Award Year: 2019

El Morro Elementary School

8681 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651-1032

(949) 497-7780

Mr. Christopher Duddy, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Laguna Beach Unified School District

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Each student gains the knowledge, experience, world perspectives, and skills needed to become a lifelong learner and producer in a competitive and interconnected world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 69%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 11%
El Morro teachers design engaging learning experiences for ALL students!

El Morro teachers design engaging learning experiences for ALL students!

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, El Morro Elementary School welcomes students and families to a tight-knit school community with a hometown feel. The school's commitment to academic and social-emotional growth fosters a well-rounded student experience that seeks to ensure that every student receives the enrichment and intervention they need to be successful in life.

Focused on the whole child, El Morro's social-emotional framework uses evidenced-based practices to establish the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. A districtwide focus on every student, every day; continuous improvement; and building meaningful relationships, promotes a culture where staff work collaboratively to improve instruction and student learning.

El Morro enhances the student learning experience with programs like art, choral and instrumental music, technology, hands-on science, and foreign language in the regular weekly schedule. With a strong commitment to community involvement, El Morro partners with local organizations and agencies to provide students with hands-on learning experiences and field trips that have real-world relevance. The school's state-of-the-art 4 CLE (Collaborative Learning Environments) classrooms are redesigned by teachers using flexible furniture to promote collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and the use of technology. At El Morro, the goal is for staff to know each child by name, strength, and need so that each student feels respected, loved, challenged, and appreciated.