Emerald Bay lies within the Laguna Beach School District. Recognized by Newsweek and others for academic excellence, Laguna Beach schools stand out on a national, as well as state, level. In sunny Orange County, Laguna Beach High School boasts class sizes under 30; a near-perfect graduation rate; and teacher salaries topping 36% of the state average. LBUSD invests in its students, teachers and staff; that investment clearly pays off.
Laguna Beach Unified, the county’s second-smallest district in Orange County has fewer than 3,000 students, was the No. 3-ranked elementary and middle school district in Orange County, and the No. 1 high school district. Laguna Beach Schools, have two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, has been largely immune to the state budget woes that have chipped away at public school funding. Laguna Beach schools rely primarily on local property taxes instead of state dollars and, unlike most other Orange County districts, Laguna Beach’s property taxes have been so strong over the past decade that the district has been able to stave off cuts.
Laguna Beach Unified has the second lowest-poverty rate countywide, 9.4 percent, and the fewest English learners, just 1.6 percent. Laguna Beach also is the centerpiece of a community that is heavily invested in its success, including the dedication to help raise half a million dollars annually.
The public schools servicing residents of Emerald Bay are:
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