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 essential 21st-century skills and intellectual habits of mind that lead to success in school and in life.  

The Clairbourn Graduate

Clairbourn is proud to announce its new mission statement: "Creating Scholars and Leaders with Heart." We're not changing who we are, we're just stating it clearly for all to understand. Anyone who is familiar with the school knows that our graduates stand out for these three reasons.


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, 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. They can be athletes, actors, and artists; they can be leaders in their school and community; they learn to be responsible, respectful, and caring.

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, supportive community, and they demonstrate to their children the value of education through participation in the life of the school.

Educational Philosophy

Education at Clairbourn School is founded on a belief in the essential worth and capacity of every student. It strives for mastery of academic content with the development of intellectual habits and social skills necessary for success at any age. 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 any student receptive to instruction can experience success.

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

    • That future success and opportunities are enhanced and enriched by developing essential physical, creative, communication, social, and ethical skills.

    • That the education of children is a partnership between the school and the family, requiring an instructional program that best supports individual student growth.

    • That our democratic form of government requires an alert, informed, and active citizenry, an appreciation of heritage, and a deep respect for law.

    • That the gift of access to quality education carries with it certain moral and spiritual obligations to mankind for its constructive use in a way that fosters noble ambition, service to others, and world brotherhood.

    • That the cultivation of one’s spiritual nature, drawn from the Christian heritage of the school, provides personal stability and grit, builds a foundation for strength, courage, integrity, humility, and compassion in one’s endeavors, and leads to an establishment of sound character, and a respect for the convictions of others.

    • That the combination of belonging to a strong community, where one can develop an inner strength and positive sense of self-worth, results in a foundation of resilience, adaptability, and stability required for meeting life’s challenges.

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

    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.)
  • Tuition & Assistance

    Tuition varies depending on the grade level. See the Tuition & Assistance 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).
  • After-School Care & Classes

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