The Top 5 Schools You Want to Enroll Your Kids In

1. Eastbluff Elementary School

Eastbluff serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, about 410 students, and is part of the Newport – Mesa Unified School District. It is among the first elementary school recipients of the California Department of Education’s “Gold Ribbon Schools” award in 2016, the first year the award was given to elementary schools. The California Department of Education “seeks to recognize outstanding educational programs and practices” and created the Gold Ribbon School Award to honor schools while the California Distinguished Schools Program is on hiatus as the state to new assessment and accountability systems.

The elementary school is also this year’s recipient of the California PBIS Coalition Silver Level Award. The PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and the award is given based on the implementation of PBIS with fidelity to the national framework by a given school. This means that a PBIS Coalition award recipient will have fewer instances of student behavioral issues and certainly of serious behavioral penalties including expulsion.

Another reason you may want to enroll your child into Eastbluff is because the average student ration of 23:1 is lower than the California average of 25:1, giving your child more chances for hands on learning with the teacher.

GreatSchools Rating: 10/10

Eastbluff Elementary School | 2627 Vista Del Oro | Newport Beach, CA 92660 |

2. Roy O. Andersen Elementary School

Named after a former superintendent, Roy O. Andersen Elementary opened its doors in 1973 and continues to serve students kindergarten through sixth grade, about 384 students. Before the award’s hiatus, the school was recognized as a California Distinguished School for the years 1987, 2002, 2008 and 2014.

In 2016, Andersen Elementary was awarded the California Gold Ribbon School award for its excellency. The school’s mission is to “develop character and to create a positive school environment where learning is a shared responsibility of staff, parents, and community in order to ensure that every student experiences personal success academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.”

One of the ways Andersen keeps parents knowledgeable and involved in the school’s happenings is by the Principal’s Message, which is a weekly newsletter of sorts that the Principal makes available on the website for parents.

GreatSchools Rating: 10/10

Andersen Elementary School | 1900 Port Seaborne Way | Newport Beach, CA 92660 |

3. Mariners Elementary School

Mariners Elementary is a traditional K-6 school with a sprawling, newly renovated campus. Although the school’s size is around 700 students, larger than that of other elementary schools in the area, it continuously works to cultivate a small school feeling of caring and camaraderie. The principal knows each student’s name and even celebrates each of their birthdays by giving them a birthday book of their choice.

Mariners is also a National Blue Ribbon School based on its overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes great American schools which demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.

If you’re looking for an exciting learning environment and high expectation of the core curriculum, then Mariners is a great place for your child to learn.

GreatSchools Rating: 10/10

Mariners Elementary School | 2100 Mariners Drive | Newport Beach, CA 92660 |

4. Newport Harbor High School

Founded in 1930, Newport Harbor High School has a longstanding and rich history and continues to work closely with its students to create a dynamic and challenging school environment.

Newport Harbor is also part of The California Association of International Baccalaureate (IB)

World Schools. If you’re not familiar with IB it is essentially another track of honors level courses that a student can choose to take. In their sophomore year, students can apply to be a part of the IB Diploma program which will not only enrich their high school learning career, but also help them to stand out when it comes to college applications as the program is very well respected and recognized as an international institution. Newport Harbor also offers a range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses to help further your child’s learning.

According to the U.S. News high school profile, Newport Harbor High has a graduation rate of 95% which is much higher than the California average of 82.3% of the class of 2015.

GreatSchools Rating: 8/10

Newport Harbor High School | 600 Irvine Avenue | Newport Beach, CA 92663 |

5. Corona del Mar High School

Corona del Mar High School offers a truly unique experience, creating a path of possibilities for every student’s interest. The school is a “Signature Academy” because it offers the Academy of Global Studies (AGS) program, which allows an AGS student to graduate with prestige as the requirements for the completion of the program include a number of AP, cultural studies, and language courses as well as the participation on an academic team.

For the more creatively inclined students, CDM High offers the Performing Arts and Multimedia Academy (PAMA). This program offers students the chance to work closely on their creative area of interest to further their advancement in that possible career field. It also gives these students the opportunity to begin to build a portfolio of their work.

According to the U.S. News Rankings, CDM High is ranked 40th within California which is an impressive feat. It also has a very high graduation rate of 98%.

GreatSchools Rating: 10/10

Corona del Mar High School | 2101 Eastbluff Drive | Newport Beach, CA 92660 |

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