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9-12
Private
Sierra Madre, CA
Students enrolled: 166
Before care: No
After care: No

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200 North Michillinda Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

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(626) 355-3463
(626) 355-3153
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March 20, 2014
There is a lot of concern for every student at Alverno! My daughter and my niece both attended and they were given opportunities I fear they would not have had in a different environment. I am confused as to the negative comments because our experience with this school has been truly amazing and a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
Alverno is an excellent school. My daughter is a sophomore and she chose Alverno two years ago because the students were so welcoming to her. Now that she is an Alverno student herself, she considers campus is her second home. Academically she is excelling and socially she is thriving. She loves her teachers and has made good friends. I recommend Alverno to all of our friends with daughters!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Please do not waste your money. If you live in a good public school district, research the possibility of sending your child there. My daughter needed help with math and her math teacher was not available after school because she had children of her own and needed to get home right away. I do understand this and did not expect her to be there five days a week. However, two times a week would have been very helpful. If your child is a good student, she will do well anywhere. Alverno is so lacking. The principal is rude and shows no compassion for families that do not have money. The administration needs to be replaced with people that care. My sister went there for only a year and when it was time for my daughter to pick a school, my sister was so very disappointed we picked Alverno for our daughter. Save this money for college or invest it in an account for your child. You will be glad you did. Enrollment here is so low. Numbers don't lie.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
I attended Alverno in the 90s and I found myself prepared for college and I had the ability to stand up for myself and work hard for what I wanted. I feel like my high school experience gave me the courage to do that. The teachers and administration were supportive of me as a student and I feel that I received a top-notch education. I was fully prepared for college and made the Dean's list all through my four years. I went on to graduate school where I graduated with highest honors - 4.0 grade point average. Thank you Alverno... and mom and dad!

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
Alverno High School has been a homecoming for our family. Our daughter will graduate in 2016, 30 years after her mother and twenty years after her aunt. Alverno embraces, envelops, and encourages the girl who marches to the beat of her own drum. The education our daughter is earning is exemplary, but equally as important is the development of her own self. We knew that sending our daughter to Alverno would enhance the gifts she already has, but this was never truer than when we heard her sing a solo at the Harvest Concert during her Freshman year. Our seemingly shy, reserved girl stepped forward, held that microphone, and came alive. It was a beautiful moment as parents to witness. We will treasure it always because we knew she was home.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
I attended Alverno and find that the reviews speak to the uneven nature of the academics. Some teachers are remarkable and truly inspiring. Some are miserable and destructive. One in particular (who is still on staff and for some unimaginable reason has some kind of academic leadership position) failed to understand the subject she taught and would rather berate her students than read the text which she was meant to elucidate. Also, the college counseling was a contradiction in terms. I had to research for myself all of the universities I was interested in and discover all of the potential scholarships on my own. Luckily, I was motivated and succeeded, but it was in spite of Alverno's help in this regard, not because of it. In the end, though, quite a few of the AP classes were good (not biology or calc, sadly), and the relationship with the other girls was probably the best part (mutual suffering can build strong bods!). If Alverno wants to truly empower women, it might strive to provide them with the intellectual foundation they need to excel.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2012
Alverno is an amazing school that provides its students with opportunities that they otherwise would not have at another school. It encourages its students to speak up and ask questions. Teachers are always available for tutoring and to help their students succeed. Learning at Alverno is very interactive and students learn not only in the classroom but also outside of the classroom so that they get hands on experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The young women that graduate from Alverno are fully prepared for college and the lives ahead of them with the life experiences and knowledge to take them to great places.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2012
I love Alverno because I feel like this isn't just a school but really is a community. The teachers are really great and are very interested in what they teach and are very inspiring. I really enjoy being in Book Club and that there is a club for everyone at Alverno!

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2012
Alverno was probably the most important part of my journey to find who I am. I was able to grow and develop as a person and in my academics. I love all of the faculty and staff. They personally invested in my growth and I would not be as confident or as prepared for college if I did not go to Alverno.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2012
Alverno High school was a good school when I attended in the 80's. Now it is a Fantastic school in 2012 and that is why my daughter attends currently!~

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
I attended Alverno and would send or refer in a heartbeat. The education I received and the lasting friendships that I developed are irreplaceable.

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2012
I am a past parent whose daughter graduated from Alverno a few years ago. When my daughter was in 8th grade, she was horribly bullied and really struggled academically. Within a few weeks of her being at Alverno, I noticed a complete change in her. When her first quarter report card came out, I was floored by her grades-- all A's and one B. It was amazing to me how much a difference the school could make in 3 weeks! In 3 weeks, she was happy and confident and completely different. I will be forever grateful to Alverno for providing my daughter with that amazing life changing experience. Today, she has graduated from college and graduate school and has an amazing job. I know that none of this would be possible without Alverno. I cannot say enough how much this school means to my family and I implore you to look at Alverno for your daughters.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
I have two daughters that attended Alverno. They were two completely different types of students, yet, they both graduated being the best women they could be and have both excelled in their fields. The emphasis on leadership, community service and total inclusion is something I have not seen at any other local high school - and I have seen them all! The faculty and staff are completely committed to their students and it is evident in the number of women that constantly go back to visit their alma mater.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
My daughter and a majority of other girls that attended this high school has been bullied. The administration decided to ignore the problem and kick out the victims instead of helping the issue. This school is hell and many girls are leaving because of the lack of education and respect. The principle and vice principle needs to be replaced ASAP.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2012
My daughter attended Alverno and graduated in 2012. She came into Alverno as a shy, nominal student and left a leader with a strong GPA who was rewarded with acceptance into seven out of eight universities she applied to. Like any other school, Alverno has great teachers, and average teachers. The strength of Alverno lies in its numerous opportunities in activities, volunteer service, arts and sports. Due to the small size there is a strong sense of community among the students and faculty. We are happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
Alverno is the best thing that ever happened to me, it has been my second home and I would not change my experience there for the world. Everyone on campus is friendly, helpful and dedicated to making students succeed. The teachers are remarkable and so are the academics. The sense of unity is strong within the Alverno community and I enjoyed ever minute of my time there. Their philosophy is to empower every young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and that s exactly what it does over a period of four years. The whole Alverno experience that is obtained over each year is well worth $13,000. Alverno is very generous with giving girls scholarships who earn them and are overall very flexible. Throughout my four years at Alverno I have seen my fellow classmates become strong and independent leaders of the future. My classmate s acceptances were also very vast. In my opinion Alverno is just as good as any other private school in the Pasadena area maybe even better, just look at the colleges we get into.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2012
It is a mistake to send your child to Alverno High School. The school is losing more students that it has coming in. Over 100 girls have left the school. They try to keep it a secret. You have to ask yourself why so many girls leave. Many of the teachers are not worthy of their titles. You better not owe a dime or your child will be humiliated by being pulled out of class and not allowed to take mid terms and finals. They are not allowed to participate in any activity. This school does not live up to their mission statement. They are so welcoming when your daughter is accepted and after that the school is a complete nightmare. Talk to parents who have their child at Alverno. You will be surprised at what they have to say.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
My daughter currently attends Alverno and hates it! She feels that the teachers are not as available to help and instead refer you to the honor students instead. Alverno is not worth $13,000.Yes theyare the lowest priced school in the Pasadena area but their curriculum does'nt even come close to La Salle or FSHA. I also feel that the administration is not sympathetic to families that are middle class and are in need of financial help. If for some reason your are late with a payment or registration fees instead of giving you an extension they tack on a late fee($100). That's not very christian like. My daughter is not an "A" student but she is well disciplined and a hard worker , too bad that this school doesn't help the students that need that extra help.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
Alverno has been a huge disappointment. The OLD administration really needs to be replaced. There are several very poor teachers (that don't teach), a campus that is in a sad state of disrepair, and an administration that doesn't seem eager to fix any of it. Enrollment is way down, so the school is constantly asking for additional donations to cover their costs. I'd recommend against sending your daughter to this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
We made a big mistake in sending our daughter here. Bad principal and vice principal and teachers are marginal. Our daughter does not want to change schools because she has established friendships, however our younger daughter will most certainly not attend this school. Despite having the girls in private schools their entire academic life, I think a public school would be a better choice compared to Alverno

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
My school is small so you can know everybody. This website lies about the number of students. We have about 196 right now because a lot of kids and parents haven't liked it and left the school. I like my friends and a few teachers, but I have had a few teachers that don't teach well at all. If it wasn't for my friends I would want to leave here too, because I talk to my friends that go to other schools and they have more support from their teachers and the school leaders. That is where we are especially bad in the school leaders. They are just plain mean to those who are not their favorites and they don't enforce the rules evenly, which makes many of us very angry.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2011
Having sent my son to an all boys' school I have a basis for comparison. Unfortunately for my daughter the comparison cannot be made. Alverno has been a huge disappointment. Their motto is to empower young women, but they do so by beating them down and the administration gives a horrible example of women in positions of power. The school is run in a very amateurish fashion, with the standards for faculty set way too low, despite claims to the contrary. My daughter has had a couple of good teachers, a couple of adequate teachers and sadly more bad teachers than the two previous groups combined. Definitely not worth the money (I paid more for my son's school), and this is a case of not getting anywhere near what you paid for.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
I currently attend Alverno high school and like it a lot. The school contains great teachers with outstanding work ethics. The school genuinely cares about your well being and makes a big effort to make sure you're doing well. The atmosphere is welcoming and you will never feel left out. The girls are all very nice and I can say that because I'm a student there and see the interaction between students on a daily basis. If you are planning on having your daughter apply to Alverno, go ahead! I never thought I would choose Alverno, but it has been a blessing in my life. Go jaguars! Class of 2015!

- submitted by a student
October 13, 2011
Alverno was the best possible choice for our daughter. The teachers are smart, organized, and interested in each girls' education. The curriculum is interesting, creative, and challenging. Extra curricular activities are encouraged and all girls are welcome. This is a very kind and inclusive place. My daughter truly looks forward to going to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
I am currently a student at Alverno and I give my highest rating to the school. The overall environment is truly unique and gives a sense of welcome. The teachers are very motivated, understanding, and exceptional. I have been offered a variety of honors and AP classes and feel that I am prepared for a university. With classes ranging from 10-25 girls, I am given undivided attention from the faculty. Alverno High School educates the whole and the small class sizes enable your daughter to take part in anything desired. I entered as a timid freshman and am now blossoming into a compassionate leader. I am proud to say I am an Alverno jaguar and it was the best decision my parents and I have made thus far.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
This school is small and personable. It meets the students at their level and is very inclusive.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
Alverno provides a superior environment for teen age girls. The teachers and staff are wonderful and truly care about their students. My daughter has blossomed into a lovely, responsible individual who loves her school, her friends and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
I'm an alumnus of Alverno. I must say, it was a tough school academically! I was more than prepared for college. Unfortunately, I then attended PCC and a state university - Alverno had prepared me for so much more. College was almost like taking a step backward. I was getting Bs and Cs studying my brains out in high school...yet flew through college with As! How sad these public colleges are set up for mediocrity.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
I'm a recent graduate of this school and I can say wholeheartedly that it is worth the expense to send your daughter to this institution. The faculty and staff are very attentive to the students' needs, and the administrative staff in particular is always accessible to both parents and students. The calibre of the Campus Ministry, Athletics, and AP programs is superior. I will say though, that there is room for improvement in the departments of math and science; the shuffling of staff every year doesn't help to keep cohesion within the departments and students get discouraged when there is a new teacher every year for the same subjects. However, I am currently a student at UCLA and I feel that I was definitely prepared academically, socially, and spiritually because of my time at Alverno.

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2007
This school can cater to any of the child's interests from sports to singing and acting! This school is a great choice!

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Incredible school, probably the best in the area. Teachers are involved and really want the best for your daughters, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with. 100% recommended!

- submitted by a former student
no rating April 29, 2006
Very expensive for the quality of education provided.

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December 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
Well balanced between academics and extra-curriculars; many opportunities for girls. Great experience overall; well worth the expense.

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June 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 23, 2004
My daughter is a senior at Alverno and we continue to be very pleased with the calibur of the education. Academically the faculty is very strong, many have been there several years, and the core subjects of math, english, language and science are outstanding. My daughter is involved in so many activities, from choir to yearbook, from drama to Christian service, that the bigger issue is having free time. But the school overs so many opportunities for girls to lead and be involved, that girls do like to stay active. The Principal attends countless events for the students and is readily accessible for parents. Her experience and dedication are visible in so many resources and commitments she brings to the school. The AP classes are another strong area, and I am particularly pleased with the school's ability to engage and promote student talent. It is a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2004
This is a wonderful school for young women. My daughter attended Alverno kicking and screaming at first, by the time she graduated she was wonderfully articulate, confident and secure in her ability to succeed at the university level. She graduated this year from the University of San Francisco and is continuing her education by pursuing her PhD in Philosophy. I know for certain it is the skills, and support she gained at Alverno that not only made her enthusiastic about her education but gave her the skills to succeed.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
This school taught me so much and I recommend any parent to send their daughter to this school. The school pushes their students to achieve their very best. I feel if I graduated from here, anyone can just as long as they put their effort and their mind to it.

- submitted by a former student
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Alverno High School
200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA  91024
(626) 355-3463
Last modified Alverno High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Alverno High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top