PUSD Schools Receive State and National Recognition

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools have been honored by The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) for their academic achievement, efforts to close the achievement gap and offering a challenging educational experience.

The Washington Post named Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, John Muir High School and Pasadena High School to its 2013 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Marshall Fundamental was also ranked as the most challenging public school in the San Gabriel Valley and the 315th most challenging school in the nation. The methodology The Washington Post uses to determine school rankings is “to take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.” Visit www.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/ to see the complete list.

Don Benito Fundamental School, Hamilton Elementary School, Sierra Madre Elementary School and Marshall Fundamental School were named to the 2012 CBEE Honor Roll. CBEE claims that “the CBEE Honor Roll is the only school recognition program in the state using only student achievement outcomes as the criteria and is a growing resource for all schools to learn about best practices that increase student achievement.” Don Benito, Hamilton and Marshall were recognized for their work in closing the achievement gap and Hamilton was also recognized for higher performance in math and science. See the entire CBEE Honor Role at new.cbee.org/programs/

U.S. News & World Report awarded silver medals to Marshall Fundamental School and Pasadena High School as part of their 2013 Best High School rankings. According to the publication, “a three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.” The complete national rankings are available at www.usnews.com/education.

“I am proud of the hard work that the students and staff accomplished at these schools to be recognized by such prestigious organizations,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “What is notable is that many of these schools were awarded before. Rather than rest on their laurels, they have continued to improve and make the district proud. As high rigor classes and programs spread across the district, I expect to see more PUSD schools named to these nationally recognized lists.”

In the 2013-2014 school year, all PUSD middle school students will be able to access challenging Honors level courses in English language arts and math. Additionally, every PUSD comprehensive high school offers Advanced Placement classes and a multitude of courses that are recognized by the University of California as requirements for admission.

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