Head of School

As a Pasadena independent school, Chandler has a public purpose to model all that is best about education. From kindergarten to eighth grade, Chandler offers small classes taught by dedicated and talented teachers. 

We are a traditional school in which our students wear uniforms and work hard to meet challenging expectations, yet we are an enlightened twenty-first century school. Access to the latest information technology is available in each classroom. Arts and athletics round out a program which is academically rigorous in its orientation, but with an understanding of children and the needs of childhood. We respect and value the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that accompany adolescence. 

Although we are highly selective in admissions, we recognize that there is no one way to teach and one way to learn. Above all, we take good care of the young people who attend our school as we nurture their affinities and interests and equip them with the learning skills to carry them through life.

Chandler is dynamic and evolving, yet we are faithful to the core principles embodied in our philosophy and mission statements which have guided us for more than sixty years. You will find Chandler a well-organized, inclusive, welcoming school, and a place in which we value character as much as we value intellect.

Most sincerely, 

John Finch
Head of School
Head's Articles
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