News & Updates:


Dear MBEF Supporters, We’ve had a busy month in our district. MBEF hired a new ED, Mira Costa Music Department won a GRAMMY, MBUSD’s Superintendent disclosed an accounting error, MBUSD and MBUTA settled on an employment package for 2014-15 and our Wine Auction sold out in 10 hours. All the while, MBEF volunteers and staff… Read more »

Summertime Planning: Ideas for MB Kids

Summer is coming. While you might have picked out a fabulous vacation spot or two for the family, you still have eight weeks to fill. To avoid summer learning loss and maintain your own sanity, we have found a few not-so-typical camps you may not have yet considered in your summer planning. 10. Experium Science… Read more »

Understanding the MBEF Endowment

Have you ever wondered how MBEF and its Endowment are different? MBEF exists to support quality public education here in Manhattan Beach today, while our Endowment works to ensure that students in our community will benefit from high quality educational programs for years to come. Though the Endowment is a subsidiary of MBEF with a… Read more »

Award-Winning Schools backed by Award-Winning Individuals

Forget the Oscars, get your acceptance speeches out for top-notch education, Manhattan Beach. Lately, it has been an awards frenzy here in our schools with several MB folks bestowed numerous honors on local, state and national levels, somehow all related to our excellent public schools. Manhattan Beach Middle School Principal John Jackson was recently selected… Read more »

FOCUS ON GRANTS: Why MBEF’s Investment in Music Matters

When California starting cutting funding to public schools in the early 2000s, MBEF saved the musical day by granting funds to MBUSD to keep music instruction in our schools. Today, MBUSD is among only a few dozen of California school districts that still offer instrumental music education at its elementary and middle schools for all students.  … Read more »

Oh, The Places They Have Gone! MBEF’s 30 Under 30

Entrepreneurs.  Techies.  Teachers.  Researchers.  Entertainers.  Manhattan Beach public schools creates them all and some.  Of course, we all know Mira Costa High School consistently ranks in tops of our nation’s high schools and sends its graduates to some of the most competitive colleges in the U.S. But what happens next?  Where do they all go?… Read more »

FOCUS ON GRANTS: Counseling Makes It Happen

Ever since California funding reductions forced cuts to counseling, MBEF has been supporting Mira Costa’s reknown College and Career Center counselors who help our students find that right path beyond MBUSD. Last year, Costa graduates matriculated to 175 colleges across 39 states and four countries. Class of 2013 Costa graduates are now freshman at every… Read more »

Get Ready. November 7th is PLEDGE DAY

Our town is abuzz with all the great things happening in our top-ranked schools:  Robinson Elementary School’s National Blue Ribbon Award, opening of Mira Costa’s Math and Science Building, and an upcoming School Board election. However, at MBEF, one of the biggest days of the year is the day we all give back to our… Read more »