Welcome to Clairbourn
School Update:
Our current Headmaster, Dr. Nafie, is retiring in June from Clairbourn after 39 years of service to the school. The Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Amy Patzlaff to be the next Head of School starting in July of 2018. Click here to read more about our new Head of School.
A Message From Dr. Nafie:
We are a private school serving preschool through middle school (JPK-8th) students in the greater Pasadena area and beyond. We are proud of our reputation as one of the finest schools in the area. We offer small class sizes, a highly trained and experienced faculty, and a beautiful 8-acre wooded campus. Our educational experience, spanning over 90 years, includes a challenging academic program and a wide array of co-curricular classes built on a strong foundation of values and community.

The Clairbourn model of education includes inspired teaching, clear values, a rigorous curriculum, and a strong sense of community. At all grade levels, our small classes are designed to motivate, engage and support our students to reach ever-higher levels of achievement. Learning is both active and interactive and teaching is a dynamic blend of both the traditional and the innovative. Our graduates obtain the preparation essential for high school, college, and life beyond school.

Since today’s education is not limited to the classroom setting, Clairbourn provides numerous opportunities for students to expand their learning well beyond the core curriculum. They can be athletes, actors, and artists; they can be leaders in their school and communities; they learn to be responsible, to be respectful, and to be caring.

Our families are an integral part of Clairbourn’s vibrant, supportive community. Our parents demonstrate to their children the value of education through active participation in the life of the school. Clairbourn is a community that values working together.

This website is an extension of our school community and a great place to start learning more about our school. I hope the information on this site will give you a taste of our mission, goals and life at Clairbourn. Nothing, however, takes the place of a personal visit. I encourage you see us in person and experience some of the intangible qualities that are a part of the complete Clairbourn private school experience.


Robert W. Nafie, Ph. D.
Head of School

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