Manhattan Beach Middle School
Manhattan Beach Middle School is the only public middle school in Manhattan Beach. Located in East Manhattan Beach on Redondo Ave., it is bounded by Polliwog Park on its south and west sides. It serves approximately 1,250 students in grades 6-8 from all across Manhattan Beach.
Manhattan Beach Middle School opened in 1998 as a new, state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to meet the needs of middle school students. The school is currently undergoing additional expansion with the addition of a two-story structure primarily serving as a music building.
MBMS’s middle school philosophy is reflected in its grade level villages, where classrooms, counseling services, and a workroom are centralized to meet students’ needs efficiently and effectively. Its curriculum is designed to meet the specific intellectual, physical, and social requirements of middle-school level children while preparing them for a rigorous high school experience and providing them with necessary life skills.
Its academic program includes a core curriculum comprised of mathematics, English, science, social science, physical education, and exploratory or yearlong electives.
Sixth graders have a humanities block during which they receive integrated instruction in reading, writing, and social science for three consecutive periods taught by one instructor. All seventh and eighth grade students at MBMS have the opportunity to enroll in Spanish, Mandarin or French. Students also have the choice between STEM, or a selection of performing arts, such as drama or band.
MBMS exploratory “wheels” also afford sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students the opportunity to explore visual and technical arts as well as STEM, world cultures, and career exploration. For those students who are interested in performing arts, MBMS offers three levels of strings and band and several choral options. MBMS also offers an award-winning yearlong drama program which performs at local festivals and produces multiple stage productions throughout the year. Its physical education program utilizes the neighboring Polliwog Park for “run days” and Begg Pool for swim P.E.
For social/emotional learning and support, one student advisor is assigned to each grade level to assist students in meeting their academic, social, and emotional goals and to teach classroom lessons on topics such as effective communication, peer pressure, and bullying prevention. Advisors move with their students as they progress from one grade level to the next. In addition, two full time psychologists are assigned to MBMS.
Student organizations such as Leadership (ASB), Yearbook, Journalism, Drama, Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, After School Sports, Clubs, and other activities support students’ personal growth and responsibility.
GreatSchools.org gives Manhattan Beach Middle School a rating of 9/10, with a rating of 10/10 for test scores.In 2015, MBMS science teacher Maggie Mabery was named a California Teacher of the Year.
Contact Info for Manhattan Beach Middle School
1501 North Redondo Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 545-4878
Principal: Jennifer Huynh | email@example.com
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