Students enrolled 444
School leader Ana Apodaca
District Pasadena Unified

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3600 Sierra Madre Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107

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(626) 351-4202
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4 stars
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October 01, 2014
I don't see any coments about a regular english Class. If anyone can see the regular classes. It is insane. Of course you are all happy about the mandarin program. The classes are small and there are two teachers fir each class Vs. The regular classes are full of kids. What is going on? I live near the area and when u had to entree my kids in the school they were denied for the mandarin class because they do not speak mandarin. I guess my kids are not as lucky as yours. I agree with sone parents, there is luck if administration, there is descrimination, and the principal doesn't care. We all know that!. Is just its convienet for all if you. I am sad that this principal is not open minded. The school is focused in one race and that is what bathers me. I will take my kids out of this school to a more diverse school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
My Child is in his second year in the Mandarin Program. The parents and teachers are fully committed to the program, however there is not much in place to support children who are struggling with learning the language. Unlike mainstream classes when children have difficulty there is a SST conducted and a plan created to get the student on track. When students are behind in this program the recommendation is more assistance at home. This is unrealistic for parents who don't read or write in Mandarin. The program needs to support students better not to mention that there is only one teacher for a class of 27plus.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
Our child is currently in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program at Field. We are pleased with the leadership and teachers at this school. Our child is not only learning a second language but also receiving a well balanced education.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
I am the parent of a child in the Mandarin immersion program at Field. My child has now been involved with the program for a few years. I have concerns about the instruction and administration of the program and the tension between different parents groups at Field. The Superintendent recently assigned an outside consultant to help coach the administrator at Field and mediate between the groups of parents. That should help to address some of the problems. I think the Mandarin program at Field could and should be a quality program someday but in my opinion there are many substantive problems that must be addressed before that happens.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
This is our third year in the Mandarin-immersion program. I ve worked in schools before and never seen a more dedicated staff. Our teachers and principal couldn t work any harder. I d like to address what the previous reviewer said re: Mandarin acquisition. We speak English at home, so I can t comment on my child s Mandarin mistakes, but I do hear him make grammar and pronunciation mistakes in English, so I would expect him to make mistakes in Mandarin as well. You can t expect perfect grade-level Mandarin in a few months or even a few years. You have to be in it for the long haul. This is program requires dedication on the parents part. We are fortunate to have a program like this in our local public school. That being said, I have read other reviews that compared Field to a private school environment and I think that is misleading. We do not have the gorgeous facilities that many private schools have, and we have larger class sizes. Unlike private schools, we have children here from all walks of life. Like many other families, we moved to PUSD to be a part of Field s Mandarin-immersion program and have not regretted it.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
I believe a Mandarin Immersion School can provide outstanding results. This school is good in many ways. It has a strong parental group and it has Mandarin. However, the Mandarin acquired by the students is mediocre, decent at best. This wouldn't be an issue except that subjects like math and science are also taught in Mandarin. Since Mandarin isn't acquired properly in the beginning, it seems that children fall behind not just in Mandarin, but other subjects as well. If you put your child in this school (as have I), expect to get some Mandarin exposure (not fluency), and expect to do a lot outside the classroom. Volunteer as much as you can. Without proper staffing, the children have behavior issues (imagine starting school in a language you don't know with a 28:1 or 30:1 ratio at K). At the end, it depends what you want for your child. I've noticed my daughter just translates directly from English to Chinese, without using the language correctly. This to me is a challenge that I have to correct at home unless it can be done in the school. Just an honest assessment from a concerned parent.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
The Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program is cutting edge education and has a strong parental group.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2013
My daughter is in the Kindergarten Mandarin immersion class. We opted out of our wonderful top rated home school to go to Field because we feel this is a great opportunity for our child. I love that they have to wear uniforms. It feels like a private school. The principal is exceptional at Field! The parents in the Mandarin program are committed and giving and the teachers are very good at what they do and very sweet. I feel my daughter can only learn a language if it's spoken 90% of the day. We did not pick this because its Mandarin. It could have been Spanish or French. We are not particular about what language she learns. I don't expect her to be as fluent as the children are in China or know all of the characters by 8th grade. I'm realistic. I'm just happy that she will understand it and speak it. She will have respect for other ethnic groups and expand her view of the world! What I've read is: Multilingual people are good multi-taskers. Your memory improves: Language helps strengthen that mental muscle. You become more perceptive Your decision-making skills improve Companies seek employees that speak a second language because of all of the qualities listed above.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
They have provided a Mandarin Immersion Program that has allowed my Granddaughter to grow and thrive. She has developed reading and writing skills in both English and Mandarin and is doing beautifully!

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2013
My husband and I planned to home school our 3 young children. We even built a small school house for them in which to study and be homeschooled. After visiting Field Elementary several times last year and experiencing their Mandarin immersion program, we applied for our 3 children to attend Field. We even helped create the pre-K program with the Mandarin immersion system that began this year. The teachers are exceptional and caring. The principal is actively involved. The parents are as intimately involved, if not more, than any private school we have ever experienced. This is an exceptional school and we expect that the children from this program will truly be our future leaders. They will be equipped to play, sing, solve problems, adjust quickly, make new friends, read and write in both Mandarin and English. In our current world, this is an ideal situation for our children and their future, as well as ours.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
This is our third year at Field Elementary. Our daughter is in second grade. We have had wonderful teacher experiences all three years. My son is so eager to start Kindergarten in the Mandarin Immersion program next fall. I have no doubt that our program is becoming one of the best Mandarin programs in the country. When our kids get to college people will ask, "Where did you learn Mandarin?" By then, I am confident that Field's MDLIP will be well known for turning out great Mandarin students.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
Before we decided to let our son go to Field Elementary School, we toured many schools from private to public school. We decided that Field has the best to offer. Not only the classes have a diverse environment, but also the benefit of learning Mandarin. Both the school and parents are very involved with our kids education. I love how fast my son learned this new language. He's in school for less than 3 months, and he already can read and write Chinese characters. Not to mention all the cute Chinese songs that he could sing.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
My daughter is in the Mandarin Immersion program at Field, and she is thriving. She is speaking, reading and writing Mandarin with impressive fluency. Most importantly, the parents at Field are super involved and are constantly pushing to improve the program. The kids are engaged and seem to love school. It's a great, diverse group of kids, but what they have in common is parents who are active and dedicated to making the most of their education.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Field has a great staff. I appreciate the diversity of students and an organized parent group that are committed to their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Field has a dedicated group of parents, smart and eager students, creative and flexible leadership and teachers who roll with all the changes public education faces. My favorite parent-teacher partnership is our STEAM classroom projects. Parents and teachers collaborate to author and lead engaging, hands-on projects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Our pioneer and unique Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program offers full immersion for students grade pre-K through 5. Our campus events are nothing short of spectacular, from Poetry Open-Mic Night and Festivals to elegant Gala Nights. Field is defined by ingenuity, progress and a global perspective.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Two of my children attend Field Elementary in its Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program. The program is full of dedicated teachers and parents passionate about helping the school be the best it could possibly be. My children are both very happy at Field, and have been privileged many exceptional, fun learning experiences. As parents, we have found the school community to be extremely supportive and inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My daughter is in a MDLIP Kindergarten class. So far I can only say great things about this school. My daughter loves her teacher and it always eager to go to school. I really respect both my daughter's teacher and the principal. Both are top notch. The communication between the teacher and parents is very refreshing. You really feel like you are a part of a community.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
We love the Mandarin Immersion Program. But like all new programs, it takes time to build infrastructure (new teachers, curriculum building, supply needs). The lucky thing is parent involvement is extraordinary! Teachers have incredible support at their fingertips in the Mandarin classes from parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
After 3 years at Field Elementary, we have been extremely pleased with the variety of academic and cultural experiences that are available to our child within and outside the classroom! Addressing our child's special medical needs is of utmost importance -- the Principal and the staff have gone out of their way to ensure her safety. Field Elementary is a GREAT place to learn!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
I have my two children at Field Elementary now in the first grade. They love the school and I love teh experience so far. Taking on a language like Mandarin is a big deal but there is pleanty of support so I feel good about the decision to continue at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
My daughter transferred to this school in Second Grade. She is starting 3rd this year. I am a single parent, with a pretty demanding career. The care that she gets from 7 am to 6pm is beyond what a parent can hope. Teachers and pre/after care staff are loving and supportive. Mrs Barr, teaching 3rd grade now, is truly the kid whisperer. Her level of respect to and from the Children is beyond reproach. Her teaching skills, backed with 24 years of experience, are amazing. No to mention the level of respect and honor she teaches daily. Field is also home to a Mandarin Immersion program. While my daughter is not in this program, it brings another level of excellence, with very demanding parents as well. My daughter struggled with math at the beginning of 2nd grade, by the end of the year she had mastered it and it became her favorite subject. Mrs Barr was her 2nd grade teacher, and now again her 3rd grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
I think Field school is great! This is my 7th year as a parent at Field. My two older kids are doing great in middle school now. We no longer live in the area, but choose to send our younger children to Field as well. The principal is amazing. She puts in such long hours and is so dedicated to the kids and parents. She knows all the kids in the school by name! She is easy to talk to and really listens to parents. She is very diplomatic and handles any conflict well. The teachers at Field are truly skilled at handling their classrooms and making learning fun for the kids. My kids have thrived at Field. Their transition to middle school has been smooth.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
We chose Field for the Mandarin Immersion program they offer. We have been very happy with the program and our children's education. You will meet teachers and parents who are very involved and who invest in the educational programs offered at Field. The principal, as well, is involved and looks to offer the best education and opportunities to all of Field students.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Field Elementary is not my children's neighborhood school, but a school of choice for us. I am so glad we made that choice five years ago. My kids are in the Mainstream program. My older child, who is starting 5th grade, has been at Fields since Kindergarten. It has been a blessing all along. My son's teachers have been absolutely wonderful and have, in care and recognition of each student's personality and needs, spurred him on to become an A student. I look forward to now seeing my 1st grader be cared for and academically challenged by the same awesome teacher my son had in 1st grade. The principal has been a rock throughout our years at Field, tackling challenges with wisdom and leadership. She has always been actively involved in the students education, special needs, and fun and games, while also taking time for parents, staff and all volunteer programs Field offers. Field continues to be our choice school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
My boys just completed kindergarten in the Mandarin program. They are speaking to each other, at home, in Mandarin, and recognizing characters at restaurants and public places. It is amazing how quickly the children have picked up the language. I am thrilled with the school. The principal is wonderful and an excellent leader. She is responsive to parents, an amazing diplomat., and puts in a crazy number of hours. she is dedicated to the school, her staff, and the children. All public schools are woefully underfunded. There are additional fiscal demands that come with the Mandarin program so there is quite a bit of fund raising. It can be a little overwhelming, but it isn't that different from other public schools in Pasadena and nearby areas. Some Pasadena schools are more demanding - Elem. schools at Sierra Madre and Hamilton have annual fund drives to raise over $100k/year! Also, since it is a public school the fundraising is optional. The parental dedication and involvement within the program is inspiring. Parents are active, helping at the school, making additional materials (e.g. character flash cards), and shepherding the program into the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
As of this fall, we will have all three of our kids at Field Elementary. Obviously, we feel invested in this school, and we know many other families in the program that feel the same way. Our principal is very involved. I see her at every critical meeting with parents and staff, and many non-essential meetings as well, often late into the evening. Our teachers communicate well with us, work very hard, and don't just teach the students, but interact with them. As a result, our kids became very attached to them. We attend the Mandarin Immersion program, but since part of the day is in English, we have observed that the non-Mandarin teachers are just as nurturing and committed as well. We will not hold city/district-level budgetary decisions against the dedicated teachers who do amazing things with what they have. Instead, we credit the administration for recognizing the future and providing us an opportunity to prepare for it today.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
I rate this school below average because they don't deserve any , it feels as if the district has no interest in the quality of education, no wonder PUSD is one of the worst in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
Field Elementary is a really great school. Ms Apodaca and her leadership team work hard at ensuring that the students have a balanced education. The teachers and staff care for the students. My son highly respects his teacher and loves coming to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
We initially enrolled our two kids in private school and were ready to spend the money when we heard of the opportunity for them to learn Mandarin. We took the chance with public school and enrolled them in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program and couldn't be happier and it's free (LOL!). The standard curriculum is conducted 90% in mandarin and 10% in english. The children are diverse, well behaved and the parents are very involved and resourceful. Although we do not speak Mandarin, my kids are thriving with comprehension, reading and writing the complicated characters. They are on their way to becoming biliterate. The children in kindergarten are conversing with each other in mandarin within the first 3 months. It's unbelievable and they are engaged and confident. Even the afterschool program has a mandarin speaking teacher to help with homework. Field ES is a nice and safe campus. We are really happy with Field, the leadership, teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
I am absolutely delighted with Field Elem. School. When my child begun attending the school, there were many teachers being changed, but Ms. Apodaca took care of the parent's needs and helped the children make the transitions. Currently, my two children are extremely happy at Field and I am thrilled with the academic progress that they are making. Each year they continue to learn new and challenging information. Each year I am thankful that my children attend a school that has such an excellent staff . . .who knows us (students and parents) by name.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
My son is in kindergarten in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program which just relocate to to Field Elementary Fall 2011 from Burbank Elementary. I think this is the only 90/10 Mandarin program in the LA area. The other two programs @ Broadway & City Terrace are only 50/50. We feel very fortunate to have this program available for our kids. The Mandarin teachers are amazing. The Principal and the parents are very involved. The children are kind and polite to each other. I couldn't have been happier with our program choice and school selection.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
As a community volunteer, I read to a combination 5th and 6th grade class at Field Elementary School in Pasadena once a week. While it may not be accurate to judge a school by one class, this one class is quite amazing: The students are attentive and well-mannered to the nth degree. It restores one's faith in public education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
I love thefact that they offer a variety of programs for the children for what ever learning situation problem arises. As a mom that makes me feel very good to know.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2010
Parent involvement at Field is really growing and we're seeing more families from the neighborhood coming back to the school. It's a marked change in the past two years - a trend that will continue. We love sending our child to our neighborhood school. It builds community and friendships.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Field is focused on providing the best education they can give. They have wonderful teachers, a fantasic Principal, and wonderful programs for the students to better themselves. My oldest daughter started at Field an average student, she is now in GATE & HONORS; and brags about being a Mentor to the younger generation. All this is thanks to the great teachers of Field Elementary for teaching her to reach for the stars and never give up. All dreams are possible. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2009
Our first experience and a few thereafter at this school was not pleasant, far too many changes and disorganized situations for parents, students and staff to have to deal with. With in the last 2yrs this school has made a vast improvement in both it's routine function and after school programs. I am now PROUD to say my Children attend E.Field Elementary! Thank you to the hard work and dedication to all staff and parent volunteers for making this school our best yet!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2009
This is our first year at Field and we are very happy. The principal is wonderful and she seems to know every child by name. Our son has made new friends and he greets me every day after school with a smile. The whole staff is very dedicated and professional. The school is growing and we believe it will soon ascend as one of Pasadena's top public schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
My child began attending this school this year and I am impressed. The school is clean, safe, organized, and a true community. My daughter loves it and so do I. There are plenty of opportunities for parent invement and wonderful commuinty growing at this school. It is clear that the leadership and staff have a vision.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
This school is a gem. It's in a great location and students are well-behaved and respectful. The principal is extremely competent and conscientious, and so is the teaching staff. The school campus is clean and well-managed. Parent involvement is growing and scores are going up. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for an alternative to private school. Best of all, our child is happy to go to school each morning !

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
After sending my child to Field for six years, I have been extremely happy with this school. The students are very well-behaved, and those that are not are dealt with immediately whether their parents like it or not...My child was always safe! Academically, the teachers were fabulous. Their caring inspired my daughter to always achieve her best. She was given challenging work and not bogged down with ridiculous assignments. She learned to play the violin, use a computer, sing, dance, draw, and most importantly to me, to read and write well. Thank you Field teachers for getting my daughter ready for middle school! A year later, I can look back and be thankful that I did not waste my money on private school (I was going to). My daughter still remains one of the top performing students in the district!

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- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
a wonderful school with many caring and dedicated teachers.

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February 19, 2005
This school has been an extreme disappointment. Most of the children in this school are problematic and disrespectful. I just recently enrolled my two children and my son already got suspended. My son has never gotten into any problems in school until now that he has to defend himself from kids who just want to fight all the time. It's ridiculous! Some teachers don't even bother to check the homework. I'm in the process of finding another school for my children to attend. Sorry, but I do not recommend this school to anyone.

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Field (Eugene) Elementary School
3600 Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 396-5860
Last modified Field (Eugene) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Field (Eugene) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top