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Pasadena, CA
Students enrolled: 577
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2089 Rose Villa Street
Pasadena, CA 91107

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(626) 396-5730
(626) 793-7581
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May 23, 2014
This is a great school. It isn't perfect but there is strong leadership. Most impressive is the leaderships responsiveness to each student. A student will not fall in the cracks here. Data is kept on each classroom and student and the school uses it to provide interventions, professional development, or programs. Its a safe and diverse school. It would be great to see more diverse teachers however many of the non-diverse teachers are culturally competent.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2014
Hamilton Elementary School is one of the best public elementary schools in Pasadena! We have high parent involvement via the PTA and Annual Fund. The school principal is very knowledgeable and motivated and she really cares about each student's academic performance and her staff's teaching effectiveness. If you are looking for the perfect elementary school, it doesn't exist. However, I would put Hamilton Elementary up against any of the private schools in Pasadena.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2013
The teachers at Hamilton really care about the students and it shows. Hamilton is one big community parents join together with the teachers in order to make the kids enjoy school.

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September 27, 2013
My son started kindergarten this year at Hamilton. We've been impressed with the teacher, classroom organization, and discipline here. We actually love the school uniforms, which makes getting dressed in the morning easier and instills a sense of equality and professionalism in the students. They know they are going to school to learn, not a fashion show. My son was in an expensive private school last year and we actually think the homework and teacher are better at Hamilton. While much bigger than a private school, we only have 18 kids in our class. I think you would want to take the tour and get involved, as it was a surprise after attending a small private school just how big and how much to learn there is about a public school. Each classroom has two room parents to assist the teacher and the PTA is very active, though in my opinion they ask for money too often for what they actually provide. Uniforms are required except on the first Friday of every month. The school also has a healthy food goal, so that no candy, soda or cookies are allowed, and fruit cups are served instead of cake or cupcakes for class parties and birthdays.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Hamilton is a fantastic school. The principal is great and works so hard to keep the school culture friendly and supportive. The teachers truly care about all their students. I moved to Hamilton's neighborhood a few years ago so that my two children could attend and I have not been disappointed. It has been a great experience for my children. My oldest child is now in 5th grade and I love the teachers. They make learning fun and my child is comes home excited about school. My younger child too!

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
Hamilton is a great school--friendly families, excellent principal. My children are in 4th and 1st grade. We've had a wonderful experience.

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August 22, 2012
I transferred my daughter from private school to Hamilton in 4th and 5th grade. The teachers were great. It's also depends on your child, if your child is very responsible then you will not be disappointed. Math is not a problem. she is now in 7th grade and taking Algebra. I feel that the new or current principal is not doing a good job.API score went down. Most of the parents doesn't like.Parent involvement also went down. She is not approachable. Math is good but reading is not enough in all grades. They do not have AR accelerated reading in the school.

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2012
Don't make the mistake that we made. Hamilton was great for 1st-3rd grade, but by the time we realized how terrible the 4th and 5th grades are, it was too late. My child wasn't able to get into private schools for middle school because he hadn't been taught the basic math skills necessary to get by. The 4th grade math is truly where Hamilton fails, and it is very hard to recover from the lack of instruction. After months of private tutoring, we are hoping to catch up to my son's peers at other public schools. I will say, the lower grades are fine and the K-3rd teachers were great.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2012
My sons have been going to Hamilton for the past two years and will attend again next year. Although most PUSD schools are mediocre at best, Hamilton is really a good school. The teachers are very good and keep you updated on your kids (as long as you the parent show some interest). The parent involvement is pretty good. Lots of participation during school events. I really appreciate the diversity of the school.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2012
My children LOVE Hamilton school. If you live in the neighborhood count yourself lucky! My children were lucky to get in on open enrollment. We were at Burbank, and the difference is night and day. The teachers really care, and they really invest in the kids. Parents of all backgrounds help-out any way they can. When other schools are enduring cuts to programs, the community here works together to save them. A real can-do attitude among faculty and parents. Best computer lab in the district.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2012
My children attend Hamilton School. We used to love Hamilton, but now we are very disappointed. Our new principal doesn't get things done like our past principal. Some teachers are excellent, but some are mediocre and don't really care about anything except teaching to the state tests. The office staff is terribly rude and the standard answer to any inquiry is always either "don't know" or "that's omebody else's job". The budget cuts mean no school nurse some days, and the kids are out of luck if they get sick. I would go on but I am running out of space.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2012
How sad it is that Hailton School has dropped to this point. My grandchild began there as a kindergartner in 2008 when it was an academically good and enjoyable school to attend. We were extremely satisfied with our teacher and with the principal. The school ran beautifully. Now, we have lost our principal and have one who really isn't keeping the good standards that were in place when she arrived. It is crushing to see the school change from being a Blue Ribbon School to a now underperforning school (as per letter sent home to parents at the beginnning of this school year. It is disheartning to me to have the experience of calling Hamilton School with a question about dismissal time or about an after school program and being told, at the other end,:"I have no idea". I have seen other parents leave Hamilton School in pursuit of a better educational experience. We will also not come back in the Fall because of the points I have described.

- submitted by a community member

March 03, 2012
I've walked around the school and love this area! Pasadena isn't known for their schools so where do most of the kids that attend Hamilton go for middle school and high school? Do these schools (middle/high) have the same academic excellence that Hamilton seems to possess?

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2010
First, let me say that K through 3rd grades are very good at Hamilton. However, beware that 5th grade is a disaster. Before enrolling your student in 5th grade, please talk to some parents of kids that have had to endure it.

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February 05, 2010
Absolutely a wonderful school! Great principal, teachers and caring staff. Love the diversity both racial and economic. Lots of parental support and community involvement.

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September 21, 2009
A great community atmosphere and one of the most active PTAs around

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September 21, 2009
Wonderful teachers and principal who provide an ideal atmosphere for children to learn & thrive. Parental support is superb

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September 16, 2009
My children attented this school and now my grandkids. It is a higly effective school with a caring and gifted staff.

- submitted by a community member
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September 16, 2009
Great school with a great staff. I went there and now my Daughters are going there!

- submitted by a parent

December 22, 2008
As a parent who was torn between public and private school, I am completely happy with my choice of my children attending Hamilton. The teachers are exemplary, and the commitment of the school to the kids and the community is refreshing. I would recommend this school to anyone, and credit Ms. Rudchenko with creating a positive environment with high expectations.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2008
Hamilton is an awesome school! My daughter attended form 1st.-5th. grades, and all of her teachers have been wonderful....providing support, with discipline. Great Staff...Great Parents...Great Kids...Great School!

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June 14, 2008
Wow what can i say? I feel so lucky that my child attends Hamilton. The teachers are strong and caring, and the parental support is phenomenol. My daughter has loved her two teachers Ms. Garcia and Ms. Sandoval. She thrives because of their guidance. Thank you to all who make this a #1 school.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2007
This is a great school, If our child does not want to learn, he or she will be held back. Every school needs to be more like this, encourage each child to be their best at everything they do. Proud father of a 4 grader.. Keep up the excellent work.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2007
Hamilton Elementary is my second home. I've been there all of my life..from kindergarten all the way to my last year, sixth grade. It's a wonderful learning environment where you can have fun as well. The school is very friendly and outgoing. Hamilton has awesome staff members! They really care about each and every student at the school. They make it fun every year. We have outstanding carnivals, field trips, talent shows,etc. I'm really going to miss my school. All the friendly people, the environment, just..everything! Hamilton is just, the number 1 school ever!

- submitted by a student

December 08, 2005
I've been very pleased with my daughter's experience at Hamilton Elementary. The principal and faculty are all committed to high standards and expect the children to do well. The environment is welcoming and friendly.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2005
I love this school!! Our first experience in Elementary School was all that I expected it to be and more! My son just completed Kindergarten and had Miss Pinnie as his teacher. She was/is awesome! I really like her approach and style of teaching. It's not so text book, its more progressive and hands on for the kids. More inventive?? I dont know how to explain it really. It just works! She is hip and more than qualified for this job. The principal is very involved in all aspects of her school. Parent teacher conferences, counseling & the community. The after school programs are also AWESOME!! Thank you Hamilton for a great Kindergarten Experience!! We are moving down to Newport Beach and will not be able to furthur attend Hamilton, but have found a great school in Newport Heights.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2005
I had my two children at this school and it's really a wonderful school. They have a safe and positive atmosphere. They have afterschool programs and encourage learning. They also reward students for positive behavior.

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February 13, 2004
It has been my experience as a parent of 3 Hamilton students, that this school has the potential to educate our kids in a special way. Hamilton School is a little diversity heaven with many students, and teachers that come from different ethnic backgrounds. Hamilton staff consists of very committed people who get the kids excited about learning, and participating in the activities that are offered; such as field trips, the carnival, barbeque's, etc. I feel grateful that my kids have had the fortune of having techers that care. I'm very thankful of Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Werking, Ms Hung and the Principal, Mrs. Rudchenko for taking the time to meet, and to discuss the best approach in helping my child. The school started a music program this year and it was an instant hit, there were students on the waiting list, eager to join the program. Hamilton also counts with two after school programs that keep students busy and at the same time learning. They are the LEARN's and 'Parks & Recreation' after school programs. It is my belief that achievement does not end when the exit bell rings, but continues at home. The difference between 'private' and 'public' is the name itself! -Not the education.

- submitted by a parent

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Hamilton Elementary School
2089 Rose Villa Street, Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 396-5730
Last modified Hamilton Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hamilton Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top