Opal Robinson Elementary School is one of five public elementary schools in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, serving grades K-5. It is located on Morningside Drive. in the southernmost part of Manhattan Beach’s Sand Section. The school primarily serves residents who live west of Sepulveda and south of Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Robinson Elementary was originally known as Morningside School. It was later named after Opal Robinson, who began teaching in the district in 1926, was the first principal of Grand View Elementary, and served as an assistant superintendent until she retired in 1959.
Robinson, known as the “little school by the sea,” is by far the smallest elementary school in Manhattan Beach, with only 260 students. Its stated mission is to provide an educational experience that nurtures within young people a belief in themselves, a love of learning, an appreciation of the arts and a deep compassion for the world around them. It is known for its instructional innovation, teacher excellence, student-centered inspired leadership, and years of high academic achievement.
Robinson was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013, a California Distinguished School in 2014, and a California Gold Ribbon School in 2016. It earned a 9/10 rating from GreatSchools.org, with a 10/10 rating for test scores.
Robinson is known for its active parent-teacher association, which raises thousands of dollars each year through various fundraisers. It is also known for its innovative programs including a dedicated Makerspace, a prolific student garden, and an annual 5th grade overnight science trip to Catalina Island.
In 2019, longtime Robinson 4th grade teacher Kim Holz was named a California Teacher of the Year.
Contact Info for Robinson Elementary
80 S. Morningside Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 318-5120
Principal: Jackie O'Sullivan
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