South Pasadena Educational Foundation In-Person Classes Being Introduced for K-8
Due to the change in LA County requirements and guidelines, SPEF is now able to offer some in-person options for summer:
Marengo Elementary in-person on-campus Gr. K-4
Getting Ready for Kinder (In-Person & Online options available)
Getting Ready for First (In-Person & Online options available)
Getting Ready for First DI Mandarin
Getting Ready for 2nd DI Mandarin
Getting Ready for 2nd
Getting Ready – Reading Writing Math Gr.2-3
Getting Ready – Reading Writing Math Gr.3-4
SPMS Fields in-person on-campus sports Gr. 3+
Flag Football (P2)
Intermediate in-person on-campus at SPMS Gr.5-8
Getting Ready for 5th (P1-3)
Getting Ready for 6th (P1-3)
Science Olympiad (P1-2)
Sewing for Teens (P1-2)
All other classes not listed, including all 4th and 5th period classes and single period classes, will remain online. All High School Summer School classes remain online.
Recovery Classes for SPHS Students – SPUSD Covering Costs
The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) will be receiving a one-time Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant to fund summer credit recovery courses for South Pasadena High School students. SPEF will continue to run its summer program and your associated costs for the summer credit recovery courses will be covered by the one-time SPUSD ELO Grant.
Each year, more than 2,000 students count on South Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Summer School program to brush up on basics, jump ahead on critical academic topics, expand their skills and ignite their imaginations. SPEF offers proficiency and enrichment classes to students of all ages – from incoming kindergartners to high school seniors. This is SPEF’s most significant initiative and it would not be possible without hundreds of hours of volunteer support.
SPEF Online Curriculum
K-8 Digital Learning Platform
Based on recommendations from Summer 2020 Online and feedback from our SPUSD teachers, SPEF Summer K-8 Online will have:
• Daily Live components Monday – Friday by Zoom/Google Meet
• Classes in a Period 1-5 format, with 10 minute passing periods between classes
• Some pre-recorded videos of teachers giving direct instruction and modeling content
• Fun projects students can complete at home, on their own or with family members
Some technology classes, like Minetown and Graphic Design, may require students/families to install software programs on their device. Specific requirements will be shared with students.
Supply kits will be available for collection from SPEF June 9-11. We will also have an optional “Meet your teacher” day where your student can practice joining meetings, classroom, and other applications. We will contact you by June 7 with instructions.
9-12 Digital Learning Platform
If SPEF is not able to run in-person Summer school, we are planning the following classes as 100% online live teacher-led direct instruction by Zoom/Google Meet:
1. Advanced Credit Biology, Chemistry Honors, Driver’s Ed, Economics, Government, Health, World & U.S. History, Prep for Math I/I+, Prep for Biology, Printmaking with Graphic Design, Psychology, SAT Math & Verbal Prep, Transition Math I to II+.
2. Recovery classes with large enrollment: Math I, possibly Math II, III, ELA 9. (Recovery students can also join Advanced Credit versions of class, if a teacher has space in class, and we don’t have enough to run a unique class).
Edgenuity online curriculum with a pacing plan and supervising teacher will be an option for students/families that can’t commit to a daily Zoom/Google meeting or they need a Recovery class where enrollment will most likely be low. Edgenuity will be used for these classes:
1. Recovery classes that cannot be offered as 100% online live teacher-led direct instruction format because the classes traditionally attract fewer enrollees (eg. Recovery Honors, Language, & certain upper level Math/ELA classes)
2. To permit a student to take a second Recovery class
3. As an option if a student is not able to/does not want to meet by Zoom/Google every day (The 100% online live teacher-led direct instruction format)
The Edgenuity digital learning platform will include direct-instruction videos featuring curriculum and content experts who explain concepts, model strategies, provide examples, and make real-world connections. Students will complete tasks that check for understanding. They can also pause or rewind videos to take notes or review concepts as they progress through instruction at their own pace as long as they complete the class within the 5-weeks.
Don’t see the class you need?
There are classes available but not listed. If there is a class not listed that your High School student needs to take, either an Advanced Credit Class or a Recovery Class you can register for Class Not Listed, either the full year or the single semester. Then email us with the class needed.
Elementary Summer School
Incoming K-4 grade students can explore their interests in a fun, relaxed summer learning environment. Our Elementary course options include:
English, math, foreign language, exploratory science, elementary robotics, coding, music, dance, theater, art, sewing, science, martial arts, tennis, yoga, getting ready for kindergarten, bridging to 1st grade, proficiency and more!
Intermediate Summer School
Incoming 5-8 grade students can explore their interests in a fun, relaxed summer
learning environment. Our Intermediate course options include: English, math, foreign language, exploratory science, elementary and
intermediate robotics, coding, music, dance, theater, art, sewing, science, martial arts, tennis, yoga, animation, film-making, speech and debate, writing, study skills, painting & drawing, proficiency and more!
High School Summer School
New Information Regarding Recovery Classes for SPHS Students
The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) will be receiving a one-time Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant to fund summer credit recovery courses for South Pasadena High School students. SPEF will continue to run our summer program and your associated costs for the summer credit recovery courses will be covered by the one-time SPUSD ELO Grant.
Incoming 9-12 grade students can explore their interests and gain advanced credits in classes or recover a grade for high school graduation and college admissions. SPEF High School course options include:
Computers, History, Biology, Economics, Health, Psychology, Civics, Driver’s education, and Graphic design, as well as Transition Math classes, High School Recovery Math, English, Biology, History, as well as other classes available through an online curriculum. Prep Courses include Math I, II,& II, Prep for Biology & Pre-AP Chemistry.
SPEF Summer High School is an independently operated Summer Program accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Per the SPEF board and SPUSD board approved agreement, SPEF Summer courses use the South Pasadena High School (SPHS) facility and standards-aligned curriculum. Summer School is optional. Students do not need to take Summer School to graduate. If you have questions about your scheduling please see your counselor.
For more information, visit https://spef4kids.org/programs/summer-school/.
South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF), 1020 El Centro St. Room 3, South Pasadena, (626) 441-5810 or visit spef4kids.org.