EF Academy Pasadena

1505 E Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
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EF Academy Pasadena Photo #1 - EF Academy Pasadena is a private day and boarding high school, welcoming students from over 30 nationalities. Students become global changemakers by learning about design thinking and participating in EF Academy's signature Innovation and Impact Program.
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EF Academy Pasadena Photo #1 - EF Academy Pasadena is a private day and boarding high school, welcoming students from over 30 nationalities. Students become global changemakers by learning about design thinking and participating in EF Academy's signature Innovation and Impact Program.
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #2 - At our Pasadena campus, students can enjoy a warm and sunny learning environment while studying their favorite subjects. Students can pursue their passions inside and outside of the classroom. Campus is surrounded by beautiful palm trees and near many famous landmarks, such as the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more!
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #3 - Residential students stay in one of our four purpose-built dormitories. This community has both single and shared rooms for up to three students, and students live alongside their House Parents to ensure safety and independence at the same time.
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #4 - Just outside Los Angeles, Pasadena is a prime location to gain an immersive education, with the nearby mountains, city and beach all accessible in under 45 minutes. Students can explore what makes Southern California such a great place to study!
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #5 - Built on two floors and with a large terrace, the dining hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Students have a variety of options to choose from including a hot meal option, salad and deli bar, and a daily soup. Cena dining hall includes allergy friendly options as well!
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #6 - Our academic buildings, Blackwell Hall and Strong Hall houses a full assortment of classrooms, from STEM and Biology to History and Journalism and Podcasting. Students can lean into their academic interests through our multitude of course offerings.
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #7 - Our athletics and performing arts center host intramural and varsity sports competitions, concerts, theatrical performances, art displays and more! Robinson center also hosts our fitness center, art classrooms, and soundproof music rooms.
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #8 - This spacious, sunny and purpose-built campus is the perfect environment for students to learn and grow. Students can put real life learning into action and use outdoor campus spaces to calculate a trick shot or conduct a science experiment.
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #9 - Our beautiful campus in sunny California includes brand new residences and state-of-the-art classrooms to help students reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally. Our light and bright spaces allow students room to collaborate and engage with their peers.
EF Academy Pasadena Photo #10 - Artistic students will find ample resources to bring their art to the next level in our art rooms, which are stocked with supplies for creating outstanding projects. Students can choose from classes such as 2D Art, 3D Art, Drawing and Painting, and AP Art and Design.
EF Academy's mission to open the world through education inspires everything we do. At our private high school welcoming day and boarding students from 30+ 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.
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 16-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 (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 250 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

EF Academy Pasadena ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 288 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
EF Academy Pasadena
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
8-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
2005
1906
Campus Size
16 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
250 students
320 students
% International Students
80%
20%
% Students Boarding
90%
67%
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
14
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
90%
71%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$69,500
(Upgrades to twin and single rooms also available)
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$42,000
(Day students welcome to join weekend activities)
$35,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$66,500
$46,150
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
85%
60%
Director of Admissions
Bobbie Jo Dobbs

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
14
17
Courses
AP Art and Design, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government & Politics

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
5
16

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
25
24

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

    Vibrant, state-of-the-art 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, immsersive and innovative learning
  • At our private day and boarding 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 is the 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does EF Academy Pasadena cost?
EF Academy Pasadena's tuition is approximately $69,500 for boarding students and $42,000 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of EF Academy Pasadena?
The acceptance rate of EF Academy Pasadena is 85%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does EF Academy Pasadena offer?
EF Academy Pasadena offers 5 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Soccer and Volleyball.
What is EF Academy Pasadena's ranking?
EF Academy Pasadena ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of international students and High percent faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for EF Academy Pasadena?
The application deadline for EF Academy Pasadena is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 250 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,500
  • 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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