Explore Elementary

Check our Calendar for dates and times. For upcoming programs check the Upcoming Events listing on every page.

Choosing an Elementary School
September 17, 2018

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 Educational Policy Specialist Dr. Mikala Rahn, President of Public Works Inc., a Pasadena-based non-profit organization that provides independent program evaluations of schools throughout the state. Meet current PUSD parents who will be there to share their perspectives and answer your questions.

Download notes from Dr. Rahn’s 2017 presentation.

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Navigating Open Enrollment in PUSD
December 4, 2018

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.