Westridge School

324 Madeline Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105

Westridge was founded when two mothers concerned that there was no school for their daughters on Pasadena’s west side convinced noted area architect Mary Lowther Ranney to open a girls’ school in her home. From the start, enrollment exceeded expectations, leading Miss Ranney to purchase a larger home on Madeline Drive and move the school to the Tudor building that now serves as the campus centerpiece. Upon Miss Ranney’s retirement in 1936, a group of parents purchased the school and chartered it as a nonprofit institution with a board of trustees. The structured lower school curriculum (grades 4-6) emphasizes independent learning and the development of sound study skills. Westridge’s middle school (grades 7 and 8) provides a transitional program that readies girls for more intensive course work in the higher grades. Students choose from an array of honors and Advanced Placement courses in the upper school (grades 9-12), while also taking part in performing arts activities, athletics and experiential education. Field trips to various points of interest provide enrichment. Girls perform 40 hours of community service during their high school years, at least 20 of which must be completed with the same agency or in the same area of concern. Participation in the athletic program is also compulsory.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Girls Grades 4-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address324 Madeline Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
Year Established1913
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorElizabeth J. McGregor
Total Enrollment479
Day Students479
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