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Manhattan Beach Unified School District

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is responsible for public education in the city of Manhattan Beach, California. It oversees five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. MBMS, or Manhattan Beach Middle School is a public middle school with over a thousand students which is in the South Bay. The school provides grades between sixth through eighth.

MBUSD serves the city of Manhattan Beach. 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.[1]

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.[2]

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 had 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.[3]

Similar efforts have been documented as in Porter v. Manhattan Beach school District.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". 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:CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ 2005-06 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR), retrieved 2017-04-03
  3. ^ Disabled Learning, Easy Reader, archived from the original on September 28, 2004
  4. ^ Federal Judge Approves Record $6.7 Million Settlement in Porter v. Manhattan Beach Unified School District, et. al., retrieved 2017-04-03

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