Skills Enrichment Program
An Educational Partnership
Founded in 1990, the Skills Enrichment Program (SEP) is a partnership between the Pasadena Unified School District and four local independent schools (Polytechnic, Mayfield, Chandler, and Westridge). Each summer, SEP 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 SEP and its students is essential to the program’s success. During their time in SEP, students build their skills in math, science, and language arts. Virtually all graduates of SEP go on to attend college, most at four-year universities.
Westridge School hosts the female SEP 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 SEP. In addition to the academic enrichment courses, SEP 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 email@example.com.
In order to provide this program at no cost to the students, funds are raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations. With the generous support of those listed below, this valuable and successful program continues to benefit hundreds of students each year.
Adams Legacy Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
John W. Bartlett
H.N. & Francis C. Berger Foundation
Edmund A. & Marguerite Burke Foundation
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
The Green Foundation
Jonathan D. Kidder
Mayfield Junior School
Margaret & David Mgrublian
Pasadena Unified School District
Deborah E. Reed
The Rose Hills Foundation
Edmund & Mary Shea Family Foundation
Westridge Parent Association, Summer Opportunities Fair
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