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.
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During the graduation of the new group of Jr. Docents at the Gamble House, a partner for the 3rd grade students, we learned that all of the these high school students had been through the My Masterpieces Program as third graders, and now would have a chance to share their knowledge about this historic landmark. These 35 students are part of the GATE Program volunteering during the school day giving tours to the current third grade students. More here >>
As we wrapped up our 2013-2014 school our PEF Teacher Grant Awardees sent us some fabulous updates from the school year. We had pictures, stories, audio files, and video coming in from all over the district.Take a look at just a few examples of our fantastic teacher grants. See our Teacher Grants in Action >>
During a two-day marathon programming session, the team of four App Academy freshmen developed the mobile app to help local residents as part of the inaugural Hack for Pasadena competition on March 15-16, sponsored by Innovate Pasadena. Their app won the prize for “Most Accessible Implementation of Technology to Reach and Engage the Community," including a $1,750 check and a meeting with a Silicon Beach venture capital firm to pitch their app for additional funding. Read more >>
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, over two hundred Pasadena Unified middle school robotics students were invited to Caltech to take a lab tour, hear a lecture on neuroscience, and learn about the relationship between neuroscience and programming robotics. Read More >>
Imagine a time without Netflix or live movie streaming; a time when you had to run over to the neighbor’s house to ask if they wanted to play instead of sending an instant text message. Take a trip back to the early 1900’s by watching these silent films our PUSD’s 4th and 5th graders made. Read more >>
App Academy at Pasadena High School
The App Academy at Pasadena High School is an innovative four-year high school program where students learn computer science through mobile, web and game development. Students also benefit from field trips, internships, individual college and career counseling, and a high-tech 21st century learning environment. The App Academy is an academically rigorous, 9th to 12th grade high school curriculum fulfilling UC/CSU a-g requirements and teaching 21st Century Skills. A partnership between Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena High School and the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the App Academy is one of several College & Career Pathways in PUSD.
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.
Teacher Grant Program
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.
PUSD•3D Imagine it…print it!
3D Printers in Pasadena Unified Schools
The Pasadena Educational Foundation is helping to create a new model for teaching innovation in PUSD schools with the introduction of 3D printing technology. Thanks to the support of a generous donor, incorporating 3D printers in the schools will give 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.