About Pasadena High School
Pasadena High School, situated at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains in
southern California, is an urban, four-year (9-12) comprehensive high
school. Its diverse student population of approximately 2100 includes
Latinos (43 percent), African Americans (25 percent), Asians/Filipinos (6
percent), and whites (26 percent, of whom the majority are of Armenian
descent). The Structured English Immersion Program offers Limited English
Proficient students an intense curricular experience in a three-hour block,
which focuses on accelerated English language development. A comprehensive
special education program provides special-needs students with a variety of
educational experiences as well as access to the core curriculum.
Pasadena High offers Advanced Placement classes in physics, calculus,
biology, U.S. history, English, and Spanish. In the last two years
Pasadena High School has had twenty-two nationally recognized AP Scholars
and over fifty Golden State Scholars who have received state recognition in
biology, chemistry, geometry, algebra, U.S. history, government, economics,
and written composition.
Despite a high mobility rate (approximately 25 percent of the student body
moves to another school each year), Pasadena students have made enormous
academic gains over the last five years. SAT scores have increased every
year since 1994. The 1998 graduating class won $480,000 in academic
scholarships and $29,000 in athletic scholarships.
In addition to academic achievement, students are involved in community
service projects, especially through the two business partnership academies
on campus, the Visual Arts and Design Academy and the Graphic
Communications Academy. Students also participate in a variety of
co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including twelve
interscholastic teams and over forty clubs.
The faculty and administration have been involved in school reform since
1989 and, specifically, with the Annenberg Institute's National School
Reform Faculty project since 1995.