Pasadena district broke ground with 6-4-4 system - Pasadena Sta...
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#1 Mar 3, 2008
As a product of the Pasadena City Schools system under the 6-4-4 plan I feel I received an excellent education. Completing necessary high school course work the first semester of twelfth grade, I jumped at the opportunity to take college classes. They fulfilled University of California general education requirements (and transferred to UCLA) without having to pay college tuition! Almost all of my John Muir College classmates took advantage of those two years of college.
A great system (sometimes difficult to explain to those with conventional high school experience!) at a great school which is now experiencing difficult times.
Jan Strutt Hart
#2 Apr 29, 2014
I struggled through the 6-4-4 plan back in the early fifties. This hair-brained scheme of Sextons left a lot to be desired. I particularly remember one unusual arrangement; Because of the way it was set up, sixteen-year-old eleventh grade girls were on PCC's open campus along with twenty-one year old vets fresh from combat in Korea. You can bet that created some interesting dynamics. If it would have been a traditional setup where the students entering junior college were at least the age of traditional freshman, eighteen or thereabouts, those two additional years of maturing might have made a considerable difference in what was unquestionably a tricky social situation. If there had been any real merit to the 6-4-4 plan, other school districts would have adopted it. But it was a notion doomed to failure. Pasadena switched back to a traditional high school setup years ago.
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