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Thank you to all who support PEF and helped us to accomplish so much for our PUSD schools.

With your help, this year we:

  • Raised millions in grant money for our schools, including the $14.5 million Federal Magnet Grant.
  • Helped PUSD to integrate arts education at every grade level through grants from the Rothenberg Art Fund and Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts Foundation.
  • Piloted the middle school performing arts program, Open Stage serving 300 students at 5 schools with a $79,500 NEA Grant.
  • Led 9,000 students on a cultural and artistic journey through 11 of our local world class museums with our My Masterpieces program.
  • Helped start TK-2 early education dance and theatre programs with integrated arts curriculum through the second grade.
  • Awarded 129 Teacher and Site-wide Grants to 150 teachers and 14 principals totaling $184,000.
  • Provided transportation for approximately 300 class field trips for thousands of students through our Field Trip Fund.
  • Assisted in securing buses to take every third grader to learn water safety and swimming skills in the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center’s PUSD swim program.
  • Bolstered access to healthy living resources by supporting four Healthy Start Family and Community Centers.
  • Provided scholarships to 40% of our Summer Enrichment Program students.
  • Distributed more than $50,000 in college scholarships.
  • Secured $25,000 to provide summer internship stipends for 130 high school students.
  • Supported each school's Annual Fund efforts which collectively raised over $700,000.
  • Developed the nationally recognized Realtor Initiative to partner with our community’s realtors to disseminates accurate information about our public schools.
  • Expanded the School-Community Gardens to include 19 beautiful edible gardens and outdoor classrooms, including a master gardener and farm to table programs.
  • Developed and incubated inventive STEM programs, such as the App Academy at Pasadena High, middle school robotics, 3D printing and virtual reality stations, and the new Math Academy that is radically accelerating mathematics instruction.
  • And more...

We are making our schools and our community stronger. We couldn't do it without you!


PEF Teacher Grants


PEF's 2017-18 Teacher Grant awards were presented on December 5, 2017.

  • 129 grants awarded
  • 150 Teachers
  • 14 Principals
  • $200,000

Thanks to support from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and the generous support of the community. The grants will benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

Summer Enrichment Program

Reach: The 2017 PEF Summer Enrichment Program reached another 1400 students this summer with unique class offerings like robotics, 3D printing, art studio, Mandarin and Spanish Immersion, and much more.

Student Success: Our Introduction to Kindergarten and First grade classes helped students improve in core competencies with 78% of students increasing in scores, while our English-learners course helped student scores improve by 65%, all over just a 5-week period.

Scholarships: We were able to provide full or partial scholarships to almost 40% of students this summer. The new online registration process was well received with 93% of parents reported that it was helpful.  

My Masterpieces

The My Masterpieces program continued strong in its 11th year serving over 9,000 students in grades K-8, each with a different local arts and cultural partner. This program involves 11 acclaimed arts organizations and museums, and the collaboration with 400 PUSD teachers.

We have also added a new partner organzation with a pilot program with Descanso Gardens.

3D Printers

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is helping to create a new model for teaching innovation in PUSD schools with the introduction of 3D printing technology. This year we were able to provide 3D printers to every school in the district, technical support, printer supplies, and teacher training. Incorporating 3D printers in the schools gives the students the opportunity to get their hands on next-gen technology so they can utilize their creativity and collaboration skills to help them be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Grantwriting Services

Grantwriting services provided by the Pasadena Educational Foundation have assisted the Pasadena Unified School District in raising more than $5 million annually in local, state, and federal grants and over $2 million annually in grants from foundations and corporations.

US Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program - $14,479,000 over five years to create an Arts Magnet at Altadena Elementary School, an Early College Magnet at John Muir High School, and add a Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program to Washington STEAM Magnet Academy.

California Department of Education:

·      California Career Pathway Trust - $3,000,000 to support the College and Career Pathways at four high schools.

·      21st Century Community Learning Centers for High Schools - $875,000 per year to support Pasadena LEARNs after school programs at four PUSD high schools. 

·      McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistance Grant to ensure that students’ educations are not interrupted because they don’t have a steady place to live.

City of Pasadena Community Development Block Grant - $200,000 to support the Healthy Start Family and Community Centers across PUSD

US Department of Agriculture Farm-to-School Program - $100,000 to support school gardens, nutrition education, and healthier choices in school cafeterias.

National Endowment for the Arts - $75,000 to begin Open Stage, a new performing arts program integrating theater, history, and social studies for middle school students and teachers.

App Academy at Pasadena High School

In its 6th year and growing! In 2017 we graduated the second class of seniors from the PEF supported comprehensive computer science App Academy Pasadena High School. The program now has more than 160 students enrolled in grades 9-12.

App Academy 2017 highlights include:

  • Program now has three computer science teachers who have refined the computer science curriculum and created projects to stay on the cutting edge of computer science education.
  • The one to one laptop program--that assures each student a laptop computer--now has roughly 475 laptops and 70 tablets for use in the classrooms.
  • The classrooms were redesigned last summer to bring a real-world development environment to our students. Monitors line the walls of the classrooms where students can plug laptops in to do their coding. Tables and chairs replaced traditional student desks to bring a career feel to the classrooms.
  • Computer Science one-day workshops were rolled out for 8th graders in our PUSD middle schools, so that they can get a taste of programming and coding for themselves. Plans to host these for the 6th and 7th graders in Spring 2016 are underway.


PEF supports robotics elective classes throughout PUSD middle schools. Robo Rally 2017, the 8th annual middle school robotics competition, had over 200 students participate in the race.