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The Largest Back to School Section in the San Gabriel Valley


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Polytechnic: Rigorous Academics, Responsibility P

olytechnic School, a collegepreparatory school established in 1907, is dedicated to the education of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is a school founded on the principles of academic excellence, personal and communal responsibility, and service to others. As a community of learning, Poly expects all members to be engaged actively in the quest for knowledge and understanding. The school seeks students who are inquisitive and motivated to learn, faculty who are passionate about their fields of study, and staff who are devoted to supporting the educational mission of the school. A central focus of Poly is to offer a strong and rigorous academic program that is responsive to the developmental and learning needs of our students. Small

classes, which encourage deep student-faculty interaction, facilities that enhance the ability of the faculty to teach, and opportunities for faculty development are essential ingredients in the academic enterprise. Integral to the education

experience at Poly are activities beyond the classroom, including athletics, outdoor education, community outreach, and the visual and performing arts. Through these programs, students explore and develop additional skills and interests that stretch them both

physically and mentally. Teachers, coaches and administrators who understand the vital link between these activities and classroom learning, promote collaboration, leadership and respect for the world beyond the school. The foundation on which the educational mission of the school rests is the commitment to respect every member of the community. Poly values both the character of each individual and the larger sense of community in which the individual may grow and flourish. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. The school provides a welcoming environment to all students and their families. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, and embody

courtesy and compassion. A Poly education encourages students to become intellectual leaders, who are prepared to become contributing and responsible citizens in their communities. The school expects to develop in its students a joy for learning, an appreciation for the value of friendship, a lifelong relationship with the school and the commitment to be of service to others. The goal of Poly is to have graduates prepared to meet the complexities of a changing world with confidence and good character.

John Bracker

Polytechnic School Head of School: John Bracker 1030 E. California Blvd. Pasadena 91106 (626) 396-6300 polytechnic.org


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Flintridge Prep Opens School Year With Optimistic Outlook A

drive-thru Book Day is not what the Flintridge Prep faculty and administration had hoped for, but even before Gov. Newsom announced in July that private and public schools in L.A. County would not open for hybrid learning, plans were underway to make the day special with gifts and surprises for students and their parents in addition to the usual haul of textbooks. Part of the plan includes the presence of Jim Pickett, who will greet families in his first official appearance as head of school.

“The resiliency of our students is truly remarkable. I’ve heard tremendous stories of students supporting each other through the spring and summer,” he said. “I’ve seen the creativity and academic quality of the work students did in the spring and in our online summer school. The instinct to provide mutual support, the tenacity to do the difficult work — these are signs of a healthy, strong community. To say I’m excited for the year ahead is an understatement.” In his opening letter to

families, Pickett reinforced the feeling of optimism, noting that the administration has been preparing equally for three possible schooling options since the spring. “The quality of the planning the administration has done since March is remarkable,” Pickett noted. “So much care has gone into every detail, including a new school schedule that gives order to each day. The schedule will allow faculty time for collaboration, give students downtime, and integrate time for advising and opportunities for each grade to interact. “Our faculty are creative and smart, and they know how to respond to the challenges of teaching online. But most importantly, they have exceptional hearts, so they can see each student as an individual, even when distance poses obstacles,” said Pickett. “The faculty are ready to move to a hybrid model of learning as soon as officials say we can, and we’re all looking forward to a safe return to school.” In the new school year, faculty will be teaching within the recently completed Bachmann Collaboration Building, which houses an art studio, makerspace, science lab, conference spaces and classrooms for students in all grades, and emphasizes collaborative teaching and interdisciplinary learning. Pickett, who joins Prep from Castilleja in Palo Alto, where

he was head of the upper school for eight years, also praised his leadership team, including

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Sarah Cooper, assistant head for Academic Life, and Vanessa Walker-Oakes, assistant head for Student Life, for providing him with the foundation and support he needs to lead the school. “With the help of the leadership team, I am looking forward to getting to know the community and building on the success of the school,” Pickett noted.

Flintridge Prep Head of School: Jim Pickett 4543 Crown Ave. La Cañada Flintridge 91011 (818) 790-1178 flintridgeprep.org


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Mayfield Senior School: ‘Meeting the Wants of the Age’ M

ayfield Senior School, which recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of its central building, has been nurturing formidable leaders in an all-girls environment for decades. From nationwide robotics competitions to local volunteering projects, Mayfield fosters a sense of joyful discovery in every challenge. No one could have predicted the challenges of 2020, but Mayfield’s distinctive spirit is rooted in the educational approach of its founder, Cornelia Connelly, a 19th-century nun committed to “meeting the wants of the age.” Current events have required nimble approaches, but as the “wants of the age” continue to change, Mayfield’s faculty, staff and students continue to adapt and excel, embodying the school’s

motto: “Actions Not Words.” Mayfield’s standout initiatives include:  Recent investment in STEM offerings, with eight new courses, including AP chemistry, anatomy and kinesiology. Accolades in national math and robotics competitions. Multiple sections of AP

and honors classes in computer science, chemistry and physics, with stellar passage rates. The Conservatory for the Arts, which offers acclaimed programming in vocal music, creative writing, visual arts, theater, dance, instrumental music and technical theater. Pike Auditorium is undergoing a renovation to make it usable for both performance and academic purposes. An expanding Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JDEI) program, with two co-directors who oversee curricular and extracurricular offerings, including a studentled Diversity Council, school-wide programming, and help conducting JDEI professional development initiatives for faculty and staff. A record 62% of our incoming 9thgrade class identify as BIPOC. Abundant leadership opportunities for students in sports, arts, faith and academic activities. Competitive athletic teams in

volleyball, soccer, softball, basketball, cross country, golf, equestrian, badminton, swim and dive, and water polo. An energetic campus ministry program focused on Catholic social justice teaching. An expanded “service-learning” program reinvigorated the volunteer model inside the theology curriculum, engaging with the academic and transformative aspects of service. Two dedicated college counselors. The class of 2020 is bound for universities nationwide, including Boston College, Howard University, Loyola Marymount, Tulane University, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, USC and more.    Mayfield simultaneously cultivates compassion and confidence. When remote learning began, Mayfield found new ways of celebrating old traditions, and even with students and staff physically

apart, our community continues to grow stronger. Discover more at mayfieldsenior.org.

Kate Morin

Mayfield Senior School Head of School: Kate Morin 500 Bellefontaine St., Pasadena 91105 (626) 799-9121 mayfieldsenior.org

Westridge: Where Girls Are the Future W

estridge is an independent school for girls in grades 4-12 committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Immersed in an environment and community designed specifically for girls, our students are free to dive deep into learning and discover their voices. The Westridge curriculum includes strong academic, arts, athletic and human development programs enhanced by small class sizes and a personalized college counseling program. It balances challenging academics and leadership development with a priority on the human side of education, including development of sense of self and consideration of individuals’ responsibilities to others and the world.

Signature programs at Westridge include Research in Science, which places Upper School students in working laboratories, including at Caltech, the Carnegie Observatories and City of Hope; Perspectives in Literature, an interdisciplinary course and student literature conference; interdisciplinary humanities programs in grades 6-8; a comprehensive 4-12 human development program; a four-year Upper School Community Action Project; and a Global Fellow transcript distinction option. The school’s Lower School program includes art and project-based science classes, PE, vocal and instrumental music (strings) and Spanish. In January, Westridge introduced its 202025 Strategic Plan with four priorities that are

tightly integrated components of academic excellence and student well-being: • Expand programs and resources that promote student well-being and social emotional growth, • Conduct a curriculum review across all divisions of the school to inform a comprehensive program update focused on academic excellence, innovation and relevance, • Strengthen and expand our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, • Develop core leadership skills and personal agency. The full plan can be found at westridge. org/strategicplan2020 and information on the school’s current work in diversity, equity and inclusion can be found at westridge.org/ dei. Westridge was founded in 1913, and its Pasadena campus, home to 500 students, combines historic architecture and modern state-of-the art facilities, including its STEAMWork Design Studio. Each grade in the Lower School has two homeroom classes. In the middle and upper divisions, average class size is 15 students and graduating classes average 68 students.

Due to COVID-19, our traditional open house events will be translated into a multimedia online tour that can be accessed at any time. Regular Zoom-based information sessions will be held through the fall. Event information will be posted at Westridge.org/ admissions.

Elizabeth McGregor

Westridge School Head of School: Elizabeth McGregor 324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena 91105 (626) 799-1153 | westridge.org


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La Salle College Preparatory Sets the Standard L

a Salle College Preparatory is where students discover their path to excellence. Through our world-class academic courses, including 22 AP courses and 13 honors courses, or any one of our high-quality co-curriculars — award-winning visual and performing arts and media programs, honor and service societies, dozens of student clubs or championship-caliber athletic teams — we are committed to offering our students unique and valuable opportunities to learn, serve and lead. Nestled in the beautiful San Gabriel foothills, La Salle’s campus is a safe and comfortable modern college preparatory environment. Our diverse

student community — the only coeducational, private Catholic high school in Pasadena — prepares students to excel in

tomorrow’s world. Our top-tier, future-focused facilities help our students solve the problems of the tomorrow. Through the

Blakeslee Learning Commons, students are able to work collaboratively in study rooms equipped with SMART technology. The innovation and design lab enables our students to work with 3-D printers, laser cutters and GPS technology. The fitness center features top-of-the-line cardiovascular, strength and conditioning machines. As part of an $800,000 fundraising initiative for our STEAM program, we will also unveil newly redesigned science labs that will help serve the growing needs and desires of our students to experiment and discover, while the newly renovated art rooms will allow our students

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to create and explore their ideas and talents. La Salle is a private Catholic coeducational college preparatory serving grades 9-12, providing curious and capable young adults with opportunities that encourage growth, exploration, discovery and excellence. Every student to enroll with us is instantly part of a worldwide Lasallian network of millions, founded by the Christian Brothers and united by the five core principles: inclusive community, quality education, faith in the presence of God, respect for all persons, and concern for the poor and social justice.

Courtney Kassakhian

La Salle College Preparatory President: Perry Martin | Principal: Courtney Kassakhian 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena 91107 (626) 351-8951 | lasallehs.org

Maranatha: A School Where Your Student Is Known, Challenged and Transformed M

aranatha High School has a long-standing reputation of providing an excellent college preparatory education in a Christ-revering context. The student/teacher relationships at Maranatha are key to the strength of the school community, with students often noting how grateful they are for

the mentorship and assistance the staff offers on a daily basis. Maranatha’s rigorous academic program offers 39 advanced placement and honors courses and has continually proven to be exceptional in the performing and visual arts. The school’s athletic program features 40 teams in 19 sports.

The school’s Technology Integration Learning Environment Lab features a Coding/Robotics Center that utilizes PC laptops for computer science classes and applications, while the Creative/Design Center features 25 iMac workstations for graphic design and photography courses. And at the center of the new TILE

Lab is the Maker Space, featuring seven 3-D printers, a high-speed dual laser cutter, a virtual reality creation area, and a robotics competition field.

Maranatha High School invites you to schedule a visit to its 11-acre campus. Admissions Open House is Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m.

John Rouse

Maranatha High School Head of School: John Rouse 169 S. St John Ave., Pasadena 91105 (626) 817-4000 maranathahighschool.org


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Golden Opportunity to Flourish at St. Francis S

t. Francis is thrilled to welcome both new and returning Golden Knights to the 2020-21 school year. We know that this year’s return is anything but normal. Face coverings, physical distancing, limited gatherings and other current health guidelines dictated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have created a “new normal” that is quite different from what all of us have experienced in the past. So many things remain outside of our control. However, our St. Francis family is resilient, creative and adaptable. Together, we will continue to offer the high quality of education that has been our hallmark for the last 75 years. We know that our Golden Knights are up to

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the task of demonstrating excellent academic performance, reflecting on our Franciscan virtues, learning Capuchin Franciscan spirituality, and building strong character, compassion and brotherhood. Truth be told, our Golden Knights inspire

us by their tenacity, resilience and joyful hearts in the midst of these unprecedented challenges in their young lives. We know that their convictions, desire to succeed and stamina through adversity will help them to grow into great men. During this uncertain time, the health and safety of our students, families and employees remains our top priority. In compliance with state and local mandates, we recently announced our intent to open the school year online through 100% distance learning. Our faculty and staff members have planned and prepared for this method of instruction and are ready to deliver an exemplary level of education

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to the students. Simultaneously, we continue to plan and prepare for an eventual pivot to our initial reopening plan and hybrid model of learning. St. Francis’ COVID-19 Compliance Team will determine, in collaboration with state and local health department officials, when and how we can implement our hybrid model of learning to meet the unique needs and circumstances of our school community. This school year, we look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of our Capuchin Franciscan approach to education. In the fall of 1946, on the site of the former Flintridge Country Club, Capuchin Franciscan friars from Ireland set out to establish a day school and junior seminary for aspirants to the order.  These friars persevered during a difficult time in our nation’s history as they sought to “rebuild” this space into a special place of learning, faith formation and character development for young men.

St. Francis High School President: Father Tony Marti Principal: Tom Moran 200 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada Flintridge 91011 sfhs.net


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Flintridge Sacred Heart Introduces Dynamic Hybrid Learning Program A

lthough the educational landscape has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy has viewed this challenge as an opportunity to refine its current best practices and develop new teaching methods. The school’s new flexible learning program allows teachers and students to switch seamlessly from on-site to online without any disruption to the class schedule. Though the future continues to be uncertain, Flintridge Sacred Heart

is well prepared and confident to thrive in any scenario by offering a hybrid learning program for students to learn on campus, off campus, synchronously and asynchronously. Since the end of the 201920 school year, 100% of the school’s faculty has engaged in deeper learning by partnering with OneSchoolhouse to design, build and teach courses that can easily transition to and from on-site and online. In addition, the new school schedule sets aside dedicated time to support the emotional

well-being of each student. Each Wednesday, free of scheduled class time, students will be able to dive more deeply into their own spiritual and personal journeys while developing strong relationships with classmates and mentors. Whether on campus, or learning from a distance, students will be able to participate in Masses, prayer services, retreats, clubs and co-curriculars. As this upcoming school year begins once again from a distance, Flintridge Sacred Heart’s mission of educating young women for a

life of faith, integrity and truth will continue as it lives within the hearts of each talented and dedicated teacher. Regardless of uncertain circumstances, the school will continue to provide an exceptional learning experi-

ence, empowering each student to find her voice and make positive change in the world.

Sister Celeste Marie Botello and Sister Carolyn McCormack

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy President: Sister Carolyn McCormack Principal: Sister Celeste Marie Botello 440 St. Katherine Drive La Cañada Flintridge 91011 (626) 685-8500 fsha.org


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Sequoyah School: A Community of Learners S

equoyah School is a coeducational kindergartenthrough-12th-grade independent day school in Pasadena where students thrive in an inclusive, diverse community supported by a progressive approach to learning. Offering a college preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential environment, Sequoyah is a school where students are appreciated for their individuality of thought, experience and expression. Attending school in a nurturing, supportive learning environment helps students develop self-confidence and a love of learning. Kindergarten through 8th grade at Sequoyah begin with peer groupings in mixed-age classrooms that span two years. Each year, new groupings create

opportunities for second-year students to learn leadership and incoming students to experience the challenge and excitement of working with older children. This creates lasting relationships across grade levels and fosters academic and personal growth in students as they enter their junior high school years in 7th and 8th grades. At the high school, teachers challenge students to see and make connections, communicate ideas, develop meaningful relationships and become change makers who know how to inspire collaboration and lead innovation. As adolescents, Sequoyah high school students develop initiative and self-direction through college preparatory coursework that integrates outdoor education and experiential learning through two

dynamic four-year programs: Field Studies and Social Innovation Program. At Sequoyah, each child is known. The interaction between teacher and student is as important as the subject matter, reflected in a low studentteacher ratio and a developmentally appropriate program that intertwines social and emotional learning with academic progress. Teachers possess the expertise to develop curriculum and apply strategies that foster critical and creative thinking, problem solving, inquiry and application. Highlighting a place-based approach, Sequoyah utilizes the surrounding community as the context for teaching and learning. Education is regarded as the preparation for active citizenship while reinforcing the skills for continued scholarship. On field trips and camping trips at each grade level, students are immersed in local heritage, culture and landscape. An emphasis on social justice and the application of knowledge and skills to contemporary issues extends from kindergarten to high school. Sequoyah welcomes families who wish to play an active, partnering role with the school and whose children will thrive in a collaborative environment. The school is an intentionally diverse community whose classrooms

include a range of individual experience — race, ethnicity, sexual identity, family background

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and economic circumstance. A Sequoyah education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and celebrates human dignity.

Sequoyah School Head of School: Josh Brody 535 S. Pasadena Ave. Pasadena 91105 (626) 795-4351 High school campus: 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena 91103 (626) 441-2076 sequoyahschool.org


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Waldorf School Offers Experiential Learning P

asadena Waldorf School offers a rich, experiential educational curriculum from preschool-12th grade, with both in-person learning at two beautiful campuses in Altadena and online via its “Beyond the Classroom” learning program. Dedicated teachers engage students in a dynamic and challenging educational program, focusing on connecting students’ own academic, physical and emotional growth that prepares graduates to become passionate, engaged, interdisciplinary and global citizens. For the 2020-21 school year, PWS has teaching platforms to educate students online and in-person, and offers in-person programs for preschool and kindergarten (ages 3-6).

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Pasadena Waldorf School Pedagogical Administrator: Erin Semin Business Administrator: Jena Hoffman 209 E. Mariposa St., Altadena 91001 (626) 794-9564 | pasadenawaldorf.org

‘Together’ for Virtual Learning at Holy Family Catholic School O

ur dedicated faculty, staff and administration are guided by our school mission of “Educating students to achieve academic excellence while becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.” We have been preparing for a variety of scenarios and are now moving forward with our virtual learning plans. We begin our 2020-21 school year virtually learning together with our upgraded 1:1 iPad program for all of our Knights in grades TK-8, and with new laptops and Surface Pros for our teachers. Welcome to the new school year at Holy Family. Holy Family Catholic School Principal: Darcie Girmus 1301 Rollin St., South Pasadena 91030 (626) 799-4354 | school.holyfamily.org

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St. Philip the Apostle School Nurtures Students

t. Philip the Apostle School was founded in 1927 as a ministry of St. Philip the Apostle Parish. We are a TK-8 Catholic school with two classes per grade serving 570 students. We are dedicated to teaching, inspiring and nurturing children through rigorous academic training and strong faith formation. Our modern, urban campus features an advanced technology platform that supports a broad range of web-based research and instructional resources, dedicated classrooms for art, music and Spanish and a multipurposed facility that functions as a gymnasium and theater.

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St. Philip the Apostle School Principal: Jennifer Ramirez 1363 Cordova St., Pasadena 91106 (626) 795-9691 | stphiliptheapostle.org/school

Barnhart Students Are ‘Difference-Makers’

arnhart School is meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of its students even in the midst of a pandemic. Our caring teachers are student-centered and they provide high-quality educational experiences, whether we are in-person or remote. We provide continuity, routine and consistency for all students to ensure they are academically challenged and emotionally supported. Relationships matter, and we help students develop the collaboration skills that make them “difference-makers.”

Tonya Beilstein

Barnhart School Head of School: Tonya Beilstein 240 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia 91007 (626) 446-5588 Barnhartschool.org


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Alverno’s Safe, Inspiring Learning Environment A

lverno Heights Academy is an independent, progressive Catholic school celebrating its 60th anniversary. With an established college preparatory high school for young women and a newly added transitional kindergarten-8th grade elementary and middle school for girls and boys, Alverno continues to provide a safe and inspiring learning environment. Enlivened by the spirit of the Immaculate Heart Community, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program is dedicated to preparing students to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable

persons who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions. Alverno creates an environment in which students can develop the humility and humor needed to learn from their mistakes, experience the joy that

comes from behaving with a spirit of generosity, and grow in the compassion necessary to live as peacemakers in the global community. Students are encouraged to explore their passions and skills in order to create a foundation for their future. Alverno boasts a beautiful 13-acre property, which includes the historic Villa del Sol d’Oro, brand-new soccer and softball fields, state-of-the-art Learning Technology Center, classroom buildings and plenty of room for expansion. As a community, Alverno celebrates Catholic liturgies and involves students in an impressive service learning ministry. The lower school will host a robust academic program, CYO sports, campus ministry activities, its own unique student council and many other enrichment programs. The all-girls upper school hosts a college preparatory academic program, CIF sports, a distinctive student council program modeled after the U.S. government, a vibrant visual and performing arts program, exciting extracurricular activities and a one-of-a-kind STEM program that collaborates with local universities. Alverno provides a curriculum of academic excellence, encompassing multiple disciplines. Students are encouraged to use not only books but also the arts and technologies to communi-

cate information that leads to an understanding and response as part of the global community. Alverno’s students will be encouraged to rely on cooperation and tolerance as values and encourage a responsible solution of

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conflicts. The school community believes strongly in fostering healthy friendships as the basis of strong community bonding. Students develop and cultivate leadership skills that will advance them in their decision-making both at Alverno and in the world. Alverno believes in creating a sense of family for its community members and creating a lively sense of school spirit that extends beyond the campus! Go, Jaguars! Alverno Heights Academy Head of School: Julia V. Fanara Lower School Director: Joanne Harabedian 200 North Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre 91024 (626) 355-3463 alvernoheightsacademy.org


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New Normal, New Possibilities at PUSD By Brian McDonald Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District

children learning at home, I fully appreciate your sacrifice and contributions. We want to ease your load as much as we can, providing training and support for families. Free meals will also be provided for children ages 18 and younger at Grab & Go food centers. (More information is at pusd.us/ domain/2663.)

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n Monday, Aug. 17, the 2020-21 school year will begin with remote learning for thousands of students in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. New beginnings always bring new opportunities — even in a season that’s been exceptionally difficult for our district, families and communities. The next few months will require us to be flexible as we devise new solutions to new problems. We trust that our optimism and collaboration will translate into growth for our students, teachers, staff and families as we navigate the pandemic. Embracing Change, Prioritizing Safety In recent months, no aspect of our lives has remained untouched by COVID-19. That’s not changing any time soon. The pandemic will continue to challenge us. On the flipside, COVID-19 is also forcing us to innovate and imagine new ways to forge meaningful connections, transfer knowledge, address inequities and use technology. As we do so, our first priority is the safety of all those entrusted to us. We can’t have lasting progress without wellness. Our decisions should enable both. With that in mind, our planning has been guided by the expertise of

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public health officials, including the CDC and public health departments of California, Los Angeles County, the city of Pasadena, state and county officials. Introducing the PUSD Reopening Plan We’re pleased to introduce our plans for 2020–21, made possible by the hard work of our planning team and collaboration with families, labor and community partners. You can access it at pusd.us/reopening, available as a handy PDF or video presentation. You’ll also find updates on that page. A few highlights: All PUSD students will begin the school year via distance

learning on Aug.17. Later in the fall semester, parents will be asked to indicate whether they want their student(s) to remain online only or participate in a hybrid model when inperson instruction is deemed safe. To ensure a smooth, robust learning experience, we are introducing a new distance learning platform, Canvas, and a new video conferencing tool, Webex. Training for teachers is underway. Support for Families Many of us are balancing the shifting demands of work while managing our children’s learning at home — myself included. As the parent of five

Preparing Our Return to School Buildings Though we’re starting with an online-only approach, we’re carefully preparing our return to school buildings. When deemed safe, in-person learning will look different from past experiences. Students and staff will wear face coverings. Staff will be tested for the virus regularly. Every person on campus must follow rigorous health and safety protocols to keep one another safe. If someone tests positive for the virus, we’ll enforce strict regulations to isolate and care for that individual and contain the virus. These adjustments are vital to keep you, your family and peers from harm. Our Sincere Thanks I’m so proud of the diligence our staff has shown and thankful for the feedback and guidance of our families and community partners. It takes all of us to forge a new path forward. We can’t wait to see you again and look forward to what we’ll accomplish together.


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Chandler Provides Nurturing, Strong Academics C

handler School’s mission is to provide each student with the highest quality and most academically challenging education in a nurturing, balanced and diverse environment. We strive to have our students gain a love of learning, a means of thinking independently and an ability to work collaboratively. A Chandler education seeks to develop good character, self-reliance and a commitment to community in

students as a foundation for academic and personal success. Chandler School is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community in which the empathy of every member guides our understanding of human differences. We affirm, honor, celebrate and value our individual and collective likenesses and differences. We believe….Diversity is an essential manifestation of our

core values. We are intentional in actively building a community of students, families, faculty, staff and alumni with diverse thoughts, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. By leveraging learnings from our diverse community, we prepare our students for a changing, multicultural society. We believe….Equity is the foundation for building a successful learning environment. We examine our biases and strive to

eliminate inequities so we can be better equipped at supporting the various ways in which we learn. We are committed to developing better teaching strategies and cultivating classrooms that expose all Chandler students to a range of opportunities, resources and experiences that allow them to make choices on their path toward academic and personal success. We believe….Inclusiveness creates opportunities for deepened cultural understanding, heightened engagement and critical dialogue. Our curriculum is designed to support programs that foster each student’s global and cultural empathy and encourage productive thinking and respectful discourse. In the spirit of diversity, equity and inclusion, Chandler’s traditions evolve. We are on a continuous journey with a common mission of making a better school, community, nation and world. Our school’s goals are to uphold the Chandler tradition of academic excellence and intellectual discipline in a program that develops the mind, body and spirit. To promote respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, which are

the core values of our school community. To foster an educational environment that values and communicates respect for racial, religious, cultural and economic differences. To serve the greater community, recognizing that as much is given to us, much is expected from us.

John Finch

Chandler School Head of School: John Finch 1005 Armada Drive Pasadena 91103 (626) 795-9314 chandlerschool.org


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Mayfield Junior Looks at the Whole Child A

t Mayfield Junior School our program is focused on the philosophy that each child is blessed with unique gifts and talents. We provide the skills and encouragement for each student to explore connections in the curriculum, discover new interests, and become a confident learner. At each stage in K-8, MJS balances academic achievement with creative opportunity and spiritual growth. Engaged and compassionate, our students find their passion and voice in life.

Mayfield was founded and is sponsored by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. Holy Child Schools pair religious and educational development within welcoming, diverse communities. Students continuously benefit from an educational philosophy tried and tested around the world for more than 150 years.  Led by Head of School Joe Sciuto, Mayfield’s curriculum combines innovative K-8 programs with an emphasis on character development. “I am inspired by our

school motto ‘Actions not words.’ Collectively, members of Mayfield’s community embrace this and live it every day.” Mayfield Junior School provides a joyful Holy Child community for students and families. As pioneers of whole child education, we believe a child’s time in kindergarten through 8th grade is formative. Choosing the right school during unprecedented times is crucial to ensuring that your child reaches their fullest potential.  At MJS, we are fully prepared to educate the whole child whether state and local guidelines permit on-campus or remote learning. Learn more about how Mayfield Junior School is responding to the wants of the age at mayfieldjs.org/EverForward.

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Mayfield Junior School Head of School: Joe Sciuto 405 S. Euclid Ave. Pasadena 91101 (626) 796-2774 | mayfieldjs.org


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Pasadena Christian School: A Community of Educational, Spiritual Growth “P

CS.” What does that mean to you? In today’s climate, it might mean Please Cover Sneeze. For us, it means a community of families who have prioritized their children’s education and spiritual growth. It means teachers who place a value on curious intellect and inspirational “aha” moments in class and in life. For us, it means Pasadena Christian School, where for the past 75 years, students have been loved,

inspired and equipped to meet life’s challenges and gifts. For you, it can mean your new school home. From preschoolers (age 2) to 8th grade, our students excel because each one is valued as a child of God who has endless possibilities to grow and contribute to our society and God’s kingdom. The preschool will open on Monday, Aug. 24, as an essential service: providing our littlest learners with a safe and fun

environment that nurtures their desire to learn and play. All safety and licensing protocols will be followed, including constant cleaning and sanitizing of the school. The preschool is led by a wonderful and very experienced director, Kohar Jarlekian. She brings more than 27 years of experience to the preschool. The elementary school will open on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with distance learning. Students

will benefit from consistent live instruction and enrichment programs, such as choral music, computer, art, Spanish and PE. The teachers will teach from campus using the latest technology. When the elementary school is allowed to open to in-person learning, students will return to our 9½-acre campus where they will be whole-heartedly welcomed back. Under the leadership of Steven Gray, head of school, and Pauline Tcharkhoutian, principal, you can be assured that not only will the academics be strong, but the students will learn how to apply biblical lessons to everyday life. The campus will be ready with all safety protocols in place, including classroom air purifiers, hospital grade HVAC system and hand sanitizer stations. Frequent hand-washing and health policies will be enforced. Come and discover this beautiful school. Private tours are

available to fit your schedule. Call the admissions office at (626) 773-7942.

Steven Gray

Pasadena Christian School Head of School: Steven Gray 1515 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91104 (626) 791-1214 pasadenachristian.org


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Clairbourn School: A Seamless Learning Experience F

or area parents wondering about the quality of education their child will experience this fall due to COVID-19 circumstances, Clairbourn is a refuge from the uncertainty. As a CAIS- and WASCaccredited independent school for preschool through grade 8, Clairbourn has taken extensive steps to ensure a healthy and socially distanced on-campus learning experience as well as a Remote Learning Program for grades K-8. Our spacious, student-ready campus is equipped with new hand-washing stations, disinfecting foggers, new cleaning protocols, and many additional health and safety features.

The school also has the technology, high-speed network, tech-savvy teachers and training needed to conduct a successful remote-learning experience for our students. Not only do Clairbourn teachers have an average of 16 years teaching experience, but they are supported by a team of educational technology experts who empower them to deliver meaningful lessons using appropriate and compelling software and technology tools. Clairbourn’s Remote Learning Program also offers the maximum amount of live teacher time possible under current circumstances and appropriate for each grade level.

that allows them to monitor their child’s progress and track their work. To learn more about Clairbourn School, visit clairbourn.org or call (626) 2863108. There are waitlist-only spots for certain grades from preschool to grade 5, and very limited spaces for grades 6-8. Call admissions for grade-level availability.

A seamless learning experience for students will be provided by giving each one a learning device preloaded with configured software, accompanied by technology training, to use in doing school online or switching to an on-campus experience. Parents can count on having, in both learning formats, an expansive program that includes specialists in music, arts and PE in addition to academic classes, and character education is infused into all of it. Real learning is happening at Clairbourn, and the school goes above and beyond to ensure students have the opportunities they need to

be well-rounded and academically prepared for success in top private high schools. Students are taught to become strong thinkers, communicators and caring human beings, and instruction is differentiated to bring out the best in each student. Parent-care and community is also a big part of the Clairbourn experience. While many events have switched to an online format, parents still enjoy a high level of direct access to school administrators, enjoy office hours for almost all teachers, and have access to a robust learning management system

Amy Patzlaff

Clairbourn School Head of School: Amy Patzlaff 8400 Huntington Drive San Gabriel 91775 (626) 286-3108 clairbourn.org


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The Gooden School Embraces Each Student’s Inherent Curiosity A

kindergarten-8th grade independent co-ed day school nestled in the idyllic foothills of Sierra Madre, the Gooden School’s exceptional faculty empowers its students to embrace their curiosity and to think boldly while igniting a passion to lead exemplary lives of kindness, integrity and respect. As the school enters its 45th year of operations, it is committed to reopening for in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so. With its small class sizes and ample classroom and outdoor spaces, Gooden is uniquely positioned to embrace the safety protocols necessary to open. “Yeats wrote, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire,’ and at Gooden that has never been more true than

at this moment,” said Head of School Jo-Anne Woolner. Gooden’s students benefit from a strong connection to

engaging and creative faculty members. This past spring, an innovative and collaborative spirit allowed the school to pivot

quickly to distance learning while still incorporating the school’s motto: respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the world, also known as the 3Rs. Gooden’s faculty arranged not only synchronous classroom learning experiences, but also small learning groups using interactive technology, which provided an in-person connection. Our Lower School teachers made physically distanced home visits to their students and our Middle School faculty continued to provide small-group advisory experiences. Gooden’s experiential learning includes weeklong outdoor education trips as well as day trips. Its STEAM/Makerspace programs and big and little buddy activities continue through distance learning, and complement a rigorous academic program that includes Latin and Spanish, math through geometry, and an aligned and articulated literature and writing program. Gooden also ensures that whether in person or at a distance, all of its students have opportunities to learn and make music, to participate in the visual and performing arts, to engage in public speaking, and to collectively problem-solve around local, national and international issues through its community engage-

ment projects. For example, kindergarten students support the Pasadena Humane Society and 2nd-grade students participate in Jane Goodall’s “Roots and Shoots” program. Middle School student efforts support our sister school in Haiti. Gooden invites you to make an appointment to meet with our admissions team virtually and learn what a Gooden education is all about. 

Jo-Anne Woolner

The Gooden School Head of School: Jo-Anne Woolner 192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre 91024 (626) 355-2410 goodenschool.org

The Waverly Way In and Out of the Classroom S

teve Culp’s twin son and daughter, Joe and Katie, are Waverly School lifers who recently graduated. After growing up in Waverly’s small, engaging classroom settings, the remote learning required by the pandemic was quite a change. He writes of Joe and Katie’s experience: “This spring, with the onset of quarantine, Waverly effortlessly pivoted to online learning. During this time, I gained a new appreciation for Waverly’s administrators and teachers. The ways in which current events worked themselves into discussions on Zoom in their environmental science, history and English classes was impressive and enlightening. I was struck by the quality of teaching, the articulateness of the students and by the dedication of their teachers. I am more thankful than ever that our children spent 13 years at Waverly.”

The Waverly School Head of School: Heidi Johnson 67 W. Bellevue Drive, Pasadena 91105 (626) 792-5940 | thewaverlyschool.org

Heidi Johnson

Ramona Convent Secondary School Welcomes New Principal R

amona Convent is thrilled to welcome its new principal, Jacqueline Quiñones Sienkowski. She joins Ramona from the Diocese of Orange where she taught English, was dean of students and head of school at Cornelia Connelly. She came to her career in education through Teach for America after working with the Office of the Public Defender in San Diego. Sienkowski balances her role as principal of Ramona with parenting 5-year-old twins. She looks forward to working in a rigorous, academic environment with empowered, resilient and socially conscious young women.

Ramona Convent Secondary School Principal: Jacqueline Quiñones Sienkowski 1701 W. Ramona Road Alhambra, CA 91803 (626) 282-4151 | ramonaconvent.org

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Stratford School Unveils Its Plan for Fall S

tratford School is excited to welcome students back for the upcoming school year with safety in mind and plans for a flexible learning environment. To date, they have established priorities aligned with the school’s mission and goals for students, created a return-to-campus plan, and are building support systems for several contingency plans. Here’s a preview of our plans for fall: Staying True to Stratford’s Guiding Principles Safety The commitment to the health and safety of the school community is paramount. Stratford will abide by all state and local statutes, heed the advice of health

organizations, notably the CDC, and maintain a clean and healthy environment within the schools. Quality Academic Programs Depending on the final state and local statutes for this school year wherein shelter-in-place or reduced-occupancy mandates are imposed, teachers will be ready to transition to one of several teaching and learning models, among them (1) a period of distance learning or (2) a hybrid of distance and on-campus learning (necessary, for example, if classroom capacity limits are imposed). Commitment to Improvement School year 2020-21 teacher training will focus almost entirely on blended learning techniques — how to develop curriculum and

programing with clear throughlines that seamlessly integrate traditional and modern teaching pedagogies, synchronous and asynchronous learning, in-person and digital experiences. A Caring Atmosphere In all distance-learning interactions with students, the school bridges the digital gap with some playfulness, some fun, and other manifestations of care and connection. In advisory meetings and in academic classes, Stratford has incorporated elements that support social-emotional health. Onward With Optimism! As communities begin to open back up, it is important to be mindful of potential messages around COVID-19 that may be confusing to children. Introducing proactive, age-appropriate discussions about how school might look different when they start the new school year are important topics in which to engage and develop as information evolves. This continued focus around what we do know about the virus and sharing the things that are within our control can help build confidence, and a level of comfort, in our children. As we begin to plan for this upcoming school year, we are still driven by the mission and vision that attracted us to teaching in the first place, and we are reinvigorated by the creativity and inventiveness unleashed in response to

extraordinarily challenging circumstances. We will begin the school year grateful for the opportunity to teach and to learn as we move

onward to an excellent future. To learn more about Stratford School or to schedule a virtual tour, visit stratfordschools.com.

Judy Burbank

Candi Schreuders

Stratford School Head of School: Judy Burbank 2046 Allen Ave., Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 794-1000 stratforschools.com/altadena

Stratford School Head of School: Candi Schreuders 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 90038 (323) 962-3075 stratfordschools.com/melrose


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Saint Mark’s Develops Lifelong Learners S

aint Mark’s School is an independent, coeducational Episcopal school that has been serving students in preschool through grade 6 since 1960. Situated on a beautiful five-acre campus in the foothills of Altadena, our outdoor spaces provide ample room to learn and play. We believe that the social and emotional development of our students is equally important to their intellectual growth. Our holistic and relational approach to early childhood and elementary education allows a supportive and safe space for students to engage in their learning. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, we are intentional in maximizing students’ learning potential and interests. Our well-rounded program equips students with the necessary tools to think critically and creatively, fostering an intellectual curiosity that creates lifelong learners. Our diverse community — from

our faculty and staff to our highly engaged parents — models the confidence, resilience and compassion that we strive to instill in our students who go on to become thoughtful

leaders and active citizens in their community and their world.   At Saint Mark’s, we are known for our strong sense of community, our partnership with our families, the strength and balance of our academic program, and our ability to be

Saint Mark’s School Head of School: Jennifer Foley Tolbert 1050 E. Altadena Drive Altadena 91001 (626) 798-8858 | saint-marks.org

nimble. Especially in today’s dynamic landscape, our adaptability, unique staffing model and spacious campus allow us to deliver an engaging program whether we are online or in person. In a complex and changing world, Saint Mark’s is a place that honors childhood while providing the skills our students need to be successful in life. Interested in experiencing the Saint Mark’s difference? We still have limited spaces available in select grade levels for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Visit saint-marks.org to learn more about our school. Please contact our director of enrollment management, Dan Hare, at danh@saint-marks.org if you are interested in applying.

Jennifer Foley Tolbert

Find Your Community with LCPC’s Parent Education

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a Cañada Presbyterian Church’s acclaimed Parent Education classes return this fall beginning Sept. 15-18, welcoming anyone with children ages infant-18 to join the ideal class to support you on your parenting journey. Parent Education’s 2020-21 program offers 16 classes with age-specific topics designed to guide parents from newborns to high school. Through lecture and group discussion, Parent Ed’s experienced instructors leave parents feeling supported and more equipped to meet the challenges of parenting. Parents of newborns-age 5 attend parentand-child classes together where they form lasting friendships. Discussion-only options are available for parents who cannot attend

with their children but want to participate in the discussion portion of a parent-child class. Parents with children in kindergartengrade 12 attend parent-only classes to discuss the extra set of challenges that accompany raising school-age children.  Class listings and online registration are available at lacanadapc.org/parented. To register for a free trial class, call (818) 7906708, ext. 205 or email parented@lacanadapc.org. La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Ed Director: Anne Bierling 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge 91011 (818) 790-6708, ext. 205 parented@lacanadapc.org


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Start Your Career at Woodbury University

stablished in 1884, Woodbury University is a small, private nonprofit institution known for its highly regarded School of Architecture; School of Business; School of Media, Culture & Design; and College of Liberal Arts. Its goal is to cultivate a personal, interactive learning environment that focuses on a practice-based education. Situated in Burbank, at the heart of the creative and business economies, Woodbury’s location gives students the opportunity to intern and work alongside industry professionals at some of the largest companies in the world.

David Steele-Figueredo

Woodbury University President: David Steele-Figueredo 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank 91504 (818) 767-0888 | woodbury.edu

SMCC Nursery School: Educating Children Since 1953 A

child’s social and emotional growth is of central importance at San Marino Community Church Nursery School. The planning for our classrooms always reflects this priority. Through play, discovery and many rich experiences in art, music, math, natural science and literature, children learn to understand themselves and to communicate effectively with others. Our school is founded on a positive education model, and our tenets of resilience, collaboration, respect and well-being continue to serve us during these uncertain days. We may not know what the future holds, but we do know that together we can emerge through anything. This resolve has deepened our faith and commitment to provide excellent care for generations to come.

Jane Walker

San Marino Community Church Nursery School Director: Jane Walker 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino 91108 (626) 282-4186 | smccnurseryschool.org

Welcome Back to Learning

We Strive to foster GOODNESS and EXCELLENCE so EVERY CHILD becomes their BEST SELF. TK/K/Grades 1-8

A Private Elementary and Middle School in Altadena. Over 100 years educating the children of the San Gabriel Valley Saint Elizabeth Parish School

1840 North Lake Avenue, Altadena, California 91001 626-797-7727 | www.saint-elizabeth.org


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Why High Point Academy? W

elcome to High Point Academy, an independent, coeducational kindergarten-8th-grade school, nestled in the beautiful foothills of Pasadena. What makes High Point unique? Our mission is dedicated to awakening the joy of learning in each student and inspiring every student to reach his/ her fullest potential in a close-knit, nurturing, collaborative, and stimulating community of caring and learning. We share a long-standing, unwavering commitment to provide academic excellence and to develop and nurture

the “Whole Child” (academic, social, emotional, ethical, physical). With an emphasis on the whole child, students build their minds through strong academic and enrichment programs designed to foster critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Their bodies are strengthened through daily physical education, and their social and emotional intelligence is developed through programs that help students understand and connect with each other. Our dedicated and talented faculty

provides a strong, challenging and engaging curriculum that, in addition to the core academics, includes Spanish or French, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts and design, library, the latest in technology and innovation, and daily physical education. High Point’s graduates gain entrance into acclaimed independent high schools, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in merit scholarships for their academic excellence and achievement. At High Point, it is and will always be about the students. Every decision and priority is guided by one overarching consideration: “Will this decision/ priority further advance High Point’s mission of developing the whole

child, awakening the joy of learning in students and furthering the pursuit of academic excellence?” High Point’s website will provide you a snapshot of our school and allow you to sign up for a tour to visit our diverse, dynamic, close-knit community. Experience first-hand why High Point’s engaging K-8 curriculum instills selfconfidence, good character, and an incredibly strong and vibrant academic foundation. Visiting our school is truly the best way to fully appreciate and understand the little gems of life and learning at High Point that inspire our students (High Point Eagles) to soar ever higher.

Gary Stern

High Point Academy Head of School: Gary Stern 1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena 91107 (626) 798-8989 highpointacademy.org

Walden Nurtures Curious and Critical Thinkers J

ohn Dewey, the renowned progressive educator of the early 20th century wrote, “The child’s own instincts and powers furnish the material and give the starting point for all education.” True to this powerful proposition, a Walden education begins with the curiosity of the learner and nurtures the interests, talents and skills of each child. In our pre-K to 6th-grade classrooms, learning is grounded in inquiry, experience and collaboration. We believe successful learning requires a strong academic program balanced with a focus on social-emotional growth and respect for each child’s pace and individual style of learning. Our progressive program brings together a wide spectrum of learners in multi-age classrooms. We value the

in-depth processes that lead to understanding and lay a foundation that encourages students to become both creative and critical thinkers who use their voice as compassionate changemakers in our diverse world. As we embark on the 2020-21 school year, we remain guided by our mission and our commitment to delivering an exceptional and innovative educational experience. Our plans and protocols put the safety and well-being of our community at the heart of everything we do. We are preparing for two educational models: on-campus learning and Walden@ Home remote learning. We recognize the indelible social and emotional benefits that on-campus, in-person programming brings, while we will also be providing distance learning options for families in response to the COVID19 pandemic. If you would like to learn more about our forward-thinking program, visit waldenschool.net or contact our admissions staff at admissions@ waldenschool.net to schedule a virtual tour.

Walden School Head of School: Terra Toscano 74 S. San Gabriel Blvd. Pasadena 91107 (626) 792-6166 waldenschool.net

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St. Elizabeth School Welcomes You S

t. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish School welcomes the new school year celebrating 102 years of educating the children of the northwest San Gabriel Valley. Last school year, we accomplished top-10 standings in the CYO Director’s Cup, inducted a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and launched iPad program for 3rd-8th-graders. The iPad program now includes 1st- and 2nd-graders, allowing us to implement our distance learning instruction that will incorporate smaller class size and individual attention. This hyflex model will easily flow to in-person instruction when it is safe to do so.

Phyllis Cremer

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish School Principal: Phyllis Cremer 1840 N. Lake Ave., Altadena 91001 (626) 797-7727 | saint-elizabeth.org

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