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  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  7. Administration
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South Pasadena Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in South Pasadena, CA. It has 4,779 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 79% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
About South Pasadena Unified School District...
Address
1020 El Centro St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Telephone
(626) 441-5810
Website

South Pasadena Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
79%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1320
453 responses
Average ACT
30
179 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,779
Free or Reduced Lunch
13.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,015
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$41,592,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,830/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    3%

South Pasadena Unified School District Reviews

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I had a wonderful experience at South Pasadena. I had numerous opportunities in building lasting healthy mentoring relationships with a handful of teachers. This school really did everything in their willpower to make sure there was a place for everyone. There was diversity everywhere, and the system supported and encouraged it. There were many different clubs started by students. This alone reflected the school's success in inspiring their students to become engaged in school and taking their time in high school to build up their personal identities. There was a great amount of school spirit and individualistic spirit in the students. I am grateful to have gone to school here even if I didn't realize it at the time...
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South Pasadena Unified is a great public district that offers students a private-school education at all grade levels. It is a district with academic rigor, competitiveness, and other scholastic challenges. Although a very liberal and progressive area, the school district is not as progressive. They follow a very strict no-tolerance policy when it comes to discipline and academic failings. Instead of helping students overcome their academic and social struggles through mentorship and assistance, they reprimand students and often push them out of the district.

Your child must fit a specific archetype in order to fit in. One of academic excellence.
I would caution parents who look at the numbers on websites like this to find a "good" school. The high test scores reflect the fact that many of the kids at this school are getting private tutoring. My daughter's math teacher this year is terrible. The only kids who are doing well in the class are learning the math from parents in STEM fields or expensive tutors. The relentless focus on elite college admissions takes a toll on the kids, many of whom are depressed and anxious. The school has tried to address this issue through initiatives like Challenge Success, but it's not really working. It would have to start with the parents.