Pasadena Education Network Holds Free Parent Programs

Programs Connect Parents with Each Other and Pasadena Unified Public Schools

Published : Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 7:28 PM

The Pasadena Education Network (PEN), a network of more than 1,200 parents who send their children to and support the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), announced their series of free programs to help parents understand their public school options in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. As more families are considering their public school options, the organization has expanded their offerings.

PEN offers programs for parents whose students are entering kindergarten through high school, including tools for evaluating educational options and an opportunity to meet parents of students who attend schools across the district. The fall parent programs kick-off with “Choosing the Right Elementary School” on Monday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, Sweetland Hall, 132 No. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. Dr. Mikala Rahn, the president of Public Works, a non-profit organization that evaluates schools throughout the state, provides parents of pre-school aged children with valuable information about what to look for when evaluating an elementary school for their children. Parents whose children attend schools throughout PUSD will be on hand during a reception following the presentation.

PEN’s other grade transition programs include “Myth vs. Reality: Middle School Parent Panel” on October 11 at Norma Coombs School, and “High School Options” on October 12. Families residing in Altadena are also invited to meet with Altadena families whose students attend PUSD schools at Altadena Library on September 12 at 7 pm. The series concludes on November 29 at the Pasadena Central Library with a program devoted to understanding the district’s Open Enrollment process whereby families can apply to attend a school other than their assigned neighborhood school. Complete program information and times, school information, and school tour schedules are available at

All programs are free. Spanish translation is available upon request. Please contact

The Pasadena Education Network (PEN) is an independent, grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes family participation in public education to ensure a quality education for all students in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. PEN provides services to help parents explore, evaluate, and engage with our community’s public schools. For more information visit .




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