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Community of Respect

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Cultivating Intellectually Curious Students

At The Gooden School we approach our work with a servant’s heart. Our professional teaching faculty are positive people who work tirelessly to provide the best learning experience for our students; they are convinced that helping students look for ways to overcome and solve challenges is essential to our mission. We believe that the most effective way to achieve that mission is by purposefully integrating creative and collaborative play, the performing and visual arts, as well as a commitment to integrity, respect and service into our rigorous and rich curriculum.   

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Living Out the 3 R's

All members of the Gooden community - students, families, faculty and staff - abide by the school’s motto of Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for the World. Holding true to our motto creates a community of kindness, empathy and understanding, and supports social emotional education for all students as we build global citizens of tomorrow.

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Celebrating and Honoring Creativity and Expression

The Gooden School balances its academic program with intentional integration of the arts. Through the practice of visual and performing arts, students develop confidence and fluency in new media and learn to cooperate with one another, as they acquire the skills to express their own creativity. Our students gain the capacity  both to discover new passions and possibilities and see the world in new ways.  

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Episcopal Identity and Spiritual Care at The Gooden School

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At a glance

Founded in 1975, The Gooden School is a sought-after independent, Episcopal school in Sierra Madre. The depth of our comprehensive K-8 program is unique because we want our students to be kind, compassionate problem solvers who learn to engage with rigorous material.


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