Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St, Pasadena, CA 91107 | (626) 396-5660
  • Grades: KG-8
  • Student Enrollment: 575
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4.5 out of 5 | 2 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 2600 Paloma St., Pasadena, CA 91107
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
    All students of this school are eligible for participation in authorized programs.
School District Details

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 575
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 23.8
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 24.2
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 305 (53.0%)
  • Females: 270 (47.0%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 87 (15.1%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 211 (36.7%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 298 (51.8%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Norma Coombs Alternative School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian20.3%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Norma Coombs Alternative School
  Number Percent
1st Grade6110.6%
2nd Grade6110.6%
3rd Grade6010.4%
4th Grade6912.0%
5th Grade6411.1%
6th Grade6311.0%
7th Grade6010.4%
8th Grade8013.9%
Teacher Education Background (2009)
Percent With Master's Degree
Percent With Bachelor's Degree
Teacher Credentials & Experience (2009)
Percent of Teachers With Credentials: 100.0%
Number of Certificated Staff: 24.0
Average Number of Years of Teacher Experience: 12.0
Average Age
Source: CA Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 4.5

4.5 out of 5 | 2 Reviews
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2 reviews for Norma Coombs Alternative School

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on April 22, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Norma Coombs provides excellent education and a supportive environment for a diverse student population. Dr. Vanessa Watkins is unmatched in her leadership abilities as principal, both in her work with student achievement & discipline as well as her negotiation with the school district, parents, and teachers. In the face of state budget cuts to education, this school faces new challenges but promises continued growth. Last year our most at-risk student subgroups all improved significantly on test scores--just one measure of the commitment to quality education. Another is the care my own kids have received at Norma Coombs from teachers and administration. We highly recommend it!
  • Reviewed by Student on September 04, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • this school is excellent when it comes to the quality of teachers and accademics but not as much when it comes to extra carricular programs. because art and music have been disapearing from our school even though it was originally an art school. although there isn't much we can do about it because it's more of the government's fault. frankly, i say less tests and more arts.

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