Students enrolled 1205
School leader Trudell Skinner
District Pasadena Unified

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1201 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

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(626) 441-6148
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4 stars
Based on 44 ratings

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October 14, 2014
Terrible school. The environment is discouraging, and many of the teachers, in my view, aren't doing the best job. My son attended this school, until I pulled him out and placed him into a private school, simply because he was struggling academically. He is a straight A student, and thrives to seek education at its upmost quality. However, the staff is so incompetent; and don't even make me bring up the principal. As soon as I noticed that F creeping within his report card, I thought the proper and responsible choice must be made.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
"The best kept secret in Pasadena" has that exact phrase painted onto an outer wall of the school, for all to see. Not a very well kept school, not a very well kept secret.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
My daughter entered Blair as a 6th grader in 2011. Despite the budget cuts from the State, she has received a quality education at Blair. It s not just her test scores that reflect her learning but the types of projects/assignments she works on and the way she talks about her teachers and what is she is learning in class. Her 6th and 7th grade teachers had great classroom management, were highly organized, resourceful, talented and most important committed to high quality education for the students at Blair. The teaching staff have been extremely supportive and accessible in person and through email. The Vice Principal Mrs. Brambila is an visionary adminstrator with dynamic school leadership. I know there are concerns about the social environment, but with any school, it s about the choices your child makes. We are thankful that our daughter has a good group of friends that she connected with at Blair. Like with any child, parent(s) have to be involved in their childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I feel the school has a lot of potential, if the district would support it more. New Superintendent? I saw him once last year and that was at the beginning of the school year, where he was late for his initial welcome. The teachers here sacrifice a lot to make the students successful, but parents have to realize this is not a daycare facility. So many parents just dump off their students only to later return to pick them up after 6pm? If you ask for a parent teacher conference good luck getting the parent to show. With the funding cuts, I think we are doing well, express your voice and tell the State to quit cutting funds. Leadership includes all that work or attend here, not just the few of us.

- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2012
This place is insane. Im currently in 7th grade on the middle school side and it was worse than last year. There are WAY more random fights, more assemblies on how we need to act, and...there have been 3 teacher assults. My math teacher got punched in the face, the PE teacher got "jumped" by three high school girls, and another one i choose not to say on here... The teachers here are amazing though and im always hearing about new ways to get into great colleges and im only in the 7th grade. They have an IB program and it has already made me realize what im going to do with my life. Its pretty unsafe here and i could explain more on why but im running out out characters to type with. Basically the teachers dont deserve the place and the students on the middle school side dont deserve the undivided attention and sacrafices that the teachers here make. If you want your kid going here for high school though, i highly recimend it!

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2011
While the former principal referenced certainly helped put Blair on the right road, Blair continues to focus on the important goals we all share. Having just received a six year WASC accredidation with no restrictions, we feel confident that the learning experience that was observed and investigated is what we DO offer all students enrolled.

- submitted by a teacher
September 05, 2011
My daughter was in the first sixth grade class at Blair. It was a wonderful transition experience for her. Blair Middle School has a wonderful group of teachers. Very caring and supportive. My daughter is in 8th grade now. The new Blair Middle School is open and they've hired all new eight grade teachers. I sat in on their classes and I am impressed. They have high standards and expectations for the kids. I know my daughter will step up to the challenge. The new IB Spanish teacher is outstanding. I am very excited about what this year will bring. So is my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
It's a public school with a private school attitude.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
My son is new to Blair Middle School and this year so far has been the worst experience as of so far. It is the end of the 2nd week and the students still don't have their books, class sizes are 50+ students, I have received 4 electronic phone messages on 4 seperate days saying, "your child has been recorded as absent in one or more classes" by mistake, and the teacher do not communicate, and the whole school is understaffed! I'm taking my son out and finding a school where he will actually receive an education!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
Blair has been a great school for both my boys. I have one in 8th and one in 11th grade. My children are very different when it comes to school one has learning difficulties and the other is in honors/AP, but at Blair both have received incredible amount of support from the top down to be the best they can be. Both are very involved in athletics and community service throught the school. Blair has excellent communication with parents and most teachers are very responsive and open to communication. It is a true partnership. Though Blair is under new leadership now and budget cuts have meant the loss of some very dedicated and innovative teachers and counselors, Blair will only improve. Though it is only rated a 5 there are other aspects that make it an 8 or above rather than API scores.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
I have 2 children at Blair, one a Junior in the IB Diploma Program the other in seventh grade. I chose Blair IB for the IB Program and the school size. I like that the Middle and High School are under the same direction yet seperated by the different campuses, I have no concerns for my childrens safety. I can not sing enough praises about the prinicipal. He is a visible presence in the mornings greeting the kids, reminding/enforcing the uniform policy and getting them to their classes. The teachers I would rate as good to great. I have visited many classrooms and have always felt welcomed and as a partner in my childrens education. The sports programs have room for improvement, good news is they are. Go Vikings.... The parents are encouraged to be involved and there are many areas and opportunites to do so from Hospitality to School Design..

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
We've been coming here since my daughter was in 7th grade. She's in 10th now. Excellent principal, great teachers, a parent/volunteer coordinator par excellence to keep parents switched in, and a student body of supportive kids. It has been frustrating over the last few years to fight off rear actions from the district, but the worst seems to be behind us. These state-wide budget cuts are a stain on the state and the city, but the team at Blair (or what's left of them) will persevere. We're drawn by the IB program, the drama department, and the swimming pool. Although there's no money for a coach, kids are getting up at 5:30 am on their own initiative and getting laps in, with the principal's support and encouragement. They never did that at my high school. Look for the new middle school, being built now!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Some distinguishing programs at Blair IB Magnet (6th-12th grade) are the IB Diploma and Middle Years Programme, the Health Careers Academy and JROTC. Both the Culinary Arts and the Drama/Choir Departments offer very enriching experiences and the Instrumental Music and Athletic Departments are improving. This school is growing stronger year by year despite a lack of consistent district support. The Blair IB Magnet community is extremely committed to the vision of building a world class education for all students and that goal keeps them focused and moving in the right direction despite these difficult financial times. The recent passage of a district facilities bond means that Blair's Middle School Campus is scheduled to be rebuilt starting fall of '09 and promises to provide amazing facilities for the 6th-8th grade students. The bond money will then be applied to improvements on the high school campus including a new 9th wing.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
The IB staff at Blair IB Magnet prepared me for the challenging and rigorous classes that I have come to encounter while attending college for the past two years. Both the staff and the students involved in the IB program put all their time and effort into making the program a great success. And, my experience with extra curricular activites, such as ASB, choir, and swim team, have helped me develop good leadership and social skills.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
I graduated from Blair IB Magnet in 2007 and have since traveled the world with the global education program Up With People, as well as just finished my first year at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. While attending Blair, I had some pretty fabulous, intelligent teachers in the IB program who prepared me for college and always put 110% into every class! And, I had an amazing experience performing with Blair's award-winning Performance Choir every year in Ovations!

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2009
This school has a terrific principal and great potential, but has been held back by indifferent support from the district, which has many problems to deal with. The signature IB program is under fire from bureaucrats who only seem to care about test scores and not about attracting students who would otherwise attend private schools. It is a great school for my child, but it could be better, in my opinion.

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January 14, 2009
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December 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
Blair IB Magnet has been a wonderful place for my son. He is entering his senior year in the rigorous IB Diploma program, which offers both IB and AP tests in most of the subjects. The math department hasn't been as strong as we'd prefer, but this was partly due to district issues and partly because it is extremely hard to find good math teachers. Overall, we've been very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
Blair is a very dynamic school, which is led by a can-do, involved principal. Students are known individually by faculty and staff, and students of all ability levels are encouraged to succeed. Standards are high, and, though standards are not yet uniformly met, motivation and a sense of purpose are evident among teachers and parents. Students respond to the atmosphere of caring and discipline. There is still much to be done, but, having come from 18 years of private schools, we would not go back.

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January 24, 2008
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October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
August 28, 2007
Blair IB Magnet has so much potential! After commiting to six years, we had so hoped it would have reached it sooner. Alas, this is our last year and our student will be going to college 'in spite' of the lack of counseling support and adequate college prep*. Where the acceptance letter/s will come from remains to be seen. *Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs are offered but not really up to standards. *Math program has been extremely weak! *Fabulous Science Instruction! We wish Blair all the best in reaching it's goal to becoming a premier school!

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August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2006
We've just entered at the 7th grade and couldn't be more enthusiastic and relieved about our daughter's transition from elementary to middle school. Blair has my daughter involved in two sports and music that we had needed to drive all over town for up to now. Her teachers are immediately accessible; her classes are challenging and engaging; the morale among the students is high; the environment feels safe and respectful; the parents are eager to participate and interact. We're off to a great start of a six year relationship.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
My daughter is in her second year (10th grade) at Blair and our experience has been wonderful. All it takes is one meeting with Principal Boccia to understand why he is 2005 State Principal of the Year and a 2006 nominee for National Principal of the Year. He is visible as well as involved with parents, staff and students, greeting them as they arrive at school, at lunch and throughout the day. This is why parent involvement is high! It is a pleasure serving a man and staff who passionately serves our children with excellence. The choir program is excellent! They put on a top-notch musical at PCC this year. And in one year, we've seen the Varsity Football team go from miserable to highly competative! The Blair Learns afterschool program is the highest rated in the city. And the IB program provides one of the best educational experiences available.

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October 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
Blair's test scores have risen 99 points over the past three years. Enrollment is way up...with waiting lists at both 7th and 9th grade. Under the effective leadership of Principal Rich Boccia this school has made a remarkable turn-around. For his work at Blair, Rich Boccia has received many awards including Best Principal of the Year in the state of California. A uniform dress code policy (consisting of khaki bottoms and a green, gold, white, or black solid collared polo shirt) is credited with creating a calm, orderly, safe and focused campus environment where students are actively engaged in learning. The staff, students and parents are committed to the goals of the International Baccalaureate School Design Model. Blair offers a variety of both AP & IB courses allowing students plenty of opportunity for rigorous coursework. Also...lots of extra-curricular activities in sports and the arts. The future looks bright for Blair

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2006
I am concerned with the low test scores. On a statewide comparison this school rates in the 30th percentile. That is the bottom third tier for California High Schools. That means Blair High School is among the worst in California. What happened to this School. I have had four children graduate from Blair, and I remember back in the early 1980's under the Parcell administration, when Blair High was ranked among the best and led the district in testing scores. All the Advanced Placement Classes are gone and the programs that generated high results are no longer offered. As far as the leadership and the current principal? The principal seems to be trying, considering the hand he has been dealt, but obviously something is not working. The standard and expectation for excellence needs to be higher and you can not achieve this without better curriculum.

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May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
December 27, 2005
I have two children at Blair, and I could not be happier with how they are doing and what Blair is doing for them. They are both in the International Baccalaureate program. Mr. Boccia, the principal, is outstanding. He knows every student by name (really!) and devotes an enormous amount of energy to his work. One of the things that we noticed very early was that he does not tolerate inadequate teaching. At the same time, he has been able to encourage a core group of parents to strongly support the school. He works hard at attracting outside resources. I cannot say enough good things about him. It is no coincidence that he recently received a statewide award for his work.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
My 15 year old son has been at Blair for 3 years and is part of the International Baccalaureate Program. He is acheiving excellent grades and has a good relationship with his teachers, who are extremely motivated. He also seems to be having a lot of fun, and is blossoming into a well rounded mature teenager. The principal of the school is always available for consultation and welcomes parent involvement. There is a hard core of parent volunteers that participate in all activities. There is also an excellent choir program at the school that regularly produce prefessional standard musical shows, as well as an active Arts Support organization. I love the fact that the school is small and safe - I can reccommend Blair Magnet High School, whatever your child's potential.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Blair High School is currently recovering from recent economic policies. It is slowing digging it self out of mediocrity. In this struggle it has become and IB school, offering a middle years and diploma program. However the diploma program is new and still needing more student participation. The other academic programs are acceptable. A strong health ROP track exists. Links with the local community collage provide further academic opportunities for motivated individuals. The theater program is well run, and puts on at least one large show at PCC's auditorium called ovations. In sports BHS is pretty weak. Only soccer and basketball are developed and successful.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I am a long time employee at Blair. Administrators have come and gone, and then came Rich Boccia. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Boccia's energy and tireless efforts will make Blair High/Magnet School Pasadena's #1 Great School!

- submitted by a staff
May 04, 2004
After reading all the reviews posted here I decided to add my own. I am a Blair parent and have been for 2 years now. Since Rich Boccia came and took over there have been nothing but positive changes. Yes, the school was 'going down the drain' prior to him joining the staff but things are very different now. The campus has been impoved with new benches and trees, we now have a high school campus and across the street is our middle school campus. The two are totally separated and have seperate lunch hours. The school has definitely improved a whole lot and is continuing to improve. I would recommend parents of middle school children to consider Blair....we have a beautiful small campus and a very caring principal! Keep reaching for the stars Blair!

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May 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2004
As a parent, I truely appreciate the great changes that Rich Bochia has brought to the Blair campus and faculty. You get the feeling he genuinely cares what happens with the school and kids. This is my 5th year as a Blair parent (going on my second senior) and this year I have talked to the principle more times than in the previous 4 (about the great things going on at Blair and not problems for a change)! I highly recommend it to prospective 7th and 9th grade students.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2003
I am not a parent, but I did graduate from Blair last year and have visted as of late and also have kept in touch with a few friends so tell me that Blair is continuing to go down the toilet.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2003
Principal Rich Boccia is one of the most dedicated and dynamic leaders in Los Angeles County. He, his staff, the teachers, and students are all off to an amazing start in turning around Blair!

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September 25, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2003
Mr Boccia looks like he's off to a grand start. He seems to be dedicated to a learning environment. Students & parents all have good comments regarding the progress made in a short period of time. Mr Boccia, GOOD LUCK to you and your staff. The community is by your side and looking for opportunities to become involved.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2003
Blair Magnet School has a high school campus (10-12th) as well as a middle school campus (7-9th). The school now offers the International Baccalaureate Program and has a new principal. Over the summer months, a dedicated group of parents, community members, students and of course the Rich Boccia (new principal) have volunteered their time every single weekend in order to beautify the school campus! It's looking much, much better. Thanks to all those who have helped us!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This school has been so disorganized through out the 2002 to 2003 school year! I hope they have a good program for the imcoming students of this year and years to come.

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Blair High School
1201 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91106
(626) 396-5820
Last modified Blair High School is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Blair High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top