Pasadena Education Network Announces Fall Schedule of Free Parent Programs

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The Pasadena Education Network (PEN), a network of more than 1,500 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.

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 PUSD schools. The fall parent programs kick-off with “Choosing the Right Elementary School” on Monday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, Sweetland Hall, 132 No. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. Dr. Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, an Assistant Professor of Education at Pepperdine University and a PUSD parent, will provide parents of pre-school aged children with valuable information about what to look for when evaluating an elementary school. 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 2, “High School Options 101” on October 14, and “Options for Altadena Families” on October 15. The series concludes on December 3 at the Pasadena Central Library with a program devoted to understanding the district’s Open Enrollment/school choice 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, as well as representing a collective voice for parents with the Pasadena Unified School District.

For more information visit or find PEN on Facebook.





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