• Class Size Reduction – English/Humanities and Math (6-9)
  • Middle School Electives (6-8)
  • Zero Period Classes (9-12)


  • College and Career Counselors (9-12)
  • Elementary Assistant Principal (K-5)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (K-12)
  • Middle School Assistant Principal – Student Life (6-8)
  • Middle School Empathy and Inclusion Program (7)
  • School Counselors (6-12)
  • Social Inclusion Grants (K-12)


  • Music Instruction (1-12)
  • Visual Arts (4-5)



  • Library Specialists (K-12)
  • Literacy and Writing TOSA (K-12)
  • Reading Specialists (K-5)


  • Instructional Technology TOSA (K-5)
  • MakerSpace Instructional Assistants (K-5)
  • Math Program Support – MWA Paddle Raise (K-12)
  • Math TOSA – Elementary (K-6)
  • Math TOSA – Secondary (7-12)
  • Science Teacher Leader – Secondary (6-12)
  • Science Lab Assistant (9-12)
  • Science Specialists (K-5)
  • STEM Based Electives (6-12)


  • Teacher of the Year Awards (K-12)
  • Teachers Driving Innovation Grants (K-12)


$1,695,000 – 26% of Overall Funding

Few educational practices have the potential for greater impact than learning in a classroom with fewer students. Both parents and teachers consistently prioritize the importance of Class Size Reduction (CSR). While MBEF would like to fund smaller class sizes in all grade levels and subjects, a significant increase in donations would be required to make this viable. MBEF dedicates over a quarter of overall funding towards programs to support CSR.

Class Size Reduction (6-9)
This year MBEF will direct CSR funding towards reducing class size in English/Humanities and Math classes in grades 6-9. The transition to middle and high school can be challenging and providing more space for personalized learning in core subjects ensures our students have the support they need.

Middle School Electives (6-8)
The enhanced elective program at MBMS offers middle school students a range of electives, including Computer Application, Visual Arts, Film, Yearbook and Drama.

Zero Period Classes (9-12)
This grant enables Mira Costa students to add an additional period so they can fulfill course requirements and benefit from additional elective courses. More than 25% of MCHS students take advantage of an additional period each day.


$1,493,000 – 23% of Overall Funding

Levels of stress, anxiety and depression at schools throughout the country with similar demographics have increased at an unprecedented rate. A dramatic increase in mental health concerns with our students has led us to target a significant portion of our funding towards districtwide social emotional wellness.

College and Career Counselors (9-12)
MBEF funds the experts in the MCHS College and Career Center devoted to coaching our high school students and helping them navigate the college application process and post-graduation pathways. This program is an essential part of helping our students make the right personal choice for their next step upon graduation.

Elementary Assistant Principal (K-5)
Grand View and Pacific Elementary have nearly 40% more students and teachers than the other three elementary schools in the District. In keeping with our goal of parity among schools, MBEF funds a shared Assistant Principal to increase the capacity of the Principals at both sites to better meet the academic and social emotional needs of all students at both sites.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (K-12)
MBEF recognizes the need for an increase in support for our students’ social emotional wellness and will fund a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the 2019-20 academic year. The LCSW will centralize districtwide prevention and intervention efforts to support student mental health and well-being, as well as help lead MBUSD’s Crisis Response Team and risk assessment process. The new role will also significantly increase counseling support for our students in grades K-12 through the coordination and  supervision of qualified interns.

MBMS Assistant Principal – Student Life (6-8)
The Assistant Principal is focused on student life and parent engagement to meet the varying needs of our student body. The coordination of a Social and Emotional Wellness Committee, parent education workshops, professional development focused on growth mindset and brain development, and student and teacher sessions focused on creating a more inclusive learning environment, help to better meet the diverse needs of our students at a critical transition in their lives.

MBMS Empathy and Inclusion Program (7)
MBMS is committed to developing a climate of care where students feel safe and respected. As part of that commitment, seventh grade students are invited to tour the Museum of Tolerance and explore themes such as the power of words, lessons from history, and moving from bystander to ally. These themes are supported with additional campus and classroom activities by MBMS administration and teachers.

Social Inclusion Grants (K-12)
Students and educators throughout the District are encouraged to apply for small grants for programs that celebrate our differences and create a welcoming environment for all students.

School Counselors (6-12)
Counselors foster a sense of connection on campus and play an essential role for students in academic guidance and life planning. While districts throughout the state have increased their student to counselor ratio, MBEF’s investment has kept our ratios reasonable, ensuring time to work with students on time management, prioritization, organization, as well as monitor student progress.


$583,000 – 9% of Overall Funding

Music (1-12)
Music, math, language and science achievement go hand-in-hand. MBEF funds 48% of music instruction 1-12, and as a result, the music program at MBUSD has flourished. All students in grades 1-5 receive weekly music instruction, which forms the foundation for our award-winning middle and high school programs.

Visual Arts (4-5)
Thanks to directed donations at the 2018 Manhattan Wine Auction, MBEF funds a credentialed teacher to bring a comprehensive visual arts program structured around California’s content standards to the classrooms. The Manhattan Beach Visual Arts program helps prepare students for the comprehensive visual art options available through electives at our secondary schools and complements the volunteer-based Young at Art program.


$479,000 – 7% of Overall Funding

MBEF is proud to support credentialed physical education teachers at our elementary schools to provide high-quality physical education and sportsmanship instruction each week. In addition to the physical health benefits, research shows that physical activity can help children improve their concentration, memory, and classroom behavior.


$991,000 – 15% of Overall Funding

We have made significant shifts in the way we teach writing and literacy in our schools. The introduction of Reading and Writing Workshop in our classrooms set the stage for the instructional shifts in all other academic areas.

Library Specialists (K-12)
Having access to a school library and knowing how to find their way around provides endless discoveries for students. MBEF supports library specialists at each school site to teach students research and media literacy skills to help them leverage resources in all grade levels and foster a passion for reading, learning and research that will serve them throughout their lives.

Literacy and Writing TOSA (K-12)
The teacher on special assignment leads continuous improvement efforts throughout the District in literacy and writing. With the introduction of cutting-edge practices, the teacher educator strives to ensure that all curriculum keeps pace with the changing world.

Reading Specialists (K-5)
Reading competency and comprehension ensures our students are on the right track for learning. This grant funds five credentialed teachers who work with students to increase reading proficiency on the entire reading spectrum.


$1,213,532 – 19% of Overall Funding

If our students are to compete and thrive in today’s global economy, we must provide a solid, hands-on foundation in STEM education. Confidence in math and science not only supports STEM-related fields, but also helps develop the ability to think critically and to be innovative.

Instructional Technology TOSA (K-5)
As the interest and need for STEM curriculum continues, this grant allows for a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) dedicated to helping the District integrate innovative teaching and learning tools, such as MakerSpace, at all elementary sites. The TOSA also helps incorporate technology and other innovative tools into the elementary classroom.

MakerSpace Instructional Assistants (K-5)
The unique MakerSpace environments throughout our elementary schools provide innovative lab experiences for our students in grades K-5. Empowering students to learn problem-solving skills through trial and error and see themselves as inventors, helps develop students’ ability to think creatively to visualize solutions. MBEF funds MakerSpace Instructional Assistants who support program implementation by preparing materials, facilitating lessons, and organizing the Maker Labs.

Math TOSA (K-6)
Our TOSAs have historically provided specialized coaching in academic areas that require more attention and growth, such as literacy, science, technology and 21st Century Teaching and Learning. The Math TOSA will help strengthen Common Core instruction while also helping to bridge curriculum from the elementary to secondary levels.

Math TOSA (7-12)
In an effort to strengthen math instruction and outcomes districtwide, MBEF will fund a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) to lead the effort at the secondary level. This TOSA will collaborate on best practices in Common Core instruction with teachers across the mathematics departments at the middle and high school levels.

Next Generation Science Standards Teacher-Leader (6-12)
MBEF supports a teacher leader in science at the secondary level to lead the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the classroom. With one teacher-leader between the middle and high schools, we can ensure that there is collaboration on all science curriculum between the schools.

Science Lab Assistant (9-12)
The Science Lab Assistant at MCHS supports science teachers by preparing materials and resources to make lab instruction organized, efficient and innovative.

Science Specialists (K-5)
This grant supports a credentialed science teacher at each elementary school to provide all students with hands-on lab experience and project-based learning opportunities that strengthen students’ passion for science.

STEM Based Electives (6-8)
MBEF supports additional units of STEM at the middle school, as well as additional course options in the STEM field to meet the needs of MBMS students.


$54,500 – 1% of Overall Funding

Teacher Innovation Grants (K-12)
MBEF supports the Teachers Driving Innovation (TDI) Grant Program for teachers and counselors throughout our District. Each TDI grant provides our educators with an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop ideas, collaborate with colleagues, and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise and talent within MBUSD.

Teacher of the Year Awards (K-12)
Each year MBUSD recognizes one teacher from each school as the Teacher of the Year, and one of those teachers is selected as the districtwide Teacher of the Year. With this grant, made possible by an endowment fund sponsored by the Nickell Family, all of MBUSD’s seven Teachers of the Year receive a monetary reward.