Summer Opportunities Fair
The Summer Opportunities Fair (SOF) is a community service event that provides a venue for parents and children to learn about summer programs. The fair presents a wide range of local, national and international camps, and summer study opportunities for boys and girls of all ages in academic and cultural enrichment, outdoor adventure, sports, travel, day and board, community service and volunteer programs, and programs for children with special needs.
The fair, held on the Westridge campus in Pasadena, California, has earned the reputation as one of the premier camp fairs in the nation. A nationally recognized community service event, the fair attracts thousands of families each year.
First offered to the community in 1991, the fair draws visitors from Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, the Greater Los Angeles area, and the San Fernando Valley. This informative community service event is free to the public and offers something for every student and every family budget.
Partnership for Success!
Founded in 1990, the Partnership for Success! (formerly Summer Enrichment Program) is a partnership between the Pasadena Unified School District and four local independent schools (Polytechnic, Mayfield, Chandler, and Westridge). Each summer, the Partnership provides an intensive five-week enrichment program to approximately 400 public-school students who are chosen by their school principals based on their academic promise and financial need. Once students are nominated in their fourth grade year, they remain in the program for eight consecutive summers. This long-term commitment between the Partnership and its students is essential to the program’s success. During their time in the Partnership, students build their skills in math, science, and language arts. Virtually all graduates of the Partnership go on to attend college, most at four-year universities. In order to provide this program at no cost to the students, funds are raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations through the development departments of each of the four independent schools.
Westridge School hosts female Partnership for Success! students in grades five and six. During their two summers at Westridge, students take a variety of academic classes to help boost their math and verbal skills, with an eye on preparing for success in middle school. Classes are small (averaging 20 students) and teachers are joined in the classroom by high school and college-age interns, half of whom are themselves graduates of the Partnership. In addition to the academic enrichment courses, the Partnership students at Westridge have the opportunity to take classes in art, music, multimedia creation and more. Field trips provide adventures in the community, and our annual Etiquette Tea gives the girls a chance to dress up and attend a special event with a featured speaker. Daily physical education classes and Friday swim days balance the summer days with exercise. For more information, contact Danae Howe, Site Director at 626.799.1053, ext. 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.