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Manhattan Beach Unified School District
325 S Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
United States
District information
TypeUnified School District
SuperintendentJohn Bowes, Ed.D.
School boardCathey Graves, Jennifer Fenton, Kristen Weinstein, Jason Boxer, Christina Shivpuri
Students and staff
Other information
Mira Costa High School

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is responsible for public education in the city of Manhattan Beach, California. It oversees one preschool, five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

MBUSD serves the city of Manhattan Beach.[1] In addition, residents of Hermosa Beach may choose to attend Redondo Union High School of the Redondo Beach Unified School District or the Mira Costa High School of MBUSD.[2]

The district as a whole received a score of 906 on the 2006 California Academic Performance Index (API), making it one of California's best performing districts. Each individual school also ranks at the top of its respective category.[3]

School 2006 API Score
Grand View Elementary 954
Meadows Avenue Elementary 947
Pacific Elementary 971
Pennekamp Elementary 963
Robinson Elementary 970
Manhattan Beach Middle 923
Mira Costa High School 852

The school district has a history of failing to accommodate the needs of special education students. One such case was that of Douglas Shulby, who, in 1998, was forcibly removed from the Mira Costa campus grounds by law enforcement and school officials, due to a failure to accommodate his special needs associated with his Asperger syndrome.[4]

Similar efforts have been documented as in Porter v. Manhattan Beach school District.[5]



Elementary Schools

Middle School

High School


Residents of the district were in the Manhattan Beach elementary school district[6] and South Bay Union High School District until 1993, when it dissolved.[7] Manhattan Beach USD formed in 1993 as a result.[6]


  1. ^ "Our Schools". Retrieved 2022-10-16.
  2. ^ "High School Choice". Archived from the original on 2006-05-28. Retrieved 2006-07-30. High school students who reside in Hermosa Beach have the choice of which high school they may attend -- Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach or Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. This choice is guaranteed through legislation that was enacted in 1993 and will not change. The following is an excerpt from the legislation:
  3. ^ 2005-06 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR), retrieved 2017-04-03
  4. ^ Disabled Learning, Easy Reader, archived from the original on September 28, 2004
  5. ^ Federal Judge Approves Record $6.7 Million Settlement in Porter v. Manhattan Beach Unified School District, et. al., retrieved 2017-04-03
  6. ^ a b "History of Manhattan Beach USD". Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  7. ^ Kowsky, Kim (1992-11-05). "School District Reorganizations Win Handily : The breakup of South Bay Union High School District is approved. But a proposition moving control of two schools from Los Angeles to Rancho Palos Verdes is blocked by a judge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-28.