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Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Interim Head of School, Merrily Dunlap 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther Salinas

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

rcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:

Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:

ARCADIA-- Patricia Mattera has been selected as the new Principal 
of Highland Oaks Elementary School. The Arcadia Unified School 
District Board of Education approved the recommendation of 
Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall and staff at its most recent meeting 
on August 9, 2016. 

 “Patti brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience 
to our district, and really shares our vision of innovation with a 
student-first approach,” said Arcadia Unified School District 
Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall. 

 Mrs. Mattera brings more than 20 years of experience with her 
to Highland Oaks Elementary School. She was most recently the 
principal at Naramake Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut. 
In addition to having experience as a principal, she has also been an 
assistant principal, elementary classroom teacher, literacy resource 
coach, and a district coach. 

 “Patti is actually one of several out-of-state candidates that 
applied for the position. We are very fortunate to have had a large 
pool of qualified candidates that applied,” said Arcadia Unified 
School District Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource 
Services Kevin Hryciw. 

 Mrs. Mattera has a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from 
Sacred Heart University where she also earned her Administrative 
Credential. She also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary 
Education from Southern Connecticut State University. 

 “I am thrilled to be joining AUSD as the new Principal of 
Highland Oaks Elementary School. I look forward to working 
collaboratively with the Highland Oaks Community,” remarked 

 Highland Oaks is one of the highest rated elementary schools 
in California. The Blue Ribbon school has a distinguished music 
program, offers numerous extracurriculars, and is rated 10 out of 
10 by GreatSchools. 

 Mrs. Mattera and her husband Larry have three daughters, Toni-
Ann, Alyssa, and Nicole. 


All parents want to feel confident 
that their children are happy, healthy 
and focused on the future. The 
unfortunate reality is that drug use 
can derail these goals and put a strain 
on families.

 Parents can do a lot to curtail their 
child’s risk. Here are three tips to help 
keep kids drug-free this school year 
and beyond.

 1. Get kids active in extracurricular 

 Adolescents aged 12 to 17 who 
participate in extracurricular activities 
are less likely to use alcohol, cigarettes 
and illicit drugs, according to the 
National Survey on Drug Use and 
Health (NSDUH).

 Many extracurricular activities 
are known to have positive effects 
on students’ grades, attention span 
and behavior. Afterschool activities 
will keep kids engaged in something 
positive while they are outside the 
classroom and also provide an 
incentive for staying healthy. If your 
school lacks a particular activity 
in which your child expresses 
interest, investigate offerings at local 
community centers.

 2. Open the lines of 

The importance of communicating 
with your child can’t be overstated. 
A regular, open dialogue will make 
children more likely to talk to you 
about peer pressure and stress—the 
kinds of factors that can lead to drug 

You can foster communication by 
regularly sitting down to dinner as a 
family and checking in on homework 
and school projects. Encourage 
children to invite friends over, so you 
know more about others with whom 
they spend their time.

 3. Test your child.

If you suspect your child is 
experimenting with drugs, there 
are tools that can help you find out 
for certain in the privacy of your 
own home. Seventy-five percent 
of high school students have used 
addictive substances, according to 
CASAColumbia. Additional research 
by NSDUH showed that 1.8 million 
adolescents had used marijuana in the 
past month since the time of the study.
Home drug testing kits are readily 
available at your local pharmacy so 
you can get answers quickly and 
confidentially. For example, First 
Check home drug tests detect up to 
12 of the most commonly abused 
drugs in five minutes with over 99 
percent accuracy. Testing tips and 
resources for parents can be found 

 Be proactive. You have the power 
to help kids make healthy choices 
this school year and beyond.

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