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Old 09-01-2018, 10:47 PM
 
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I currently live in Pasadena with a 3 and 4 year old. So of course schools are on my mind. I can’t afford a fancy private school tuition for two kids and really wanted to do public schools. Anyways, I know the schools here are terrible or that’s what I am constantly told. But when I checked out the ratings, I noticed a few decently rated schools. For example, Sierra Madre Elementary and Hamilton Elementary are pretty highly rated. Are these schools considered the hidden gems? I really want to stay in Pasadena as it’s where both my spouse and I work. I love this city and would rent/move in another boundary area to get into a better school. Any other insight or suggestions? I know South Pasadena is good and I have that as a backup. Which Pasadena schools are actually good??
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Some of the elementary schools in PUSD are improving. You can look at sites like this, below, to get an idea, although some of these ranking sites are not always completely accurate. Can you get your child into a magnet school?

https://www.schooldigger.com/go/CA/d...40/search.aspx
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I currently live in Pasadena with a 3 and 4 year old. So of course schools are on my mind. I can’t afford a fancy private school tuition for two kids and really wanted to do public schools. Anyways, I know the schools here are terrible or that’s what I am constantly told. But when I checked out the ratings, I noticed a few decently rated schools. For example, Sierra Madre Elementary and Hamilton Elementary are pretty highly rated. Are these schools considered the hidden gems? I really want to stay in Pasadena as it’s where both my spouse and I work. I love this city and would rent/move in another boundary area to get into a better school. Any other insight or suggestions? I know South Pasadena is good and I have that as a backup. Which Pasadena schools are actually good??
All three of my older kids were able to go to Hamilton Elementary and overall it is a hidden gem for PUSD. It is not the best school in the district but overall it's like the 3rd best after Sierra Madre and Wilson. But it is a very diverse school and the teachers are great, parent participation is high. We were very happy with them overall and my kids were sad that we had to move away in January to NC. We have had experience with them from PreK to 5th grade.

So I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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My son went briefly to Don Benito.

The problem is, your kids do get older and end up in middle school and high school. How do you feel about the middle and high schools in the area?
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:53 PM
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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I can tell you that schooldigger is the most accurate website for elementary schools. Do you live in the boundaries for those 2 schools? If you don't, then you have no guarantee that your kid can attend one of those schools. There are better schools in almost every direction from Pasadena.
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:11 PM
 
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I sent four kids through Hamilton in the 90s. It was a good school back then. Many of the kids parents had attended when there were of that age.
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