“Every year, people start showing up dramatically earlier,” said Johnson, who was attracted to the high-performing district for its art, music, technology and other special programs. “There are a lot of enrichment opportunities [at LCUSD] that are hard to come by these days.”
Other parents came from as far as Burbank, but Pasadena residents appeared to outnumber others four to one.
Rather than be put off by education boosters’ recent calls for $2,500 stakeholder donations this year, Lichtenberg and Johnson said they wouldn’t mind opening their wallets to help LCUSD continue to meet high parent expectations.
“I appreciate that La Cañada is upfront with what they need financially to meet the goals of the parents. Other districts don’t ask, probably because they assume they’re not going to get it,” Johnson said.