Getting to know all about us
Weizmann is a non-profit, independent, co-educational school for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Established in 1983 and named after Chaim Weizmann, noted scientist and Israel’s first President, our school offers an outstanding academic education enriched by Jewish principles and practice. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Weizmann is just a mile north of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, an easy walk to Eaton Canyon and Victory Park. The campus features large air conditioned classrooms, synagogue, art studio, ceramics kiln, potter's wheels, organic garden, enclosed play yard, play structure and indoor gymnasium.
We are located on the lovely grounds of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, which we share with B'nai Simcha Preschool, the Louis B. Silver Religious School, and Camp Gan Shalom, as well as the synagogue congregation. We are members of a vibrant and very active community of all ages, nationalities, and beliefs.
Weizmann is an independent community school. We are not attached to any particular synagogue nor affiliated with any particular denomination of Judaism. Synagogue membership is not required to attend Weizmann.
All of our teachers are credentialed and highly experienced at their grade levels. A majority of our staff have advanced degrees in their specialties. They are particularly well trained in working with students who are new to learning English as a second language and emphasize daily second language instruction. Our administration and faculty strongly support continued professional growth and development.
Weizmann is home to an extremely diverse community of Jewish, interfaith and other backgrounds. Many of our students are local, but we often have children hailing from other countries including Kuwait, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Israel. And while all of our students are exposed to Jewish culture on a daily basis, we have found that each child and family take what they individually want from that experience and that it complements rather than hinders a child’s understanding of their own unique place in the world. We are happy to refer interested families to current or former families of similar backgrounds, should they want to discuss this issue further.
Research shows that keeping children in a consistent and familial educational environment through the elementary and middle school years is ideal, before allowing them the freedom of a change of venue, new friends, and new challenges for high school. Because Weizmann ends in eighth grade, all of our graduates leave together, offering support to one another. At ninth grade, students are eager to experience new friendships and challenges that support their individual interests before college, and are ready to make a smooth and confident transition into high school.
Weizmann students matriculate to a large range of independent and parochial schools, including Polytechnic School, Westridge School for Girls, Sequoyah School, Flintridge Preparatory School, Waverly School, Campbell Hall, Loyola High School, and de Toledo High School. Our eighth graders also have transitioned smoothly to arts magnet schools such as the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, as well as honors and gifted programs at Marshall Fundamental and other local public schools.
We love to keep in touch with our graduates and their families and honor them with an Alumni Assembly in the spring. Our former students are frequent visitors to Weizmann, returning as friends, Big Buddies, interns, and guest lecturers.