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Nestled upon a hilltop overlooking the Saddleback Valley to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the South sits an educational community known for the past 40 years as Top of the World Elementary School, affectionately known as TOW. In today's fast paced society it is refreshing to find a close knit neighborhood school where families walk to school with their children, stop to have a chat with staff, other parents and maybe have a cup of coffee. Staff, parent volunteers, and the principal meet the buses as they drive in each morning and open car doors to greet each student with a warm smile and a "Good Morning". TOW is proud to maintain its hometown feel and instill this sense of community to each and every student.
TOW is located in Laguna Beach, a small town surrounded by the exploding growth of South Orange County, California. TOW is one of two elementary schools, which feed into Thurston Middle School. Families come from areas east of the Pacific Coast Highway and the inland community of Aliso Viejo. The program consists of a special education pre-school and kindergarten through fifth grades. There are currently 671 students enrolled in the school. TOW also maintains a school within a school known as The Community Learning Center (CLC). CLC serves 40 students in grades first through fourth in a small campus adjacent to the main campus. The CLC approaches the curriculum from a holistic worldview centering on peace and a community spirit. This program is an extension of the overall philosophy of TOW.
TOW's academic program emphasizes a strong commitment to the core subjects and academic rigor balanced with enrichment programs that foster a well-rounded student experience. . TOW exhibits the quality of the academic program in its API score. The API score for the 2011 testing period is 924. We continue to score at or above the Statewide Performance Target of 800. The Beckman Science program provides an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculum. Social Studies completes the well -rounded core curriculum. In addition to the rigorous core curriculum TOW emphasizes the arts in education in a variety of enrichment programs. Students learn about famous artists and create their own works of art based on the artist's style in our very popular Art Masters Program. TOW also participates in a series of assemblies that emphasize the cultural arts sponsored by the Orange County Performing Arts Center Educational Foundation. A wide variety of educational field trips for each grade level ranges from an overnight trip aboard the Brig Pilgrim, related to the social science curriculum, to going back in time with a historical visit to the Kellogg Historical House Museum.
To extend the opportunity for students to thrive, TOW has developed a comprehensive after school program available to all students in grades 1-5. The PTA sponsors the after school program and provides scholarships to any student who needs assistance. At this time, over 70% of TOW students participate in the after school program which includes classes such as Garden Club, Academic Chess, Chorus, Story Telling, Art, Mad Science, Digital Animation, Digital filmaking, Guitar, Violin, Drums, Computer Club, Drama, Musical Minds and many more. There is truly something for everyone in the after school program.
What makes TOW unique is the strong community spirit. Parent volunteers are present in classrooms in an incredible show of support for their children. Last year over 34,000 hours were donated to our school. TOW is a school where students truly know that they are nurtured and supported by all the adults in their lives.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Raising Thriving Kids
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Minimum day Schedule
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Open House
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Math Challenge ice cream party
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM New parent/student orientation
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 5th grade TMS orientation
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Raising Thriving Kids
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Flag Assembly