Manhattan Beach Unified School District

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The Year in Review

  • Passed Measure C (70%) to fund major improvements to our elementary schools.
  • Passed Measure EE (67%) to fund a new gymnasium for Mira Costa High School.  
  • Hired architects for both projects, and hired a contractor for the gym project.
  • Initiated a major district wide focus on the Social Emotional Wellness of our students. We joined hundreds of other schools in Stanford’s Challenge Success initiative, working together for the social emotional wellness of our students.
  • Started the move to a new Student Information System. On July 1, we officially move from PowerSchool to Aeries. Parents will get more information before school begins.
  • We improved our communication by dramatically increasing district social media presence.  A communication committee with representatives from all schools worked on how we effectively communicate to all parents. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • More seniors than ever passed at least one Advanced Placement exam. I believe that every student going directly to four-year school should take at least one AP course to prepare for the rigor of college. In 2010, 48% of our seniors passed at least one AP course. In 2016, over 61% of our seniors did so!
  • Our state test scores increased this year in both English – Language Arts (ELA) and math.  The math scores increased even more than the English scores!
  • For the 7th year in a row, a Manhattan Beach teacher was a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.  Congrats to Alyssa Opfer from Meadows!  Check out this year’s teachers of the year and classified employees of the year!  MBUSD employees are spectacular!
  • We have continued an incredible pace of professional development of our teachers. This year, we focused on math, literacy,science, and personalized learning.  The professional development sessions were led by our own teacher leaders, district and site administrators, and professors from Stanford, UCLA, UCI, and Columbia. Over the past two years, we have organized 140 different professional development experiences with teachers.
  • Our shifts in secondary math learning were recognized by Jo Boaler at national math leadership conference this year.
  • Five MBUSD educators have presented at state and national math and science conferences.
  • Students are reporting an increase in school connectedness and decrease in bullying.
  • New course offerings have helped increase enrollment in AP classes by 30 percent in the last two years while increasing the pass rate to 80 percent.
  • Expanded outreach to our English Learner and International families through a speaker series. MBUSD English Learner had the greatest increase on state tests of any student group!
  • 81 percent of MBUSD students met the state fitness standards, 25 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • MBUSD continued to expand and improve its sustainability efforts in the areas of waste, energy use, and recycling.
  • Meadows Elementary celebrated a day with the L.A. Rams at the L.A. Coliseum for meeting the NFL Play 60 fitness challenge.
  • MBUSD elementary schools got together to launch a high-altitude balloon into the stratosphere nearly 21 miles above the Earth’s surface.
  • More student and school accomplishments are posted in our facebook feed from this school year...