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Judson International School

Established 1991 ~ K-12 Christian Education with a Global Focus

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Friday, March 27, 2020 • • General

Our first two weeks of distance learning have been a success.  We are posting daily updates on our website with information, tips and resources.  As we head into our Spring Break, please take a minute to read this update from Principal Bjoraker. Have a great Spring Break and we will see you April 7!


Message from Principal Bjoraker:

Hello Judson Families,

I miss seeing you all every day. Thank you for how you have been handling our distance learning program. I know this is a huge hurdle for everyone, but we assured that your children's teachers and all the staff have been working full time to keep our school running virtually. 

*Next week is spring break. I have told all the teachers to be sure to take the whole week off. They need a break and time to attend to personal issues and challenges that they may be facing.

* We are planning for another month of distance learning. It is too early to conjecture when we may be able to return to our campus. We will be aligning with the recommendations of the CDC and LACOE for the timing of this.

*Monday, 04/06, is an in-service day for teachers to prepare for continuing distance learning for the month of April. Tuesday, 04/07, is a late start for 5th-12th grades, beginning with their 1st period class. It will be an additional in-service day for K-4th for teachers to prepare packets of materials for you to pick up. You will receive details on how to do this on 04/06, but be assured we will follow all the safety guidelines.

*Teachers may assign independent work on 04/06 and 04/07 (K-4). Your child's teacher will be in touch with you.

*On our website we have a link to many educational resources. You can utilize these to keep your children busy next week, as well as at any time you hear, "I'm bored!".

*Parent prayer meetings are held on Tuesday at 8-9am with Zoom. If you would like to participate, send your email to Colleen. On the website there is a prayer request form that you can use. We will pray for you.

*Tuition payments are due next week. We ask that you continue to keep current with your payments as our two main expenses, rent and salaries, will remain the same while we are at home. Judson is dependent of full payment of tuition to meet expenses.

*Remember to be thankful for all that we have been given. This is indeed a stressful time, but there are always others who are dealing with something worse. Whatever we go through, we are in this together and God is with us. Scripture tells us that God will bring good out of difficult times if we are walking with him (Romans 8:28). Let's continue to look for the positive while supporting each other through the difficulties.


With prayers and blessings for you all,


Diana Bjoraker MS Educational Leadership  
Principal  |  Judson International School


Enjoy your Spring Break (March 30 - April 6*)!

* Classes begin April 6 at 9: 16 am for Grades 5-12 and April 7 for Grades K-4

Our first two weeks of distance learning have been a success.  We are posting daily updates on our website with information, tips and resources.  You can read them all here:  Distance Learning Updates.  We have also added specific drop-down menus with resources for distance learning, prayer requests, etc.  Be sure to check those out:  Free Online Resources.  We encourage you to get outside and get some fresh air over Spring Break using safe social distancing, of course.  Enjoy these pics of our students getting outside during our distance learning.  

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 • • General

In order to do our part in halting the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our students safe, we moved to online classes on March 16. We are very proud of how quickly and proficiently our staff and students have responded to this challenge.

In order to do our part in halting the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our students safe, we moved to online classes on March 16.  We are very proud of how quickly and proficiently our staff and students have responded to this challenge.   Elementary classes each have special online classrooms with daily lessons following the regular school day, video instruction updated daily and teacher available 8 am - 3 pm online.  Our junior high and high school classes are meeting live using Google Hangouts-Meet and Google Classroom with live instruction and classwork help.  We have gotten off to a great start!  Classes will continue online through March 27 and then we will have our regular spring break from March 28-April 5, during which time we will evaluate the COVID-19 situation and determine when it will be safe to return to class.  Parents and students should be prepared that we may have to continue online classes after spring break.

Students filled out a survey after their first day of classes.  We have received much positive feedback.  Here are some of the students comments:

* I think every teacher is trying very hard to teach us in a not confusing way and trying their best to help us learn.

* Everyone is awesome and thank you for spending time online with us!!!!!! (:

* You guys are so amazing, kinda smart sometimes, and fun.

* They are nice to video chat and they try really hard for us to understand and thrive

* My teachers are all very nice!!!!!!!!!! They are the best teachers in the world!!!!!!!!!!!

* They are doing a great job <3

* I appreciated how they checked in on us to see how we are doing and how they are understanding on how different things are and are willing to be a bit more lenient because of this craziness

* They are patient through online teaching

* I'm glad that they are still able to teach us and are willing to help us even though we have online classes


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Friday, March 13, 2020 • • General

Judson International School will begin online learning on Monday, March 13. There will be no school Tuesday, March 14 to give our staff time to evaluate our first day and refine our system. Parents should prepare their students to remain online for the next two weeks. The week of 03/30-04/03 is spring break. By the middle of that week we will make a decision whether students will return to Judson on 04/06 or continue online.

On Friday, March 13 LAUSD has announced that they will close all schools from Monday. Other private schools are closing. Our plan was to have students stay home on Monday for a trial day of distance learning. We will continue this plan, but we will have students also stay home on Tuesday for the day while teachers come in to evaluate how things went on Monday and to prepare to remain online for the next two weeks. The week of 03/30-04/03 is spring break. By the middle of that week we will make a decision whether students will return to Judson on 04/06 or continue online.

We really appreciate everyone's great attitude about this and willingness to be flexible. Please keep watching your emails for updates from me and from your child's teachers. We are working on creating a platform for parents to come together daily for prayer. There will be a lot to communicate to you in the coming weeks, but our goal is for education to continue for your children.

Teachers have been working with their students to prepare them for how class will function on Monday. Once we have determined which online platforms work best for us we will standardize across the school as much as possible. By Tuesday afternoon you will have directions on how to proceed with distance learning for the next two weeks. All students are expected to keep up with their classwork and to be present online at the required times.

Please continue to pray for the situation we are in globally. This morning, at the parent coffee, we were reminded that crisis times are when many are the most open to the gospel, and to look for opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus at this time. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purposes. Romans 8:28. We were also reminded of his promise of protection in Psalm 91.

I am fully available to any of you during the time the children are learning from home. I plan to work at school for some days and can meet with you here, or we can set up a distance meeting. All the teachers will continue to work on preparing lessons and grading work and will be available as needed. We are thankful that we can still connect even as we isolate ourselves.

May God be with you and your family,


Diana Bjoraker MS Educational Leadership  

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Friday, March 06, 2020 • • General

In an effort to do our part in the area of social distancing for the purpose of reducing the spread of COVID-19 Beauty and the Beast has been postponed.  We will provide further details regarding the new date for the perfomance as well as ticket refunds, as they become available.  Thank you for your understanding.  


Judson International School is proud to present this year's musical, Beauty and the Beast.  The show will take place in Judson's theater on our new campus and is directed by Eric Bailey, Jr who was our assistant director last year.  

Judson's show has a cast of twenty students ranging from 6th to 12th grade.   Director Eric Bailey, Jr said of the show, "We're taking this classic tale and giving it a little Judson styled twist. Come and be our guest, as we follow Belle on a journey out of her provincial town, into the magical castle filled with  a love story for the ages."  This show is Judson's sixth musical and part of a very successful musical theater program. Principal Diana Bjoraker commented, "Judson is proud of its theater arts program. We believe it represents the quality education thatJudson offers to all students.   I am sure you already know many of the songs from seeing movie versions, and that you will agree that Judson's cast is truly talented."

We hope that you will Be Our Guest and come out to see this fantastic show!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 • • General

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We are hosting a STEM night at Judson in order for both our K-12 students and local after school STEM organizations to showcase their work.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  At Judson STEM Night is an opportunity for our students to showcase what one of the best schools in Los Angeles is working on.  Not only will we be displaying our own students' projects, but we will also be hosting local STEM organizations who will be bringing rockets, robots and other demonstrations to our school.  Exhibitors will include UCode, Barnabas Robotics, STEM World, Kumon Math & Learning and more and many offer after school options if you are interested in learning more.


This event is free and open to the public.  Judson's STEM Night takes place on Thursday, February 13, 2020.  Dinner will be available for purchase at 5:30 pm, we will have a brief admissions meeting for prospective Judson families at 6:00 pm followed by a program at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room by our K-4th grade students.  K-12th STEM projects will be on display in their classrooms at 7 pm. STEM exhibitors will be doing demonstrations throughout the evening in the multi-purpose room.


Our students' STEM Projects are always creative and interesting.  For example, fifth and sixth graders will be dressed as doctors and their classroom will be transformed into a journey through the human body.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of icebergs, our kindergartners are eager to show off their Artic projects including what they learned about penguins, icebergs and polar bears. You'll have to come and see us on February 13 to find out more about what we have planned!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 • • General

We have had a wonderful Christmas season at Judson, culminating with our Christmas chapel on December 18.


One of the freedoms of being at a Christian school is the freedom to fully enter in as a school community to the wonder and delight of Christmas.  As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Judson community has been very actively spreading that cheer both within and outside of our school.  We kicked off the Christmas season with our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in the Judson Main Courtyard, with a beautiful ceremony led by our El Squad (elementary leadership team) and our Junior High and High School worship teams.  The very next evening our Judson Elementary Choir sang three songs at the Eagle Rock Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall - one that they learned in Russian with the help of one of our Judson elementary students who is a native speaker of Russian.  The following week, our musical theater cast led a fantastic Christmas Cabaret which included songs and dances of the season, raising money for their spring production of Beauty and the Beast.  Throughout the month, our Judson elementary classes have been visiting people at the Ararat Convalescent Hospital and singing Christmas carols for them.  Our junior high and high school students competed in a door decorating contest, displaying a high level of imagination and creativity. High school students and teachers also did a fun Secret Santa gift exchange.  Meanwhile our elementary students have been busy making ornaments, gingerbread houses and decorations for their classrooms. Our final event of the Christmas season will be our Christmas Chapel on Wednesday, December 18 at 1:15 pm in the sanctuary.  Family members and guests are invited to join us!

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019 • • General

We had a fantastic Eagle Rock Grand Opening Event with live music; tours in English, Spanish and Mandarin; international hors d'oeuvres and an official ribbon cutting with Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Judson International School hosted a Grand Opening for their new Eagle Rock Campus on Thursday, October 3, 2019.  Over 150 guests attended the event which featured campus tours in English, Spanish and Mandarin, international appetizers from around the world, live music including a performance by the Judson Elementary choir and ribbon cuttings by both the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.  


Judson International School is pleased to have signed a 10 year lease for their new Eagle Rock property at 1495 W. Colorado Blvd on the campus of Eagle Rock Baptist Church.  School began August 19 with many of the students from Judson's former Pasadena campus moving to the new Eagle Rock location. The new campus features a full sized stage, multi-purpose room, chapel, industrial-size kitchen, science lab, art room,  two inner courtyards and outdoor courts and play areas.  


Judson International School, established in 1991,  is a non-denominational K-12 Christian school with a unique global focus.  Judson is accredited by WASC and ASCI and has an average class size of 10.   About 70% of the student body is American and 30% is international. The curriculum has a unique international focus.  Many of Judson's faculty and staff have lived internationally.  


Judson International School's new Eagle Rock location has a capacity for at least 200 students, and they are welcoming new students to apply.     Judson International School will be hosting an Admissions Night on November 7 beginning with a meeting for prospective parents at 6 pm followed by an Open House at which students will be displaying their history and art projects for the community.  For information and to apply visit the Judson website at

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 • • General

We are off to a great start in our new location in Eagle Rock.

Our first week of school has officially begun.  We welcomed new and returning students to our brand new location in Eagle Rock on Monday, August 19 with a warm breakfast and coffee, generously provided and served by Eagle Rock Baptist Church.   Students enjoyed seeing their new classrooms and getting to know their teachers.

Our high school students are having WOW Week all this week which includes orientation as well as fun games. Hot lunch service for grades 5-12 begins on August 21 and we are exploring options for K-4 such as a weekly pizza day. 

Stay tuned for updates on our junior high and high school sports teams which will be getting going soon.

Mark your calendars for Back to School Night 7 pm on September 3 for K-6 and September 5 for 7-12th. The evening is for parents only and will begin with a large group meeting with the principal and then time with your children's teachers. 

Many of you have already expressed interest in helping out with projects at the school such as our inner and outer play areas. There will be an opportunity to sign up for those and other projects at Back to School Night so please come and get involved. We welcome your energy and enthusiasm in support of our school.


Finally, if you know of families that would benefit from our Judson International School, please let them and us know.  Keep spreading the word about our wonderful school!

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Friday, August 09, 2019 • • General

We are busy getting ready for school to begin on August 19. Our orientations and Back to School Potluck Picnic are on August 16.


Judson has now joined the ranks of the best private schools in East Los Angeles.  We have been working hard all summer getting our new building in Eagle Rock ready for the start of classes.   We are eager to welcome all of our new and returning students to see our wonderful, new space. We have made many upgrades over the summer including new painting, flooring, furniture and even some classroom redesign.  Teachers are busy setting up classrooms and doing back to school training.  


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We have one new teacher this year, Alysia Iseli, who will be teaching junior high history and language arts. She grew up as an MK in Kenya, is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with four years teaching experience.



As we count down to the start of school on August 19, we have some events and reminders for you:


1) Orientation for new students and families on August 16

We have several orientations going on simultaneously:

  •  9 am - noon Orientation for new international students and parents

  • 10 am - noon Orientation for new local junior high and high school students

  • 10 am - noon Orientation for new local families (KG - 12th)

We will have child care available during orientation for students ages KG-6th



2) Back to school picnic on August 16, 5:30 pm

   (followed by new building tour and Used Uniform Sale)

We will be having our Back to School Potluck Picnic at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center picnic shelter, a beautiful park about half a mile from Judson located at 1100 Eagle Vista Drive.  Please bring a large main dish and side to share.  We will provide paper goods and cutlery.  Following the picnic, we will go over to our new building so that you can take a look.  We will be selling used uniforms at that time as well.


3) Come in and help out anytime! 

If you have time to help our teachers get ready for school, you are welcome to come in.  We need all the help we can get with this big transition. Call us at (626) 429-0684 and let us know you are coming or just drop by.


4) Remember to do your summer reading  

All students grades 7-12 have summer reading assignments due on the first day of school.  If you did not receive it, please contact your teacher directly or email us at


We look forward to seeing you all soon!


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Tuesday, August 06, 2019 • • General

Please vote for Judson in this Pasadena Weekly competition. Even though we are in Eagle Rock, we are still in their footprint and thus still eligible to win.


Even though Judson has moved to Eagle Rock, we just received word that we are still eligible to receive the Best of Pasadena award because we are within the Pasadena Weekly footprint

We have gotten 2nd place ("Reader Recommended") in the Best Private School category in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  We'd love to add to our winning streak again this year.


It's very easy:


1) Click here to vote:  Vote for Judson

2) Enter your name and email address

3) Scroll through the categories until you reach "Best Private School" (it's #21 on the list) and type in Judson International School.

4) Keep scrolling and hit "Next" at the bottom of each page until you see the "Done" button.  Click that and you are done!


Thank you!  The community really notices these awards and they do help us with publicity.


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