Innovative New Public Charter School Opening in Altadena

For parents seeking a high-quality education for their children in the Altadena and Pasadena area, Alma Fuerte Public School might be the answer.
The new public charter school in Altadena will open its doors in August 2017 at Pasadena Unified School District’s Edison Elementary campus located at 119 E. Palm St. Students entering transitional kindergarten through 2nd grade are currently being enrolled.
The free public charter school was founded by a team of Pasadena parents, educational leaders and entrepreneurs, including Pasadena resident Anne Lee, founding director of operations and a former education attorney with two school-age children. The founding team also includes Academic Director Marina Carrasco-Burge, a former instructional leader and curriculum specialist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with several years of classroom teaching experience. Alma Fuerte Public School received its charter authorization from the Los Angeles County Board of Education in 2016.
“We are excited to bring a new, innovative elementary school to the Pasadena and Altadena community,” said Lee, who spent many years as a lawyer fighting for the rights of families to have access to a high-quality education. “Alma Fuerte’s focus on hands-on projects, entrepreneurship and personalized learning is unique in the area and a response to increasing demand from local parents for a new public school choice.”
Last year, Alma Fuerte received a prestigious Invent Grant from the NewSchools Venture Fund, the only school in Los Angeles County to receive the award that year. It will ultimately serve transitional kindergarten to 8th grade.
Additional information about Alma Fuerte Public School may be found at almafuerteps.org and facebook.com/almafuerteps.

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