Explore Elementary

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Choosing an Elementary School
September 23, 2019

Selecting a school is one of the most important decisions a parent will make, yet myth and misperception often cloud our conversations about schools. Do state test scores adequately measure academic rigor? What about enrichment programs, diversity, and school culture? Of course you want your child’s school to offer a strong academic program, but that isn’t the only factor influencing your decision, nor should it be. This popular program is presented by PUSD parent and Assistant Professor of Education at Pepperdine University, Dr. Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, who has more than a decade of experience in K-12 public schools. Following the presentation, meet current PUSD parents who will be there to share their perspectives and answer questions.

Download notes from PEN’s 2017 Choosing an Elementary presentation.

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Navigating Open Enrollment in PUSD
December 3, 2019

Families in any grade level in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre may apply for admission to PUSD schools other than their assigned neighborhood school through the Open Enrollment process. Students are accepted based on availability and a random lottery process. PEN representatives explain the process and the timelines. A question and answer session will follow. Information presented at this program, including dates and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on PUSD’s Open Enrollment page. This year’s slide presentation is available here. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact us.

School Coffees

Check our calendar and the PEN News for opportunities to meet with parents from specific schools.