Reach new academic heights with a private education that develops knowledge, builds confidence and engages with issues of global importance. The flexible range of programs can be tailored to the needs of each individual, turning students into resilient, resourceful lifelong learners.


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A high school program to match your goals

EF Academy Pasadena offers a well rounded educational experience through competency based and student-centric learning. Through our flexible course selection process and support from University and Academic Advisors, we help each student customize their studies to help them reach their goals.

US High School Diploma

Grades 9-12 / ages 14-19

Satisfy high school credits to go to any US university

Option to take courses at advanced level, such as Advanced Placement (AP)

Your academic support network

With dedicated, personal academic guidance at EF Academy Pasadena, our teachers and University and Academic Advisors prepare students for success by helping them discover and develop their strengths

Academic guidance

Realize your potential with the full support of our teachers, who are experienced in teaching to students from a variety of backgrounds. Their office hours outside of class allow you to get additional help whenever you need it.

We help you with:

  • Academic support

  • Study routines and habits

  • Engagement in school life

Pathway management

Our unique pathway system assigns every student a personal guidance counsellor, called a Pathway Manager. They monitor your progress in classes, look after your wellbeing and can provide guidance in all areas to do with your experience at high school in California.

We help you with:

  • Pathway and profile development

  • Academic guidance

  • Social and emotional support

University advising

University preparation is fundamental to our mission, and our advising program includes group and one-to-one sessions to ensure you are university and career ready by the time you graduate. Craft an impressive personal statement, highlight your achievements and learn to shine in college interviews.

We help you with:

  • Exploring degree and career options

  • University applications

  • Interview preparation

Digital equity

By ensuring that all students have access to first-rate digital resources, we encourage them to obtain the tools to excel and thrive academically, while simultaneously creating an innovative, connected and technologically advanced learning environment that prepares students for success in an ever-changing world.

We help you with:

  • Making the purchase of your new laptop as smooth and easy as possible

  • Providing information on available digital resources

  • Assisting you when personalized support is needed

Educating for academic and personal success

"Students are at the center of all that we do here at EF Academy Pasadena. We complement our Global Pathways with Advisory and Health & Wellness programs to provide the social and emotional support students need for their holistic development. Surrounded by a strong student support network, our students will have a nurturing environment in which to live, learn and grow."

Annie Hall

Deputy Head of School - Student Services and Residential Life, EF Academy

Aspire to university greatness

Our exceptional high school program, personalized support and thorough university advising consistently place EF Academy graduates at some of the world's leading universities.

A history of university success

EF Academy's family of high schools has a strong track record of helping graduates reach top-tier universities across the globe, thanks to our university preparation program that begins as soon as you enroll.

From EF Academy New York in 2021:


highest IB Diploma score


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attending college or university in the US or UK

Top University Placements

  • Boston University

    Brown University

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Columbia University

    Cornell University

    Georgetown University

    Harvard University

    Johns Hopkins University

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    New York University

    Parsons School of Design

    University of California, Berkeley

    University of Pennsylvania

    University of Southern California

    University of Virginia

    Yale University

  • Durham University

    Imperial College London

    King's College London

    London School of Economics

    University College London

    University of Bristol

    University of Cambridge

    University of Edinburgh

    University of Exeter

    University of Glasgow

    University of Leeds

    University of Loughborough

    University of Manchester

    University of Oxford

    University of St. Andrews

    University of Warwick

  • American University of Paris

    Bocconi University

    Delft University of Technology

    IE University

    Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

    Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

    McGill University

    Monash University

    The Australian National University

    University of Amsterdam

    University of Auckland

    Univesrity of British Columbia

    University of Hong Kong

    University of Melbourne

    University of Sydney

    University of Toronto

"My favorite thing about EF Academy is my History class - not only is my teacher fantastic, but there's nothing as appropriate as learning World History in an international environment."

Maya, from the USA and Sweden

Studied at EF Academy New York

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FAQ - Academics

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about academics at EF Academy Pasadena