PUSD at a Glance
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) serves approximately 17,000 Kindergarten through 12th grade students who reside in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. There are a total of 26 schools in the district, including 18 sites serving elementary grades (K-5), 7 sites serving grades 6-8, and 4 sites serving grades 9-12. Every school provides a curriculum based on the California Common Core Standards, attention to social and emotional learning, arts and other enrichment programs, after school programs, and a diverse population that PEN believes leads to a rich learning environment for all students.
The District’s Parent/Student Handbook (updated August 2016) provides a directory of PUSD schools and an overview of programs and services. Because homework impacts families, PEN facilitated a process to revise PUSD’s Homework Policy. See also PEN’s Who to Contact page. Some highlights about PUSD schools include:
- Ten elementary/K-8 schools had their most recent Academic Performance Index (API) above 800
- 21 elementary and middle schools had an API above 700
- Awards & recognition include a National Blue Ribbon School, California Distinguished schools, Title 1 Achieving schools, and more*
- All four Pasadena Unified high schools (Blair, Muir, Marshall, and PHS) made the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list for 2017
- Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at seven locations and Expanded TK currently at two locations
- Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs at San Rafael, Jackson & Jefferson Elementary schools and Blair IB Secondary (6-12); French DLIP at Altadena Elementary
- Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program at Field Elementary, Sierra Madre Middle and Pasadena High School
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and STEAM (add Art) magnet schools at Washington Elementary and Middle
- Eliot Arts Magnet middle school program that nurtures academic development through the integration of music, dance, theater and visual arts across the curriculum
- Advanced Scholars program at Wilson Middle
- Math Academy, a highly accelerated math program that allows gifted 5th, 6th, and 7th graders to begin learning Calculus
- International Baccalaureate Program (primary program at Willard; middle and diploma programs at Blair)
- High School College and Career Pathways Programs
- Dual Enrollment allows students to earn college credit for specified high school courses
- Recognized leader in the transition to Common Core Standards/21st Century Learning
- Arts for All school district including instrumental music and My Masterpieces visual arts program
- Middle School Robotics program
- Pasadena LEARNS Afterschool program (see also City of Pasadena’s After-School Adventures Program, available at several PUSD campuses)
- Naviance (college planning and application software) available to all secondary students
*U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly awarded silver medals to Blair and Marshall Secondary Schools (both 6-12) and Pasadena High School, ranking them among the country’s top high schools; Newsweek named it a top national public high school and ranked it above La Cañada, San Marino and South Pasadena high schools.
Go Public, a documentary film project produced in 2012, captured some of the people who participate in our schools.
- Bess, 5th grade, Webster Elementary
- Abby, 2nd grade, San Rafael Elementary (Spanish Dual Language Immersion)
- David, 2nd grade, McKinley K-8
- Joanna, 3rd grade, Field Elementary (Mandarin Dual Language Immersion)
- Esmeralda, parent volunteer, Madison Elementary
- Frances, principal, Hamilton Elementary
Pasadena Unified School District website
Admission and Enrollment
Welcome to Piedmont Unified!
Please review this page for the procedures and policies involved with admission to Piedmont Unified schools.
Step 1: Complete online enrollment forms.
• New to PUSD families?Enrollment Application (online). Note, you must be a resident of Piedmont or have an approvedInter-District Transferto begin this process.
• Existing PUSD families enrolling new students? use the Enrollment Application through the IC Parent Portal as described here.
Step 2: Meet with school representative for paperwork verification.
After completing the online application, you will need to visit with a school representative for paperwork verification, including proof of residency, birth certificates and immunization records. Either participate in new student Enrollment Day events (in March and August usually), or contact a school to schedule an appointment. This in-person document review and information session also provides an opportunity for new families to get questions answered.
Step 3: Set up Parent Portal accounts
Monitor your inbox for communications from the schools including setting up your parent portal account to our student information system. The parent portal account will eventually provide schedule and classroom teacher information, sign you up for school bulletins, and allow you to see grades/attendance information too.
- All students who live within the city’s boundaries are guaranteed a place in the Piedmont Schools.
- Owners who live on Split-Parcels must complete an Inter-District Transfer per Administrative Regulation 5117.
- A child who will reach the age of five on or before September 1 of the school year is eligible to enroll in kindergarten at the beginning of that school year or at any later time in the same year.
- Students whose fifth birthday falls between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible for a Transitional Kindergarten Program. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. More info on Transitional Kindergarten (TK).
Student Enrollment Policies
Before the student can be enrolled, you must provide the following documentation:
- A Grant Deed or Alameda County Secured Property Tax Statement showing Fiscal Year and Location of Property OR a Rental/Lease Contract
- Renters/Lessees must provide, at the time of enrollment, a copy of the property owner’s rental license from the City, in order to be considered a bona fide residence.
AND at least 3 additional documents which can be:
- Current W-2 Form or pay stubs with current imprinted address (figures may be blocked out)
- State or Federal tax return, with current imprinted name and address, filed within the past 12 months with W-2 forms attached (figures may be blocked out)
- Current Bank Statement with current imprinted name and address, showing activity within the last 30 days (figures may be blocked out)
- Original copy of entire PG & E bill or EBMUD bill within last 30 days which shows “Service to” portion of bill and name and address, and proof of termination of service from former residence (proof of termination not needed for present property owners)
- One major credit card activity statement with current imprinted name and address portion (figures may be blocked out)
- Voter Registration
- Correspondence from Government Agency
- Declaration of Residency executed by the parent or legal guardian of the student.
* The following items are NOT accepted as proof of residency:
- A post office box as an address
- A letter from a bank stating an account has been opened in your name
- Telephone bill
- A driver’s license or driver’s license ID
* The district reserves the right to request additional proofs of residency as necessary.
* Unannounced home visits by a District Residency Verification Officer may be conducted on an ongoing basis during the student’s attendance at Piedmont schools.