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A Rigorous Academic Program

The Clairbourn model of education includes a rigorous curriculum and inspired teaching. Our students acquire essential 21st-century skills and intellectual habits of mind that lead to success in school and in life. 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.
Clairbourn has a comprehensive private school academic program.
Our curriculum is designed to be rigorous, intellectually challenging and relevant to each student’s academic and personal growth. The program provides an educational experience that prepares our graduates with content knowledge and skills, intellectual habits of mind, and a values-based ethical framework that open doors for acceptance into excellent independent high schools.

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  • Innovation Lab

    At Clairbourn, we provide students with diverse experiences in technology and design thinking. In addition to core classes, our students can further their exploration in the Innovation Lab classes. Design thinking is emphasized alongside instruction in a wide range of computer applications. Besides familiarizing themselves with basic technology skills such as word processing and presentation software, students engage with 3D design, computer simulations, digital photography, coding, robotics, stop motion animation and digital art design. The I-Lab teacher collaborates closely with classroom teachers on projects aimed at enhancing instructional objectives.
  • Languages

    Acquiring additional languages and understanding other cultures are important life skills. Clairbourn’s Spanish program fosters an appreciation for diversity and the unique contributions of Spanish speaking cultures.
  • The Arts

    The visual arts program is broad and students learn about influential artists, the elements of design and the principles of art. Projects encourage careful observation, individual expression, imagination, problem-solving, skill development and a growth mindset. The music curriculum is designed for students to participate actively in music-making and acquire knowledge of music theory. Singing and proper instrument technique lay the foundation for music literacy, participation and appreciation. Lower school students explore various instruments, including xylophone, ukulele, recorder, drums and other classroom percussion instruments. Fourth and fifth-grade students select a wind instrument to focus on and sixth through eighth-grade students can join the school band. Besides the public speaking opportunities throughout the school year, students also participate in drama productions, from the second-grade Character Matters musical to the middle schoolers performing in Clairbourn’s after-school theater (CAST) and eighth-grade Winnie-the-Pooh play. There are plenty of opportunities during the year for students to showcase their work in art shows, school-wide musical performances and drama productions.
  • Athletics

    Clairbourn's athletics program develops the coordination, agility and sportsmanship of the students through physical education classes and after-school sports activities. Students learn skills that increase their fitness, confidence and readiness for future athletic pursuits while promoting lifelong participation in physical activity. Students have opportunities to try many different sports throughout the year!
  • Library

    Clairbourn’s library has over 15,00 volumes and extensive pre-filtered, age-appropriate online resources. The library program teaches students how to identify the differences between fiction and non-fiction, explores literary genres, how to use the Dewey Decimal System and the importance of responsible digital literacy and citizenship. In addition, the library strives to introduce all students to the joys of reading and to provide a vibrant and friendly learning environment for the Clairbourn community as a whole.
  • Service Learning

    Service-Learning activities start in preschool and align with our code of ethics, as students develop the capacity to be responsible for the welfare of the community beyond their homes and school.  Participating in service-learning projects at each grade level enhances our mission of Creating Scholars and Leaders with Heart.

After School Options

Clairbourn's after-school daycare programs enable working parents to have childcare for students from preschool through eighth grade. These programs provide opportunities for students to be enrolled in supervised activities that can begin as early as 7:30 a.m. and extend it until 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. for preschool and kindergarten). After-school classes and after-school daycare are offered at an additional cost. 

Before school option begins at 7:30 a.m. and there is no charge.

Summer Programs

Experience Clairbourn Summer Sports Camp with our athletic coach, Mr. Ball. Click here to register. We also offer summer enrichment classes organized and administered by Parker-Anderson on our beautiful campus. The company provides summer learning opportunities where students have ample opportunity to explore their interests, develop skills and prepare for the next grade level in the fall. To learn more about Parker-Anderson, visit this page.
8400 Huntington Drive | San Gabriel, CA 91775 626.286.3108 | info@clairbourn.org
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School & Middle School. Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and San Gabriel Valley. Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization (K-12 Private Schools) and accredited by CAIS and WASC.