Facts About Gooden



An independent Episcopal school, K – 8, The Gooden School is located in Sierra Madre.

The Gooden School offers a strong educational foundation, using both traditional and progressive approaches. Our caring community allows students opportunities to grow in body, mind and spirit, to gain confidence, and to discover their unique gifts. We value diversity and promote character development, and responsibility within a framework of Episcopal values. Our graduates are accepted by the finest high schools and universities.



Average class size: (K-5) 16; (6-8) 24

One class per grade

Student-faculty ratio: Grades K-5: 7 to 1; Grades 6-8: 8 to 1

School day: Monday - Friday, 7:55 a.m. - 3 p.m.; (Morning and after school care available)



55% hold Master’s degrees

95% hold Multi-Subject Credentials



Gooden students are known for strong academic achievement, excellence in visual and performing arts, as well as ethical, respectful behavior, and strong character.



Established in 1975, The Gooden School is an independent Episcopal school, honoring all faith traditions. Students attend weekly chapel services. Faith & Ethics is part of the curriculum for Middle School students.



Lower School (K – 5): Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Languages (Spanish – Grades K-5 and Latin Grades 4 and 5), Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Service-Learning

Middle School (6 – 8): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Languages (Spanish and Latin), Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Service-Learning



Gooden students at all grade levels learn to play musical instruments. The strings program begins in third grade and the winds program becomes an option in fifth grade. All Middle School students participate in the Gooden orchestra or band.



Drama is an important element of Gooden’s classical education and all students participate in a drama performance each year. Past performances have included plays, operas, and musicals.  Many scripts have been written by Gooden teachers. The music and art teachers are involved in the productions as are parents who help with set and costume design. All members of the community look forward to these productions each year where we witness student gifts revealed on stage.



All grades participate in physical education. In Middle School, we offer three team sports for both girls and boys along with a co-ed track and field team. For girls, we offer volleyball, basketball, and soccer. For boys, we offer flag football, basketball, and soccer.



Blessing of the Animals National Latin Exam
Buddy Program Musical performances and concerts
Chalk4Peace (International Day of Peace)   Roots & Shoots, LA County Arboretum
Drama productions Lessons & Carols
Sports teams and clinics International Theme Day
Talent show  



Monte Vista Grove Homes Hillsides Home for Children
Episcopal Relief and Development Pasadena Humane Society
Friends in Deed Veterans, Operation We Are Here
Chalk4Peace UNICEF
St. Jean Baptiste School in Haiti  



AstroCamp in Idyllwild Mission San Juan Capistrano
California Science Center Museum of Contemporary Art
Catalina Island Marine Institute Museum of Tolerance
Getty Museum La Brea Tar Pits
Historic Sacramento Leo Carrillo State Beach Tide Pools
Walt Disney Concert Hall Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, Virginia



Middle School sports games Seasonal teas (Easter, Valentine's Day)
Game and dance nights Gooden School Sunday at Ascension Church
Grandparents' and Special Friends’ Day Gooden Family Association Social/Welcome Events
Biennial Gala / Country Fair Seventh and eighth grade dances
Mardi Gras Parade Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast


Our graduates are accepted by the finest high schools and boarding schools including Alverno Heights Academy, Cate School, Campbell Hall, Flintridge Preparatory School, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Los Angeles County School for the Arts, La Salle High School, Loyola High School, Maranatha High School, Mayfield Senior School, Polytechnic School, St. Francis High School, The Webb Schools, and Westridge School for Girls.

At the university level, alumni from The Gooden School have gone on to Claremont McKenna, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, NYU, Oxford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Penn, USC and Vassar, among others.



Parents are encouraged to take part in the educational experience by volunteering and participating in a variety of activities throughout the school year. Click here to see complete Guide to Events and Volunteer Opportunities.



National Association of Episcopal Schools
California Association of Independent Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Commission on Schools, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles



National Association of Episcopal Schools
National Association of Independent Schools
National Council of Teachers of English and Mathematics
Educational Records Bureau
National Forensic League
National Junior Classical League
National Business Officers Association