MBEF 2013-2014 Grants

Donations to MBEF allow the foundation to grant $5.385 million to our seven Manhattan Beach public schools for the 2013-2014 school year. These grants pay for educators whose positions the school district could not otherwise afford to fund. Through these educators, our students receive an excellent education.

District-wide Grants $587,000

Music $385,000

Music, math and science achievement go hand in hand. Music instruction beginning in elementary school 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.

21st Century Curriculum $99,000

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.

Initiative/ Common Core Implementation

An MBEF grant also funds a teacher who is dedicated to implementing the district’s writing initiative. Using the highly effective, “Writers Workshop” from Columbia University, the initiative improves and expands student writing at all levels. This teacher will also assist in planning for the implementation of the new national Common Core Standards.

Elementary Grants $2,723,000


MBEF’s largest grant keeps class sizes low, especially in grades K-3 where classes average 24 students. Small classes let teachers understand your children’s needs and provide the instruction to help them reach their potential. MBEF pays for 1 in 5 elementary teachers in our district, enough to staff an entire school.


Working in close collaboration with classroom teachers, Science Specialists provide students with weekly hands-on lab experience in grades K-5.

Reading Enrichment

Kids learn to read and then read to learn. Reading specialists allow students to develop this critical skill at their own pace. This year, when budget constraints threatened funding for these specialists, MBEF increased its grant to maintain the specialists’ fullest support for students.

Library Media Specialists

Having access to a school library and knowing how to find your way around any library, opens endless discoveries for our students. Our librarians pride themselves on knowing each student so they can help select just the right materials to spark their interests.

Middle/High School Grants $2,075,000

Guidance & Support at
Mira Costa $679,000

With so much to choose from at Costa, and only so many hours in the day, guidance counselors help students find their path for success. Counselors are also there to maneuver any bumps in the road. Our high school has a low student to counselor ratio compared to other public high schools in the area.

Guidance & Support at MBMS

If your child needs help with schedules, classes or social issues, an adviser is always there, operating on the front lines. Like our high school, MBMS also has an enviably low student to counselor ratio.

Small English Classes

MBEF grants reduce the size of all English classes in grades 9-12 to allow for more individualized instruction and feedback. Ninth grade English classes have an average of just 24 students. Another small grant at the high school provides readers to assist English teachers in reviewing student writing.

College & Career Center

More than simply advising students and parents about life after Mira Costa, our counselors are ambassadors for our school and your child’s future. Mira Costa is one of the most recognized high schools in the nation. It is little wonder that graduates have their choice of colleges and universities to attend.

Librarians $147,000

Can you imagine a school without one? Neither can we. Our librarian’s mission is to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users and creators of information.

MBMS Electives

For the students who take “the wheel” electives, an MBEF grant is expanding course offerings to include public speaking, film production and an additional section of drama.

Science Assistant

From dissections to chemical experiments, our kids are complete the necessary labs to complement what they learn in the classroom and gain a broader understanding of scientific concepts.