Like most schools in the MBUSD, Pennekamp is a California Distinguished School and ranks number 5 in the state. With an API score of 946, the school has achieved its API growth targets every year. Pennekamp maintains a teacher student ratio of 20:1 and the average class size from K to 3 is 23 students, and in grades 4 and 5, it is 29 students.
The school offers a Computer lab, Science Lab and several academic enhancements:
The Grades of Green program teaches kids to be conscious of waste and being “green”. It includes bringing a “trashless” lunch on Tuesdays, ‘Walk to School’ Wednesdays, and recycling in the classroom/lunchroom.
The Growing Great program has students planting, growing, harvesting and selling their own fruits and vegetables. Students experience new foods in their organic school gardens while learning about seasonality, life cycles, and sustainable food production.
The Extended Day Program provides homework assistance, arts & crafts and safe play after school. Scheduling is flexible ranging from 2 to 5 days a week.
The PACE Afterschool Enrichment Program has been designed for the Pennekamp Dragons in association with the Manhattan Beach Athletic Foundation. They provide after-school enrichment programs in science, sports, crafts, arts and help with curriculum enhancement for students.
More information can be found at http://pennekampschool.org/