Our Grants to the Schools

Donations made to MBEF during the 2013-14 school year enabled the Foundation to grant $5.765 million to our seven Manhattan Beach public schools for the 2014-15 academic year. These grants pay for educators whose positions the school district could not otherwise afford to fund. This year, MBEF paid for 70 educators and specialists, enabling the District to increase per student spending by 10%. This funding is essential to providing a rich academic environment and an excellent education for our children.

None of this would be possible without the generosity and commitment of our community.

DISTRICTWIDE GRANTS: $672,000

Music: $400,000

Music, math and science achievement go hand in hand. MBEF covers 40% of all Music instructional costs K-12, and as a result, the music program at MBUSD has experienced phenomenal growth and success. All students in grades 1-5 receive weekly music instruction, which forms the foundation for our award-winning middle and high school programs. Such excellence elevates our schools in the eyes of select colleges and universities, which helps every student.

Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
21st Century Teaching and Writing: $222,000

There have been great changes in the use of technology and the consistency of writing instruction. Across every grade, what is taught is as important as how it’s taught or who teaches it. MBEF funding helps make sure your child’s curriculum keeps pace with the changing world by supporting two TOSAs to lead continuous improvement efforts throughout the District in these important areas of growth.

Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
Secondary and Common Core Math: $50,000

Recent District wide data and parent feedback has shown that we need to strengthen our Math program at the secondary level. This new grant will fund a teacher leader who will provide best practices, coaching and support for teachers at the secondary level, and throughout the District.

ELEMENTARY GRANTS: $2,296,000

Teachers and Class Size Reduction: $1,141,000

Our recent survey results show that this is the grant our parents and teachers appreciate most. MBEF is continuing its commitment to keeping our class sizes low. Our K-3 classrooms throughout the District are set at a maximum of 24:1. The salary of one out of every five elementary teachers is paid by this grant – enough to staff an entire school.

Reading Specialists: $333,000

From K-3, kids learn to read and then they read to learn. This grant funds five credentialed teachers who work with students to increase reading proficiency. The Reading Specialists also work with all elementary teachers to promote high quality reading instruction in all schools.

Science Specialists: $297,000

This grant funds five credentialed Science Specialists who provide all elementary students with hands-on lab experience and project-based learning opportunities that strengthen students’ passion for science.

Library Specialists: $195,000

Having access to a school library and knowing how to find your way around opens endless discoveries for students. This grant funds five Library Specialists – one for each of our five elementary schools. Library Specialists ensure that our school libraries are open every hour that school is in session. In addition to maintaining the libraries, the Specialists work with all teachers to help our students learn the research and media literacy skills they need to be successful.

Physical Education: $200,000

MBEF is proud to support the return of credentialed physical education teachers to the elementary schools. PE teachers will provide 100 minutes of high quality physical education and sportsmanship each week to all students.

Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
Technology: $130,000

Our students now have access to technology in grades 3-8, and to ensure it’s being used effectively, this grant funds two experienced TOSAs who will implement best practices and support teachers to effectively integrate technology into instruction.

MBMS Grants: $909,000

Counselors: $379,000

MBEF funds the counseling and Student Academic Support (SAS) Program at MBMS. Counselors play an essential role for all students in academic guidance, personal counseling and life planning. If your child needs help with schedules, classes or social issues, an advisor is always there, operating on the front lines. When most schools have drastically reduced counselors, our ratios have improved.

Library Specialist: $42,000

Having access to a school library and knowing how to find your way around opens endless discoveries for students. MBEF supports a full-time Library Specialist to ensure that the MBMS Library is open every hour that school is in session. In addition to maintaining the library, the Specialist works with all teachers to help our students learn the research and media literacy skills they need to be successful.

Wheel Enhancement: $81,000

One of the hallmarks of an excellent school is its ability to inspire students through a variety of innovative electives. Our enhanced Wheel program offers middle school students with a range of electives, including hands-on Film and Drama classes.

English Class Size Reduction $333,000

Through this grant, MBEF provides additional English and Humanities classes, thus lowering overall class size. Smaller classes allow our English and Humanities teachers to provide students with more focused and frequent writing feedback and instruction.

Extra Period Classes: $74,000

This grant enables MBMS students to add a 7th period so those who are involved in extracurricular activities can fulfill course requirements, , and take additional elective courses.

Mira Costa Grants: $1,888,000

Guidance and Academic Support Counselors: $735,000

MBEF funds the counseling and Student Academic Support (SAS) Program at Mira Costa. Counselors play an essential role for all students in academic guidance, personal counseling and life planning. When most schools have drastically reduced counselors, our ratios have improved.

Extra Period Classes: $611,000

This grant enables Mira Costa students to add a 7th period so those who are involved in extracurricular activities can fulfill course requirements, fit in more AP classes, and take additional elective courses. More than 40% of MCHS students take advantage of this program.

College and Career Counselors: $240,000

MBEF funds two full-time college and career counselors and one assistant devoted to coaching our high school students and helping them navigate the often overwhelming college application process. Our counselors are ambassadors for our school and your child’s future. This program is essential and will ensure that our students continue to attend inspirational institutions across the globe.

English Class Size Reduction: $132,000

Through this grant, MBEF provides additional English and Humanities classes at Mira Costa. These smaller class sizes allow our English and Humanities teachers to provide students with more focused and frequent writing feedback.

Librarian $115,000

MBEF supports a full-time credentialed Librarian at Mira Costa. In addition to overseeing the library’s collection, the Librarian maintains the Technology Research Lab and a complete library collection. The Librarian also works with all teachers to help our students learn the research and media literacy skills they need to be successful.

Science Lab Assistant: $55,000

The Lab Assistant at Mira Costa supports science teachers by making lab instruction organized, efficient and inspired. In our new state-of-the-art Math and Science building, the Lab Assistant helps teachers to strengthen students’ learning through hands-on projects and instruction.

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