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Manhattan Academy

Private | K-6 | 85 students

Manhattan Academy provides an individualized learning environment for each child
 
 

 
 

Living in Manhattan Beach

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $1,300,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,210.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted August 2, 2014

I loved the school, and thought it would be a perfect fit. We spent 5 yrs here, and it was not until leaving did we realize the truth. My child adjusted well to the new school, but would not engage in some work activities. When questioned by the school psychological department it was discovered that there was a fear of being wrong and what the teacher would do. Nothing physical, to be clear. In the Upper Primary classes apparently when a child is questioned and gets the wrong answer they are ridiculed in front of others and torn down. It took some time for my child to be comfortable in the new school... just be aware. My other children did not have this experience, and I believe it was only isolated to a certain teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

What a fabulous school. We have been part of Manhattan Academy for a couple of years now. Two kids...super happy! Love the teachers and staff. I love it when I drop off my children and I people laughing and singing in the halls or at the copy machine. What a happy place to be and I feel great leaving my kids for the day. I know they are well cared for, learning a lot, and happy to be there! If you haven't already, check this place out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

We stumbled upon Manhattan Academy in 2011 when I heard they had opened an Infant Center. I was hooked from the first introductory meeting. My daughter is now in her third year at the school and is thriving! She is loved and cared for by all the teachers and administrative staff. She is confident, outspoken and happy. Since she spends more time there then at home (let's be honest about this), I can only thank all the teachers that touch her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

Both of my sons attend Manhattan Academy, my younger son goes to the infant center and my oldest is in preschool. Our family is so happy here. The infant center staff are very loving and friendly, everyday he comes home with something new he has learned. My older son loves his class, we have tried 3 other schools here and none of them met my standards. He has learned so much at this school, more than I expected. I don't understand why this school doesn't have better reviews because We LOVE it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

We have 3 children at Manhattan Academy since 2008. Our first child has gone through the Toddler, Primary, Upper Primary and now is in Elementary 1st grade. He has developed wonderfully and into a well-rounded, smart, articulate, social, confident young boy. Every teacher he has had has been an inspiration to his life. We have the utmost confidence in MA to continue his growth and development through the Elementary program. Our second child has been in Toddler and now in Primary. She has the same qualities and development as our son and a completely different personality. She is reading, understanding numbers, very creative and artistic. There is a wonderful group of parents and involvement in her class with a variety of events and solid curriculum always happening. We are very pleased with her progress and she just turned 4. Our third child started in the Infant Center, which we have recommended to many other families. She moved through Infant Center to the Toddler campus and on her way to Primary. Again, a completely different personality from her siblings but on her own accelerated path and has grown tremendously. Overall, MA is a brilliant school we highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

Our child has been at the Academy for over 5 years and is currently working through the elementary program. Over the past several months, the enhancements being made to the elementary campus, as well as administration, will only help strengthen this great school. The amazing teachers that surround each and every child work together as one unit, not only to provide very strong academics, but continually guide them through these important years by providing the appropriate tools, love and support to help strengthen their character and build self-esteem. Other programs that are offered far exceed what is out there in the public schools. A dynamic physical education class, public speaking, current events, technology, Spanish, art, music, theatre, dancing, and cooking, are just to name a few. These children will leave this school very well equipped academically and personally to tackle middle school and beyond. I highly recommend scheduling a tour to see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

This is a great pre-school. From 18 months of age, the toddler environment follows the Montessori method. As children move up to the main campus, at the age of 3, the children are treated to an absolutely lovely, light, bright and true Montessori classroom experience, complete with access to an outdoor environment with greenhouse and play structure. The school has a pool, offers swim lessons after school as well as many other wonderful extra-curricular programs. The emphasis is on following the child but also on preparing the child for an academic career and a life-long love of learning- whether you decide to stay for their small but excellent elementary program or move onto another school. It is an excellent school for working parents, the after-care is very high-quality and the school doesn't take too many vacation days. Children will be reading fluently and silently with a great emphasis on comprehension and phonetic spelling by the time they reach kindergarten or 1st grade. Use of the Montessori math materials ensures great conceptual awareness of high-level math at a very young age. Teachers are warm, caring and dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2013

This is one of a number of schools the owners have. It is run more like a business than a school, and the directress is hit and miss. She can appear warm, but also ignore emails and inquiries. They have a higher turnover of teachers than other similar schools and a past teacher confided that the problem is the directress. The owners appear to keep her because she fits their business model. There are better alternatives to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

I visited every private school in the South Bay. Some even twice. First off, as a parent, you need to know exactly what you're looking for as far as an education for your child. For me, I wanted a healthy structured environment run by a no nonsense director. I believe it starts at the top. Some of the comments about teachers leaving in droves...very confusing as the one's I've spoken to genuinely seem to appreciate the environment they're in. My daughter is currently in primary. Never went to school before this year. She's knows all her numbers, letters, is starting to read a bit, is writing clear..and very often comes home singing in Spanish. She also comes home nightly, without being told, and practices her letters because it's so much fun to learn. She constantly tells me how much she loves her teachers and school. I think a big problem with our education system is that the teachers aren't stern or focused enough in preparing our kids for their future. Most schools lack structure and have a too care free of an attitude. I'm paying good money for my child to not just learn, but retain knowledge. And so far, in what I've seen, my daughter is doing just that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

extremely dishonest people working at this school... I would NOT trust this school to teach my children any honesty or morals.. at least one person working there is trying to deny fault in a collision after clearly admitting it to the officer...Thank God for police reports...


Posted September 24, 2012

My child attended this school starting at the younger building. I was expecting the elementary building to be great for my child, but it ended up being a complete failure. One teacher in particular cussed at my child. My child was only in the 1st grade. When some kids were bullying him, I spoke to the principle and was astnonished to hear her ignoring me and dozing off. Get away from this school while you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

Beautiful school with wonderful teachers!!!! You have to visit Manhattan Academy. They have an amazing program. I have 2 kids at MA. My youngest is in their toddler class and my oldest is in Kindergarten. We are very happy with the school and would highly recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2012

Manhattan Academy is an excellent school. My son is in their kindergarten class and he has been there for 2 years. My daughter is in their infant center and I feel so comfortable knowing she is in good hands. The most important thing to me is that they have so many teachers with the babies so you know they are being watched and are getting lots of attention. Thank you to ALL of the wonderful teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

Our baby has been at the infant center for a few months and we are so happy. We visited many infant centers and this was the only one that exceeded the common teacher to infant ratio. Many centers have just one teacher to 4 babies and my husband and I felt that was too high. We are extremely happy now and look forward to seeing our little angel move on to the preschool in a couple of years. Great program, caring staff, and wonderful director!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

They advertise a 3:1 ratio which was never executed to.Often times I would come pick up my child and see 5or6 infants to 1 teacher. 1 teacher in particular was horrible.She would glare at me,be evasive when asked questions,ignore me when I walked in,and generally look very unhappy to be working there.I oftened wondered how she was with my child when I was not there.There is high turnover with the teachers.Teachers were often gone and unknown subs were there to take care of my baby. My baby consistently came home with diaper rashes.It got to the point, I started providing my own diapers and wipes, I feared they were not changing her frequently because they were rationing their supply of diapers.Id tend to her over the wekend, and sure enough come Mon eve she would be in fits with a terrible diaper rash.The responsiveness from the school director was appalling. She rarely returned my calls when I had an issue with the infant school.The accountant on staff, surely couldn't be an accountant.Not once did I receive a bill that was correct.I thought the extra money I was paying would ensure great care.Wrong!I would not recommend this daycare to anyone who wants their baby in good hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

I have two kids in this school for 4 years. Majority of the teachers are good but I agree that due to the meaness of the Principal, there is a high turnover among teachers. Also, I feel that this place is run more like a business than a loving school. In this difficult economy, they have raised their late pick-up fees from $2 per minute to $25 for the first 15 minute block and then $2 per minute thereafter. No one meant to be late to pick up their little ones but we do live in LA and traffic is unpredictable at times. Most parents are within 5 minutes late, if they are late, and have to pay the whopping $25 on top of the pricey tuition. Greedy!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2011

In my brief experience, it's been a pretty disappointing place. While I'd heard the teaching staff was generally strong, that has not been our experience; the teachers I've had contact with (upper primary) have been relatively inexperienced and unprofessional, and seem to lack warmth and passion for the teaching profession. The administrative staff is also a mixed bag with some of them genuinely lacking the interpersonal skills necessary to run a quality program. Although I'd read several unfavorable reviews of the school, I overlooked these comments as well as other red-flags; I wish I would have listened to my gut and avoided this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

We have attended MA for 3 years now. I have 2 kids in their preschool program. We absolutely love their program, it is true Montessori experience and mos of their teaching staff is amazing. We believe it is a great option for working parents because they offer extended care after regular school hours. I'd have to agree with some of the reviews, the direction of the school lacks warmth and charisma, but when in preschool you don't really deal with the principal unless you get really involved. The parents are really involved even though a lot of them have full time jobs. Both our kids really love it and have learned so much, both their teachers are great and they saty in close communication with us. It's a bit pricey but if you need the full day 5 days a week it's a great option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

My daughter loves MA, and so do we. We've had nothing but the best experiences - her teacher (UPT) is amazing. Our daughter has blossomed this year - not only is she reading, writing, doing math, speaking basic spanish, etc, she's happy. Very happy. She loves going to school. She loves the kids in her class and all the different things they do every day (art, music, PE, literature, etc). We've never had a problem with the staff - the directress has been nothing but nice to us (she even offered me her parking space one day in the garage). The main teaching staff has been the same all year - the only teacher who left was the art teacher for medical reasons. If you can afford it you should do it - its been a wonderful first year for us and our daughter will be back next year for kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

Our child attended M.A. for many years. The pre-school years were great so it was hard to fathom how the elementary experience could be so lousy. The person in charge, the director-M.M., lacked communication and social skills. Her extremely rude and unfriendly behavior has caused parents and teachers to leave in steady droves. While the academic curriculum is good, M.'s nasty attitude created such a negative atmosphere within the elementary school that more than half of our child's classmates had left by the time the school year ended. Fearing repercussions, teachers and parents alike often left without giving the school their 'true' reasons. Thus, the school may sugar coat their sparsely populated elementary by stating parents are taking advantage of M. Beach's top-rated public school system in this challenging economy (blah, blah). Don't believe it! My rec-Talk to parents away from the school to get the real story.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 26%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:00 am
School end time
  • 6:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Marcia Clarke
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • Other Montessori

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Yearbook
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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop Montgomery High School
Chadwick School
Mira Costa High School
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1740 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 374-1804

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