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Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to core subjects (math, language arts, science, social studies), students participate in art, drama, music, technology, library, Spanish, Latin, and physical education. Instruments are introduced in kindergarten and the recorder is part of the program for first and second grades. String instrument instruction begins in third grade and wind instruments are added to the program in fifth grade. In Middle School, all students play in either the band or the orchestra.

100% of the faculty holds multi-subject credentials and 55% have master’s degrees.

Yes, the following list shows field trips that students take during their years at Gooden. Uniquely, all field trip costs are included in tuition.

  • AstroCamp in Idyllwild
  • Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park
  • California Science Center
  • Catalina Island Marine Institute
  • Getty Museum
  • Historic Sacramento
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Riley’s Farm
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • The Huntington Library and Gardens
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
  • Local theatre productions
  • Leo Carrillo Tide Pools
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Natural History Museum
  • Pali Mountain in San Bernardino
  • Pasadena Humane Society
  • Sierra Madre Library and Fire Station
  • Williamsburg/Washington D.C.



Students participate in community engagement at all grade levels and are fortunate to have the opportunity to connect meaningful community service with curricular integration. Student reflection is an important component of this program, enriching their learning experience. Community engagement teaches civic responsibility and strengthens communities. Examples of the projects that students have been involved in during recent years at Gooden have included:

  • American Heart Association
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Friends in Deed Food Pantry
  • Hillsides Home for Children
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Monte Vista Grove Homes
  • Opportunity International
  • Pasadena Humane Society
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure

Yes! While students attend chapel twice per week, being a member of the Episcopal faith is not required. Students of all faith traditions are welcomed and respected within the school community. 
Episcopal schools have been established, not solely as communities for Christians, but as ecumenical and diverse ministries of educational and human formation for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Our independent school, like other Episcopal schools, is populated by a rich variety of human beings, from increasingly diverse religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Episcopal schools invite all who attend and work in them – Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people of no faith tradition – both to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives. Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings.

Gooden graduates are accepted to local, and boarding, high schools including:

  • Alverno Heights Academy
  • California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley
  • Campbell Hall School 
  • Cate School
  • Flintridge Preparatory School
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
  • La Salle High School
  • Loyola High School
  • Maranatha High School
  • Mayfield Senior School
  • Midland School
  • Polytechnic School
  • St. Francis High School
  • The Webb Schools
  • Westridge School for Girls

Every parent is a member of the Gooden Family Association (GFA) and is encouraged to participate in the life of the school by volunteering in the many opportunities that enrich the community and educational experiences for all students.

No, the school does not have mandatory volunteer hours but it is suggested that every family volunteer their “Gooden 20” (20 hours of volunteering during the year). We encourage family involvement in their child’s education. There are many different opportunities for participation, and volunteering is a great way for parents to meet other parents across all grade levels.

We are! Middle School students (and some fourth and fifth-grade teams) participate in the Foothill Sports League in Basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, and track and field. The teams play other Pasadena-area independent schools.

The Gooden School’s student body is 43% ethnically diverse and 26% religiously diverse.

Join us for a group tour, an open house, and our monthly community newsletter to learn more about what our school community has to offer.

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