible and academically exceptional. Visit our website: www.ABVM-school.org or call (626) 793-2089. Come be part of a vibrant, innovative learning community.

Barnhart School Accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Barnhart is distinguished through its focus upon Early Literacy, Writers’ Workshop, the Virtues Program, conversational Spanish at all grade levels, daily PE and a stellar middle school program where students are graduating with acceptance to their top choice high schools. We are dedicated to recognizing that all of us are learners on a continuum of unlimited growth. At Barnhart, we believe that education is a lifelong comprehensive human experience. Therefore, in addition to a robust and rigorous academic base of subjects, we provide a full range of co-curricular programs including music, art, technology, Spanish and PE. In middle school, we further extend learning to include classes in public speaking, life skills, woodshop, theater arts, yearbook production, student leadership and much more. Classroom equipped with SmartBoard technology, accessibility to iPads, laptops and desktops, and allowing students to bring their own devices, Barnhart students stay current in the latest technology. Barnhart is known as an affordable, “down to earth”, diverse community. We invite you to take a tour and talk with our parents and students. Come meet our dedicated team of professionals, share some time in our community, and watch our students in action! 240 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia. barnhartschool.org (626) 446-5588

Bloom School of Music & Dance Bloom School of Music and Dance offers music lessons and dance classes for all ages taught by university trained instructors who are experienced, knowledgeable and who truly care about music and dance education. The environment at Bloom is one in which students are free to express themselves while learning to excel at their own pace as musicians and dancers. This atmosphere fosters creativity, growth and community. We are conveniently located in the heart of Eagle Rock and proudly serve the nearby communities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, Glendale, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Mount Washington, La Canada, and Silverlake and Los Feliz. 2116 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 982-1655 or bloomschoolofmusicanddance.com

Bosco Tech Named One Of Best All-Boys High Schools In America Bosco Tech has been named one of the best all-boys high schools in America. The ranking results, compiled by Niche.com, are based on student and parent statistics and reviews. Ranking indicates the school is an exceptional academic institution with diverse high-achieving students rating their experience very positively. Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school that combines a rigorous college-preparatory program with a technology-focused education. The innovative STEM curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of several applied science and engineering fields. Learn more about Bosco Tech at the school’s annual High School Night, featuring representatives from 30 area Catholic schools, on Wednesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Visit www.boscotech. edu for information. Niche’s complete list is at https://k12.niche.com/rankings/private-high-schools/best-all-boys/

Champions Karate Champions Karate has been serving the community for 25 years. We offer classes for all ages and feature a Black Belt staff with at least 2 instructors at all times. Our curriculum is age appropriate and teaches practical selfdefense skills in a fun, family oriented environment. Our children’s classes focus on character development that builds confidence, self-esteem, awareness, focus, discipline, and respect. We also work with parents and teachers to help improve grades at school and focus at home. Parents are also encouraged to train with their children. Our adult classes focus on the philosophy and proper use of the techniques taught in Hapkido. If you continued on page 16

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Child Educational Center The Child Educational Center (CEC) offers innovative, child-centered, nurturing care in a unique play- and nature-based environment at seven sites in Pasadena and La Canada. Our programs are designed for children ages six weeks to grade six, and provide outdoor learning, highly-qualified teachers, and excellent ratios. The CEC is now offering limited enrollment opportunities at our La Canada Preschool Program (ages 4 & 5) and at the Cooperative Preschool at Caltech (ages 2 1/2 - 5). The Cooperative Preschool Program is now open to community members, as well as the Caltech and JPL families. Learn more at ceconline.org or call (818) 354-3418.

Clairbourn School Founded in 1926, Clairbourn is an independent school offering a fullspectrum, accredited curriculum from preschool through grade eight. In addition to core subjects, instruction includes computer, art, library, drama, music, physical education (plus swimming), and much more. Families have access to early morning day-care for all grades at no charge, and Clairbourn now offers optional after-school classes conducted by outside vendors on campus. These classes cover a wide range of activities like chess, Kung Fu, dance, language instruction (including Mandarin), music, and beyond! Clairbourn is known for its excellent academics, friendly atmosphere, and its safe and inspiring learning environment. Our graduates move into top area high schools. To learn more about Clairbourn, visit the website at www.clairbourn.org or call (626) 286-3108.

Crestview Preparatory School Crestview Preparatory School will be celebrating our thirtieth birthday this year! Crestview Prep is a student-centered school with a focus on preserving childhood throughout the elementary educational experience. We have created a safe place for children to feel confident and secure, where they can comfortably take risks as they learn to solve problems and learn by doing. Our teachers and specialists work together in a culture of collaboration within each grade, and scaffolded through the program, to create a dynamic atmosphere for our children. While teaching methodologies change, and new tools are introduced each year, our approach to educate the whole child with appropriate multi-disciplined strategies remains constant. La Canada – (818) 952-0925 crestviewprep.org

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Emmaus Lutheran School Since 1943, Emmaus Lutheran School has nurtured children from Preschool through Eighth grade. Rigorous academic standards and Christian-based life skills produce well-rounded students. Graduates go on to universities including Johns Hopkins, MIT, West Point, Oxford College, USC, UCLA and other UC campuses. Before and after school care, sports, student government, field trips, music, art and technology, with SMALL CLASSES and INDIVIDUALIZED CARE help students achieve. Tennis and piano instruction enhance student learning and give students more opportunities for success. Please call to tour our campus. Emmaus can issue form I-20 for international students wishing to study in the US and all our teachers have training in English Language Learning including one full time dedicated ELL teacher. Learn more at: EmmausLutheranChurch.org or visit 840 S. Almansor St., Alhambra (626)289-3664

Foothill Transit Stop circling the school parking lot, searching for a place to ditch your ride! Foothill Transit offers students an easier way to get to class, with 36 bus lines that can connect you to 22 cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, plus Downtown LA. Riding Foothill Transit to school instead of driving lets you avoid traffic and parking hassles, reduce your carbon footprint, and have more time to study (or nap) every day. And with discounts of 50% or more for college students, Foothill Transit makes it easy to save money, too! Start planning your smarter way to school now at foothilltransit.org/ college. foothilltransit.org 800-RIDE-INFO (743-3463) continued on page 18

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Glendale Adventist Academy

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Founded in 1907, Glendale Adventist Academy is a K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to empowering young men and women with spiritual commitment, strong academic preparation, and leadership skills. We provide a Christ-centered learning environment where students, parents, and teachers can experience the presence of God in a spirit of affirmation. Our progressive curriculum challenges and fosters the highest academic development, and our values-laden, ethically driven focus involves students in service and a commitment to their local and global communities. The curriculum maintains a rigorous program of college preparatory courses, religious education, community outreach, art, music, athletics, drama, and enrichment opportunities, promoting a life-long love for learning. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 700 Kimlin Dr, Glendale, CA 91206 - (818) 244-8671 www.glendaleacademy.org

IEA is an independent, national non-profit that matches gifted children ages 3-18 with customized educational programs designed to serve their complex intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. These initiatives foster intellectual curiosity, the acquisition of knowledge, confidence, creativity, responsibility and moral decisiveness. Academy provides year-round, challenging enrichment classes focused on exploration and the application of knowledge. The residential summer Apprenticeship Program links high school students with distinguished professionals who serve as mentors to gain hands-on, real-world experience. The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship provides students with a four-year scholarship to a high school that fits each Scholar’s individual intellectual and personal needs. Yunasa summer camps unite highly able youngsters and gifted experts to teach campers how to balance all aspects of their lives. Visit www.educationaladvancement.org for more information.

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Since 1985, Halstrom Academy has been offering students an alternative to the traditional classroom structure by providing quality, full-time and part-time one-to-one education with flexible scheduling and enrollment options. It also focuses on content mastery with a technology-supported curriculum. From aspiring professional athletes and artists to unique learners such as students with social distraction issues or ADHD, students find Halstrom a place where they can reach their full potential in and out of the classroom. 35 N. Lake Ave., Suite 250, Pasadena, California 91101 (866) 590-7548 www.halstromacademy.org http://www.halstromacademy.org

Justine Sherman & Associates serves the speech-language and educational needs of individuals throughout the greater San Gabriel Valley community. We design customized treatment plans with personalized measurable goals achieved through individual therapy sessions or classes conducted by our certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and supervised aids. Our collaborative relationship with families, educators and health care professionals ensures the best opportunity for client success and supports our philosophy of holistic treatment. www.justineshermanslp.com or (626) 355-1729

High Point Academy

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Celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary, High Point Academy is an independent co-educational kindergarten through eighth grade independent school nestled in the beautiful foothills of Pasadena. High Point Academy provides a strong commitment to academic excellence and innovation and the academic, social, and ethical development of the whole child within a balanced approach to education. Service learning, technology, athletics, arts, vocal and instrumental music, world languages, library, and green sustainable living are embedded in our enriched curriculum. We strive to awaken the joy of learning in each child and are proud to have physical education five days each week, a new iMac technology center, an exquisite and impeccably maintained campus as well as a dedicated faculty and staff. High Point invites you to see our community for yourself at one of our upcoming open houses. www.highpointacademy.org

Kids Klub’s After School Program offers parents piece of mind all-year round by providing after-school and before-school care and transportation from local schools. At Kids Klub, children engage in structured activities including, cooking, science, arts & crafts, and dramatic play. Plenty of outdoor time and outside games allow your child a chance to unwind from a busy day. The program also includes a scheduled homework time with the assistance of our teachers. Providing a quiet, comfortable environment where children can focus on their homework and receive help when needed is the centerpiece of our afterschool program. Our program looks to instill children with the study habits necessary to become self-reliant and academically confident. For more information on our schedule and program please call (626) 795-2501 www.kidsklubcdc.com. continued on page 20

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La Salle High School

Mentor Avenue Preschool

La Salle High School is dedicated to excellent student performance in academics, arts and athletics. La Salle Summer Academic Institute is for 5th to 12th graders. Courses provide opportunities to home skills and learn new concepts in the more relaxed environment of summer. Students earn high school academic credit in some courses, and many courses satisfy UC standards. Sports Camps are available throughout the summer for student athletes. (626) 696-4300 www.lasallehs.org

Located in the heart of Pasadena, Mentor Avenue Preschool students are engaged in the joy of discovery. Everywhere there is fun and excitement while learning through art, science, music, cooking, games and other activities. Our loving staff encourages independence in the younger students, especially in the area of potty training, along with healthy eating habits and good table manners. Class projects involve team work in order to build good social skills. Our innovative approach to the outdoor classroom inspires a natural learning environment. Mentor Avenue Preschool is a Christian Preschool dedicated to providing quality early childhood education, while nurturing Christian Values, to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond. 308 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena (626) 396-7008 www.mentoravenuepreschool.com

Maranatha High School Welcoming Atmosphere! For 50 years, Maranatha High School has been the only non-denominational Christian high school in the San Gabriel Valley. The school’s goal to provide excellent college preparatory education in a Christ-revering context resonates with families. The relational nature of the school’s faculty serves to inspire students in all areas. Maranatha’s faculty are known for spending time in and out of class getting to know students and investing not only in their academic growth, but their social, relational, and spiritual growth as well. The school sees their faculty as “changed lives, changing lives”. Every year, new students comment on how welcomed they feel at Maranatha, and what a loving community it is. In addition, the goal to provide excellent Christian education has resulted in notable academic and xtracurricular advances. Maranatha offers 32 Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses, a 1:1 school-wide iPad eLearning program, award-winning performing and visual arts programs, and 18 ompetitive sports boasting both CIF and State level wins this year. Interested in discovering what Maranatha is all about? Come to Maranatha’s Admissions Open House on November 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Learn more at www.maranathahighschool.org.

Mathnasium Mathnasium is a highly specialized learning center where kids go yearround to improve their math skills. Students attend the center as often as they like, for as long as they like. The goal is to enhance your child’s math skills, solidify understanding of math concepts and improve overall school performance. At the same time, Mathnasium builds your child’s confidence and forges a positive attitude toward the subject, yielding overwhelming results. Independent studies by EyeCues Education Systems found that Mathnasium students’ performance increased more than two letter grades in as little as three to six months. Enroll today to get your child started. Centers are located in Eagle Rock, Glendale, La Canada, Montrose, Pasadena and South Pasadena. To find out more, visit www.mathnasium.com. 20

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Montebello Barnyard Zoo Montebello Barnyard Zoo provides pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, picnic area, playground, kids birthday party areas, and a travelling zoo to the cities of Los Angeles, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Monterey Park, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, Maywood, Downey, Bell, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and Long Beach, CA. Montebello Barnyard Zoo is a great choice for your next school field trip. We offer hands on learning experience with many different types of animals. We bring live animals to your home or meeting place and provide a unique one-on-one interaction and learning experience. Call to reserve a Birthday Party Area or plan a School Field Trip Today! 600 Rea Drive. Montebello, CA 90640 (213) 718-5442

National University Virtual High School Now Enrolling for Fall Term. Since 2003, National University Virtual High School (NUVHS) has been a solution for students to earn Advanced Placement (AP®) credits, improve academic performance and strengthen their college applications through a premier accredited online learning experience. Students can enroll full time or part time in online courses throughout the year and complete a high school course online as few as four or as many as 16 weeks. Apply today, call (866) 366-8847 or visit www.learn. nuvhs.org. NUVHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and AdvancED. NUVHS courses are approved by the NCAA and NAIA. NUVHS is also approved by UC “a-g” as an online provider, and all AP® courses have received College Board authorization. continued on page 22


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Pacific Oaks Children’s School provides spirited education that inspires a love of learning and confidence through an intelligent, imaginative curriculum. A culture of inquiry and innovation is cultivated for children and adults, as we embody the notion that a great school is one in which everybody learns. We deepen parents’ appreciation of early development and their role in supporting their child’s growth. Learn more about Pacific Oaks Children’s School by scheduling your tour today: (626) 529-8011 or pacificoakschildrensschool.org.

Pasadena Christian School Pasadena Christian School welcomes students from preschool to 8th grade (with half and full day options for preschool ). PCS students enjoy a well-rounded academic program that guides them to become life-long learners with a commitment to serving Christ and our community. With specialized instructors in art, music, computers, sports and science, our graduates are accepted at the top high school programs in the region. PCS believes in partnering with the family to guide our students to pursue excellence in all they do. 1515 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena (626) 791-1214 WWW.PASADENACHRISTIAN.ORG

Pasadena Language Center Discover a new culture, learn a new language! Pasadena Language Center’s mission is to provide cultural awareness and language instruction in over 30 languages. Our small group classes for adults and children are perfect for any level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. You have the option to choose from a wide range of language programs including weekly classes, intensive classes, weekend intensive, full immersion classes, ESL classes, kids classes, family classes, or private instruction. Our experienced instructors are native speakers passionate about sharing their language and culture. We keep the rates affordable so that anyone can learn a new language. Pasadena Language Center, 46 Smith Alley, Suite 240, Pasadena. Call (626) 844-5003 or visit www.pasadenalanguage.com

Polytechnic School Polytechnic School, an independent, college-preparatory K-12 school in Pasadena, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2, when Upper School students return to campus (Lower and Middle School students follow on Sept. 8). Established in 1907, Poly seeks to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of 22

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academic excellence. Poly cultivates intellectual growth through innovative spaces and small classes, which not only provide each student with more attention. Poly’s K-12 structure allows teachers to collaborate and implement a scope and sequence within the curriculum that builds as students progress from one year to the next. Poly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools. Learn more at www.polytechnic.org. 1030 East California Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 396-6345 office www.polytechnic.org www.facebook.com/poly

San Marino Music Center We are a full-fledged music center here to service all of your needs. We offer private and group lessons ranging from piano, guitar, saxophone, vocal and many more. Our Music Center is complete with instrument sales, rentals, music books and music accessories. We also offer music therapy for children with special needs. If you’re looking to bring music to your child’s life, come stop by and visit. 916 Huntington Dr. San Marino 91108 (626) 300-0848 Also 2575 Mission St. San Marino St. San Marino 91108 (626) 486-9882 www.SanMarinoMusicCenter.com

Sierra Madre Learning Center/ T.O.T.A.L Programs LLC Sierra Madre Learning Center TOTAL Programs Now Accepting Multiple Insurance Carriers for Autism and Support Services for Individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disabilities. Our Medical Billing Department will work with you and your Insurance provider to obtain services for your child. Research Based Methods - Licensed Educational Psychologist - Credentialed Instructors - Masters and Doctoral Level Professionals. Individualized Learning Programs for: Pre-K – Adult; One -on- One Instruction; Semi - Private Instruction; Academic Assessment; Learning Enrichment; Children with Exceptional Needs; Continual Progress Monitoring; Homework Assistance, Math Remediation, Test Preparation, Language Arts Support and Study Skills. Test Prep: SAT, GRE, Private School Entry, Sierra Madre Learning Center/ T.O.T.A.L Programs LLC 370 West Sierra Madre Blvd Suite #B Sierra Madre, California 91024 Office: (626) 355-5160 Fax: (626) 355-5173

Saint Mark’s School Saint Mark’s is a coeducational Episcopal parish day school located in Altadena, CA enrolling 350 students from preschool through grade six. The school’s mission to develop the unique intellect and character of each


student in a nurturing environment committed to academic excellence, respect for diversity, responsibility, and spiritual growth. We seek families

Pacific Oaks Children’s School Igniting curiosity, creativity, and compassion that lasts a lifetime. who wish to partner with our devoted faculty and staff in a united effort to provide students a rigorous academic instructional program coupled with a strong moral foundation. A Saint Mark’s education is an extraordinary value and provides a genuine opportunity for families seeking excellence in education today. saint-marks.org (626) 798-8858

St. Monica Academy Now located in Montrose, St. Monica Academy is an independent coeducational Catholic school founded in 2001 for grades 1-12. It follows a classical curriculum of study, based on the Great Books and the Socratic Method. It is committed to forming students in faith by presenting the Catholic religion as a rich and coherent body of thought. They are formed in reason through a pedagogy that emphasizes logical thought and a careful reading of the Great Books. Students are formed in virtue by reading the lives of saints and heroes and by seeing the daily practice of kindness, modesty, and cheerful living by their teachers and peers. St. Monica Academy is fully accredited by WASC. www.stmonicaacademy.com (818) 369-7310 2361 Del Mar Road, Montrose, CA 91020

St. Philip the Apostle School St. Philip the Apostle School has enriched the lives of the children in the Pasadena community for over 85 years. We are a K-8 Catholic, parish school with two classes per grade serving over 540 students. The school’s modern, urban campus features an advanced technology platform that supports a broad range of instructional resources, dedicated classrooms for art, music, and Spanish…and beautiful Holy Angel Hall that also serves as a gymnasium and theatre. This fall we open the new student “Learning Commons,” a state-of-the art hybrid learning, research, and technology center for our students. St. Philip graduates attend outstanding Catholic, private and public high schools. Since 2010, eight have been high school valedictorians and many more have served as campus leaders. www.stphiliptheapostle.org 1363 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 795-9691

Stepping Stones to Learning Stepping Stones to Learning has been an integral part of the San Gabriel

Valley community for over 40 years. Our tutors are academic mentors who not only focus on teaching the subject material, but on coaching students so that they are better able to navigate their scholastic environment now and in the future. The goal of each tutor is to build confidence, instill a love of learning and teach students to become independent learners. 2233 Huntington Dr., #1 San Marino, California 91108 (626) 449-5986 steppingstones.net

The Counter Burger We want to challenge the way people think about burgers. We’re about creative construction. We think life is about experiences. Trying Stuff. Learning. Stretching. Being Inventive. So we’ve searched for ingredients, chosen meats, created sauces, baked buns, melted cheeses and crafted shakes that shout flavor. Take them and create something special. 140 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena (626) 440-1008 thecounterburger.com

The Gooden School Celebrates 40th Anniversary The Gooden School, an independent Episcopal School in Sierra Madre, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In addition to honoring the school’s founding and continuing excellence in academics and the arts, 2015-16 brings campus upgrades (extensive renovations are underway in the lower school building which will result in new and innovative classrooms) as well as new leadership. The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Merrily Dunlap will serve as the interim Head of School. Dunlap brings wide experience as a life-long educator, former school head, and Episcopal diocesan schools administrator. With Gooden’s reputation for academic excellence, community service and character building, graduates are accepted by the finest high schools and universities. Open Houses will be held November 7, 2015 and January 9, 2016. Visit www.goodenschool.org or call (626) 355-2410.

Waba Grill “At WaBa Grill, we strive to serve the best possible grilled fusion menu items using only quality ingredients. We use fruits and vegetables to enhance the flavor of our amazing “WaBa” sauce. We serve boneless, skinless, fat-trimmed chicken, rib-eye steak, and other quality proteins. Our veggies are lightly steamed to perfection, and all meats are charbroiled. Nothing is fried. You will enjoy the clean, low-fat, healthy entrees freshly prepared to order.” 753 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena (626) 710-4602, 1318 Glendale Galleria (818) 551-9192 BACK BAC K TO TO SCHOOL SCHO SCHO CHOOL OL 2015 2015 PASADENA 20 PASA PASA ASADEN DENA DEN A WEEKLY W EEK WEEK EEKLY LY

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here is an increasingly vocal debate these days between educators and parents on low-tech versus high-tech tools and resources for educating young people. With all the cutting-edge electronic gadgetry, apps and devices to help our families manage their lives better, many believe society has lost sight of the perfect simplicity of learning achieved through more tangible approaches that are part and parcel of a whole philosophy of learning; teaching through the use of flashcards, blackboard writing and counting lessons with objects such as marbles and coins in the lower-grades and oral presentations, writing, peer reviews, journaling pres pr esen enta tattion o s, collaborative collabo and newspaper-clipping for classroom discussions and colnewspaper-clip lages in upper grades. gra These have all al been tried-and-true tools for teaching students stud st uden ents ts of of many ma n ages, and they seem to exercise and strengthen areas in the developing brain st that are not engaged when students learn t via v digital imagery. The experiencedbased approach builds on the premise that ba many ma students learn best when a multitude of senses are involved. The website Noodle. s com explains PBL, or Project-Based Learning,

thusly; “Project-Based Learning is an innovative, systematic teaching method that promotes student engagement through deep investigations of complex questions. Put simply: It’s learning by doing.� PBL encourages critical thinking through active participation and eschews gadgets and electronic devices, except when used in conjunction with each other. As a parent, I share the concern of many that our electronic excesses may render us less empatheticc or less-attuned less att t un uned ed to to the feelings and emotions of others. But with textt h a shortage shor sh orta tage ge of te ext xt-books in public schools and many in disrepair srepai sr airr and and out-of-date, ou it seems only prudent to look for alternatives atives e and a nd also a ls lso o to consider the enormous toll it takes on young bodies bod d ie ies to lug a backpack full of textbooks. Educational programs that include some form of hands-on, low-tech lesson plan along with incorporating the beneficial components of modern technology invariably show positive re-sults and turn out a well-rounded student, nt, continued d on page 28 BACK TO SCHOOL 2015 PASADENA WEEKLY

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skilled at working with many mediums in school. The Whole Child Initiative (wholechildeducation.org) is a program that seeks to perfect the balance between technologybased instruction and the hands–on approach. According to their website, “The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education to fully prepare students for college, career and citizenship. Research, practice, and common sense confi rm that a whole child approach to education will develop and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow by addressing students’ comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities.” In order for our children to keep up with a changing workforce as they emerge from school, they must learn to adapt to our digital society and use these tools to their advantage. E-Readers, Smartphones, tablets and digital notebooks have enabled us to keep vast amounts of information stored that the human brain simply isn’t capable of absorbing and processing. And, as tools for learning, these items are not only recommended but often required in some schools. But one needn’t swing from one extreme to another. There is a balance that is not only achievable but often preferable to the sole implementation of a particular doctrine. Several key benefits to E-Readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle series, and the Nook brand by Barnes & Noble, are the ease of purchase for all types of literary needs, such as downloadable textbooks. Even a decent Smartphone can accomplish twice the tasks of the high-powered computers in use a decade ago. continued on page 30

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Many of these devices also come with parental control options and software to ensure safe-surfi ng guidelines are practiced. With tablets, notebooks and laptops teachers can offer assistance handily via email for students struggling with assignments, and tutoring websites such as Khan Academy offer fi rst-rate assistance for all levels of math proficiency. Recently, the Google Docs platform has emerged as a popular choice for document-sharing and editing by multiple users, making it a perfect choice for class or group projects. Savvy and creative teachers have learned that lesson plans can include elements of both low- and high-tech learning, such as the global classroom Skype exchange, in which students learn about other cultures through the use of the Internet, but on a more personal level, and while guided by a trained, observant adult. According to Noodle.com, “While this incorporates technology (one Internet-connected computer), a project like this prioritizes group participation over isolated learning.” Guest and student speakers can also have a beneficial impact in the classroom. Presenters may choose to bring digital media, slide shows or other electronic aides, but the focus stays on the face-to-face communication of ideas and interests. With the right lesson plan and a creative classroom approach, a skilled educator can bridge the gap between analog and digital learning with flair and imagination to create a successful, well-prepared student and a memorable school. ■ 30

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