News & Updates:


Thank you to the entire community for the generous support of the 2016/17 Annual Appeal. We are just $50,000 from reaching our goal of raising $5.2M. If by chance you did not get around to giving, it’s not too late. Here is a link to MBEF’s donate or pledge page. If you are not sure… Read more »

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 23rd

Come join your friends, neighbors, teachers, and classmates AND support MBEF at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 23rd. If you can’t make it to the walk, please help us reach our goal by becoming a virtual walker to show your support. Be sure to designate your registration fee to MBEF so… Read more »

MBMS Odyssey of the Mind Team advances to World Final Championships!

Back in September, students from MBMS, Pacific, Pennekamp, and Robinson formed Odyssey of the Mind teams.  For six months, students worked on creating solutions to different long term problems.  Embracing the foundational precept of Odyssey of the Mind, “No Outside Assistance”, teams envisioned, brainstormed and began creating their solutions.  With no outside help, students drafted,… Read more »

The Path to College

Almost 1000 South Bay parents and students came together on a Saturday afternoon last month to hear Frank Bruni, author of “Where You Go Is Not Who’ll You Will Be,” speak about the college admissions process.  Given that stress levels among students, particularly high school, is a subject of concern among parents and educators on… Read more »

MBEF’s Annual Appeal – $4.8M and Counting!

On behalf of all the students who will benefit from your generosity, we’d like to take a moment to thank you so much for your support of MBEF’s 2015/16 Annual Appeal. Each year, we look to you to help raise the funds that will take the education in our district to the next level. We… Read more »


As a community-based foundation, the feedback and priorities of our parents are critical to our strategic direction and decision-making. This survey will only take 5-10 minutes of your time, and our goal is 100% parent participation. When we last surveyed MBUSD parents and teachers in 2014, 78% of parents and 75% of teachers said that… Read more »

Meet the MBEF Board of Directors: Champions for Education

Since MBEF’s founding in 1983, the driving force behind our mission to improve public education in Manhattan Beach schools has been parents and community leaders with a common passion. Initially, with just a few thousand dollars, MBEF leaders focused on enriching existing programs like art and music. Today, with a multi-million dollar annual commitment to… Read more »

South Bay Families Connected: A Community of Support

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member No matter what parenting philosophies or personal experiences guide us, we all have a common goal when it comes to our children — for them to lead healthy, fulfilled lives. Most parents know firsthand that this journey to adulthood can be challenging, especially with the vast array of distractions… Read more »

College Admissions and Testing Info Night with Adam Ingersoll

The Rapidly Changing Landscape of College Testing: A Special Presentation on Nov 10 November 10, 2015 at 7:00pm; Mira Costa Auditorium Please join us for a presentation on college admission testing provided by nationally-recognized speaker Adam Ingersoll. The extensive overhaul of the PSAT and SAT debuting this year has far-reaching implications, both for public schools… Read more »