Pasadena Educational Foundation works to build excellence in the public schools of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre through operating and supporting enriching and creative educational opportunities.
Teacher Grant ProgramThe PEF Teacher Grant program provides teachers the opportunity to apply for grants that provide students with important tools and learning experiences. This program is a vital resource for students, teachers and principals and funds equipment and instructional materials that enhance curriculum and increase student achievement. more
My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community is an award-winning arts integrated curriculum that connects Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students with the cultural resources of their community. Teachers and arts organization staff partnered to create this unique program. more
PEF has partnered with the PUSD to create a Robotics education program. Within the course, students learn how to build and program Robotic systems that incorporate sensors and motors to accomplish a variety of complex tasks. By engaging in exciting hands on applications, students practice and reinforce key concepts in engineering, computer programming, and mathematics, all while strengthening problem solving skills. The program culminates in an exciting Robotics Competition.
PEF has facilitated a Summer Program for local K-8 students since 2003. More than 60 different classes including drama, art, math, creative writing, chess, and foreign language are offered. High School students can take courses for credit. more
Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day
Principal for a Day is a nationwide program that helps build stronger relationships among schools, businesses, and the wider community. Business and community leaders have an opportunity to shadow a principal on a PUSD campus and discover the challenges and opportunities involved in running a public school.
College and Career Preparation
PEF presented the Passport to College and Careers Fair, hosted by Pasadena City College, on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013.
The College Fair and Career Pathways Showcase will feature representatives from approximately 100 colleges, universities and technical schools. Financial aid and National Collegiate Athletic Association information will also be available. Additionally, community business partners who collaborate with high school Pathways will be on hand to highlight projects Pasadena Unified School District students have accomplished in career academies.
The Pasadena Unified School District has implemented a system of College and Career Pathways, comprehensive programs of high school study that connect learning in the classroom with real world applications. more
PEF maintains a fund for PUSD students. You can join us in supporting students on their journey to college.
• John Muir Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund. Recommendations made by Class of 1965 committee.
• John Muir Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund.
• Pasadena High School Class of 1972 Alumni Fund. Recommendations made by PHS Alum Committee
• Blair High School Class of 1970 Scholarship Fund. Recommendations made by Blair faculty.
• Visual Arts and Design Academy Scholarships. Recommendations made by VADA faculty.
In 2011, a dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students began converting 1.5 acres of the John Muir High School campus into an urban farm. Today, that farm is “Muir Ranch,” a thriving non-profit business that provides weekly organic produce boxes to consumers around the greater Pasadena area. Students can enroll in classes at Muir Ranch to earn community service and internship credit while growing fruits, vegetables and a variety of flowers. The goods sold on the farm are also incorporated into school cafeteria lunches. more
PEF coordinates forums on topics of interest to parents and the broader community with a focus on education. Past forums featured state budget issues, local bond measures, meeting new administrators, early childhood and health and safety issues. Sign up for our email list to receive information on the next community forum.
PEF raises funds and awareness to help support PUSD schools. PEF provides grant writing services to help and fund programs such as these recently awarded government grants. PEF also assists PUSD in raising funds to enhance and sustain its core programs.