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‘COMMON’ UNDERSTANDING Newly implemented educational standards prepare students for college and careers


PUBLIC V. PRIVATE Ask hard questions when deciding on children attending public or private schools


SKIES WITH NO LIMITS Caltech grads create ‘knowledge trees’ with new instructional app


CREATING PEACE The first interfaith high school teaches children about their religion in the context of other faiths


THREE ACES Degrees and training in graphic arts and design are available at the region’s top schools

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SELECTED PRIVATE SCHOOL DIRECTORY DIFFERENT ROADS Other paths to career success for students not cut out for college


HELP ON THE WAY Programs to train and retrain those out of work

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The way students are learning has shifted this year with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across the country are trying out project-based learning to ensure students have the critical thinking and relevant life skills that will enable them to be successful in college or a career, as opposed to a set of discrete skills that were previously used to outline student success, according to a Pasadena Unified School District official. Although the Common Core content standards apply only to English and math, there are also literacy standards for history, science, art and physical education. California adopted the Common Core standards in August 2010, joining 44 other states. Since then, PUSD has been transitioning out of the use of the 1997 standards to meet the expectations that are set out in these new standards. Helen Hill, coordinator for professional development for PUSD, said the changes are subtle but important. “We’re kind of lucky in California because the content of our standards for English, language arts and math don’t vary significantly from what we’ve previously been accustomed to,” said Hill. “What does change, though, is the expectations and increasing the rigor because these Common Core standards are matched to college and career-ready anchor standards.” Meeting these new standards is not tied to state or federal funding, but Hill said PUSD is excited about them regardless, because they believe this is the next level that students should be pushed to achieve. PUSD’s Web site states, “New tests used with the new standards starting in 2014-2015 will de-emphasize penciling in bubbles on multiple choice tests. Instead, essays and math word problems will assess knowledge, comprehension of academic subjects and problem-solving and writing skills.” Hill said the district won’t necessarily move away from standardized tests. There will still be common assessments that students will be benchmarked to. Those next generation assessments will be authored in California by the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium, so there will still be a standardized exam. However,

they’ll differ in terms of what students will see. “Our previous standardized tests were entirely multiple-choice with one correct answer,” said Hill. “What we’re going to see on the next generation assessments is constructed response and performance tests, which are types of questions students have not had a lot of exposure in but they’re the types of questions that permit us to see if students are actually making meaning of their learning and transferring their learning, as opposed to just recitation of acquired information.” PUSD has been following a 5-year transition plan since the adoption of the Common Core standards in August 2010, so by the time the next generation assessments are administered they will be ready. However, this is the first school year they’ve had a full-scale pilot of Common Core units district-wide, so Hill said it’s still too early to tell precisely what’s making the difference in student learning because there are so many variables at play. She said that teachers and students are still getting accustomed to what the content and expectations are, adding that she believes the standards are achievable. “This is the first year of the pilot, so we have to give time for teachers to learn as well,” said Hill. “There’s a learning curve for them as well, and we’re doing a lot of professional development this year so that teachers can have content readiness as well as pedagogical readiness. Depending on the level of implementation, be it teacher skills, be it student readiness, what the Common Core standards really allow for is a variety of access points, meaning that there’s a lot of inherent differentiations that can occur with the Common Core standards. “Additionally,” she said, “PUSD has chosen project-based learning as a preferred instructional method. Project-based learning really speaks to student voice and choice, therefore being able to meet the needs of multiple learners on multiple levels at the same time,” Hill said. “I believe that what we’re going to see in a few years is that the Common Core standards are highly achievable by many students, especially ones who we’ve historically thought could not.” ■ EDUCATION GUIDE 2014 PASADENA WEEKLY




Public v. Private ASK HARD QUESTIONS WHEN DECIDING ON CHILDREN ATTENDING PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS BY SHEILA MENDES-COLEMAN The battle over private and public schools continues, with supporters of public education saying their private counterparts offer an elitist form of instruction that leaves students ill-prepared for the cultural and social diversity of the real world, while others insist private schools are the superior choice with their smaller classes, increased parental involvement and better-behaved students. Recent research that allows for background factors not previously considered in past studies dispels the notion that a private education is always the preferred route, with data showing many public schools surpassing private schools in terms of academic achievement. However, research aside, the obvious socio-economic differences between private and public school students cannot be ignored. Private school students tend to associate with other, likely college-bound students, and they tend to have wealthier, more educated parents who associate with other educated parents who not only possess the finances but also the resources and knowledge of the system to work effectively within in it as an advocate for their child. In short, those parents have more money, tend to know how to facilitate their child’s educational needs and have higher expectations of their child and their school. But all is not perfect with private schools. Critics point to lower standards in some instances with regard to accreditation and teacher certification. They claim private school teachers aren’t as accountable to state-mandated standards as in public learning institutions. There is also a lack of transparency at times, since private school administrators aren’t necessarily bound by state law when it comes to certain regulations. Despite this independence, these schools must still answer to paying parents and their demands for a greater level of “customer service,” forcing some administrators to walk a fine line between what’s best for the student and what’s best for the school. Additionally, while it can be very difficult to expel a disruptive student from public school, since education is considered a “right,” private schools treat expulsion as a useful and often necessary tool with which to combat poor behavior. There are nearly 100 religious and non-secular private schools in the Greater Pasadena area, and they are certainly not for everyone, with some tuitions topping out at $30,000 a year. According to Shadette Lockett-Loper, a public school teacher, the biggest challenges facing public education are the battles with school administration and overworked, absentee or inexpe-

rienced parents unable to meet their child’s scholastic needs. A mother of two small boys who’s been with the Los Angeles Unified School District for almost 17 years, Lockett-Loper says she often feels stifled and thwarted by the politics and tension between the teachers and her school’s administrators. But she says the more years and emotional energy she invests in her teaching career, the more difficult it becomes to gain distance from it. “I used to having summers off, getting home around 3:30 each afternoon and having regular school vacations off so I could be with my family. After almost 17 years, it’s hard to give that up,” she said. According to Lockett-Loper, “Teaching became a frustrating experience when the focus turned away from parental involvement, parental and student accountability and the district placed an overemphasis on test scores.” When deciding which school your child should attend, make a checklist of questions and keep them handy to expedite interviews with the teaching staff and administrators. Many public schools have tutoring or teachers available for consultation after school, so be sure your private school has programs in place that offer assistance. To find out information about a school’s accreditation, visit the National Council for Private School Accreditation Web site ( For the public school student, be sure to ask about the studentteacher ratio, administrative turnover and statistics on school violence. Find out about the local PTA. Is it active in your prospective school? Is there a healthy relationship between parents, teachers and the school administration? Is there racial tension between groups of students in the school or general tension between the teaching staff and administrators? If so, how are these issues being addressed? What is the school’s ranking academically, and do they offer specialized classes if your child is in need of them? The GreatSchools ( Web site is another invaluable resource for checking the ranking of private and public schools. For parents and students alike, the road to college is fraught with challenges, hassles and hindrances, but whether choosing a public school education or a private institution, a good working general knowledge of your school district, a few resources and an assertive attitude will aid every parent in finding the best educational fit for their child. ■ EDUCATION GUIDE 2014 PASADENA WEEKLY




SKIES with no limits CALTECH GRADS CREATE ‘KNOWLEDGE TREES’ WITH NEW INSTRUCTIONAL APP BY REBECCA KUZINS Imagine an iPad application that would enable students to view their teachers’ lectures on an online bulletin board and to post related questions, comments, photos, Web links, videos and other materials, which could be viewed by both students and teachers. This app is already a reality at Caltech and Pasadena City College (PCC), where some students and teachers are using the Su-Kam Intelligent Education Systems app, or SKIES. SKIES was created by two Caltech alumni, Julius Su and Victor Kam, to provide more interactive instruction that would hold students’ attention by allowing them to participate in the learning process. The app creates what Su calls “knowledge trees.” A teacher makes a “tree” by posting a lecture created as PowerPoint slides on the electronic bulletin board; during the lecture, students can add questions and related data to the board, which become the tree’s branches. The teacher or the students can answer the posted questions either during the lecture or later. Both teachers and students can build additional branches at any time by adding related data to the board. “The big picture here is to create a way in which you can choose what you learn,” said Caltech Professor Bruce Hay, who uses SKIES in his introductory genetics class. “You find a starting place . . . and then you draw a path between what you know and what you want to know and then look at the links that get you there. . . . This provides a way of getting to any one topic and seeing what’s related to that, what questions come up along the way. It’s a way of diving more deeply into any particular course than, say, you would get with a Wikipedia article.” In addition to Hay, other Caltech professors have incorporated SKIES into three chemistry courses and a class on machine learning. At PCC, James Maloney, another Caltech grad, uses the app in his two classes on mathematics for business management. Maloney and Su have also used SKIES in their work on behalf of the Community Science Academy, a Caltech-based organization that promotes scientific research and education. Last summer, the academy sponsored a program for Muir High School students who grow fruits and vegetables in the school’s garden. Their teachers asked the academy to provide core science instruction relevant to the students’ gardening. Su recalls how the students were easily bored when they

initially listened to a five-minute lecture. But their interest piqued when they were asked to create questions based on the lecture. “The students could answer the questions,” said Su. “They could look things up on the Internet. . . . The students were teaching the teachers; they helped other students answer the questions.” Microscopic lenses and 3-D printers were later connected to the iPads, and students used the lenses to take photos, which were posted on the bulletin board and viewed by other students and teachers. “In the old days, you’d take a photo, post it in a lab report, and the teacher could see it later,” Su said. But now, he added, teachers and students can “instantaneously” view photos posted on the electronic bulletin board. Maloney said SKIES gives science students the chance to find their own way of solving a problem or attaining a result from an experiment instead of merely reproducing another scientist’s work. “A lot of students say, ‘In the science labs we do canned experiments where I know I’m supposed to get a certain result. If I don’t get that result, I feel I’ve failed.’ Science programs are missing the real nature of science. OK, so you fail, but you don’t have to reproduce things — that’s the challenging part.” The app also allows teachers to design lessons that are more interactive than merely assigning students to read a textbook: “Teachers don’t just want to be consumers of content, the recipients of things designed thousands of miles away,” said Su. “They want to be involved in making their own courses and sharing results.” However, proponents of SKIES note the app can only be effective if a college or school has rapid Wi-Fi connectivity, a problem for institutions like Caltech, which were built long before the advent of the Internet. “The costs of this are not the iPads,” said Su. “The costs are upgrading the infrastructure, upgrading networks, getting faster connections, wiring, telecommunications — that’s a big cost.” Although there is not yet conclusive data to prove that SKIES helps students learn, Hay said students in his genetics class who used the app improved their grades. “The class was pretty much the same lecture-wise in terms of the basic material before and after SKIES, but literally the grades went up a full grade point,” he said. “It became almost embarrassing how good the grades were compared to before.” ■ EDUCATION GUIDE 2014 PASADENA WEEKLY




‘Creating peace’ THE FIRST INTERFAITH HIGH SCHOOL TEACHES CHILDREN ABOUT THEIR RELIGION IN THE CONTEXT OF OTHER FAITHS BY JUSTIN CHAPMAN Can’t we all just get along? Randy Christopher and Kimberly Medendorp are putting that sentiment to the test with the nation’s first interfaith high school right here in Pasadena, and the results have been transformational. Now in its fifth year, the Peace and Justice Academy that they founded brings kids of all faiths together to learn not only about their religion, but all the others as well. Medendorp said this may be the first interfaith high school in the world, as they haven’t been able to find another one quite like it. “There are schools that are tolerant of religion, that have students from a variety of faiths, but ours is specifically designed for kids to continue to explore their own faith in the context of other faiths,” she said. “We want people to be tolerant, but that’s just a place to start. To celebrate each other’s differences is where you want to get. Tolerance should be the starting point, not the ending point.”

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Students at the Peace and Justice Academy

Prior to founding the Peace and Justice Academy, Medendorp was a teacher and Christopher worked for an organization that owned and operated special education boarding schools around the country. Around the time the recession hit, Christopher began contemplating what he wanted to do next in case he got laid off. He decided to open a new school with a model similar to performing arts high schools, but instead of teaching kids to act and sing and draw, it would be a place where kids go when they want to learn how to become activists. “When we look at Pasadena, there’s a Jewish K-8 school and a Muslim K-8 school, but there’s no high school for those communities,” said Medendorp, who along with Christopher identifies as Mennonite. “So much of the world’s conflict is strife because of religion, and our contention is that the world’s religions need to

band together and start creating the world’s peace, not just being the cause of conflict.” The Peace and Justice Academy, according to its literature, meets in “the intersection of all the world’s great religions, in the common ethic of love, compassion, justice and peace.” The school operates on a cohort model, and Medendorp said it’s an intentionally small school. Currently they have 25 students. They’re hoping to expand to a maximum of 80 students, but no more than that in order to maintain a sense of community. Ideally, they would have five Muslim kids, five Jewish kids and five Christian kids in their freshman class next year, she said. All 15 students would take the same academic classes together. “Then, during their faith development class, there will be some classes where they’re individually with their own Christian, Muslim or Jewish instructor,” said Christopher. “For example, for three weeks a month they’d be in their own class and one week all the students would be together and discuss the topics they’ve discussed in their own class in a collaborative model. When the Christians learn about Jewish traditions, they’ll learn from a rabbi or a Jewish instructor. They’re not going to learn from their Christian instructor telling them about someone else’s religion.” Once a month they bring the students on a unique field trip called a Peace and Justice Lab. They go out into the community and explore issues of social justice in the world. During one lab, students were given the scenario of being homeless and had to figure out on their own what to do and where to go. “That’s where these discussions from our faith traditions get put in context,” said Medendorp, “where the rubber meets the road. The kids go out and learn about homelessness and say, ‘What does my faith tradition compel me to do about this? What do I know about it? How do I respond to this? How do we respond to this together?’” Other labs have included a trip to San Diego to learn about immigration, a drive from Rodeo Drive to Skid Row to see the economic disparity in our own backyard, a visit to Manzanar to learn about the Japanese internment camps and many others. “Our trips deal with questions like, ‘Where does your food come from? Where does your water come from? Where does your trash go?’ The field trips we go on are not typical,” said Christopher. “There’s no substitute for experiential learning. What is not so much of a secret is that all these faith traditions mandate that we do the same thing, which is to help the poor and to serve others. We have this common ethic. Where do all the great religions of the world come together? Around the common ethic of peace and justice. All the religions could send their kids here and we could learn to live in peace together and serve the world.” ■ For more information about the Peace and Justice Academy, visit EDUCATION GUIDE 2014 PASADENA WEEKLY




Three Aces DEGREES AND TRAINING IN GRAPHIC ARTS AND DESIGN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE REGION’S TOP SCHOOLS BY REBECCA KUZINS Pasadena-area residents who want to learn more or train for careers in the fields of design and visual arts are fortunate to have three great places from which to obtain educations. Art Center College of Design and Concept Design Academy in Pasadena and Platt College in Alhambra are three very different institutions that aim to educate different types of students. The area’s oldest, largest, and most-respected art school, Art Center is a private college granting both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since 2009, the college has experienced record enrollment at both levels and in the fall of 2013 had a total enrollment of 1,768 undergraduates and 218 graduate students. Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interaction design, photography and imaging, product design and transportation design. Master’s degrees are offered in art, film, environmental design, industrial design, media design practices and transportation design. In addition to these degree programs, the college’s Public Programs Division provides ongoing art education for the general public. “Among our top-ranked art and design school peers, Art Center stands out for providing students with a strong professional practice component as a result of long-term industry partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, Toyota, and Herman Miller,” explained Provost Fred Fehlau. The transportation design program offers a good example of the college’s ties to corporations. Some of the school’s graduates have designed such iconic automobiles as the Corvette Stingray, Mazda Miata, Volkswagen Beetle and the electric Tesla Model S. Fehlau said Art Center is also unique because, “There’s an intangible, hands-on element to learning here that happens through making. We attract a very serious student who is willing to do the

hard work demanded of our rigorous curriculum.” Founded in Los Angeles in 1930, the school moved to its Hillside Campus on Lida Street in Pasadena in 1976. Ten years ago, the first portion of the South Campus opened at 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; the second portion, a reconverted post office down the street at 870 S. Raymond Ave., opened last month and contains art studios and room for exhibitions and public events. Art Center plans to build an industry design facility at the corner of Raymond and Glenarm Street, and for the first time in its history the school is planning to construct student housing. Kevin Chen, a former teacher at Art Center and a freelance concept artist, founded the Concept Design Academy in 2007 to provide instruction for students who want to enhance their art and design skills without spending the time and money needed to earn a degree. Many of the current 300 students are employed as animators, video game creators, filmmakers, and in other occupations in the entertainment design industry, while others are aspiring artists or designers. “There are a lot of professionals who want to continue their studies and keep growing,” Chen said. The academy, he said, is “a simpler, smaller school, that can change on a dime for what the entertainment industry needs. The industry changes really fast and we have the freedom to change with the industry.” Like Chen, the academy’s 25 teachers are working professionals, many of whom, Chen said, were “trained at Art Center and bring a strong foundation of skills.” They teach a variety of courses, including sketching, animal anatomy, story development for animation, digital painting, digital illustration and entertainment design, among other subjects. Courses are held on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working students and teachers. continued on page 16 EDUCATION GUIDE 2014 PASADENA WEEKLY


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Platt College is a private school training students for careers in the legal, medical and creative fields. The school has three campuses: the main one in Alhambra and branches in Ontario and Riverside. The college originally was in Eagle Rock before moving to Alhambra about 12 years ago. Platt offers two art-related degrees: an associate of arts (AA) degree in graphic design and a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in visual communication, with specialization in either Web, two- dimensional print, or and three-dimensional animation design. The three campuses have a total of 48 students in the AA program and another 23 in the BA program. Although Platt has offered graphic design and visual communication courses since 1985, Alhambra campus President Nicholas Ewell explained that last year “we did a full evaluation and update of all of our design programs to make sure that we were still current with industry needs and trends. This update included changes to both the AA- and BA-level courses, as well as the addition of more BA-level specialization options.” Platt’s courses, according to Ewell, “are aimed at both working professionals who want to expand their knowledge base and entry-level students. We have found that both types of students can benefit from our fast-paced and industry-targeted programs… Whether at the AA or BA level, all of our courses are taught by working professionals, who have worked for years in the subject area being taught.” ■ Art Center College of Design 1700 Lida St., Pasadena 870-950 Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 396-2600 Concept Design Academy 55 Waverly Drive., Suite 104, Pasadena (818) 669-4657 Platt College Alhambra 1000 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra (888) 807-5288 16




Selected Private Schools YOUR GUIDE TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE GREATER-PASADENA AREA NON-RELIGIOUS AGBU High School 2495 E. Mountain St., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 794-0363 ENROLLMENT: 156 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th THE ALMANSOR CENTER 1955 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, 91030 (323) 257-3006 ENROLLMENT: 118 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-22 yrs ALTADENA BOYS & GIRLS ACADEMY 2151 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, 91001 (626) 345-0540 ENROLLMENT: 20 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-1st ARCADIA COLLEGE PREPARATORY 145 E. Duarte Road, Arcadia, 91006 (626) 576-8868 ENROLLMENT: 50 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 6th-12th ARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL 693 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, 91106 (626) 793-3741 ENROLLMENT: 72 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K ARROYO PACIFIC ACADEMY 41 W. Santa Clara St., Arcadia, 91007 (626) 294-0661 ENROLLMENT: 150 TUITION (APPROX.): $15,000 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th CAMELLIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL 922 E. Mendocino St., Altadena, 91001 (626) 794-2244 ENROLLMENT: 26 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K CAMPBELL HALL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, 91607 (818) 980-7280 ENROLLMENT: 1,062 TUITION (APPROX.): $30,190 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-12th



CHANDLER SCHOOL 1005 Armada Drive, Pasadena, 91103 (626) 795-9314 ENROLLMENT: 450 TUITION (APPROX.): $21,630-22,525 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-8th CHILD’S WORLD SCHOOL 1540 Manley Drive, San Gabriel, 91776 ENROLLMENT: 80 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: Nursery, PK, K, CRESTVIEW PREPARATORY SCHOOL 140 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 952-0925 ENROLLMENT: 220 TUITION (APPROX.): $17,825 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-6th DELPHI ACADEMY 11341 Brainard Ave., Lake View Terrace, 91342 (818) 583-1070 ENROLLMENT: 167 TUITION (APPROX.): $13,950-16,530 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-12th EXCELSIOR SCHOOL 1539 E. Howard St., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 398-2388 ENROLLMENT: 64 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th FAIR OAKS ACADEMY 2704 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena, 91001 (626) 797-0758 ENROLLMENT: 49 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-6th FIVE ACRES THERAPEUTIC SCHOOL 760 W. Mountain View St., Altadena, 91001 (626) 798-6793 ENROLLMENT: 69 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-10th FLINTRIDGE MONTESSORI 1739 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 790-8844 ENROLLMENT: 120 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K

FLINTRIDGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4543 Crown Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 790-1178 ENROLLMENT: 500 TUITION (APPROX.): $29,995-30,095 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 7th-12th FOOTHILL PROGRESSIVE MONTESSORI 4526 Indianola Way, La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 952-0129 ENROLLMENT: 75 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th FRIENDS WESTERN 524 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 793-2727 ENROLLMENT: 20 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-6th FROSTIG SCHOOL 971 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, 91107 (626) 791-1255 ENROLLMENT: 120 TUITION (APPROX.): $28,928 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 1st-12th HARRIET TUBMAN 36 W. Montana St., Pasadena, 91103 (626) 794-5620 ENROLLMENT: 45 TUITION (APPROX.): $6,000 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-2nd HATHAWAY-SYCAMORES, NPS 2933 N. El Nido Drive, Altadena, 91001 (626) 395-7100 ENROLLMENT: 25 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-12th HIGH POINT ACADEMY 1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road, Pasadena, 91107 (626) 798-8989 ENROLLMENT: 350 TUITION (APPROX.): $12,650-14,800 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-8th HILLSIDE SCHOOL AND LEARNING CENTER 4331 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 790-3044 ENROLLMENT: 70 TUITION (APPROX.): $15,350 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 7th-12th

HILLSIDES EDUCATION CENTER 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena, 91105 (323) 255-0978 ENROLLMENT: 84 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-12th HOGG’S HOLLOW EDUCATION CENTER 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 790-1700 ENROLLMENT: 30 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K LA CAÑADA PREPARATORY SCHOOL (4-8) 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 952-8099 THE LEARNING CASTLE (K-3) (818) 952-8008 ENROLLMENT: 380 TUITION (APPROX.): $12,100-12,650 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-8th LINDSAY SCHOOL 2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, 91001 (626) 666-0066 ENROLLMENT: 33 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th LYCEE INTERNATIONAL OF LA 30 N. Marion Ave., Pasadena, 91106 (626) 793-0943 ENROLLMENT: 120 TUITION (APPROX.): $13,400-16,700 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-5th MEHER MONTESSORI SCHOOL 943 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena, 91001 (323) 724-0683 ENROLLMENT: 150 TUITION (APPROX.): $8,565 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 1 1/2 - 12 yrs OAK KNOLL KINDERHAUS MONTESSORI 1200 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 345-9929 ENROLLMENT: 81 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-9th OUR SCHOOL 1800 E. Mountain St., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 798-0911 ENROLLMENT: 68 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K —CONTINUED ON PAGE 20




Selected Private Schools CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 NON-RELIGIOUS PACIFIC OAKS CHILDREN’S SCHOOL 714 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, 91105 (626) 397-1372 ENROLLMENT: 220 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian5 PASADENA WALDORF SCHOOL 209 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, 91001 (626) 794-9564 ENROLLMENT: 265 TUITION (APPROX.): $10,790-20,925 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-10th PINEWOOD ACADEMY OF LITERACY 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 952-1900 ENROLLMENT: 16 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 5-12th POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, 91106 (626) 396-6300 ENROLLMENT: 860 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-12th RENAISSANCE ACADEMY 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 952-3055 ENROLLMENT: 145 TUITION (APPROX.): $5,340 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-12th ROSEMARY SCHOOL 36 S. Kinneloa Ave., Suite 110 Pasadena, 91107 (626) 844-3033 ENROLLMENT: 37 TUITION: N/A AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 7th-12th ST. GREGORY A. & M. HOVSEPIAN SCHOOL 2215 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 578-1343 ENROLLMENT: 210 TUITION (APPROX.): $500-625/month AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th



SAN MARINO MONTESSORI SCHOOL 444 S. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 577-8007 ENROLLMENT: 200 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th SEQUOYAH SCHOOL 535 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, 91105 (626) 795-4351 ENROLLMENT: 192 TUITION (APPROX.): $20,250 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: K-8th SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY 2800 Monterey Road, San Marino, 91108 (626) 799-5010 ENROLLMENT: 134 TUITION (APPROX.): $16,550-41,000 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 6th-12th VILLA ESPERANZA SCHOOL 2116 E. Villa St., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 449-2919 ENROLLMENT: 80 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-12th WALDEN SCHOOL 74 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 792-6166 ENROLLMENT: 210 TUITION (APPROX.): $19,323 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-6th THE WAVERLY SCHOOL 67 W. Bellevue Drive, Pasadena, 91105 (626) 792-5940 ENROLLMENT: 318 TUITION (APPROX.): $12,250-22,100 AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: PK-12th WESTRIDGE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena, 91105 (626) 795-1153 ENROLLMENT: 503 TUITION: Varies AFFILIATION: Nonsectarian GRADE LEVELS: 4th-12th

ALL SOULS CATHOLIC SCHOOL 29 S. Electric Ave., Alhambra, 91801 (626) 282-5695 ENROLLMENT: 100 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: PK-3rd ALVERNO HIGH SCHOOL 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre, 91204 (626) 355-3463 ENROLLMENT: 225 TUITION (APPROX.): $14,950 $19,500 foreign students AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th ARCADIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1900 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, 91006 (626) 574-8229 ENROLLMENT: 250 TUITION (APPROX.): $7,000-8,183 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 2660 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 793-2089 ENROLLMENT: 305 TUITION (APPROX.): $4,529-6,967 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th THE BARNHART SCHOOL 240 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia, 91007 (626) 446-5588 ENROLLMENT: 220 TUITION (APPROX.): $11,294-12,745 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: K-8th BETHANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 93 N. Baldwin Ave., #B, Sierra Madre, 91204 (626) 355-3527 ENROLLMENT: 220 TUITION (APPROX.): $4,775-7,715 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th B’NAI SIMCHA JEWISH COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL 550 S. 2nd Ave., Arcadia, 91006 (626) 445-4805 ENROLLMENT: 55 TUITION (APPROX.): $310-630/month AFFILIATION: Jewish GRADE LEVELS: 2 yrs-PK CLAIRBOURN SCHOOL 8400 Huntington Drive, San Gabriel, 91775 (626) 286-3108 ENROLLMENT: 350 TUITION (APPROX.): $12,375-20,150 AFFILIATION: Christian Science GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th EMMAUS LUTHERAN SCHOOL & PRESCHOOL 840 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, 91801 (626) 289-3664 ENROLLMENT: 140 TUITION (APPROX.): $5,621-5,855 AFFILIATION: LCMS GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL 101 S. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra, 91801 (626) 282-9936 ENROLLMENT: 60 TUITION (APPROX.): $14,000 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART ACADEMY 440 Saint Katherine Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (626) 685-8300 ENROLLMENT: 410 TUITION (APPROX.): $21,250-46,750 (boarding) AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th THE GOODEN SCHOOL 192 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 91204 (626) 355-2410 ENROLLMENT: 170 TUITION (APPROX.): $13,050-14,150 AFFILIATION: Episcopal GRADE LEVELS: K-8th GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL 6338 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park 90042 (323) 255-2786 ENROLLMENT: 80 TUITION (APPROX.): $400/month AFFILIATION: Lutheran GRADE LEVELS: PK-6th HARAMBEE PREPARATORY 1609 N. Navarro Ave., Pasadena, 91103 (626) 798-7431 ENROLLMENT: 35 TUITION (APPROX.): $7,000 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-5th HOLY ANGELS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 360 Campus Drive, Arcadia, 91007 (626) 447-6312 ENROLLMENT: 302 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th HOLY FAMILY 1301 Rollin St., South Pasadena, 91030 (626) 799-4352 ENROLLMENT: 316 TUITION (APPROX.): $5,975 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th JOY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL 425 Sierra Madre Villa Ave., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 795-4608 ENROLLMENT: 40 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Protestant GRADE LEVELS: 2 yrs-K

.JUDSON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 1610 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 398-2476 ENROLLMENT: 165 TUITION (APPROX.): $345-740/month AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: K-10th LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, 91107 (626) 351-8951 ENROLLMENT: 710 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th LAKE AVENUE CHURCH SCHOOL 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101 (626) 844-4755 ENROLLMENT: 166 TUITION (APPROX.): $298-850/month AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K MARANATHA HIGH SCHOOL 169 S. Saint John Ave., Pasadena, 91105 (626) 817-4000 ENROLLMENT: 656 TUITION (APPROX.): $17,085 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th MAYFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL OF THE HOLY CHILD JESUS 405 S. Euclid St., Pasadena, 91101 (626) 796-2774 ENROLLMENT: 515 TUITION (APPROX.): $18,754 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th MAYFIELD SENIOR SCHOOL 500 Bellefontaine St., Pasadena, 91105 (626) 799-9121 ENROLLMENT: 300 TUITION (APPROX.): $22,500 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th NEW HORIZON SCHOOL 651 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 91103 (626) 795-5186 ENROLLMENT: 200 TUITION (APPROX.): $5,845-11,219 AFFILIATION: Islamic GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th PASADENA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1515 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 91104 (626) 791-1214 ENROLLMENT: 450 TUITION (APPROX.): $508/mo-13,620 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th

PASADENA MONTESSORI SCHOOL 280 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 91101 (626) 792-0115 ENROLLMENT: 45 TUITION (APPROX.): $3,750-5,950 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-K THE PEACE & JUSTICE ACADEMY 1041 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, 91107 (626) 345-0504 ENROLLMENT: 20 TUITION (APPROX.): $14,000-16,000 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: 6th-12th PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL 511 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, 91505 (818) 846-8141 ENROLLMENT: 411 TUITION (APPROX.): $14,650-15,147 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th RAMONA CONVENT SECONDARY SCHOOL 1701 W. Ramona Road, Alhambra, 91803 (626) 282-4151 ENROLLMENT: 271 TUITION (APPROX.): $12,300 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 7th-12th SAHAG.MESROB ARMENIAN CHRISTIAN 2501 Maiden Lane, Altadena, 91001 (626) 798-5020 ENROLLMENT: 195 TUITION (APPROX.): $550-595/month AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: Nursery-8th ST. ANDREW SCHOOL 42 Chestnut St., Pasadena, 91103 (626) 796-7697 ENROLLMENT: 209 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th ST. ANTHONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1905 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, 91776 (626) 280-7255 ENROLLMENT: 190 TUITION (APPROX.): $390-425/month AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th ST. BEDE THE VENERABLE SCHOOL 4524 Crown Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 790-7884 ENROLLMENT: 270 TUITION (APPROX.): $4,550-6,000 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th

ST. EDMUNDS NURSERY SCHOOL 1175 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Marino, 91108 (626) 792-7742 ENROLLMENT: 106 TUITION (APPROX.): $330-697/month AFFILIATION: Episcopal GRADE LEVELS: 3 yrs-PK ST. ELIZABETH PARISH SCHOOL 1840 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, 91001 (626) 797-7727 ENROLLMENT: 250 TUITION (APPROX.): $16,699 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th ST. FELICITAS AND PERPETUA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2955 Huntington Drive, San Marino, 91108 (626) 796-8223 ENROLLMENT: 277 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 (818) 790-0325 ENROLLMENT: 650 TUITION (APPROX.): $13,300 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th ST. JAMES PARISH DAY 1325 Monterey Road, South Pasadena, 91030 (626) 799-6906 ENROLLMENT: 131 TUITION (APPROX.): $3,300-7,800 AFFILIATION: Episcopal GRADE LEVELS: Nursery-K ST. MARK’S SCHOOL 1050 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena, 91001 (626) 798-8858 ENROLLMENT: 331 TUITION (APPROX.): $4,525-15,390 AFFILIATION: Episcopal GRADE LEVELS: PK-6th ST. MONICA ACADEMY 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 91103 (626) 229-0351 ENROLLMENT: 222 TUITION (APPROX.): $2,825-10,230 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 1st-12th ST. PHILIP SCHOOL 1363 Cordova St., Pasadena, 91106 (626) 795-9691 ENROLLMENT: 542 TUITION (APPROX.): $5,330-9,580 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th

ST. RITA ELEMENTARY 322 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 91204 (626) 355-6114 ENROLLMENT: 282 TUITION (APPROX.): $5,100 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th SAN GABRIEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 117 N. Pine St., San Gabriel, 91775 (626) 287-0486 ENROLLMENT: 403 TUITION (APPROX.): $7.557-8,292 AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: PK-8th SAN GABRIEL MISSION ELEMENTARY 416 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, 91776 (626) 281-2454 ENROLLMENT: 220 TUITION (APPROX.): $4,370 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: K-8th SAN GABRIEL MISSION HIGH SCHOOL 254 S. Santa Anita St., San Gabriel, 91776 (626) 282-3181 ENROLLMENT: 260 TUITION (APPROX.): $7,250-8,350 AFFILIATION: Catholic GRADE LEVELS: 9th-12th SAN GABRIEL SDA ACADEMY 8827 E. Broadway St., San Gabriel, 91776 (626) 292-1156 ENROLLMENT: 253 TUITION (APPROX.): $4,020-13,330 AFFILIATION: Seventh Day Adventist GRADE LEVELS: K-12th WEIZMANN DAY SCHOOL 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, 91107 (626) 797-0204 ENROLLMENT: 73 TUITION (APPROX.): $13,405-16,905 AFFILIATION: Jewish GRADE LEVELS: K-7th WESTMINSTER ACADEMY 1206 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, 91103 (626) 398-7576 ENROLLMENT: 104 TUITION (APPROX.): Varies AFFILIATION: Christian GRADE LEVELS: K-8th




DIRECTORY OF EDUCATORS AND SERVICES A NOISE WITHIN A NOISE WITHIN, California’s Home for the Classics, hosts two summer camps. Both camps are taught in a conservatory style program including improvisation, scene study, stage combat and more, led by classically-trained professionals. Summer with Shakespeare (June 23rd –July 12th) is geared towards ages 10 -18. All the World’s a Stage (July 21st-July 25th) is for kids ages 6-9. Youth classes are available throughout the year, contact the education department for information. (626) 356-3104 • ADVANCED EDUCATION ACADEMY Advanced Education Academy is a small private school in La Canada, CA, which specializes in student, paced learning. Each student does not move forward until full understanding of the materials is achieved. Our student teacher ratio is low, giving each student the individualized help needed to progress swiftly on their personal program. Your child may come for a free visiting day. Come and see if this environment would be a good fit for you and your family. 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 • (818) 952-1900 • ALL SOULS DUAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL All Souls is the first Catholic elementary school in California to offer a dual language immersion program. With two tracks to pick from (Spanish/English or Mandarin/English), we offer a rigorous curriculum in a nurturing environment. Our credentialed teachers focus on the education of the whole child with the goal of leading students to become fully bilingual and biliterate individuals who are ready for the challenges of the 21st century. ALTADENA STABLES Altadena Stables is a full-service facility and offers a safe and friendly environment for your riding enjoyment. Boarded horses are attended to 24/7 by experienced caretakers who live on the property. The location is next to the Arroyo Seco and its beautiful forest trails.

Instruction is provided on reliable stable horses by skilled professionals and trainers, who offer lessons, camps, clinics and groups for riders of all ages and skill levels • (626) 797-2012 ALVERNO HIGH SCHOOL Alverno High School provides girls with a full college preparatory curriculum in a distinctly beautiful environment. The Summer Academic Conservatory for Middle School Girls welcomes 6th-8th grade girls to enjoy a summer developing their leadership potential, building healthy relationships, and learning through classes including math, English, HSPT/ISEE test prep, culinary arts, performing arts, and more! Both full and half day options are available to help empower your daughter to become exactly the person she wants to be. 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre 91024 • (626) 355-3463 • 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 K – 8 Catholic school rooted in the message and mission of a faith based education. High expectations, coupled with skilled, differentiated instruction provided by our stellar teachers results in confident, yet compassionate students 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:, or call (626) 793-2089. Come be part of a vibrant, innovative learning community. BETHANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Since 1976, Bethany Christian School has partnered with parents to educate, develop, and nurture students in preschool through 8th grade for a life of Christ-centered excellence as engaged learners, servant-leaders, and growing Christians. Rigorous academic program and low student teacher ratios. Art, Music, Drama, Spanish. WASC and ACSI Accredited. —CONTINUED ON PAGE 24






To find out more about Bethany Christian School or schedule a campus tour contact Jim Lugenbuehl, Principal or Melody Heal, Academic Dean at (626) 355-3527 •

Christ in our world through any vocation. 135 N. Oakland Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 584-5200

CAMP SHI’INI Camp Shi’ini - Established in 1947, Camp Shi’ini is a 5-week Native American Indian themed day-camp in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco. Camp Shi’ini offers door-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs in brand new vans to campers who live in the greater Pasadena area. Activities include: archery, canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, totem pole painting, hiking, bear hunting, beach trips, and an amazing month-long treasure hunt adventure! Camp Shi’ini is extremely proud of its stellar 6:1 camper-to-counselor-ratio! 1768 East Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104 • (626) 922-0945 •

HALSTROM ACADEMY 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. 5 N. Lake Ave., Ste. 250, Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 500-0056 •

CHILD EDUCATIONAL CENTER The Child Educational Center (CEC) offers innovative and nurturing education and care in child-centered environments at seven sites in Pasadena and La Canada. Their programs, for children 6 weeks - grade 6, provide outdoor learning, excellent ratios, and highly qualified teachers. After-School Programs offer a variety of enriching activities with homework support and plenty of physical activity. Summer programs feature flexible, exciting camps such as Descanso Discoveries, Horse Camp, and an Exploration series. • (818) 354-3418

HIGH POINT ACADEMY Since 1965, High Point Academy has offered a whole-child approach to education with emphasis placed on core subjects as well as technology, art history, instrumental and choral music, daily PE, foreign language, green living and community service. HPA is coeducational and serves students in grades kindergarten through eight. We invite you to learn more about us at and would love to have you join us for a tour!

CLAIRBOURN SCHOOL Founded in 1926, Clairbourn is an independent school offering a full-spectrum curriculum for preschool grades up through grade eight. Our 8-acre campus is spacious, and classrooms are equipped with the latest educational technology and materials to ensure an excellent academic program. Clairbourn is fully accredited by CAIS and WASC. To learn more about Clairbourn’s educational offerings, visit or call (626) 286-3108 for an admissions tour. CLUB Z! TUTORING NEED A TUTOR? One-on-One, In-Home Tutoring with Club Z! Join the Club that gets Results! From Pre-K to Pre-Med and Everything in Between! • One-on-One, in-home tutoring • ALL subjects, Pre-K through Adult • Math • Music Science • Reading • Writing • Study/Organization Skills • No long-term contracts • Students increase 250+ points on SAT & 4+ points on ACT • Our average student improves 2+ letter grades in just 60 days! • Affordable Rates • background checks • Qualified tutors (626)- 686-4327 email: or visit COLUMBIA COLLEGE HOLLYWOOD Established in 1952, Columbia College Hollywood is an accredited college offering Bachelor and Associate of Fine Arts degrees in Cinema and Television. Students obtain hands-on training in the areas of Directing, Writing, Cinematography, Producing, and Editing and Visual Effects. Alumni have worked in all areas of the entertainment industry - on hit television shows such as CSI, NCIS Los Angeles and The Voice and on blockbuster films such as Avatar, Spiderman and The Hunger Games. 18618 Oxnard Street Tarzana Ca 91356 (800) 785-0585 COOL KIDS GROOVE Cool Kids Groove offers age-appropriate, private musical instrument lessons specifically designed for young children ages 4-12. Our safety-certified instructors come to your home for lessons, available all throughout Pasadena and surrounding areas. We implement songs, games and activities to give each student a rich background in music while learning their instrument, with as much focus on fun as on technique and training. Lessons on Piano, Guitar, Voice, and more. Call (424) 625-8503 or visit DRUCKER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT The Drucker School of Management in Claremont offers a world-class graduate management education through our MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, Financial Engineering, Art Business, and Arts Management degree programs. Our programs infuse Peter Drucker’s principle of management as a liberal art along with our core strengths in strategy and leadership. We offer individualized, flexible course scheduling, an innovative curriculum focusing on values-based management, and the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty. To learn more, visit us at FLINTRIDGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL Spend Your Summer at Flintridge Prep. Flintridge Preparatory School’s summer program offers a variety of courses for academic credit, as well as electives, sports and activities. You can try everything from trigonometry to theater or video production. Classes are taught by Prep faculty in the engaging and rigorous learning environment that characterizes a Prep education. Courses run a variety of lengths from June 16 through July 24. For more, visit FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Fuller Theological Seminary offers master’s and doctoral-level education in theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. Fuller is an innovative multidenominational seminary committed to the highest standards in academic excellence, thoughtful evangelicalism, missional and community diversity, creative engagement with church and culture, and Christian spiritual formation. We exist for all who care about deepening the presence of 24


INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT IEA is an independent, national non-profit dedicated to supporting our nation's most talented young people in pursuing their full academic and personal potential. IEA matches gifted children with customized programs and services promoting academic rigor, high standards, excellence in the arts and educational innovation. These initiatives foster intellectual curiosity, the acquisition of knowledge, confidence, creativity, responsibility and moral decisiveness. IEA programs include: Apprenticeship, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, Academy and Yunasa Summer Camps for the Gifted. Visit for more information on these and other programs and services JUSTINE SHERMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC. Justine Sherman & Associates is a nonpublic agency serving the speech-language, orofacial myology, and educational needs of young toddlers through adults. We strive to provide our clients with exceptional therapy and support so that they may achieve their greatest potential. Call (626) 355-1729 or visit KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM In 1979 Kidspace Children’s Museum was established as a hands-on, participatory children's museum, dedicated to enriching the lives of children. 35 years later, Kidspace has grown to be an industry leader in the field of informal, free-choice education and continues to seek out new ways to bring children and families together to learn and play. Kidspace Spring Camp is the perfect way to engage and inspire your child during spring break." 480 N Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, 91103 (626) 449-9144 • LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ACADEMY & SPORTS CAMP La Salle High School is dedicated to excellent student performance in academics, arts & athletics. La Salle Summer Academic Institute is for 5th to 12th graders. Courses provide opportunities to hone skills and to 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 • LYCEE INTERNATIONAL LYCEE INTERNATIONAL DE LOS ANGELES (LILA) Bilingualism increases mental flexibility and creativity, leading to academic excellence. Students at LILA, an international preschool-12th grade school, follow a rigorous and well-balanced bilingual French / International Baccalaureate program in a nurturing and intimate environment. Our goal is to develop confident and caring critical thinkers who will thrive in a diverse competitive world. 5 campuses: Pasadena, Los Feliz, West Valley, Orange County, Burbank (secondary). MCGROARTY ARTS CENTER McGroarty Arts Center provides access to the arts through in-depth arts instruction and experiences. Affordable or free multidisciplinary arts instruction is offered to at-risk youth, children, and families, as are performances, exhibitions, and events that engage the greater public. The Center is a venue for artists to present their work, while preserving the legacy of John Steven McGroarty and his historic home. McGroarty Arts Center offers four 8-week sessions of art classes each year. Expect over 75 different visual and performing arts classes each session for children as young as 3 years old, through adults. Classes are divided by age and skill level, ensuring that each student receives generous instruction and encouragement. For more information go to or call (818) 352-5285 ORME SCHOOL Orme School is a college preparatory boarding school for grades 8-12 and Post Graduate located on a 26,000 acre horse and cattle ranch in Central Arizona. Experience small class sizes, sports, horsemanship, sustainability, Fine Arts Festival, AP curriculum, 100% college acceptance, and outdoor adventuring. In the summer, join us for our Traditional Camp —CONTINUED ON PAGE 26




featuring archery, swimming, mountaineering, horseback riding, and evening campfires or our Intensive Horsemanship Camp with Western and English Riding. The Orme School of Arizona • • (928) 632-7601 PASADENA LANGUAGE CENTER We offer over 30 languages for adults and children. Our small group classes are perfect for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Our language programs include weekly classes, intensive classes, weekend intensive, full immersion classes, kids classes, ESL classes, or private instruction. We keep the rates affordable so that anyone can learn a new language. Pasadena Language Center, 46 Smith Alley, Suite 240, Pasadena. Call (626) 8445003 or visit PASADENA WALDORF SCHOOL Pasadena Waldorf School ignites a life-long love of learning; the arts -infused curriculum advances from play-based early childhood classes to a vigorous academic program through middle and high school. Lively lessons inspire creative thinking, and students distill concepts of knowledge through joyful learning experiences. Call the Admissions Office (626) 794-9564 to tour the school many a parent has said is “the kind of school I wish I went to.” PATTERSON EDUCATION THERAPY When your child is struggling at school, the problems may be related to how he or she learns, not the ability to learn. Tutoring can help a student complete an assignment, but it does not address your child’s approach to learning: how he or she remembers new ideas, organizes materials, or constructs a writing assignment. An educational therapist and credentialed teacher, Carolyn Patterson can assess your child’s needs and strengths for academic success. Carolyn Patterson, MA, ET/P Educational Therapist, Professional member of the Association of Educational Therapists • (626) 590-8803 PEACE & JUSTICE ACADEMY The Peace & Justice Academy is a fully-accredited, college preparatory high school unlike any other on earth…yet. In this safe space, students come together to learn without the need to separate themselves from their faith traditions or spirituality. We meet in the intersection of all of the world’s great religions, in the common ethic of love, compassion, justice, and peace. We offer life lessons in service and social justice to complement a challenging academic scope and sequence designed to get students accepted to the college or university of their choice. Peacemaking can be a full-time vocation, and we would be proud to launch the next Gandhi or King into adulthood. But doing the right thing, treating others fairly, standing against injustice, and making the world a better place – these are the core elements of all successful careers. We teach these skills. We really are doing something different here in Pasadena. Please spend some time on our website and, of course, you are always welcome to call or email us for more information. • • (626) 345-0504 PLATT COLLEGE Platt College is a design school. Platt College is a paralegal school. Platt College is a medical careers school. No matter what your career aspirations, Platt College offers the education for the career of a lifetime. Since our opening in 1985, Platt College has been dedicated to the principle that education is the foundation for personal and professional growth, and that students should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. At Platt our mission is to provide a balanced program of instruction for our students, to help them acquire the specialized knowledge and skills they need to take advantage of exciting career opportunities in many of today’s in-demand fields. We at Platt continuously update our offerings to best serve the needs of students and employers in today’s dynamic Southern California business environment. • POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL Polytechnic School summer program to start on June 16 PolySummer, Polytechnic School’s summer program, provides opportunities for students in grades K-12 to grow and develop in a setting that values creativity, the pursuit of knowledge, and the joyful, innovative exploration of core disciplines. This year’s summer program will run from June 16 through July 25, 2014, with three- and six-week courses. Courses include language immersion in Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish; robotics and experimental sciences; numerous art and technology classes; core academic classes in reading, writing, and mathematics; and a wide range of athletics, including swimming to soccer. Courses are offered to the greater Pasadena community on a first-come, firstserved basis. Course information and planning grids are available online at Online registration will open Friday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. (the link will be posted on the website at that time). Questions may be directed to (626) 396-6307 or RAMONA CONVENT As L.A.’s premier interdependent Catholic girls’ school, Ramona Convent teaches each student to think about ideas, people, the world, and herself as integral parts of a much larger whole. As we have for 123 years, Ramona kindles each girl’s intellect, college readiness, and poise through critical reading, thinking, writing, and problem solving, and accompanies each young woman on her self-internalized journey toward full development. We warmly invite you to visit and meet Ramona for yourself! 1701 W. Ramona Road, Alhambra • (626) 282-4151 • 26


RELATIVITY SCHOOL Relativity Workshops is the first and only summer program of its kind created with a major Hollywood Studio. We feature three-week cross-disciplinary programs in Acting, Commercial Dance, Musical Theatre, Film Production and Electronic Music. Designed for teens 13-17 and Adults 18+, our campuses include Downtown Los Angeles, New York City and Maui. The immersive curriculum fosters creative innovations and collaborations between students, industry Hollywood mentors and faculty. Learn more at or call (310) 622.4136. RIKO METHOD Riko Method was developed through 40 years of studying, teaching, and performing on three continents. With a hybrid of Japanese, American and French musical pedagogy, our method focuses on making music from the very first lesson, critical thinking, and creative challenges, while fostering an emotional connection to music. All of our instructors have a Masters degree in their musical field and go through an extensive training process by Riko to ensure its effectiveness. • (626) 817-6717 • SOUTH PASADENA EDUCATION FOUNDATION There are opportunities for everyone at South Pasadena Educational Foundation’s popular K12 Summer School. Take classes such as Robotics, Science, History, Languages, Writing, Sports, Arts, Theater and Math. Learn a new skill, gain credits, recover grades, advance in academics while having fun! All levels start 06/23/2014. For more information go or call (626) 441.5810 x1163 ST. MARKS SCHOOL Saint Mark’s School - is a coeducational Episcopal parish day school located in Altadena, CA enrolling 350 students from preschool through grade six. We seek families 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. • (626) 798-8858 • 1050 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena THE HAIR ANGELS When is head lice season? Always! Head lice rely on the temperature of your head, not the environment. The good news is, The Hair Angels are always here to help! The Hair Angels is a professional, lice removal service, and we’ve successfully treated thousands of people. We offer two convenient options, in-home or salon treatment. Our service is fast, affordable and guaranteed! Don't wait, say goodbye to head lice. Call The Hair Angels today! • (877) 543-8881 259 • Sierra Madre Villa Ave Pasadena 91107 THE LEARNING CASTLE/LA CAÑADA PREPARATORY Review, reinforcement and advancement are not only the primary goals of our Summer- School Program, but also the fundamental ingredients for a successful transition between grades. With small, teacher-to-student ratios, TLC/LCP’s program is the smart choice to keep your student sharp over summer. (818) 952-8008 • (818) 952-8099 • UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS Where your dreams become aspirations and your aspirations become achievements—that is the Redlands experience. Since our founding in 1907, we haven’t wavered from our promise: a transformative education in an environment of academic rigor and personal responsibility, where you can blend what you learn in the classroom with life skills that will help you affect positive change in the world. We are Redlands, where curiosity finds inspiration; where selflessness becomes service; where small classes encourage debate and debate sparks insight; where creativity and innovation open doors and change lives; and where diversity enriches us all. We are Redlands, where we care more about who you will become than who you used to be; where we take good students and turn them into great people. • YMCA OF THE FOOTHILLS Recent studies highlights that parent expectations of what skills children need for kindergarten rose dramatically in the past five years. In response, the Y strengthens its focus on academic preparation in combination with social and emotional development. Y preschool boosts early learning by focusing on the core elements which contribute to social development and individual growth. These include: large and small group time, choice and transition time, physical activity, healthy eating and personal care routines. Cresenta-Canada Family YMCA Verdugo Hills Family YMCA 1930 Foothill Boulevard 6840 Foothill Boulevard La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 Tujunga, CA 91042 (818) 790-0123 • WOODBURY Woodbury University transforms students into liberally educated professionals and socially responsible citizens by integrating transdisciplinarity, design thinking, entrepreneurship and civic engagement into all of our educational programs, which include: the School of Business; the School of Architecture; the School of Media, Culture and Design; and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies. To start reaching for your dreams, please visit, call (818) 252-5221, or e-mail Come visit the Woodbury campus soon!

Different roads

OTHER PATHS TO CAREER SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS NOT CUT OUT FOR COLLEGE BY CARL KOZLOWSKI It seems that every US president aims to make college a hallmark of a citizen’s education and a vital part of the American Dream. But what if your son or daughter doesn’t have the ability to handle college, or simply doesn’t want to go? Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives these days for students to attend trade and vocational schools and eventually acquire a good-paying blue collar job. It is estimated that there will be 10-million job openings in skilled trades, ranging from elevator repair to plumbing, by 2020, and they’ll pay far better than most entry-level office jobs for college students. The key is to overcome the stigma placed upon a hard day’s work in the nearly 70 years since World War II ended and the GI Bill enabled millions of Americans to attend college who might otherwise have had no interest in doing so. If the only types of career paths that are respected are the ones that lead to an office cubicle, the US is going to have a very hard time adjusting when the older workforce retires. Thus, now is an excellent time to encourage non-collegebound young people and those seeking to retrain for a new career to attend trade schools such as East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical College in West Covina or Los Angeles Trade Tech on the edge of downtown LA. There are dozens of career options available, the study terms are often shorter than a regular four-year college because the point is to focus on career training rather than a broader educa-

tion, and the tuition is likely easier to pay off when graduates head into higher-paying jobs than their office-bound friends. Some skilled trades also still have apprenticeships in which new employees learn on the job from a veteran skilled worker. This may sound just like the internships that many college students take on, but apprenticeships actually pay, enabling their participants to actually come out ahead of their college-attending peers. Students can also follow the time-honored path of joining the armed forces to gain job skills and life experience, while maintaining the opportunity to attend college for free later under the GI Bill. With our forces from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan exhausted after multiple tours of duty, this is also a great time to help the military find fresher, less battle-weary troops. Artistic students who have drawn attention for their abilities in acting, music, fine arts, photography or graphic arts should also consider just going for it and make the effort to break into those fields for success using the combination of job skills and life knowledge they have already Finally, don’t forget that Bill Gates never graduated from college, either, and instead launched one of the world’s biggest companies, Microsoft. While it may seem unlikely that another global sensation like that computer powerhouse could ever happen again, having an abiding passion for a particular line of work can be a sign that a person should consider opening their own business in the field and attain life success as an entrepreneur. ■ EDUCATION GUIDE 2014 PASADENA WEEKLY


Help on the way

PROGRAMS TO TRAIN AND RETRAIN THOSE OUT OF WORK BY CARL KOZLOWSKI Life is tough for plenty of Americans these days, with the nation’s economy still mired in a slow recovery from the worst recession in 70 years. Four million people nationwide are considered longterm unemployed, meaning they have been out of work for six months or longer. But if you’re feeling frustrated, help is on the way. President Obama just convinced dozens of America’s biggest companies to redouble efforts to hire the long-term unemployed. The president has also ordered government agencies and contractors to make long-termers a priority in hiring. In Pasadena, there are numerous resources available to get the training, or retraining needed to succeed in the job market. The Foothill Employment and Training Connection (FETC) One-Stop Career Center, located at 1207 E. Green St. in Pasadena, is operated jointly by the city’s Career Services Division and the state of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), designed to help residents in the cities of Arcadia, Duarte, Monrovia, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and the unincorporated community of Altadena. “This is a training resource in Pasadena, for any walk of life,” says Joumana Barrakat of the Foothill Workforce Investment Board, which runs the center and helps between 2,000 and 3,500 people each month. “We teach social media marketing and branding for individuals, plus how to do interviews and resumes. And we have case workers who work one on one with clients and job developers who work with employers to keep an eye on the Southern California hiring status so we can refer,” Barrakat said. “We have recruitments through the center and job fairs several times a year, so we’re a very busy center,” she said. Indeed, the FETC has so many programs to offer that they’ve 28


broken them down into tiers. Core Services caters to the self-directed and includes use of computers, printers, the Internet, copiers, telephones and fax machines for job search-related activities. Workshops on enhancing computer and job-search skills are also available to anyone seeking them at this level. Meanwhile, Intensive Services are available to eligible individuals who have met with a job counselor and those who have not been able to find work via Core Services. This includes working with a case manager, assessment of skills and interests, and participation in extra workshops available only to those in this program. Limited financial assistance may be available for those who need basic necessities, including child care, transportation, clothing, tools and uniforms. Beyond that, Training Services enables eligible individuals to attend approved vocational and professional trade schools, with training in an occupation that is determined to be in-demand in the local Workforce Investment Area. They can also help arrange for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds to pay up to 50 percent of the employee’s wages during a specified training period. Those seeking a boost beyond the FETC, or as a change of pace, can head to Women at Work’s center for advanced computer classes, networking sessions, employer forums and a job club that regularly notifies participants of an average of 200 available jobs in the Pasadena area. Located at 3871 E. Colorado Blvd., their phone number is (626) 796-6870, or visit “There are jobs out there and you have to strategize to know how to get one,” says Barrakat. “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach. People need to diversify their skills among different industries and occupations. This is one thing we help people with: finding industries they can transfer their skills to.” ■

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