Posted January 3, 2012
Pasadena is a Pre-School - 5th Grade Elementary School. We have a focus around STEMS, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We are a high performing school with a strong Balanced Literacy Program.
Our son has attended Pasadena for the past 2 years and we have been quite happy with the education he has received there. In our experience the teachers have been wonderful. They seem to be fully invested in their students education and welfare.
This school is clearly suffering from a lack of funding due to the declining enrollment in the district. One area in which this is most notable is in the area of educational technology. The computers are sadly out of date. The teacher population is clearly aging. While some of them show excellent expertise from their years of experience, there are several others who show clear burn out. The academics your child receives here depend on the teacher and classroom.
The preschool is good. I think the location helps the school be less busy than others close by.
Pasadena is an overflow school. They bus kids in from all over the district. There is very little parent invlovement. The teachers, although with good intentions are just too overwhelmed to take any extra time for the students. My child entered Kindergarten with only one other boy in his class. When I mentioned that I wanted to be involved, they were shocked and pleased at the same time.
My son has been at Pasadena since K and is now in 2nd grade. The more cuts they make in the public schools, the more my son gets lost in the shuffle. Now they are shortening the school hours next year? How much more can they cut, before they notice they are harming children's education?
My oldest son has gone to Pasadena for 5years, my youngest has been there for 3years. I would never think about changing schools. The Teachers at Pasadena make the school the best in the nation in my book. Thank you to all the Teachers at Pasadena for all your hard work & commitment to helping the students succeed.
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