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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
South Pasadena Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in South Pasadena, CA. It has 4,794 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.

South Pasadena Unified School District Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Middle Schools in South Pasadena Unified School District

High Schools in South Pasadena Unified School District

Academics

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

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,794
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%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$96,579
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,661
National
$949
Median Home Value
$985,000
National
$184,700

South Pasadena Unified School District Reviews

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My family chose this school district because of the high ratings it had received. The culture of the high school is certainly very focused on achievement, which can be beneficial depending on your goals, but can also create a rather toxic culture of stress/workload/score competition. Staff and administration range from mediocre to wonderful, but there's no way to guarantee which side you will get. The worst experiences I've had personally centered on the counseling department's regulation of students' course choices. They have become progressively more strict since I entered the district, to the point that I have been flat out denied a course level change (AP to regular) when I had genuine concerns about my ability to pass the class on my schedule, and requested a change well before the beginning of term. Overall, this is not a bad school or a bad district, but there are problems which are hard to gloss over.
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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...
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.