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Best Spellers Vie for Title

Thirty-five fifth grade finalists from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary faced off in the Laguna Beach Spelling Bee Finals, held at TOW’s multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. The fifth year of the friendly competition, where TOW will defend its 2011...

Schools Offer a Lure to Retire Early

The school district is offering early retirement incentives to teachers and staff to reduce personnel costs due to budget constraints and state funding cutbacks. And some departing employees may not be replaced, district officials said Tuesday. Whether or not the district goes...

AP Class Enrollment, Success Rate Climb

Thanks to a successful trial initiative, more Laguna Beach high school students than ever are graduating with Advanced Placement credits on their transcripts, giving them a head start when entering college. In the last school year, 43 percent more students took AP exams than in...

New Course Evolves from Collaborative Effort

Come September, some freshman at Laguna Beach High School will enroll in global studies and study skills, a new class recently approved by the school board and organically developed by social science teachers to establish a platform for higher-level coursework. The new course...

Schools Scores Remain High in Ranking

Laguna Beach schools fared well in the academic rankings released last week as part of California’s annual reporting cycle of academic growth and achievement. According to the latest Academic Performance Index (API) report, which includes statewide and similar school rankings, as...