We have had a wonderful Christmas season at Judson, culminating with our Christmas chapel on December 18.
One of the freedoms of being at a Christian school is the freedom to fully enter in as a school community to the wonder and delight of Christmas. As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Judson community has been very actively spreading that cheer both within and outside of our school. We kicked off the Christmas season with our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in the Judson Main Courtyard, with a beautiful ceremony led by our El Squad (elementary leadership team) and our Junior High and High School worship teams. The very next evening our Judson Elementary Choir sang three songs at the Eagle Rock Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall - one that they learned in Russian with the help of one of our Judson elementary students who is a native speaker of Russian. The following week, our musical theater cast led a fantastic Christmas Cabaret which included songs and dances of the season, raising money for their spring production of Beauty and the Beast. Throughout the month, our Judson elementary classes have been visiting people at the Ararat Convalescent Hospital and singing Christmas carols for them. Our junior high and high school students competed in a door decorating contest, displaying a high level of imagination and creativity. High school students and teachers also did a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. Meanwhile our elementary students have been busy making ornaments, gingerbread houses and decorations for their classrooms. Our final event of the Christmas season will be our Christmas Chapel on Wednesday, December 18 at 1:15 pm in the sanctuary. Family members and guests are invited to join us!
We had a fantastic Eagle Rock Grand Opening Event with live music; tours in English, Spanish and Mandarin; international hors d'oeuvres and an official ribbon cutting with Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Judson International School hosted a Grand Opening for their new Eagle Rock Campus on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Over 150 guests attended the event which featured campus tours in English, Spanish and Mandarin, international appetizers from around the world, live music including a performance by the Judson Elementary choir and ribbon cuttings by both the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Judson International School is pleased to have signed a 10 year lease for their new Eagle Rock property at 1495 W. Colorado Blvd on the campus of Eagle Rock Baptist Church. School began August 19 with many of the students from Judson's former Pasadena campus moving to the new Eagle Rock location. The new campus features a full sized stage, multi-purpose room, chapel, industrial-size kitchen, science lab, art room, two inner courtyards and outdoor courts and play areas.
Judson International School, established in 1991, is a non-denominational K-12 Christian school with a unique global focus. Judson is accredited by WASC and ASCI and has an average class size of 10. About 70% of the student body is American and 30% is international. The curriculum has a unique international focus. Many of Judson's faculty and staff have lived internationally.
Judson International School's new Eagle Rock location has a capacity for at least 200 students, and they are welcoming new students to apply. Judson International School will be hosting an Admissions Night on November 7 beginning with a meeting for prospective parents at 6 pm followed by an Open House at which students will be displaying their history and art projects for the community. For information and to apply visit the Judson website at www.judsonschool.org.
We are off to a great start in our new location in Eagle Rock.
Our first week of school has officially begun. We welcomed new and returning students to our brand new location in Eagle Rock on Monday, August 19 with a warm breakfast and coffee, generously provided and served by Eagle Rock Baptist Church. Students enjoyed seeing their new classrooms and getting to know their teachers.
Our high school students are having WOW Week all this week which includes orientation as well as fun games. Hot lunch service for grades 5-12 begins on August 21 and we are exploring options for K-4 such as a weekly pizza day.
Stay tuned for updates on our junior high and high school sports teams which will be getting going soon.
Mark your calendars for Back to School Night 7 pm on September 3 for K-6 and September 5 for 7-12th. The evening is for parents only and will begin with a large group meeting with the principal and then time with your children's teachers.
Many of you have already expressed interest in helping out with projects at the school such as our inner and outer play areas. There will be an opportunity to sign up for those and other projects at Back to School Night so please come and get involved. We welcome your energy and enthusiasm in support of our school.
Finally, if you know of families that would benefit from our Judson International School, please let them and us know. Keep spreading the word about our wonderful school!
We are busy getting ready for school to begin on August 19. Our orientations and Back to School Potluck Picnic are on August 16.
Judson has now joined the ranks of the best private schools in East Los Angeles. We have been working hard all summer getting our new building in Eagle Rock ready for the start of classes. We are eager to welcome all of our new and returning students to see our wonderful, new space. We have made many upgrades over the summer including new painting, flooring, furniture and even some classroom redesign. Teachers are busy setting up classrooms and doing back to school training.
We have one new teacher this year, Alysia Iseli, who will be teaching junior high history and language arts. She grew up as an MK in Kenya, is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with four years teaching experience.
As we count down to the start of school on August 19, we have some events and reminders for you:
1) Orientation for new students and families on August 16
We have several orientations going on simultaneously:
9 am - noon Orientation for new international students and parents
10 am - noon Orientation for new local junior high and high school students
10 am - noon Orientation for new local families (KG - 12th)
We will have child care available during orientation for students ages KG-6th
2) Back to school picnic on August 16, 5:30 pm
(followed by new building tour and Used Uniform Sale)
We will be having our Back to School Potluck Picnic at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center picnic shelter, a beautiful park about half a mile from Judson located at 1100 Eagle Vista Drive. Please bring a large main dish and side to share. We will provide paper goods and cutlery. Following the picnic, we will go over to our new building so that you can take a look. We will be selling used uniforms at that time as well.
3) Come in and help out anytime!
If you have time to help our teachers get ready for school, you are welcome to come in. We need all the help we can get with this big transition. Call us at (626) 429-0684 and let us know you are coming or just drop by.
4) Remember to do your summer reading
All students grades 7-12 have summer reading assignments due on the first day of school. If you did not receive it, please contact your teacher directly or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very thankful to the Lord for our new campus. We are packing up now and will be moving in the end of June and beginning of July. School starts on our new campus August 19!
We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a ten year lease for our new campus in Eagle Rock. After 28 years of operation on the campus of the US Center for World Mission, we are moving to our new location at 1495 W. Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock.
The new campus features a full sized stage, multi-purpose room, chapel, industrial-size kitchen, science lab, art room, two inner courtyards (one for elementary and one for high school) and outdoor play areas. We plan to add in a playground and an additional outdoor lunch area. We are planning to rent gym and field space one half mile away at Eagle Rock Recreation Center for our athletics program.
We are excited to offer a quality, private, Christian school option in Eagle Rock which has much fewer such schools than Pasadena. Please pass on our new location to friends in the area that you think might be interested.
Now that we have finished the school year, we are busy packing up and getting ready to move. Renovations are underway with painting, new flooring, reconfiguring spaces and other updates. We will be moving at the end of June and being operating at our new campus in July. School begins at our new campus on August 19!
About 100 people attended our annual gala which featured a silent auction, a live auctioneer, raffle, dinner, dancing, and a montage from "Singin' in the Rain" performed by Judson students.
Judson International School hosted its Annual Gala 2019 on April 27, 2019. This year's theme "Reaching the Nations" was inspired by the school's focus of providing quality K-12 Christian education with a unique, global focus. Judson's students and faculty represent of 20 nations and its curriculum is distinctively both Christian and global in focus. About 100 people attended the event which took place at Frason Hall on the former Frontier Ventures campus.
The evening featured a silent auction, a live auctioneer, raffle, dinner, dancing, and a montage from "Singin' in the Rain" performed by Judson students. A committee of Judson parents helped plan the Gala 2019: Donaji Potts, John Leano, Danny Cook, Christina Beer and Linda Wolf. Vendors included May Catering, DJ John Villa and auctioneer Joaquin Crame all of whom provided generous discounts, helping to fund the event.
Bruce Koch, a board member of Frontier Ventures and director of Perspectives International was the speaker for the Judson Gala 2019. All three of his children attended Judson. Mr. Koch gave a history of the school, stressing the importance of the school's international vision and saying "Judson International School is a model for what other schools can and should be." Judson's Gala 2019 celebrated the school's 28 years on the current campus, while looking forward to the school's new campus in Eagle Rock which will open in August 2019. All funds raised at the event will be used for Judson's new campus.
Check out the latest news from our high school journalism team.
Have you seen the latest issue of Judson High School's newspaper, The Eagle Eye? Our journalism teams puts out 4 - 6 issues per year. You can read the latest by click on the image above. For back issues, click here: Judson Eagle Eye Archives.
We are proud of our graduating seniors, class of 2019. Read more here about which colleges they have been accepted and their future career plans.
Back Row L to R: Tom Kim, Patrick Li, John Cho, Alan Song, John Xu
Front Row L to R: Amanda Cherman, Chloe Campbell, Angel You, Ella Jun, Leah Soderling
Not picture: Mindy Yi, Mark Ni, Elisa Allario(first semester)
Judson's class of 2019 consists of 13 students from four different countries: USA, Korea, China and Italy. These seniors have been busy taking the SAT, preparing for AP tests and applying to colleges. Already members of the class of 2019 have received acceptances to Arizona State University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Michigan State University, Otis College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Penn State, Pratt Institute, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, Univeristy of California Riverside, University of Indiana Bloomington and Virgina Tech. Some of their intended majors include computer science, nursing and design.
Judson's college prep program continues to expand and thrive. We will be hosting AP testing for Chinese Language, Physics, English Literature, US History, World History and Calculus. All of our high school courses have been A-G approved or are in the approval process. Our students score in the 80th percentile for SAT, well above the state average. In 2018, 89% of Judson students who took AP tests received a score of 4 or 5, while the national average is only 33%.
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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