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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • • General

Enjoy this look back at our spring musical. With the weather this year, could we have picked a better show than Singin' in the Rain?

With all the rainy weather that Pasadena has had,  Judson International School chose the perfect musical to present over Valentine's Weekend:  Singin' in the Rain.  The show directed by Maren Plog had a cast of twenty-eight students ranging from 6th to 12th grade.   Audience members raved about the production of this classic romantic musical comedy filled with catchy songs, tap dancing, and plenty of laughter.  Some of the comments included:

"It was such a spectacular performance! Kudos to Miss Maren Plog and her team for such a fantastic job in teaching, guiding, and coaching them with excellence!" 

"It was so fun and so well done that I would have gladly watched it a second time."

 This show was Judson's fifth musical and part of a very successful musical theater.  Principal Diana Bjoraker commented, "This show is a fine example of the excellent quality and breadth of education offered by Judson International School."

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Friday, February 08, 2019 • • General

On February 7, we held our annual Science Night. Students from all grades K-12 showed demonstrations and experiments in wide variety of scientific topics such as anatomy, entomology, taxonomy, magnetism, chemical reactions, momentum, etc.


Judson Science Nighton February 7, 2019  was an opportunity for our students to show what one of the best Christian schools in Pasadena is focusing on for STEAM.  All students, grades K-12, displayed their projects for families, friends, and guests. As always, Judson welcomed alumni who came back to see their alma mater for this fun night.    Projects were creative and interesting. The kindergartners gave guests an opportunity to stick their hands in "blubber" to see how it protected them from cold and they also showed their guests an iceberg demonstration.  First and second graders created diagrams of the human body and wrote funny poems about germs. Third and fourth graders demonstration experiments with magnets. Fifth and sixth graders, dressed as doctors, presented their study of entomology including larger than life size models of a variety of insects.  Our junior high students presented their science research projects on a variety of topics from the economics of mining to moon to geoengineering the atmosphere to address global warming to the work of Dr. He Jiankui on the first genetically edited twins. High school biology students created a biology carnival which featured games to teach about topics such as DNA, natural selection and taxonomy. High school chemistry students demonstrated a variety of experiments from crystallization to chemical reactions and breaking compounds.  High school physics students demonstrated a variety of topics such as centripetal force and momentum. The creativity and love for learning that Judson is known for were evident in abundance in their STEM projects on Science Night.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 • • General

Ticket sales are now open for this fun and enjoyable show which will take place on Valentine's Day weekend February 14-16.

Judson is proud to present Singin' in the Rain Jr coming to the Porticos Art Space Valentine's Day weekend! You won't want miss this classic romantic musical comedy filled with catchy songs, tap dancing, and plenty of laughter set in 1920's Hollywood during the dawn of the "talkies"!   The performance will take place the weekend of February 14 - 16, 2019 with evening performances at 7:30 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2:30 pm.  Doors open at 7 pm.  The performance will take place at Porticos Art Space- 2033 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena.  You may purchase tickets on-line, at the door or pre-order from a cast member. 

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Here are a few "sneak peek" pics to get you excited for our show!


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Friday, January 11, 2019 • • General

Learn more here about our wonderful school.


Judson International School gives children a big picture of the world.  Our K-12 Christian school has a global focus which teaches children to love God and love all the peoples of the world.  Our curriculum emphasizes world history beginning in Kindergarten and integrates literature, Bible, art, music and world languages.  Judson's STEAM approach to math and science is based on investigative learning and critical thinking, giving our students many opportunities for hands on learning, including a multitude of field trips at every grade level.    Judson has won numerous awards from our community which appreciates our approach to learning.  We are known for being a kind and supportive school and the comment we hear most often is "Your students are so happy!" 

To give your child a chance to experience Judson, we offer a tuition-half day kindergarten as well as generous financial aid for all other grade levels.  Find out more about our award winning school at  You may contact us at 626.398.2476.

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Monday, December 03, 2018 • • General

Check out the latest edition of Eagle Eye, our high school newspaper, and listen to the lastest edition of Eagles Nest, our junior high podcast here.

Judson High School's student newspaper, Eagle Eye, is in its sixth year of publication.  Produced by the high school journalism class taught by Mrs. Giron, the newspaper has two student co-editors this year, Chloe Campbell and Leah Soderling.   Click here to read the latest issue, plus back issues of Eagle Eye.


Our Junior High journalism class prodcues a monthly podcast entitled Eagles Nest.  This class is taught by Mrs. Hall and is open to eligible 7th and 8th graders.  This year's junior high journalism team includes Bella Hernandez, Monica Duanmo, Evelyn Lopez, Caris Campbell, Narek Agamanukian and Andy Kim.  Click here to listen to the lastest podcast of Eagles Nest.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 • • General

Our junior high boys flag football team won the Foothill Sports League Championship. Read about their amazing season, plus all the other fall sports highlights here.


Judson International School's junior high boys flag football team won the league championship 28-27 against Sequoyah on November 15.  The game was hosted by San Marino High School. Coach Max Boyle led the Judson Eagles to the victory after an undefeated season for the team with 10 wins and 0 losses and was the #1 seed.  This is Judson International School's 4th League Championship for Junior High Flag Football.


Judson International School also did well in other sports.  The Judson junior high girls JV team had an amazing season with Foothill Sports League under the leadership of Coach Kathy Hall, with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.  Our varsity junior high girls volleyball team had a 3-8 record.


At the high school level, the girls CIF volleyball team had 5 wins and 3 losses, placing second in their league.  They went to the playoffs, but lost in the first game to the eventual champions, La Puente High School.  This team is part of the unique Judson/Waldorf partnership for high school sports.


Judson also fielded a co-ed high school soccer team in partnership with Waldorf School through the International League.  The team place 2nd in the league with 5 wins and 2 losses under the leadership of Coach James Hood.

Practice and games for winter sports are already underway.  Our CIF high school boys basketball team has been practicing for several weeks and will have their first game in November.  They are being led by Coach Sean Dixon and the team is made up of players from both Judson and Waldorf. Our junior high boys team is being coached by Coach Kyle Patterson.  We will also field high school and junior high girls basketball teams, if we have enough players. Those interested should contact our Judson Athletic Director, Sean Dixon, at, 626-589-7468.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 • • General

We are so thankful to receive a third recognition this year.


We are very thankful to receive the Pasadena Weekly Reader Recommended Best Private School 2018 award.  This is the third year in a row that we have been voted to receive this recognition.  We are so thankful for our community's support of our school.  This award is added to several others that Judson has been given this year:  The 2019 Best School Award by K12 Niche and the 2018 Beacon Media Reader Recommended Award in three categories:  Private Coes High School, Middle School and Private Co-ed School.  We are grateful for you vote of confidence in Judson International School's unique approach of Christian education with a global focus, training our students to be leaders in God's kingdom and today's world.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • • General

Did you know that Judson has its own podcast?

Did you know that our Judson Junior High Journalism team produces a regular podcast?  It is full of information including news about how our sports teams are doing, upcoming events and other interesting items?  You can listen to it here:  Eagles' Nest Podcast


Our first podcast for the 2018-19 school year came out yesterday.  Take a listen, enjoy and subscribe!

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Monday, September 10, 2018 • • General

We were very honored to be recognized by our community as a "Reader Recommended" School in the 2018 Beacon Media Reader's Choice awards this month in three categories.


We were very honored to be recognized by our community as a "Reader Recommended" School in the 2018 Beacon Media Reader's Choice awards this month.  Judson was voted by the community as a 2018 Reader Recommended School in three categories this year:  Reader Recommended Private Co-ed School, Reader Recommended Private Co-ed High School , and Reader Recommended Middle School.  Our WASC and ACSI accredited K-12 Christian school is known in our community for helping students grow in knowledge, wisdom and understanding to become leaders in God's kingdom and today's world.  Our unique International Christian Curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, investigative learning, Christian character development and spiritual growth.

These awards are added to previous recognitions such as NIche's "2019 Best School," Pasadena Weekly's "Reader Recommended Best Private School in Pasadena " (2016, 2017),  Beacon Media's "Best Middle School (2017) and Beacon Media's "Favorite Private Co-ed High School (2016).

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Thursday, September 06, 2018 • • General

We asked our Judson teachers the question "Why do you love teaching at Judson?" and we wanted to share some of their answers.

We asked our Judson teachers the question "Why do you love teaching at Judson?" and we wanted to share some of their wonderful answers.  


Mrs. Campadonico, Kindergarten teacher, is in her eighth year at Judson.  She is trilingual (English/Spanish/Indonesian) and has her BA in Early Childhood education.  She and her family served in Indonesia for many years before coming to Judson. She said of her experience at Judson, "My very first class are now 9th graders!  It is such a great honor to see students grow and develop into such wonderful young people."

Miss Castren, 3rd/4th grade teacher, is in her first year at Judson.  She has her BA in K-8 Education from Azusa Pacific University and has experience teaching in a nearby school district.  She loves teaching at Judson "because of the incredibly supportive staff and families."



Miss Todd, our Junior High and High School  Math teacher, has her BS in Mathematics from Biola University.  One interesting fact about Miss Todd is that she grew up in Hawaiil.  In her 3rd year at Judson, Miss Todd says, "With the mixture of all the different cultural backgrounds represented by the student body and the staff at Judson, there is new culture created here of understanding and learning from each other. It constantly challenges me to get away from the assumptions biases that are ingrained in me and to think about others in different ways.   I can see this environment has taught me to look at others not with judgment but with curiosity and a desire to understand them and connect with them which has really helped me to more fully understand God's grace."  


Mrs. Giron is in her fourth year of teaching Junior High and High School English at Judson.  In addition to a B.A. in English with a writing emphasis from Azusa Pacific University, she also studied for one term at Oxford University in England .  Prior to teaching at Judson, Mrs. Giron worked in the Pasadena City College English Department as a writing consultant. Mrs. Giron, a published author, received the 2013 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award  and is a finalist again this year for the same award for her new book. Mrs. Giron says of her experience at Judson, "I love the chance Judson gives, through our diverse student body and faculty and globally-focused curriculum, for young people to develop a worldview  aware of God's heart for all peoples and cultures and His image reflected in them. "

Mr. Marroquin is in his first year of teaching Junior High Bible.  He holds an MDiv from Fuller Seminary and is the Family Ministries Director at New Life Christian Church.   Judson has actually been part of his life for many years since his wife Lynette, registrar at Judson, has been at our school for  five years and his sister Bethany also used to work at Judson. One interesting fact about Lynette is that she has lived in eleven different countries, one month at a time, during an 11 month-long missions trip called The World Race:  Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, China, The Philippines, India, Romania, Ukraine, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Mr. Marroquin says he loves teaching at Judson because "Judson students are eager to learn, deep thinkers, and just plain fun. Getting to walk through the greatest story of all time with them in the Bible has been an unbelievable experience already, and the students and I like to challenge each other to think about things in a new way."

Mrs. Graves, English Language Development teacher and Director of International Student Services,  is in her fifth year at Judson . She has her BA from the University of San Diego and has done post-graduate studies at UCLA.  She has lived in England, Switzerland and France. An interesting fact about Mrs. Graves is that she has two sets of twins with one single in the middle.  Her children grew up acting in film and television, including Cheers, ER, Life Goes On, X-Files, Pirates of the Caribbean, Valentines Day, The Terminal.  Mrs. Graves loves teaching at Judson "because of the strong sense of community and the opportunity to learn about other cultures on a daily basis."

Mrs. Aasland,  High school World History teacher and Director of Admissions and Marketing, is in her 7th year at Judson.   She holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College and an MA in Public Administration from Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.  Prior to working at Judson, she and her family of six lived and served in Kazakhstan for 16 years. Mrs. Aasland also had an international childhood, living in a variety of countries including Turkey, Italy and Nigeria.  An interesting fact about Mrs. Aasland is that she became a Christian at an international school in Nigeria. Mrs. Aasland loves teaching at Judson because "our approach of being both Christian and international  is so unique and special. I get to teach and work with people from around the world who have a big vision of God and His love for the nations."


Mr. Dixon, PE teacher and Athletic Director, is in his first year at Judson.  He comes to us with a a BS in Kinesiology and an M. in Kinesiology.  Prior to working at Judson he taught at Cal State LA where he  helped start a number of program, including programs to teach students to become personal trainers and helping student-athletes perform academically.   Mr. Dixon says "I love the people at Judson. The faculty is welcoming, friendly, and helpful, and the students are a joy to work with. I really enjoy the ability to get to know the students more, afforded us by our small class sizes. I couldn't be happier!"


Miss Plog, Musical Theater Director, is in her 2nd year at Judson.  She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Theater Arts. Miss Plog has directed and choreographed numerous shows, including productions with Showlights Theater, Pasadena City College and Judson International School. One interesting thing about Miss Plog is that she performed an original work with a troupe of theater students at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Miss Plog says of teaching at Judson " The biggest highlights for me of teaching at Judson have been the community and the emphasis on Christ-centered education.  It is such a gift to work in an atmosphere that is filled with light and love of God. It's a joy to work at a school where I am given the opportunity to integrate spirituality and Biblical values into the performing arts."


Mrs. Bjoraker, principal of Judson School, is in her twenty-second year at Judson.   Born in New Zealand, Mrs. Bjoraker served in Israel with her husband and 3 children for eight years.  One interesting fact about Mrs. Bjoraker is that in addition to having an MEd in Educational Leadership, she also is an RN!  Mrs. Bjoraker loves working for Judson because "we have an educational and Biblical worldview that is second to none!"


Mr. Hogue is in his first year at Judson.  He has a BS in Physics from Azusa Pacific University and an MS in Physics from UC Riverside.  Prior to coming to Judson Mr. Hogue was an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University and an MCAT physics instructor for The Princeton Review.  Mr. Hogue loves teaching at Judson because "The students and other staff are like a family and I already feel welcome. I look forward to getting to know everyone better!"




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