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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Manhattan Beach Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Manhattan Beach, CA. It has 6,647 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.

Manhattan Beach Unified School District Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Middle Schools in Manhattan Beach Unified School District

High Schools in Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
84%
Percent Proficient - Math
74%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1280
756 responses
Average ACT
30
572 responses

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
6,647
Free or Reduced Lunch
3.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,526
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$91,540,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,346/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    9%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$150,083
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,499
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,947,900
National
$184,700

Manhattan Beach Unified School District Reviews

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I attended Mira Costa High School in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. It was very hard for me to obtain a permit to attend this school but I am glad I did. I enjoyed my time attending this high school. This was my first school in this district and I was not disappointed. The quality of academics given at this school has prepared me for college in more ways than I can express. The campus is filled with genuine teachers who enjoy and care about there job. The administration is just all-around great. For the quality of education and safety given at this school, it is understood even though it is a public school why some inner costs are pricey. As the district has made plans to upgrade the school massively I am excited to see what is to come.
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While attending schools in MBUSD, I learned a lot of valuable information and learned new skills. The majority of the teachers were very good at educating me in that specific subject. My biggest problem with the district was that the administration was not pleasant to work with. But, overall, the distinct does an excellent job of teaching their students all they need to know.
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is an excellent district the tries to accommodate every student. The academics are top notch and so are the vast majority of teachers. However, there are a number of areas for improvement. First, there is very little schoolwide unity. Since most of the students are very competitive, the collective student body is not that very excited about "high school culture". Football games, school dances, and other events have significantly less attendance than normal, simply be Couse of a lack of unity among the student body. Another place for improvement would be that a larger presence of vocational and technical training programs would help many students who are unsure what the future holds for them.