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2660 East Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107

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March 31, 2015
Assumption is a well rounded school where our kids develop spiritually, intellectually, socially, academically, and athletically. Parents and staff are down to earth, dedicated, pro-active, open and welcoming. Both our kids are in the younger grades and every day when they get to school the are welcomed with hugs and smiles from their friends and their buddies in the older grades. We feel blessed to be part of this community that we will always treasure.

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January 21, 2015
Selecting a school for our children was an extremely difficult decision, until we first walked onto the ABVM campus during at their Open House 2 years ago. Of all the schools we visited, no where did we feel as welcome as we did here. And that has not changed since day one. The staff, parents and students are truly one big family that make us feel welcomed and supported at all times. Academically we have no complaints so far. The students are both challenged and encouraged with every step. The balance of academics, arts, technology, faith and extra curricular activities is very important to us, and so far met beyond our expectations at ABVM. Every time I drop the kids off in the morning the smiles are everywhere, and I leave feeling confident that my kids are taken care of in every way, as if I were there with them. And that is the best feeling.

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January 21, 2015
We have two children at ABVM and could not be happier. More importantly they love it there. They adore the teachers and have made great friends. Our daughter is now in 1st grade and thriving academically and socially. She went into kindergarten reading simple Bob books and went out reading at a late 2nd grade level. She has experienced so much growth spiritually, emotionally and academically. I am so grateful for her kindergarten teacher, who proved to go above and beyond what I had expected. I could not imagine any of my three children not having her as one of their first teachers. Our son is in the new TK and we are so thankful for this class! He has come so far already, and thanks to another amazing ABVM teacher I know he will be ready and thrive in kindergarten. We are so blessed to be at ABVM with its wonderful community, nurturing environment and amazing academics! The teachers are all credentialed. The office staff is kind and helpful. The Principal and VP have displayed great leadership in helping bring this school to the next level and always have an open door if we have any questions or suggestions. They truly care about the children and the future of the school.

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January 17, 2015
I'm really surprised by the other recent review - our experience has been fantastic. We've had a couple different principals in our time here and there have been a few staffing changes during each of those administrations, but (a) sometimes people want to move on, and (b) we've had almost all the newer teachers and they have been completely awesome! Our kinder teacher was new last year and is a complete rock star - my daughter loved her and had tons of fun, plus in that one year she went from not reading to reading at a second grade level in one year, and doing first grade math! And she started them with a real focus on supporting their classmates which we loved. We also had a teacher who used to be kinder and moved to third grade last year. She helped them learn and grow so much socially and my daughter's ITBS scores were up in every category, in some cases waaay up. How can I complain about any of that? I feel that my kids are being loved and growing so much academically, and we have found some great friends as well. We are really lucky.

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January 17, 2015
With so many private schools in the Pasadena area it was a little daunting to pick a school that was right for us. I am very pleased we chose ABVM. Both my children are thriving and I am loving the support I get from teachers and staff. ABVM has made us feel very welcomed and my children are thriving socially and academically!

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January 17, 2015
No school is going to be the perfect fit for every family, but Assumption has definitely been the perfect fit for our family. The staff challenge the students academically while at the same time ensure they are growing emotionally and spiritually as well. I don't know how they do it, but each teacher we've had has managed to challenge each student at their own level. And in a way that keeps the learning fun for the kids! The community at the school can't be beat. The students in the upper grades are so caring towards the younger ones - no matter where we see them, either on campus or at a weekend sporting event unrelated to school, they come over to say hi and check on the younger ones. And as parents, we've met so many wonderful Friends. We have a true network of support and couldn't ask for a better peer group. Our youngest has had the joy of being in the inaugural transitional kindergarten class. What an amazing program! Truly a case of the administration listening to the needs of the community and finding a way to make things happen. Quite simply, we couldn't be happier than we are at Assumption.

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January 16, 2015
We have had a very negative experience at ABVM. The Principal and AP are not qualified and lack in leadership, communication and compassion. Many wonderful and seasoned staff have left the school and many families have fled. This school does not offer a safe and nuturing enviroment for children to grow academically or socially.

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October 30, 2013
This is our 9th year at ABVM and only 8 more years to go! Our 8th grader, along with our 5th and 3rd grader, are showing our Kindergartener the ropes at school. :) We have been blessed to have found the Assumption Community and have been truly happy here. The teachers, staff, and leadership are wonderful! The overall feeling of family and community are always present.

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October 28, 2013
We have been extremely happy with both the academics and the community at Assumption. Our son is a gifted student who has remained challenged and engaged each and every year. His teachers have worked to make sure that he has assignments/goals that may be more advanced than some of the other students. Our whole family has made lifelong friendships and have found a spiritual home at the Parish.

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October 25, 2013
This school is strong in their Catholic identity, academics and athletics. Every graduate for at least the last few years got into their number one choice for high school! The teachers go out of their way time and time again to help the students. The technology use to assist the teacher in the classroom is outstanding. They have a full PC lab, smart boards and an Ipad program in the 6-8 grade classes. The administration is strong and is supported by an active PTO and Consultative School Board.

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October 15, 2013
A little slice of heaven... We truly love our school, community and my son is thriving at ABVM. In suburban Los Angeles it's not often that you find a "small town" feeling school where everyone knows most everyone in the school by name and you feel like a community is caring for your child. The teachers are amazing, administration supportive and we are so happy to be here. I find the curriculum challenging, my son is learning Spanish, which is part of every class curriculum and when summer rolls around, he isn't interested in camp - he wants to go to summer school and be at ABVM. I also know he is getting a quality education that will carry him far in life and the next steps (high school, college, etc.) So while I can go on and on, let me share my second grade son's comment. We live in the local community and one day out of the blue my son said, "Mommy, we can never move because i don't ever want to leave being this close to ABVM". The jury speaks - and when your kid feels this comfortable in his academic environment, you know they are doing something right!

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October 14, 2013
This is our fourth year at ABVM, and we've had a great experience. My kids feel like the teachers really care about them individually, and the administration is continually surprising us in showing how a little Catholic school can keep pace with the changing face of education. My kindergartener is using iPads and having Spanish three times a week, and my third grader is reading 3 or more chapter books a month. When I mentioned to our teacher that I could use some help encouraging my daughter to choose more challenging reading material, within two days she had approached my daughter in a very kind way about it, the reading specialist had gone through the new book order form with her and marked appropriate books, and the libarian spent some time with her personally and made sure she came home with two perfect books that she was excited about reading. The older kids are themselves responsible for putting on school events like the Halloween carnival, and are so kind to and supportive of the littler kids. We also have great family community events, like class wide parent socials, the annual outdoor movie night put on by the Knights of Columbus, and Family Fun Night in the spring.

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June 27, 2011
Choosing Assumption for our daughters has been one of the best choices my husband and I have ever made. We applied to several Catholic schools in the area, and we were really impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and the caliber of students graduating from ABVM. The parish and school are both led by hard-working, faith-filled individuals who are leading the ABVM community in such an amazing direction. In addition to the stellar academics, the students are really respectful and hard working. There has been an increase in the number of extra-curricular activities offered at the school, too, from chess to skateboarding. The community has really supported the school, raising enough funds to have SmartBoards in every classroom and a pilot program for some classes featuring iPads starting in Fall 2012. If you are open to a Catholic education for your children, Assumption is probably one of the best places to put your kids and your money in the entire San Gabriel Valley.

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May 18, 2011
Continuation to most recent post (After having our children previously enrolled) Myself and our children are catholic yet since we've been in the different educational environments our children have not been involved in the church as much as I would have liked, this has not been a problem for them. They were accepted and throughly enjoying the religious instruction. As a matter of fact in one of child's class ,there are several non-catholics, which has never presented itself as a problem. In other words: All our welcomed! Our only regret is that we did not find this wonderful school earlier in our children education.

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June 12, 2010
Assumption made it possible for my child to get into his #1 choice for high school. The staff is caring and helpful and the principal is a great administrator that gets amazing things accomplished.

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April 20, 2010
Assumption is an amazing school! I have 2 boys and they excel academically and socially. The teaching staff is wonderful. They are very approachable and always concerned about the children's well being. I would highly recommend this school both for the academic and the community. It feels like a home away from home.

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November 23, 2009
ABVM is an awesome environment for the kids! It's an environment that achieves results in academics and beyond. Our son is in his 5th year at the school and he is developing into a fine young man. His growth is attributable in great part to the school and its teachers and wonderful staff.

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October 09, 2009
This school is amazing! It is only my third year here and both my children are excelling in class and on the sports field. My son struggles as a reader and they were able to give him the confidence he needed to succeed. He is now in 4th grade and reading Harry Potter without prodding.

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November 10, 2007
Assumption is a great school with dedicated, highly-qualified teachers. Parents are very involved. An excellent religious education program (starting with pre-K) is offered on Sundays which includes preparation for Holy Communion and Confirmation. Class sizes are 35 or below; and for grades K-4 there's a teacher and an aide, as well as parent volunteers for art, computers, drama, library, etc. The school has a brand new science lab. The Youth Group does a lot of community outreach, as do the rest of the students. Graduating students score highly on entrance exams and get accepted to academically challenging high schools. Few schools can boast about 1) their basketball team playing at the Staples Center in the CYO Finals and 2) being first in Deanery in the Academic Decathlon and 3) having an awesome pastor (Fr. Gerard O'Brien) and principal (Ms. Christine Hunter)but Assumption can!

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July 01, 2007
ABVM is the best kept secret in Pasadena! I am a teacher in the public schools and what I see my children learning in the lower grades in comparison to the public schools or many of our local private schools is incredible. When my husband called many of the local high school counselors to see how prepared are the Assumption children. They all said that the Assumption children do extremely well in comparison to the other children. Also, they stated that the Assumption children test higher on the H.S. entrance exam. Parent involvement is required. The teachers are great, the principal is incredible and Father Gerard is supportive. We're very happy.

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June 05, 2007
Assumption students score above national averages. The school is small--one class per grade. Parent involvement is strong. Faculty and staff seem competent and dedicated. The only significant short-fall is the lack of a foreign language program. The school could also benefit with the addition of a hands-on science lab. My daughter traversed K thru 8 at Assumption and absolutely loves the school, its teachers and staff.

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April 21, 2007
Assumption has a great program ! Their academics are extremely strong , and their 8th graders get accepted to academically challenging schools every year ! Their decathlon team is amazing. The sports at Assumption are mind boggling ! The kids are not placed under a load of pressure , have fun , and perform at an unbelievable standard. This year the Varsity Boys Basketball Team made it all the way to the CYO finals at Staples Center. Football , volleyball, and track are also very successful ! The community is very down to earth , no snobbiness at all. There are many parent activities and opportunies to help out. Assumption has instilled great qualities in my children , and I encourage you to check it out !

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April 13, 2007
Their classes are grossly overcrowded. The second grade has over 35 students this year?

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March 26, 2007
I think this is really one of the best kept secrets in Pasadena. Academics are excellent. Most students seem to get accepted to excellent local HS's like Loyola and St Francis. Teachers are very good starting with Prunty in K. However, the one thing we love is that the families are very nice and active within the school. No snobbishness either. A+

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Students graduate getting their 1st choice high school among top caliber Catholic and private schools in the area. Our goal is provide exceptional as well as accessible education to all those who wish to have robust academics infused with faith based principles of living. K-8 Spanish, advanced technology integration, primary literacy development, and strong athletics are areas of special distinction and focus.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School
2660 East Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 793-2089
Last modified Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top