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Children in Sierra Madre, as well as young adults and beyond, have several options available to them when it comes to receiving a first-rate education.

Sierra Madre is served by the Pasadena Unified School District, which operates 24 elementary schools, three middle schools and five high schools. Local students have easy access to Sierra Madre Elementary School, a K-6 institution with over 700 students, and Sierra Mesa Middle School for grades 7 and 8. Just one mile away, Pasadena High School is a short commute for parents and students attending classes in the nearby community.


Private primary schools in Sierra Madre include St. Rita’s Catholic School, The Gooden School and Bethany Christian, while just outside the community are Barnhart School and Pasadena Christian. At the high school level, options include Alverno Catholic High School and LaSalle College Preparatory High School. Climb, an independent living center for the handicapped and blind, is available to those requiring special education.

A number of nursery schools are available in the area, including the Sierra Madre Community Nursery School and Mama Pete’s. These facilities help the youngest of students prepare for elementary school.

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Continuing education is important to the people in Sierra Madre, and nearly 50 percent of residents 25 years and older have a bachelor’s degree. Twenty-two percent have a graduate or professional degree. Post-secondary education options include Pasadena City College, the Claremont Colleges, East Los Angeles College, California State University, Azusa Pacific University, Rio Hondo College, Whittier College and Glendale Community College (all within a short commute). Furthermore, the close proximity of Los Angeles provides easy access to the world-class educational resources of schools such as UCLA and USC.

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