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K-5
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Manhattan Beach, CA

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1200 Pacific Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 546-8044
(310) 303-3806
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September 10, 2014
My child just completed 5th grade at Pacific. What a great school. He got a quality education, had teachers who really knew him, and took part in music and art programs paid for by parent donations. The parent community is friendly and you end up knowing everyone, which is nice. We moved from the west side of LA just for the schools, and are fortunate to have chosen a house in the Pacific area. It's the "middle class" of Manhattan Beach, and the perfect place for our family. We are really going to miss it.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
Pacific is a great school if you have bright children. The school is very well managed and classes offer many different activities for children. I have two kids there and they want to go to school even when they are sick! The principal is very mature. Within MB this is the largest elementary school with the most resources and activities. Some people like it for that and some prefer a smaller school. More a personal preference than a quality issue.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Pacific appears to be focused on attaining top test scores at all cost. Their stock advice is to hold struggling students back, rather than help them learn. They recommend retention to children who are above state standards, creating classes with 7-year-old kindergarteners and 19-year-old high school seniors. In what world is it acceptable for seniors to be able to legally sign themselves out of class all year long? And remember that 19-year-old students are not eligible for sports, which is one of the main benefits for retention in the first place. I suspect the 3.5 hour kindergarten day is due to budget cuts, forcing teachers to cover the same material faster. Students can only keep up by being a year older than normal or by having their parents supply the missing 3 hours of instruction each day. This does not seem like much value for your $1500.00 PTA and MBEF donation you are coerced into paying every year. Daily email and phone hounding occurs until 97% participation is achieved. I will gladly donate to private schools, whose mission is to help students rather than retain them, especially when they are only about $4000 more than this "free tuition" public school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
Pacific School is a National Blue Ribbon School because it has a longtime history of outstanding leadership, extraordinary teachers, and positive parents. The culture of happiness and lifelong learning permeates the campus.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
Each year I think my children will never get as good of a teacher as they had last year. To my amazement, they do or even better. Being a teacher myself, I know a good teacher when I see one. They make the kids love learning and school!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Pacific School has the best teachers in the whole world !!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Pacific teachers inspire the children to love learning! A love of learning is key to a more fulfilled life in the long term because it is that desire for exploration and awe upon discovery that enriches us as humans (not to mention it helps in getting good grades for college admissions). Planting that seed early is critical, and Pacific teachers do it with dedication. They rock!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Pacific Elementary has the best teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Awesome, intelligent, motivated teachers; and incredibly involved, dedicated parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Pacific Elementary School is the funnest academic place to meet life-long friends!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Pacific Elementary School in Manhattan Beach is outstanding. The combination of dedicated teachers, goal oriented principal and engaged community make Pacific a school that beats all others!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Pacific has it all---excellent teachers, focused administration, strong academic curriculum, diverse campus facilities, truly committed parents and a great student body. Kids learn more than academics here; they learn to be good citizens. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
I love Pacific because the teachers are the best, they really care about all of the students and learning is fun!!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
The teachers work above and beyond what is expected. There is a lot of pride and love.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The teachers are a never ending source of inspiration and support for each and every one of their students!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Everything!!! the amazingly talented, dedicated teachers; the supportive parents; the pta committed to our families and staff; the hardworking administrtion and of course, the most passionate, spirited panthers who love to learn. As our school song sings...' We're the best school in the west'...K.S.R. H.E.L.P.R. Be kind, be safe, be responsible, be honest, be empathetic, be logical, be positive, be respectful pacific rocks!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Pacifc is the best school ever. We have great teachers who care, a principal who is a 'pal' and great kids that love to learn. My children and I love this school because it's filled with dedicated teachers and staff. We also participate in fundraisers to help out less fortunate schools and families.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
The parents, teachers and support (on both sides) are very generous with their time and money. The kids that leave Pacific leave as terrific citizens who are very aware of their society and what it asks of them.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 30, 2009
The families are really into helping each other, the school, and the environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
We love Pacific because it's the best school with the best teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
We have the best most caring and dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Pacific Elementary School is such a warm and welcoming place... Our daughter was new to this school last year - and had previously only attended Catholic Schools...so she was very hesitant to be a new student at a public school. Pacific School teachers, students and staff were so enthusiastic to welcome her and make her feel that she belonged...which is what everyone wishes for at a new school. The school is striving to include all of the programs that the California State Budget cuts had to drop...therefore the PTA has been working around the clock on fundraising and innovative ideas on how to continue to offer music or PE instructors. Our family is so happy to be a part of the Pacific Elementary School - our youngest just started and she too, is having such an amazing experience. I really can't say enough about the school, staff and students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Pacific Elementary has wonderful teachers. Each morning the teachers sing a song with the class. They also have multiple fun plays that each class performs. This provides a great outlet for the kids and really brings the students together as a class.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
Pacific school teachers love to teach. The teachers treat the kids with kindness and try to help kids reach their goals. The school feels like a safe community where people come together to help one another.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Pacific School is yellow like the sun. Like the sun, the school and its teachers feed and nourish the children to grow into the best young adults they can be. The teachers teach the kids not just facts and figures but how to learn, how to process and how to make connections. The school prepares children accademically and socially for the challenges and opportunities they will face after they leave. The extraordinary teachers are the fabric of the school and the fact that they all love working there and keep coming back tells you everything. I would not send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Pacific School really cares about what's best for the students! The school has some of the most engaging, enthusiastic, intelligent teachers any parent would want to mentor their child. And the parents are willing to donate their time(if possible) to fill in spots taken away from the school because of recent budget cuts. This kind of envolement from all, creates a whole school full of potential leaders, as well as selfsufficient human beings!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
We love the teachers and staff at Pacific. They are the Best!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
It's a family! Parents, teachers, children, Principal all work together to make it a place where learning is fun!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
We love Pacific School because everyone goes out of their way to make it the best, from the teachers and staff to the parents and students. We have wonderful teachers and staff that do everything they can to motivate the students to learn. For example, our teachers dress up on certain days to make learning fun and memorable. They even teach longer than required to make sure that all of the students get the individual attention they need. The parents spend countless hours volunteering to help make the school run smoothly. From helping out in science lab and helping children out of cars in the morning to raising money to buy school supplies and computers, the parents of pacific are all dedicated to one goal, making sure that our students succeed. The students know this and have risen to meet our expectations. A school can't succeed unless all people involved make an effort and Pacific has figured that out. It is so refreshing to belong to a place where everyone cares. That's why we love Pacific.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Pacific has bright, talented kids, involved parents and an incredibly dedicated staff. Everyone gives 110% whether it is studying, fund raising, volunteering or teachers who constantly go the 'extra mile'. My family and I are proud to be Pacific Panthers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
We have the absolute best teaching staff!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
We love the teachers and all of the support from parents and the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Pacific has great teachers and parental support; kids learn a tremendous amount about how best to learn and experience the world around them. .

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
I love Pacific School's website! All the information that you need while going green.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Amazing teachers, amazing families and a wonderful, caring community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Our outstanding parents and teachers always do the best to keep our children safe; provide a stimulating curriculum and give them that special attention that ALL children should have.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Great staff, involved families, everyone from the neighborhood walks so streets are full of families in the mornings, amazing school events for students and families

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
At Pacific they really raise the bar for a quality education while enhancing the social development of our little guys and girls!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My Kindergartener is learning so much at Pacific Elementary School and the faculty, staff and administration are so dedicated and caring. They genuinely care about the students learning and developing. The teachers consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality education!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Pacific is the best school around because of the teachers, administration, parents, and the community. I am always amazed and excited to see how well we work together to give our children the best possible education! I would never send my three children any place else!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Our school is the best because the educators and parents all work together to make it a top notch learning environment. The kids are very happy which tells it all!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
The dedication by the staff and the support of the parents is unbelievable.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Great campus, great teachers, amazing programs, unflappable community support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Pacific school has such great parent involvement, dedicated teachers, enthusiastic and over the top teaching styles, and a loving nurturing environment. Most importantly the school emphasizes healthy living thru nutritional programs and character building through student mentorship (higher grades mentor the lower grades). We are lucky to have such a positive and progressive school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Teachers are wonderful. Parents and teachers work as a team

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
5 Stars Teachers and Parents = 5 Stars School !!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
The teachers and parents care about raising good citizens as well as educated students. The teachers and kids work very hard but the results show. Many families that move to other parts of the state or country find their kids are over-prepared. Parental involvement is imperative and expected, but the families are down-to-earth, friendly and people with whom you want to work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
small classes, community feel, caring teachers - everything a public school used to be and still can be. oh, and a walk to the beach doesn't hurt either.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The best teachers! small classes, real community feel, a very happy place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers are amazing!! The community support is incredible!! The students are wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
One of my sons is currently in the special education preschool program at Pacific Ave. Elementary. His teacher Ms. T Miranda is phenomenal. She goes way beyond the call of duty to meet all of his needs and our concerns. The entire team the teacher, teacher assistants, O.T. specialist, speech therapist, and psycologist are extremely knowledgeable, supportive, helpful and creative in finding solutions and methods that work for each individual child. The program is absolutely wonderful. We are extremely pleased and satisfied with our son's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 28, 2007
My daughter was a Kindergartner and the program was awesome. It's incredible what 3 hours and 20 minutes did for each child. The Young at Art Program was superb. The teacher was very experienced and made each child feel so important. The children were very close with each other along with the parents. The learning and motivation was very high. The parent participation was high. The teacher even came to all the parents gatherings and events. The communication level was excellent all around. The principal was very prominent and active in participating in the students activities. Her involvement was a true testiment to the success of Pacific for the past 21 years. She will be leaving and the next principal have some huge shoes to fill. But the school will do well because the bones are strong.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
Pacific is the BEST place to be. The teachers are exceptional and go far beyond the call of duty. Contrary to others' beliefs, I feel that my child was never groomed for test-taking...I believe that the goal of Pacific is to create life-long lovers of learning and a well-rounded child. There are life-quotes throughout the campus which focus on being the best person you can be. I value the PE program, the computer and science specialist, and the spirited out-of-school family events. The students have numerous opportunities to enhance public speaking abilities with classroom plays, presentations, and debates. What more can I say? We love it!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
Love this school! Teachers are fabulous and my daughter loves going to school every day. If you are moving from Orange County ( and are dreading moving to LA-like me) and want to find the best, solid education and a healthy,positive environment for you elementary aged child, Pacific is the place! The school is super safe, clean, parents are really involved and I couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2006
Academic programs are excellent. Just added full time PE teachers for entire district. Much parent involvement. Great school - Obsessed with its' high test scores (only annoying part!)

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
Provides a 2year kindergarten program. Great for the child whose birthday falls at the end of the year. The children get lots of individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
Pacific is such a great school, the academic curriculum, the teachers and the parents who volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
The teachers are wonderful at Pacific and the children's test scores have ranked this school district at the 5th best in the state. Because of severe budget cuts over the past two years, music has been almost completely cut out. The school offers an art program (Young At Art)for the children but the art projects take place only 6 or 8 times during the school year. One of the greatest attributes of Pacific School is the Science Specialist, Mrs. Grace who teaches the children about marine biology, earth science and more (Science Lab is 1x weekly) with a highly energized teaching style that leaves the kids wanting to learn more. The children also attend a weekly computer lab and learn Word, Powerpoint and other applications. The school s downside is the math program...Saxon Math. It is a heavily redundant, unimaginative program that has turned my child completely off of math.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
Pacific School is a highly rated school and has received many awards over the years. The educational level is high although the children are heavily groomed for test taking. This focus on testing has allowed the school district to be rated as the 5th top school public school district in California

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
The school is one of the best I have seen. My daughter loved the school, the teachers and everything the school offered her. The only problems she encountered were the students. They can be a bit 'difficult' to get along with if you aren't of their 'standards'.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
Awesome school! Academically challenging. Very high standards. It is just like being in a private school. The Principal is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
Pacific is a fabulous school. The kids love the school, the parents are very involved, the events are fun, and I can't think that a Private School would be any better than Pacific or any other MB elementary school. We won't leave this school district.

- submitted by a parent
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Pacific Elementary School
1200 Pacific Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
(310) 546-8044
Last modified Pacific Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pacific Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top