South Pasadena Senior High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District South Pasadena Unified
Type Public
 Phone (626)441-5820
 Location 1401 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Charter School No

South Pasadena Senior High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 52nd in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The South Pasadena Senior High student body is predominantly Asian Pacific with a sizeable White population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific40.8%626
Native American Indian0.5%8
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.1%1
Two or more races3.2%49

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 8.7%

11.5% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, South Pasadena Senior High students are largely wealthy and rank 110th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
8 out of 10

Students at South Pasadena Senior High scored an average 66% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is well above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 11.8% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls55% to 59%*75% to 79%*
Boys55% to 59%*70% to 74%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander75% to 79%*80% to 84%*
Blackless than 50%*less than 50%*
Hispanic30% to 34%*60% to 64%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White55% to 59%*75% to 79%*
With Disabilites20% or less*20% or less*
Limited English50% or more*less than 50%*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for South Pasadena Senior High students in 2016 was 1253.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
9 out of 10

483 out of 742 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (65%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 8% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
8 out of 10

South Pasadena Senior High offers 20 AP courses. 40 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 94% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. South Pasadena Senior High had 496 taking AP exams with a 417 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 88% percentile and well above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 84% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 40% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 7%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 26%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 33%
AP Courses Offered 20

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.3%4
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0.3%4

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.3%4
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1.1%17


South Pasadena Senior High
1401 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA

10 out of 10 1


South Pasadena Unified
South Pasadena, CA