Pasadena Unified 2016-2017 Open Enrollment is Jan. 12 – Feb. 2, 2016

Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) annual Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year begins Jan. 12, 2016, when applications can be submitted online through Feb. 2, 2016, at PUSD’s Open Enrollment offers families an opportunity to apply to themed, magnet, or specialized schools and programs outside the boundaries of their school of residence. Families can apply for PUSD’s Dual Language Immersion Programs in Spanish and Mandarin, International Baccalureate, STEM, visual and performing arts, high school college and career academies, and much more.

“Open Enrollment is an opportunity for families to select the Pasadena Unified School District as their first choice in education,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. “PUSD schools offer dynamic choices for all families, whether they have children who are entering kindergarten, middle or high school.”

Selection is by lottery and notifications are made Feb. 29 with registration in March. A second lottery and registration for any remaining spots will take place in April. For a calendar of dates and further information, visit

Information sessions are scheduled Jan. 9 – 13, 2016. Spanish translation will be available at all sessions. Fresh fruit and produce from PUSD school farms will be also be provided as refreshments to showcase students’ work and the district’s farm-to-school approach, which promotes healthy habits, hands-on science learning opportunities, and environmental stewardship.

Information Sessions

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 9 a.m.
Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena
Open Enrollment Explained
Don’t miss this overview of PUSD’s 2016-2017 Open Enrollment, which will include information about academic options, tips for completing the online application, the lottery selection and notifications, registration, important calendar dates, and much more.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 6 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
Orientation to Middle School
Presented by PUSD Middle School Principals
Parents and students are encouraged to attend this special early evening presentation designed for families of children getting ready to transition to middle school. Middle school, a pivotal point in determining long-term student success, is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact in a short period in time. Principals from Pasadena Unified School District middle schools will preview your choices and describe the components of excellent middle schools with opportunities for questions and answers.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 6 p.m.
McKinley Library, McKinley School
325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena
PUSD Should Be Your First Choice!
With Chief Academic Officer Shawn Bird, Ed.D.
Just as Pasadena Unified School District’s annual school of choice process – 2016-17 Open Enrollment – gets underway, families with school-age children are invited to this introduction to the unique education options tailored to children’s learning needs and interests from kindergarten through high school. Dr. Bird will spotlight the innovative programs, rigorous academics, teachers, and world-class partnerships currently engaging students and families.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 6 p.m.
Eliot Auditorium, Eliot Arts Magnet
2184 N. Lake Ave., Altadena
PUSD Should Be Your First Choice for High School!
Featuring PUSD Principals and 2016 Seniors
Do you have a child entering high school this year or next? You will want to be at this dynamic session. Following introductions by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Shawn Bird and high school principals, PUSD seniors representing distinctive programs at the secondary level will cover everything from class schedules and workload to leadership opportunities and college aspirations. The session will also include a chance for an informal chat. Come learn firsthand about College & Career Academies, dual enrollment with Pasadena City College, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and much more.

To assist families in navigating the process and completing online applications, PUSD offers computer lab sessions:
Jan. 13 & 29, 2016 and April 6, 2016, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., PUSD Education Center, 351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 240
Jan. 21 & 28 and April 7, 2016, during school hours at all PUSD schools

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“Our Children. Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow.”




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