High Point Provides a Toolkit for Parents

By Norma Richman In keeping with the mission of the school, High Point Academy has sought to create a learning community that includes parents, as well as students.  This means that since we, as adults, are our children’s learning models, our attitudes about life-long discovery can inspire our children to take charge of their own … Continue reading High Point Provides a Toolkit for Parents

First Grade Books to Biscuits and Blankets Too!

HPA First Graders Reprise Their Community Engagement Project By Norma Richman For the second year in a row, first graders pitched in once more to fund their favorite cause. In April they read book after book in a pledge drive to earn money for blanket and biscuit supplies—a great lesson in finance.  The goal for … Continue reading First Grade Books to Biscuits and Blankets Too!

Second Graders Learn A Lesson In Kindness: A Little Help Goes A Long Way

By Norma Richman Even something as simple as a little pen pal note can brighten a day, and when it comes in a gift bag—what could be better? This lesson was on the minds of High Point’s second graders as they crafted colorful pouches and filled them with life’s necessities.  Students collected travel-size shampoos, mouthwash, … Continue reading Second Graders Learn A Lesson In Kindness: A Little Help Goes A Long Way

Super Heroes of the Environment

By Norma Richman One shovel at a time, High Point students did battle with stinging nettles and hostile shrubs to make the world safe for hikers and their four-footed friends. In May, Eaton Canyon Nature Center once again provided an opportunity for our sixth graders to tame the unruly paths that meander around the canyon. … Continue reading Super Heroes of the Environment

Academy Fourth Graders Go British!

By Norma Richman Forty smiling 49ers filed into the British Home in Sierra Madre to regale the residents with songs from California’s Gold Rush Period.  As a roomful of seniors listened on, Story Lim and Francesca Gomez-Novy explained the history of the Gold Rush, even noting how the importance of the Gold Rush was better … Continue reading Academy Fourth Graders Go British!

High Point Academy Student Receives the Citizenship Award

Isabella Alcaino-Gordon (Izze) is a very special 7th grader. Having joined High Point after attending Holy Angels through sixth grade, Izze has quickly and quietly become integrated into the High Point community. She brought with her a love of working with younger children and has put that love into action at her new school. Everyday, … Continue reading High Point Academy Student Receives the Citizenship Award

High Point Academy’s Inspired and Creative ‘Family Program’

High Point Academy has always been one of the strongest independent schools in Pasadena with a reputation for robust academics. What parents may not realize is how creatively the curriculum has evolved. Sometimes academia is confused with old-fashioned. But High Point allows a flexibility to teachers inspiring them to create curriculum and programs to enhance … Continue reading High Point Academy’s Inspired and Creative ‘Family Program’

Creatively Exploring Complex Issues Through Multiple Lenses

What is the purpose of education in today’s ever-changing global world? What are the big concepts and overarching skills we want High Point graduates to embrace? Among these big concepts, the research points to the paramount importance of teaching students how to think and how to analyze issues through multiple lenses and perspectives.  How to realize … Continue reading Creatively Exploring Complex Issues Through Multiple Lenses

The Mysterious Magical Number 41

By Norma Richman High Point Academy’s second annual “Souper Bowl” ran like a well-oiled machine as third graders collected and sorted much-needed canned soups for their favorite charity Friends in Deed. They prepared posters and banners, marketed their drive to all within earshot and amassed stacks of cans representing votes for the 2018 Super Bowl … Continue reading The Mysterious Magical Number 41

Kinders Kick Off a Year of Giving

By Norma Richman As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, High Point Academy’s youngest students (Class of 2026) reprised a Kindergarten tradition of kindness and charity. The children learned the value of giving to those less fortunate and a sense of empowerment, as well, while collecting new and gently-used coats and sweaters for the local charity Families … Continue reading Kinders Kick Off a Year of Giving