Marengo is a top-rated public elementary school in California.

Marengo is a 2023 California Distinguished School recipient. In 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Education recognized 367 schools, including Marengo Elementary in South Pasadena, as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Marengo's mission is to support self-directed and lifelong learners as they grow into resourceful and productive citizens. Marengo offers the district's only Mandarin Dual Immersion program.

Grade TK - 3 Ratio
Math Proficiency
Grade 4-5 Ratio
Reading Proficiency

Why we give

SPUSD is funded in the lowest 10% of unified districts within California based on the state’s Local Control Funding Formula for public education.
Dr. Geoff Yantz
South Pasadena Superintendent

State funding is not enough

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), passed in 2013–14 and fully implemented in 2018–19, gives districts additional funding based on their share of high-need students (low-income, English Learner, and/or foster youth).

We need to help fill the gap

About 10% of the district’s total operating budget comes from local funding sources such as volunteer organizations – the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, PTAs, and booster clubs

Ways to give

Marengo PTA

When you make a tax-deductible donation to Marengo PTA, it helps to support the variety of student programs, assemblies, services, library, events, and technology that Marengo PTA brings to our children!

Marengo Wish Night

The Marengo PTA supports our teachers! Your Wish Night donations will directly support your child’s classroom for the current school year including supplies and field trips.

South Pasadena Education Fund

If you can, please also contribute to SPEF at for the greater benefit of our school district at large.

And/or, participate in their biggest fundraiser, Parti Gras, in May 2024!

Suggested donation for the 2023-24 school year

If possible, please consider donating on behalf of another family. Any and all donation amounts are appreciated.