There are a multitude of reasons for living in the South Bay like the beautiful beaches and the easy-going lifestyle. But another major attraction to our area for families is the fantastic public school system. Students in the South Bay have the opportunity to receive their education from some of the top schools in the nation being right here at home.

Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach is home to some of the best public schools in the United States. Commonly referred to as MBUSD, the district includes five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school within its city limits. Collectively, these schools consistently maintain API scores in the top 1% in both the state and the nation. MBUSD has been ranked among the top three schools in the State and LA County for many years now, as well as number fourteen in the nation.

The boundaries for the five elementary schools are based on the different sections in the City of Manhattan Beach; meanwhile, all students in the district attend Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS) for grades six through eight, and then Mira Costa High School for grades nine through twelve. All the Manhattan Beach Unified Schools are award-winning, including Mira Costa holding both the National Blue Ribbon Award, a Gold Award from US News, and Newsweek ranked Mira Costa in the top 1%​ of schools nationally. Likewise, all of the elementary schools are award-winning California Distinguished Schools, for example, Robinson Elementary continually being a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient.

Known for the strong focus on technology, MBUSD is an Apple Distinguished School District. There is a 1 to 1 device program in grades 3-8, and high standards for classroom technology for teachers. The district, due to its private foundation MBEF, supports important education in music, drama, and the arts, as well as developed competitive STEM courses. MBEF also has one of the best sports athletics program in the state.

Schools Included are:
Mira Costa High School
Manhattan Beach Middle School
Grand View Elementary School
Meadows Elementary School
Pacific Elementary School
Pennekamp Elementary School
Robinson Elementary School


Hermosa Beach, CA
Hermosa Beach City School District is made up of two different campuses, Hermosa Valley School and Hermosa View School. Hermosa Valley students attend 4th-8th grades. The 4th and 5th grade classrooms are on a shared campus with the middle school, grades 6th-8th, though they are on different schedules and are separate from one another. Hermosa View School is the second elementary school located in East Hermosa Beach that includes TK-3rd Grades. Though the award-winning schools are smaller in comparison to neighboring Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach, they are still part of the California Distinguished School and maintain API scores over 900 points.

Hermosa Beach does not have its own high school, so the students may choose which local high school they attend. They have the choice of attending either Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach. Families are allowed to send each student in their family to different schools for the most suitable programs for the individual child’s needs if they like.

Schools included:
Hermosa Valley School
Hermosa View School


Redondo Beach, CA
Redondo Beach Unified School District is the largest school district within the Beach Cities. RBUSD schools include students from North Redondo Beach and South Redondo Beach. These schools have been ranked within the Top 20 best school districts in the state. The district includes eight elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Like MBUSD, understanding the boundaries for each elementary school is important as each zone is dedicated to a particular school.

Redondo Union High School is the second largest campus in the state, covering more than ten blocks. Award-winning RUHS has been listed amongst the Nation’s Best High Schools by US News & World Report and Newsweek. The schools offer a well-rounded curriculum, AP courses, theatre and arts programs, music departments, and state championship level athletics.

Schools Included:
Redondo Union High School
Parras Middle School
Alta Vista Elementary
Beryl Heights Elementary
Birney Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Madison Elementary
Tulita Elementary
Adams Middle School
Washington Elementary
Patricia Dreizler Continuation High School
RUHS Independent Study


Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Unified School District serves the four Peninsula cities and the unincorporated areas of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The districts rank among the top public schools in the state and nationwide. There are two public early learning schools, ten elementary schools, three intermediate schools, and two public high schools in the Palos Verdes area.

Recognized for outstanding achievement at the local, state, and national level, PVUSD draws home buyers to the area for the great schools and the PV lifestyle. High school students have a choice of attending with Palos Verdes High or Peninsula High, both with excellent academics and sports programs.

Schools Included:
Palos Verdes High School
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Rancho del Mar High School
Miraleste Intermediate School
Palos Verdes Intermediate School
Ridgecrest Intermediate School
Cornerstone School at Pedregal
Dapplegray Elementary
Lunada Bay Elementary
Mira Catalina Elementary
Montemalaga Elementary
Point Vicente School
Rancho Vista Elementary
Silver Spur Elementary
Soleado Elementary
Vista Grande Elementary


South Bay Private Schools
The award winning public schools throughout the South Bay are reason enough to attract home buyers with school aged children to the beach cities. Though some families still prefer a private school setting for their household, the South Bay is filled with many wonderful private school options both secular and non-secular for those seeking private education.

Schools include:
American Martyrs Catholic School – Private Catholic School, Grades K-8
Bishop Montgomery High School – Private Catholic High School, Grades 9-12
Chadwick School – Private Co-Ed College Preparatory, Grades K-12
Del Sol School – Preschool through Elementary
Manhattan Academy – Private Elementary School, Grades K-5
Montessori School – Private, Non-parochial, Preschool and Elementary
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School – Private Catholic Elementary School
Riviera Hall Lutheran School – Private Lutheran School – Preschool, Grades K-8
Rolling Hills Country Day School – Private Non-parochial, Grades K-8
St. John Fisher School – Private Catholic Elementary & Middle School
St. Lawrence Martyr School – Catholic Elementary School
Valor Christian Academy – Private Christian Academy, Grades K-12
Vistamar School – Private, Co-Ed College Prep High School