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.
My children love it here despite its low rating. They went to green rated schools prior to this year. The teachers are wonderful. They do well with students with issues that require active parental involvement. They are very accessible through emails and actual discussions during student pick up. The office staff are dutiful, helpful and friendly. I watched as they stayed professional and classy when a few parents dropped their children off over an hour late, with no legitimate reasons. The principal is of the caliber seen in a "green" rated school. She's visible, approachable, and involved. I've watched her greet parents and students every morning and afternoon, suggest better choices to students and not ignore the quiet ones. She punishes accordingly those that break the rules, intervenes among quarrelsome students and mediates between parents too. She meets with staff, parents and volunteers often and is actually receptive to new ideas. We may stay at this school for the remainder of the children's primary education, if more parents get involved (yard detail/lunch helpers/class volunteers/Panther PACK) and special needs and medical issues are treated as a priority.
My children have been going to the school since Kindergarten. We have had three different principals since my daughter was in kindergarten four years ago. This year we were very apprehensive going into the new year. There is a new principal at Pasadena and she has been a breath of fresh air. She is always available to parents. She is involved with the children as well as the staff. She helps the children to cross the street safely every morning and is there to help them during pick up in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Pasadena now that Ms. Cummings is there. The teachers as always are wonderful and the office staff is always very helpful in answering questions and friendly faces when you first walk into the school.
I have worked at Pasadena Avenue Elementary School since 2010. Pasadena is in a great community. The teachers are wonderful and passionate about teaching. Much care is given to all of our students. Being a smaller school, we get to know our students well. Each day our Principal, Ms. Cummings, is out front to greet our students in the morning and is also out front during dismissal time. She has an open-door policy and is very open to speaking with parents/students/staff at any time. We strive to meet the needs of all of our students. I highly recommend Pasadena school. We encourage parents to check out Pasadena as a possible school for your children!
These teachers are so tolerant and patient with the number of students they have. If only all the parents did their parental jobs of teaching their kids manners and respect for not only adults but their peers too. Bravo Pasadena! Keep up the good work!
My daughters have been at Pasadena since Kindergarten and absolutely love this school. It is a small school tucked away in a residential neighborhood, but definitely has a country feel. The teachers are all friendly and supportive, the principal even opens your car door for you as you drop your children off in the morning ;-) There is plenty of opportunity to volunteer inside the classroom as well as field trips, family nights, after-school choir, Early Engineers and a yearly Harvest Festival. I've read previous reviews about children being "bussed" into the school...I, myself, live in the neighborhood and feel proud to send my children to this school. The test scores improve every year and have even been one of the top in the district in recent years. Go Pasadena Panthers!!!
This is our first year at this school. My children and I love this school. We were overloaded to Pasadena from a nearby school at the beginning of the year. At first I was apprehensive about my children attending a new school, however once I went to the school and met the principal (who is VERY accessible) as well as the teachers and office staff I fell in love, I immediately felt at home and comfortable. We came from a large and over-crowded school that was extremely disorganized with very little parent involvment to this great smaller P-5 school where there is huge parent involvement. This school is like a family. The teachers are AMAZING. I have met them all as I am often at the school helping out and they are so committed to the children and super approachable. They have an awesome program called Writer's Workshop that ecourages the children to write and be creative. My kindergartener has grown so much in his writing. They have an Art Docent program that exposes the children to wonderful works of art and allows them to do a variety of art projects pertaining to the art shown. They have a music program and a Early Engineering program.We are blessed to be a part of this school.
We have been at Pasadena for four years now and love it. We love that it is a small, neighborhood school where we know everyone. The teachers and staff are wonderful, friendly, and helpful. The new principal is a lovely and welcome addition to the school. Our kids just joined the afteschool program offered, Early Engineers, and not only do they love it, but they are learning and getting to be creative. This program goes right along with the school's STEMs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus and is a wonderful addition to the school. One of the focuses in the classroom is the Writer's Notebook and it has been wonderful to watch both of our children go from not liking to write at all to writing stories and carrying a notebook around all the time so they can write whenever they feel like it. While our children are not involved with this particular program, I do know the school has a after school choir program as well. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a nice, caring, small, local school where everyone is important.
WARNING! Despite being located in a nice, middle class area where parents will struggle, pinch-pennies, and work overtime to live in for the sole purpose of sending their kid to a school where the risk of a lousy peer group is minimal, this school has voted against that in favor of busing kids in from lousy neighborhoods to ensure a drop in classroom scores and in increase of belligerent, ignorant behavior, ruining a potentially decent school. Way to go!
Sadly, this school deserves no stars. Good teachers are hit and miss - probably 1 percent of the teachers really care about the individual students. Yesterday, a child was told by an older 6th grade male teacher that "no one wants you here." He should know that in that one sentence, he just wiped out hours of counseling that the child and his father have been vigorously attending. Those few words have destroyed that work and this child's self-esteem. The teacher has no clue what the child has to deal with abandonment by the mother and many other issues regarding her. SHAME ON HIM. He parades around the school in his shorts like the pied piper of pasadena with all the little girls following him. Unless your child is perfect, this is not the school for you.
Pasadena Ave Elementary has WONDERFUL: teachers and a great academic program. The campus is very nice and the classrooms are spacious. This school is, however, pretty chaotic and the staff does not have the upper hand over the students. The principal often does not take appropriate measures in disciplining bad behavior and lets problems like bullying and physical altercations go without being addressed properly.In my experience, and the experience of my children, the office staff is uninviting and even rude at times.. All in all, academically, this is a wonderful school. Socially, it is a very impersonal environment where individual emotional needs of students are not met.
My son has been at this school for the last 2 yr and he love it there and my other son will starting there soon as well we like it there
This school is a hidden treasure. The test scores are always rising. The parents are always friendly. Feels like a home away from home. I know my children are learning and are happy, so am I.
I absolutely love this school. I have had 8 (yes, you read that right) children enrolled there through the years. I was welcomed with open arms even before we enrolled. I was encouraged to participate on site councils every year and my opinion as a parent on where funds are placed is valued. My children feel safe and have wonderfull connections with their teachers. You cant ask for a better teaching staff!
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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