Respect for Self, Respect for Others, and Respect for the World

The Gooden School’s mission is to provide a firm educational foundation, using both traditional and progressive approaches. Our nurturing community allows students opportunities to grow in body, mind, and spirit, to gain confidence, and to discover their unique gifts. We value diversity and promote character development and responsibility within a framework of Episcopal values. We foster a lifelong commitment to learning, to compassion, and to service.

School Philosophy

Located in Sierra Madre and serving families throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, The Gooden School believes in educating the whole child (body, mind, and spirit) and establishing a learning environment that is varied and creative; inviting students to actively question, experiment, and participate in all avenues of school life.

Schools measure success in so many ways: standardized test scores, athletic titles, art competition victories, and admission to elite institutions at the next educational level. Of course, we like it when our students bring home trophies for us to display and when they share the news of high school acceptance letters at some of Los Angeles’ most selective schools. We also know and realize there are other ways of measuring student success.

Gooden is a small school by design, affording us the opportunity to know each student as if he or she was our own child, tailoring lesson plans and assignments to each child’s unique strengths and gifts as well as areas where they want to improve.

We watch them grow as individuals from their earliest days in kindergarten until they leave us at the end of eighth grade. Along the way, they are afforded opportunities to grow and mature as scholars, athletes, artists, and principled young men and women. This last aspect of a Gooden education, the underlying moral and ethical education that comes at an Episcopal school such as ours, is how we like to measure student success. It is not really about the grade or score, it is helping nurture people who will go into the world with the tools and mindset to demonstrate the unique worth of all humans and strive for justice and peace.

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Fast Facts

Grades: K-8
Total Enrollment: 175
Religious Affiliation: Episcopal
Student Population: Coed
Founded: 1975


The Gooden School
192 N. Baldwin Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024