Award Year: 2022

South Pasadena Middle School

1500 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA, 91030-3836

(626) 441-5830

Ms. Cheryl Busick, Principal at time of Nomination

South Pasadena Unified School District

School Website


The mission of South Pasadena Middle School is to promote life-long learning in a safe and nurturing space where all are able to think, learn, explore, discover, and grow. SPMS strives to be a positive and supportive community that encourages individuals to become capable, contributing, and confident life-long learners by being respectful, responsible, honest, demonstrating integrity and being fair to others.Vision:We will collaborate in order to nurture our students' creativity and to support them in becoming independent, contributing, and confident life-long learners.Working together with families and the community, we will create a safe, positive learning environment for all students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 26%
  • Hispanic: 24%
  • Asian: 32%
  • Two or more races: 16%
SPMS students having fun in the quad with friends.

SPMS students having fun in the quad with friends.

South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) has a solid academic foundation, a parent community that is interested, talented, and actively involved, a faculty professionally skilled and personally committed to meeting the needs of all students, and a student body motivated to perform well. Our decision-making is rooted in the belief that students thrive academically when their social, emotional, and physical needs are met and when school values the "whole child."

Our campus, like our city, maintains a small-town family feeling. We believe in a strong family partnership and encourage families to be actively engaged. Through a committed partnership with our parents and community, we have successfully developed a comprehensive educational program that celebrates and promotes ethnic and cultural diversity, individuality, and emotional, intellectual, and social growth. We are widely supported by our community, resulting in a dedicated team bound together by our core values. Our team strives to build students who are caring and compassionate but still resilient and strong. Today's students need to be flexible, creative problem solvers who are proactive and can communicate effectively. We know that these are the skills 21st-century learners need in the workplace and in life. However, we know these skills cannot just be taught; they must be experienced.

At SPMS, our staff has worked tirelessly to stay current with educational trends, seek out best practices, and be lifelong learners ourselves. Teachers, staff, and administrators act on the principle that students come first. We are dedicated to ensuring the academic success of every student. Our school aims to inspire, engage, and challenge every student to reach their full potential.