Located in the heart of Southern California, our new Pasadena campus offers our renowned international programs in a peaceful community with a diverse landscape and stimulating learning environment.
Opening in 2021
At our private international high school in Pasadena, our academic philosophy is rooted in holistic learning. Here students will engage with a variety of subjects and courses that aim to help them find and pursue their passions while preparing for university. We offer the nationally recognized US High School Diploma program from Grades 9-12. EF Academy Pasadena is a candidate school* for the IB Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students. The IB Diploma develops intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and creative problem solving, and also allows students to start earning university credits before graduation.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org
For students aged 13-19 who would like to learn a wide range of subjects and attend university in North America.
For students who would like to secure an academic English foundation or who do not yet meet their program’s requirements.
Our university advisors have built relationships with leading universities throughout North America and across the globe. In addition to one-to-one guidance, students can regularly attend guided tours and on-site university visits. Some of the US’ best universities are located in California, giving students the opportunity to explore places like the California Institute of Technology and the University of California system. We build connections with these local universities to offer students the opportunity to attend lectures, programs and other university events while in high school.
George holds an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature and a BA in Spanish and Political Science. He is a Kingenstein Research Fellowship recipient from Columbia University and brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at private boarding and day schools.Read More
Over the last 14 years, Annie has worked in a range of roles from a curriculum leader in English to a student guidance leader and, most recently, as Senior Assistant Head Teacher responsible for curriculum and student guidance areas in a London school of 1500 students. As a Designated Safeguarding Officer, she has had experience in dealing with a broad range of issues around Child Protection and has extensive knowledge of how best to support young people. She has taught English Language and English Literature under a variety of exam boards at GCSE and A Level, including Cambridge IGCSE, as well as the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Secondary English.Read More
Dan has worked in the field of international education for over 20 years, both in the US and abroad. He was the Director of Operations for Hult International Business School’s Boston campus for eight years and just prior to joining EF Academy he was part of EF’s Real Estate division, running the operations of EF’s North American Headquarters campus.Read More
Kim Stein holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor´s in Biology and Connecticut state teacher certification from Saint Joseph University. She has spent the last 10 years working in academic leadership roles in International Baccalaureate schools , including the post of Deputy Head of School at EF Academy New York and the Deputy Head of School for Academics at SEK international School in Madrid, Spain.Read More
George Stewart Founding Head of School
Annie Hall Pathway Director
Dan Denoncourt Campus Director
Kimberly Stein Deputy Head of School, Academics
Our Activities Coordinator will organize a series of clubs, activities and sports that will develop students’ skills and inspire them to explore their interests. Start an after-school club on-campus, join a varsity sports team, volunteer in the local community or explore more of Southern California where you can learn to surf at the Santa Monica beach, hike Runyon Canyon, visit the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and star gaze in Hollywood.
"This school is really diverse. I got so many new friends from all around the world. I’ve learnt about lots of new cultures, food, lifestyles, etc. It's such a good opportunity to be here. The school offers so many programs and classes; IB, High School Diploma, IGCSE, A-Level and Prep. It's a great way to prepare for college."Read More Pawita (Bella) Sunthornpong EF Academy New York
Our purpose-built campus will offer safety and security with newly constructed, spacious classrooms and labs, amazing natural surroundings and on-campus sports facilities. Theater students will step into the spotlight in our beautiful auditorium. The STEM center will be stocked with state-of-the-art equipment and welcoming art studios not only enrich classes, but feature gallery space for exhibitions. The Student Union building will host the main dining hall with indoor/outdoor seating and a convenience store. Complete the school day with a bit of physical activity in the gym, pool, dance studio or basketball courts.
1539 E. Howard Street
1539 E. Howard Street
The campus will have four residential communities, each featuring modern spaces with stylish interior design that sparks creativity and fosters a feeling of home. Kitchen areas, quiet study rooms and lounges will be perfect for cooking, studying or socializing with roommates and friends. The residences will be monitored 24/7 by security and live-in Resident Advisors. In addition to evening study hall and tutoring in the residences, the Residential and Community Life team will incorporate regular activities to build a strong community.
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