1539 E Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
EF Academy's mission to open the world through education inspires everything we do. At our international, private high school welcoming day and boarding students from 60+ countries, students engage in a learning experience that asks them to explore diverse perspectives through a process of collaboration, analysis, and reflection aimed at developing the skills necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing their generation.
Opening September 2022 and located in the heart of Southern California, our new Pasadena campus is set in a peaceful community with a diverse landscape and stimulating learning environment.
Featuring modern amenities and all the tools, equipment and space you will need to let your education and imagination soar, the 15-acre campus offers plenty of green space for academic exchange and learning and is within reach to make the most of opportunities throughout Los Angeles County.
Earn an internationally recognized degree, get personalized course planning and university preparation and engage in more than 120 learning enrichment and club activities per year.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-11
  • Enrollment: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
EF Academy Pasadena
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-11
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
2005
1907
Campus Size
16 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
150 students
300 students
% International Students
80%
20%
% Students Boarding
90%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
7
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
90%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$68,500
(Upgrades to twin and single rooms also available)
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$42,000
(Day students welcome to join weekend activities)
$34,900
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$61,500
$44,150
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
85%
58%
Director of Admissions
Donna Rosenberg

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
7
17
Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Spanish, AP US Government & Politics

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
6
16

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
24
23

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

    Vibrant, new campus
  • 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.
Experiential, global learning
  • 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.  Students will take courses as established by California standards to earn the US High School Diploma while also participating in our signature Global Leadership Program, a project-based learning model of study where students follow career-focused curriculum pathways. 
Feel at home
  • In the on-campus residences you will live in a modern space with stylish interior design that sparks creativity and fosters a feeling of togetherness. The residences will be secure and monitored 24/7 by security and live-in Resident Advisors. To build on the internationalism that defines our school, students will enjoy living with roommates from different countries around the world.
California, up close
  • 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 stargaze in Hollywood.
Explore the US university scene
  • California host to some of US's most respected universities, whether that's California Institute of Technology, Pepperdine University, the University of California system and more. Our school in Pasadena is an ideal setting in which to prepare for university enrollment in California State, on the West Coast of the US and internationally. During the school year, representatives from 150 universities visit our campus to speak with our students. 
EF Academy Pasadena accreditations:
  • California State Education Department, Middle States Association
  • EF Academy Pasadena accreditations: California State Education Department, National Association of Independent Schools, California State Association of Independent Schools, Middle States Association (MSA)
Source: Verified school update
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-11
  • Enrollment: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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