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EF Academy Pasadena

Address: 1539 E Howard St Pasadena, CA 91104 USA
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Description EF Academy Pasadena

  • Founded: September 2020
  • Location: Pasadena, California, USA
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence, boarding / day
  • Students age: 13-19 years
  • Total number of students: 250-300 people
  • Language of instruction: English.

The private international school EF Academy Pasadena (EF Pasadena Academy) opens in 2020 and continues the tradition and quality line of the famous EF world network. The academic philosophy of EF Academy Pasadena is based on an interdisciplinary approach: students 13-19 will study a wide range of subjects and additional classes in order to qualitatively prepare for admission to the chosen university of their dreams.

The school, as an educational institution with a focus on high school students, is actively working to help graduates to enter the selected universities, even among the most prestigious:

  • Trips to university campuses, meetings with teachers, professors, admissions committees
  • Analysis of requirements for applicants, group and individual consultations
  • Intensive preparation for entrance exams SAT , ACT and others
  • Conducting trial entrance tests, analysis and correction of common mistakes
  • Help in writing a motivational essay, introductory essay
  • Writing letters of recommendation
  • Conducting trial interviews
  • Consultation on the choice of a university, faculty or college, specialty.

In each class, no more than 12 people are involved.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in EF Academy Pasadena

Program name
from 50 000 $ / year

IB Diploma

  • Duration: 2 years (6 terms)
  • Age: 16-19 years old.

The IB Diploma program is designed to study 6 subject groups + 3 separate key components. Students learn to think actively and independently, develop critical and analytical thinking, get used to independent work - all this prepares them for the process of university education.

Subjects for study are selected from 5 groups:

  1. Native language: English, German, Korean, Chinese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
  2. Foreign Language: English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish
  3. “Man and society”: business and management, economics, geography, history, IT, philosophy, psychology
  4. Natural sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, society and the world, physics
  5. Mathematics: mathematics, mathematical analysis, higher mathematics
  6. Art and creativity: cinema, music, theater, art.

Additionally, the following educational components are offered to students:

  • Creativity, service, activity (CAS: Creativity, Action, Service): experience of socially useful, volunteering, development in sports or art, creativity.
  • Writing an extended essay: the student himself chooses a topic, coordinating it with the teacher, and writes a research essay on it with a volume of at least 4000 words.
  • Theory of knowledge (TOK): students learn different types of knowledge and the nature of knowledge, constantly testing knowledge in practical lessons.

Some of the disciplines with high academic performance allow high school students to earn university loans, which will be taken into account at the beginning of the undergraduate course.

The cost of training at the EF Academy Pasadena school is about $ 50,000 per academic year (3 terms).

from 50 000 $ / year

US High School Diploma

  • Duration: 2-4 years (6-12 terms)
  • Age: 13-19 years old.

A classic American program for completing high school and preparing for university enrollment. Those who receive High School diplomas in grades 9-10 can begin the IGCSE course, and those who complete it in grades 11-12 can already start the IB program.

A High School diploma will greatly facilitate your admission to universities in the USA or Canada. Subjects studied:

  1. Grades 9-10:
  • Geography
  • Story
  • Critical text analysis and analytical writing
  • Natural Sciences
  • Drama and theater
  • Art basics
  • Composer art
  • Physical education and sport.
  1. Grades 11-12:
  • international Management
  • World history
  • Critical text analysis and analytical writing
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Composer art
  • Art and creativity.

The cost of training at the EF Academy Pasadena school is about $ 50,000 per academic year (3 terms).

Preparation Course

  • Duration: 1-4 terms
  • Age: 13-19 years old.

A special program for students who want to improve their language and academic skills before enrolling in educational institutions in the USA, Europe or the UK (and it does not matter the course and standard that the student studied before).

The program will help to improve knowledge of English:

  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Listening (listening perception)
  • Vocabulary (active vocabulary expansion)
  • Writing
  • Speaking (spoken English)
  • Phonetics (correct pronunciation, accent correction)
  • Improving communication skills.

Students will improve communication skills, critical and analytical thinking, will be able to attend the same events as students on the IGCSE, IB Diploma and A-level programs, which further contributes to academic immersion.

Subjects to study:

  • Reading, critical reading
  • Spelling, academic writing
  • Communication and communication skills
  • English grammar
  • English + American culture
  • Geography
  • Algebra
  • Story
  • Natural and exact sciences.

The cost of training at the EF Academy Pasadena school is about $ 50,000 per academic year (3 terms).

Accommodation, housing and food

Students live in shared residences on a hostel basis. They are offered comfortable triple rooms (showers and amenities on the floors at the rate of 1 room for 6 people), common kitchen areas, quiet rooms for classes and homework, living rooms for general relaxation.

All premises and residences are guarded around the clock, educators and administrators are on duty, ready at any moment to help their wards.

Events EF Academy Pasadena

More than 40 clubs and communities of interest work for students, which allows them to develop their talents and abilities in their free time, find new hobbies and friends, have fun and enjoy relaxing time:

  • Art and creativity
  • Future Leaders Club
  • STEM Community
  • Volunteer movement
  • Chess
  • World cultures and languages
  • Coding and IT
  • Cookery
  • Dramatic art and theater
  • Club of young entrepreneurs
  • Math club
  • UN Youth Model
  • Music
  • Community "National Honor"
  • The photo
  • Physics
  • Student council
  • Student Yearbook
  • Football (European Sokker)
  • Yoga and psychological health
  • Volleyball (for girls)
  • Cross country
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Tennis.

The school has a special coordinator who supervises the activities of the communities and is ready for any suggestions from the students: if you want to open your own club, you will receive any support!

In their free hours, various events, trips and excursions are organized for students:

  • Surfing and relaxing on the beaches of Santa Monica, Manhattan, Malibu
  • Hiking in Runyon Canyon
  • Big Bear Lake Skiing
  • Excursions to Hollywood, visiting the Paramount Studio
  • Travel to Entertainment Centers and Parks, Disneyland
  • Visits to high technology centers
  • Norton Simon Museum
  • Huntington Library
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Trips to the San Gabriel Mountains
  • Dinner at the unique, old tram depot La Grande Orange
  • Excursion to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
  • Getty Museum
  • Griffith Park and the observatory.

Equipment EF Academy Pasadena

The spacious EF Academy Pasadena campus covers 15 acres and is well equipped with everything you need:

  • Cozy residences for living, a separate residence for staff and teachers
  • Spacious common dining room (part of the territory - open) with a store of snacks, essentials, stationery
  • STEM Center
  • 6 scientific and practical laboratories
  • 57 modern audiences with the necessary equipment
  • McGavran Center for the Humanities
  • Indoor volleyball and basketball courts
  • A fitness center
  • Dance studios
  • Performing Arts Center with its own gallery
  • 4 music rehearsal audiences
  • 4 studios for arts and crafts with exhibition space
  • Drama classes
  • Outdoor soccer field (can be used as a multi-active sports field)
  • Open areas for basketball and beach volleyball
  • Swimming pool.

The campus is a 40-50 minute drive from Los Angeles Airport, and the old town in Pasadena and the beaches of Santa Monica can be reached in 5-10 and 30-40 minutes respectively.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of studying at EF Academy Pasadena is about $ 50,000 per academic year (3 terms):

  • Training course = $ 35,250
  • Accommodation and meals (residence, full board) = $ 9000
  • Excursions and academic events = $ 1185
  • Books, teaching aids and materials, academic fee = $ 825
  • Registration fee = $ 400
  • Medical fee = $ 285
  • Visa services = from $ 250
  • One way transfer = from $ 170
  • Compulsory insurance.

Cost may vary depending on the chosen curriculum.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

For admission to the IB course:

  • Graduation of grade 10 with a score of at least C (or equivalent)
  • Level of English: IELTS 5.5 (or 52/70 according to the internal EF test).

To enroll in High School Diploma:

  • Graduation of grades 8-9-10 (depending on the desired class) with a positive average mark
  • English level: IELTS 4.5-5.5 (or 41 / 70-52 / 70 according to the internal EF test).

For applicants for Preparation Course:

  • Graduated Grade 8 with a positive grade point average
  • English level: varies. The weaker the initial knowledge, the longer the training at this stage will be (from 1 to 4 trimesters).

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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