About Us

"Creating Scholars and Leaders with Heart."
Founded in 1926, Clairbourn School is an independent, coeducational day school for students in preschool through eighth grade.
The Clairbourn model of education includes a rigorous curriculum, inspired teaching, character education, and a strong sense of community. Our students acquire a growth mindset along with essential 21st-century skills and intellectual habits of mind that lead to success in school and in life.  
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Clairbourn Graduates

Learn how Clairbourn produces graduates who are in demand and academically prepared to take on the rigors at top area high schools.


Success By Design

At all grade levels, small classes are designed to motivate, engage, and support students to reach high levels of achievement. Learning is active with a growth mindset focus, and teaching is a dynamic blend of both traditional and innovative methods.

A wide variety of co-curricular programs allow students to expand their learning well beyond the core curriculum to become responsible, respectful, and caring scholars and leaders.

Right Fit for Families

Students are accepted to Clairbourn's elementary and middle school grades on the basis of their previous academic performance, in-house academic assessment for Grades 1-4, standardized test scores for Grades 5-8, writing samples, teacher recommendations, and, in the case of preschool through kindergarten, their maturity and school readiness. We welcome students of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin.

Parents are also welcome on campus! Our families are an integral part of Clairbourn’s vibrant community demonstrating to their children the value of education by participating in the life of the school.

Educational Philosophy

Education at Clairbourn School is founded on a belief in the ability of every student to achieve balanced and competitive academic success. We strive to impart in our students not only the mastery of academic content, but also the development of intellectual habits and leadership skills, and a strong social and cultural competency. The school embraces proven educational methods informed by research, and the school constantly updates its program with fresh, innovative ideas, tools, technologies, and experiences. This commitment to educational excellence is founded on the following core beliefs.

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  • Core Beliefs

    • That every student has the innate ability to experience academic success.

    • That the best education is one that assists the student in developing effective study habits, including active listening, critical thinking, disciplined effort, and collaboration skills.

    • That fostering the development of social, ethical, creative, communication, and physical skills is an essential part of a well-rounded education.

    • That the education of children is an active partnership between the school and the family.

    • That offering students varied leadership opportunities develops the skills necessary to contribute in a meaningful way to their community.

    • That the gift of access to a quality education carries with it certain moral obligations for service to others and the broader community.

    • That the cultivation of a student’s spiritual and emotional health builds a foundation for strength, courage, grit, humility, gratitude, and integrity.

    • That belonging to a strong community that practices compassion and inclusion helps children develop heart, a positive moral character, and a strong sense of self-worth.

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School Profile

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  • School Hours*

    Reception & Before-School Care Hours:
    The Reception Desk is open from 7:30 am to 6pm Monday - Friday.
    Starting at 7:30 am, students may be dropped off for Free Before-School Daycare.

    Instructional Hours:
    • JPK - Morning, 8am - 12pm
    • JPK - Full day, 8am - 2:45pm
    • Pre-K, 8am - 2:45pm
    • K, 8am - 2:45pm
    • Grades 1-5, 8am - 3pm
    • Grades 6-8, 8am - 3:05pm
    *Due to COVID 19, school hours are different while Remote Learning is taking place. 

    After-School Care & Classes Hours*
    From 3-6pm, After-School Options are available for all grade levels. (Charges for After-School Daycare and After-School Classes apply.)

    *Due to COVID 19, After-School Daycare is not available, but limited after school remote learning classes from 3-6pm, provided by Parker-Anderson, will be available. 
  • Tuition & Tuition Assistance

    Tuition varies depending on the grade level. See the Tuition page for specific details. Tuition assistance is also available for qualified applicants. Middle School Merit Scholarships, for 6-8 grade students, are also available for those who qualify. These scholarships may be combined with financial aid.
  • Before-School Care*

    Starting at 7:30 am, students may be dropped off for Before-School Care (Free service).

    *Due to COVID 19, Before-School Care is not available while Remote Learning is taking place. 
  • After-School Care & Classes*

    From 3-6pm, After-School Options are available for all grade levels (Charges apply).

    *Due to COVID 19, limited after school remote learning classes, provided by Parker-Anderson, will be available.
  • Lunch Program*

    Families at Clairbourn have the option of ordering healthy, delicious, temperature-maintained, hot and cold lunches from our provider www.choicelunch.com.  Parents can use the Choice Lunch ordering app to schedule and pay for lunches in advance. 

    The Clairbourn Families Association (CFA) also runs a special fundraising lunch program (occasional pizza days / taco days / etc.) with payment and orders handled separately.

    The Choice Lunch program and the CFA Special Lunches do not overlap service days.

    *Due to COVID-19, while the school is in Remote Learning mode, the lunch program is not available. 
  • Accreditation & Memberships

    • Accredited by CAIS
    • Accredited by WASC
    • Member of CAIS
    • Member of WASC
    • Member of NAIS
    • Member of The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs
  • Conference & Report Card Schedule

    4 Quarters of 9 weeks each
    Scheduled Parent Teacher Conferences

    Report Cards:
    • 1st-8th every 9 weeks
    • K – end of year report card
    • Preschool – end of year developmental profile
  • Location and Service Areas

    Clairbourn is located adjacent to San Marino, Pasadena, and Arcadia. We serve preschool, kindergarden, elementary, and middle school students living in the west San Gabriel Valley and beyond, including the cities of Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Alhambra, Temple City, Monrovia, Altadena, South Pasadena, Bradbury, San Gabriel, and Monterey Park, La Canada, West Covina, Glendora, Glendale, Burbank, Silverlake, Eagle Rock, and more.

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Come Visit Us!

Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)