There are so many wonderful things to say about Pasadena High School, I don't know where to begin. There has been a real increase in the academic rigor and PHS currently offers 21 AP courses from which to choose in addition to a large selection of honors courses. Furthermore, PHS offers learning pathways which allow students to specialize in courses in an area of interest. They offer Creative Art and Media Design, Law and Public Service and the APP Academy. My son is currently enrolled in the APP Academy. In addition to his A-G curriculum he takes a course each semester in Web Application development and has learned to code to create websites and tablet and phone apps. With the knowledge he has gained, he and a group of fellow APP Academy students were able to enter and win a Hack-a-thon competing against adults and college students! All of this in addition to having a high level of academic rigor in his other courses. His teachers are experienced and dedicated and willing to go the extra mile by being available before and after school. We couldn't have asked for a better experience for him. Furthermore there are many fine arts, sports and extracurricular options so your child will be able to find his or her passion. But don't take my word for it take a tour, go see the campus and talk to the students and staff. You won't be disappointed.
Gilbert Barraza is the principal and has done a tremendous job during his tenure to increase the academic rigor, the culture to aspire for higher education, support of the learning academies and in his passion for the school and his students. He has been pivotal in the recent success that allowed PHS to be awarded as a US New and World Report Silver Award school.
They are constantly enforcing the idea of achieving to your highest potential in the students and they reward the hard work students do in academics, sports and extracurricular activities with recognition and awards.
The school is very diverse and fosters and environment of inclusivity. There is a wide assortment of clubs and organizations that allow students to meet and collaborate with liked-minded fellow students in areas ranging from Green Club to Social Justice. The administration, counselors and teachers are available and present on campus. They set high standards of behavior and are consistent in their expectations. Students feel and foster respect for others.
Having read reviews and attending open night at PHS, i really had high hopes when enrolling my daughter at our local high school. She has not even completed her first year at PHS and we have had to take her out of the school. Teacher and staff seem overwhelmed, in ensure each child receives the support they need. Unfortunately for my daughter, a serious bullying situation, was not dealt with, in a manner any parent would have expected.
Come on PHS! This school is located in the most decent area of Pasadena unlike other high schools in the district, yet many of the abject mediocre students who live near their respective schools attend PHS due to its overwhelming popularity. There's a discrepancy between the poor students' abilities and stellar academics at PHS. True, PHS takes pride through many ways, but what these inept students are doing is obscuring the true image of PHS -- the number one school in Pasadena, surpassing the standards of private schools. And I affirm for this to be true despite Marshall taking PHS' position in being the number one school in the district. For those reading this lengthy comment, you can see how this school receives mix views of the qualities that define PHS. Indeed it has a turbulent past in which hostility was imminent and fear was ubiquitous. Well, that was ten years ago, and there are many old timers still teaching at PHS who witnessed the dramatic changes of the student behavior every decade. The school had made a significant improvement in its environment as of 2010 and its academics still remain immensely challenging as it was over the past 20 years.