Pasadena Unified 2015-2016 School Year Open Enrollment Begins January 8

Applications for Magnet Programs, Dual Language Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Themed High School Academies and Other Signature Programs Accepted Only at

Published : Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 4:06 PM

As Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students begin the second semester of the 2014-15 school year, it is time for families to think about next school year as well. PUSD’s Open Enrollment application period for the 2015-16 academic year begins January 8 and continues through January 29, 2015 exclusively online at

Open Enrollment is the district’s school of choice program that offers students the opportunity to attend schools with themed or specialized programs or a campus other than their school of residence. All students living within PUSD boundaries entering kindergarten-11th grade in the 2015-16 school year are eligible to participate in Open Enrollment. Families who live outside of district boundaries will be able to submit an application of interest in the second phase of Open Enrollment March 23-27.

There will be new school attendance boundaries in place for the 2015-2016 school year. Families can visit to see their new PUSD schools of residence. Any child presently attending a school outside of their attendance boundary will not have to change schools next year.

As a result of the new attendance boundaries, Don Benito Fundamental School and Norma Coombs Alternative School are now considered schools of residence, although there will be ample spots at both schools available via Open Enrollment for students from across the district. Field Elementary School (Mandarin Dual Language Immersion) and San Rafael Elementary School (Spanish Dual Language Immersion) join Marshall Fundamental School as schools without a neighborhood attendance boundary and available exclusively through Open Enrollment.

Signature programs for the 2015-16 school year that are available through Open Enrollment include:

Dual Language Immersion Programs

- Two K-5 Spanish Dual Language Immersion programs at San Rafael Elementary School and Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy.

- A K-5 Dual Language Immersion Program in Mandarin Chinese at Field Elementary School.

Magnet Programs

- A Spanish Dual Language Immersion and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet at Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy.

- A STEM Magnet Program at Washington Elementary STEM Magnet.

- A middle school Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program at Washington STEAM Magnet Academy.

- Visual and performing arts for grades 6-8 at Eliot Arts Magnet.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

- The IB Primary Years Programme (Grades K-5) at Willard Elementary School.

- The IB Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10) and the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12) at Blair School.

College and Career Pathways (Themed high school academies that partner with local institutions and businesses to provide mentoring and workplace learning opportunities)

- Academy of Creative Industries Pathway at Marshall Fundamental School.

- App Academy: Mobile, Web and Game Development at Pasadena High School.

- Arts, Entertainment and Media Pathway at John Muir High School.

- Business and Entrepreneurship Pathway at John Muir High School.

- Creative Arts, Media and Design Pathway at Pasadena High School.

- Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy at Blair High School.

- Engineering and Environmental Science Pathway at John Muir High School.

- Health Careers Academy at Blair High School.

- Law and Public Service Pathway at Pasadena High School.

To participate in PUSD’s Open Enrollment, families need to complete the 2015-2016 application online at Applicants may indicate up to five school choices in order of preference. This Open Enrollment application window closes on January 29, 2015. School placement is by random lottery and placement is not based on when an application is submitted. Families participating in Open Enrollment will be notified about their school placement by February 20, 2015.

Assistance and computers for Internet access to complete the online Open Enrollment application are available on the following dates and locations:

Room 240, PUSD Education Center, 351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena

Friday, Jan. 9 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Tuesday, Jan. 13 (4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Thursday, Jan. 29 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

PUSD School Sites

Wednesday, Jan. 21(regular school hours)
Wednesday, Jan. 28 (regular school hours)

Unlike past years, there will not be a waiting list at the conclusion of the Open Enrollment lottery. Any seats not filled in initial phase of open enrollment will be made available in the second phase of open enrollment March 23-27 with placement also determined by a random lottery. This second phase of open enrollment will be for PUSD students who have not yet registered for the 2015-2016 school year. Non-resident applications will also be accepted during this period for any remaining seats not filled by district students.
Families can learn more about PUSD and its schools by viewing the PUSD School Guide at, touring a school and/or attending the PUSD First Choice Festival at the PUSD Education Center Tuesday, January 13. For more information about the Open Enrollment process, timelines and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit or call 626-396-3600, ext. 88340.

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