Welcome to Alma Fuerte.  We’re glad you’re here.

We are a public TK-8th grade charter school in Altadena.

Alma Fuerte seeks to redefine what a school can be.  

Amazing teachers use cutting edge technology to give each of our students an individualized learning program built around what excites and motivates them (while giving them the tools they will need to succeed in college/career).  Each student’s program includes projects that bring education to life and into the real world.  For example, by graduation, our students will have created a business of their own design.  And each student will participate in physical education and nutrition programs to ensure they remain healthy and fit. 

We aren’t just focused on preparing children for high school or college.  We are preparing children to be the creators, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow.  

If you are a parent, we would love to become a second home for your little super star and help them grow into the amazing world changer they are meant to be.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

If you are a teacher, you are the lifeblood of our work.  We believe that passionate, caring, brilliant teachers should be making decision for our children.  CLICK HERE to learn more about joining our team.

If you are a member of the community, we are really excited to be living and working alongside you to continue to make Pasadena an amazing place to live.  CLICK HERE to learn more about how we are trying to make an impact in Pasadena.  

Our Values

We believe...

  • Every child is unique in her/his interests and learning style.
  • Every child is the artist, creator, innovator, and problem solver of tomorrow.
  • To reach their fullest potential, students must understand and be able to manage their emotional lives, they must be ethical and possess compassion and respect for themselves, others, and the world around them.
  • All children, regardless of socio-economic status, disability, or learning style can achieve their potential if they are taught well and given support and the resources needed to succeed.
  • It’s not enough to prepare children for college.  They must be prepared to be the world’s next innovators, discoverers, and leaders.
  • Success is not achieved through just “smarts.”  Children must be active and persistent to succeed.

Our Vision

Our vision is to establish a top tier public TK-8 school that will strive to help each one of our students become independent, intellectual and compassionate leaders, creators and innovators with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the greater world. 

Our Approach

We work with technology and through innovative, caring teachers to create a personalized learning environment that stimulates, challenges, and motivates children to find their own unique path to excellence.

Who We Are?

We are passionate, cutting edge educators, leading technology thinkers, and Pasadena parents.

We know that every child learns best when taught in her/his own unique way and when motivated in their own unique way.  

We leverage the latest research understanding of how the children learn.  We are building Alma Fuerte from the ground up using these best practices.  

We are authorized by the Los Angeles County Board of Education | (562) 922-6111

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Founding Team >


Can a school make your child’s dreams come true?

Picture your child: Is their school helping them achieve their dreams?

Can you imagine them learning calculus in 6th grade?

Can you imagine your child starting her own business in 8th grade?    

We are Alma Fuerte Public School -- and we believe they can.  We believe we can help make your child’s dream a reality.

Research shows that in the right environment, kids are capable of unbelievable things.  With the right support, children can develop into the superstar learners, leaders, and creators they are destined to be.  

Now picture your children’s school: Is your child in the right environment?  

Is their program personalized to them?

Does their school inspire and challenge them?

Does it welcome you? 

Are they safe?

Are they excited to go?

If you’ve answered NO for any of these, then you are not alone.  We have worked with parents throughout Southern California who believe that they are not getting an education that is the right fit for their child.  Many children do not get the type of education that brings out the best of them.

So we asked, “How can we make it better?”  

Technology is changing education for the better.  Educational experts creating new ways to personalize lessons for kids.   Research is discovering new ways to learn.

We are cutting edge educators, leading technology thinkers, and Pasadena parents.  And we decided to build a new kind of public school to provide the best, most state of the art, education possible for our children.

We have built a school that teaches each child as an individual.  We’ve designed a curriculum that develops passionate self-learners and innovative creators.  Alma Fuerte is a school that raises leaders with character that take action to advocate for the needs of our community and our world.  A school that is focused on the knowledge and skills critical for the 21st Century.

If you have a vision for a challenging, nurturing school for your child, now you have the power to give your child that gift.

If you are a forward-thinking parent who believes that your child can thrive with the right instruction, we are creating a new public school in Pasadena for your little superstar.  In our school...

  • Every child will use a computer that provides instruction that adapts to their unique learning style and teachers who provide additional support.
  • Our teachers are innovative, supportive, and passionate.  They work with your child as an individual and really learn how to bring out his or her best.
  • Our students will use the knowledge they learned in real world projects.  These projects teach skills required for the 21st century, including entrepreneurship, politics, technology, design, and more.
  • Our projects will teach children how to tackle problems that don’t have clear solutions, which research shows will help children develop the skills to manage projects at an early age, and gain the grit and persistence to bring projects to completion.
  • These projects will help children appreciate and celebrate what it means to be human.  They will help children develop empathy and ethics, an appreciation for art and culture, and social skills such as conflict resolution.
  • By graduation, our students will have created a business of their own vision.  All of our students will learn a second language.  And each student will participate in physical education and nutrition programs to ensure they remain healthy and fit.

Your child will graduate prepared not just for college or career…

...they will be prepared to be the next generation of business, politics, and cultural leaders.

Join our empowered parents. 

Your child’s future starts here and now. 

We are looking for teachers and subject matter experts who are looking for a challenge and think that schools and the way we teach our children are ready for a radically new path forward.

If that’s you, we think you will find a great home as a founding teacher at Alma Fuerte Public School.

The first radically new component to our approach is our focus.  

We are not just looking to prepare kids for high school or college.  We are looking for our children to be the next generation of entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, artists, and scientists.  

We don’t believe children need to wait until they are “grown up” to impact the world.  We believe that they are ready now and it’s our job to inspire and motivate them to get there.

The second component is the way we manage.  

We are implementing what we are calling a “Focused-Teacher Led” management style.  Teacher-led, because the decisions about what to teach and how to teach it are collectively decided by those who are best positioned to make decisions...our teachers.  Focused, because unlike other teacher-led organizations where the teachers do everything including back office work, our teachers do only one thing: teach children.

The third component is our teaching methodology.  

Each of our students receives an individually developed educational program.  Every program is regularly reviewed and tailored to the student’s growth over time.  Each program combines digital curriculum enhanced by projects the students help select.  These projects inspire and motivate the student while connecting the students’ efforts to the real world and teaching crucial skills like project management, emotional intelligence, metacognition, ethics, and more.  

By graduation, our students will have created a business of their own design.  And each student will participate in physical education and nutrition programs to ensure they remain healthy and fit.

As you can see, our approach requires a radically new type of teacher.  A thinker, a subject matter expert, an experimenter, a designer, a creative, a team member. 

As a member of Alma Fuerte, you will be part of learning, defining, and educating others on what a school looks like in the 21st century.  Your expertise will be prized.  You will be a driving force.

If you like our approach and if this sounds like a fascinating challenge, then we would love to hear from you.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your information with your resume or CV.  

We hope to hear from you soon!

We believe that with the right environment children can do absolutely incredible things.  

Launching in Fall of 2017, our goal is to create an environment that teaches each child as an individual and that develops passionate self-learners.  Our curriculum is focused on building innovative creators.  Alma Fuerte will be a school that raises leaders with character that take action to advocate for the needs of our community and the world.

We aren't just producing kids who are high school ready, college ready, or life-long learners... We are producing lifelong ethical creators, innovators, and leaders.  

How is Alma Fuerte Public School Different?

We will leverage our expertise and our unique approach to serve as a resource for other Pasadena schools.  Alma Fuerte will offer:

  • Individualized curriculum designed for each student that blends digital, one-on-one, and cohort-based learning.
  • Heavy investment in technology to assure children receive a completely individualized education.
  • Project based curriculum that gives children exposure to real world situations to prepare them for real world problems.
  • A teacher-led academic program that puts those who know what’s best for students in the driver’s seat.

Direct integration of ethics, emotional intelligence, and “grit” into the curriculum.

Our Community Program

A child is a reflection of the community and the community is a reflection of the child.

Our school will leverage the skills of our community to expand the educational opportunities for children.  Imagine a local carpenter helping kids build a raised-bed herb garden for their botany class.

We will also leverage connections to help provide the community with services it needs to thrive.

In short, we won't just raise stellar students, and we won't just support amazing parents: we will work to strengthen our entire community.

How You Can Help

Re-envisioning what education can be and making it work, even more so... But we believe it's necessary to give our children better options and a bright new future.  

If you support what we are doing, please CLICK HERE to Visit www.almafuerteps.com/los to sign a Letter Of Support (LOS).  This will let our school board know that the community wants to add a new public school option in Pasadena.

And if you have more questions or want to get more involved, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at Anne.Lee@AlmaFuertePS.org  



Do you have questions that our website didn't answer?  Please feel free to reach out to us. 

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Starting a charter school from scratch is difficult, re-envisioning what education can be and making it work, even more so...but it's necessary to give our Pasadena children options and a bright new future.

We need your support.  Here's how you can help...

Do you have a child that will be ready for TK/Kindergarten through Second Grade in 2017?

Awww!  Congratulations!  We bet they are super cute!

We would love the opportunity to help them grow into the amazing leader they have the potential to be. 


Do you have older children?

We are starting out K-2 but will expand every year.  We hope we will be able to help your child very soon.  Until that time, we need all the support we can get. 

Please CLICK HERE to sign a Letter of Support

The Letter of Support let's the LACOE School Board know you want us as an option for your child.

Don't have children but like what we are doing?

We <3 our town!

We want to continue to help make it amazing.  We need your help to let the LACOE School Board know that you value what we are doing. 

Please CLICK HERE to sign a Letter of Support

By signing this Letter of Support, you are letting the LACOE School Board know that you value a new educational option for our Pasadena children.  That you believe they deserve the best! 

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Well we love you too. 

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Aplica Hoy

Puede descargar la solicitud para inscribir a su hijo en la Escuela Pública Alma Fuerte usando los siguientes formularios. Una vez que los llene, puede enviarlos por correo electrónico a:

Anne Lee en anne.lee@almafuerteps.org

O envíelos por correo a :

Alma Fuerte Escuela Pública

119 West Palm Street

Altadena, CA 91001


Apply Today

You can download the application to register your child at Alma Fuerte Public School using the below forms.  Once you've filled them out you can email them to:

Anne Lee at anne.lee@almafuerteps.org

or mail them to us at:

Alma Fuerte Public School

119 West Palm Street

Altadena, CA 91001