School Details

Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School

110 South Rowell, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 798-6223
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 573 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

91%
92%
56%
90%
92%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
84%
46%
88%
91%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
96%
65%
94%
97%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
93%
60%
93%
94%
65%
95%
95%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School is a public elementary school in Manhattan Beach. The principal of Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School is Debbie Mabry and can be contacted at dmabry@mbusd.org. 573 children attend Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 1% of the Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 2% of the 573 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School is 17:1. Hope Chapel Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 53% 65%
Multiracial 20% %
Asian 17% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 6672%
Filipino 0.3% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%
Unspecified 0.3% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 2%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Worst principal ever! She talks to the parents like she's talking to kindergarteners. What a joke!

  • (5 years ago)

    Exceptional principal who knows all the kids by name. Great teachers. Strong parent involvement with PTA and Ed Foundation raising money to make up for shortfall left by state budget cuts. Music art science lab and even PE in 4th grade and up have remained. Only concerns are true for entire district growing class sizes to over 20 even in K-3 over 30- in 4th adn 5th and district horrible track record and approach to special ed.

  • (5 years ago)

    I moved into Manhattan Beach for its schools and boy am I glad I did. The strength of this school is its excellent & caring teachers led by Principal Dale Keldrauk who is the best principal I've encountered in the 4 schools my kids have attended. Advanced curriculum; good resources.

  • (5 years ago)

    We compared this campus classes offered and the cirriculum to Rolling Hills Country Day and with only the exception of the swimming pool and the long scenic drive up to RPV Pennekamp offered everything; computer lab once a week science teacher once a week library with staffed librarian on staff nurse and legendary PE teacher with PE every single day music program and Young at Art as well as many supplemental educational assemblies guest teachers and an amazingly involved hands on in class group of parent volunteers. This is our first year here at 1st grade from Montessori of Manhattan Beach and we are very very pleased so far.

  • (5 years ago)

    Pennekamp is a wonderful school. My son has an amazing teacher. The science P.E. and other specialists add to the experience. The parents provide good support. The STAR program provides a great variety of activities for the kids. We were previously in a private school and worried about the transition but we are thrilled with Pennekamp.

  • (6 years ago)

    I've had two sons attend this campus commencing with my first in 1999 and my second will graduate this year. Over the years I've witnessed few teachers come and go. The school has a strong academic program teachers and office staff really care about each child and the parent participation is amazing. I would highly recommend Pennekamp to all who are lucky enough to live in this school district.

  • (6 years ago)

    Pennekamp has been a great experience for both my children who are in 1st and 2nd grade. High parent involvement many extra curricular activities and great teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    We moved to Manhattan Beach just for the school district our child has attended two years here and the Kindergarten experience was mixed the teacher was incompetent although the system and curriculum seemed well-planned and organized.First grade experience has been excellent so far they hired a great teacher.They do too much emphasis on the age instead of performance of every child though.Would suggest the school but be aware that the satisfaction of your experience relates to who you have as your child's teacher.

  • (8 years ago)

    Parents are impressed with the quality of education their children are receiving and the level of academic challenge.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent program lots of parent participation very well run strong on academics light on arts sports and other extracurricular activities

  • (9 years ago)

    Both my children have gone to Pennekamp since they were 5 years old. Pennekamp is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you Pennekamp for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent band program! High level of parent involvement & fund raising for arts music library and technology center.

  • (10 years ago)

    Our family has decided to go through the private school route after only one year here. Due to budget cuts throughout the district there are no teaching assistants for grades K-3. That leaves much to be desired in terms of individual attention. In addition the administration of this school seems to pressure (and scare) parents into holding back their children who have late birthdays so that child as old as 6 1/2 years old are entering kindergarten rather than first grade. In addition this school district is currently experiencing declining enrollment. For example in fall of 2003 there were 5 kindergarten classes with 20 children each. In the fall of 2004 there were only 4 kindergarten classes with 17-20 children in each. Part of the reason for the decline in enrollment is that many families (like mine) are leaving the district for private schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    I hear very good things about this school. I am only unhappy that there is not on-site afterschool care and that it is apparently overcroweded - if you don't go to kindergarten there there will not be space made for you in later grades.

  • (10 years ago)

    Superior instructional program thanks to involved parents dedicated teachers and an energetic principal. Maybe the top elementary school in an excellent school district.

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