Marengo Elementary School

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School History

Marengo Elementary School has been centrally located on Marengo Avenue in the city of South Pasadena since its beginnings as an eight-room school house in September of 1910. Currently, Marengo serves over 750 students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. It is one of three elementary schools within the South Pasadena Unified School District and it operates on a traditional school calendar system. Marengo was recognized as a California Distinguished School during the 2009-2010 school year.


Marengo Elementary School is a community in which all of its members (administrators, teachers, staff and families) are committed to ensuring that learning takes place for all students. This vision includes the development of our students as self-directed, life-long learners who are becoming resourceful and productive citizens, and the professional growth of teaching and administrative staff using analysis of learning results and reflection on instructional practices. The Marengo community strives to provide a safe and creative environment for students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. It encourages risk-taking and the use of higher level thinking skills to increase academic achievement.


In order to fulfill our commitment to this vision, the staff collaborates to provide student-centered learning using developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies. In order to provide a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that integrates language arts, math, social studies, science, arts, physical education and social and emotional learning, teachers and administrators utilize a broad range of formal and informal data to inform our educational planning and decision-making.


We recognize the essential role that families and the community play in the education of our students, and therefore we promote a positive home/school connection.


Welcome to Marengo!