Located on a bluff off of Coast Highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sits an educational community known as El Morro Elementary School. In today's fast paced society, it is refreshing to find a close-knit community school where families stop to have a chat with staff, and other parents. Staff, parent volunteers, and the principal meet the buses and cars as they drive in each morning and open car doors to greet each student with a warm smile and a "Good Morning". El Morro is proud to maintain its hometown feel and instill this sense of connectedness to each and every student.

El Morro is located on the north end of Laguna Beach, a small town surrounded by the exploding growth of South Orange County and Newport Coast, California. El Morro is one of two elementary schools which feed into Thurston Middle School. Families come from the areas of North and South Laguna, Emerald Bay, Crystal Cove, and the Laguna Canyon. The school program consists of kindergarten through fifth grades and includes a comprehensive Special Education program. There are currently 600 students enrolled in the school.

El Morro'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. Our Science program provides an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculum. Social Studies completes a well-rounded core curriculum. Academics are enhanced through the school’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), as well as weekly Professional Learning Communities (PLC) where teachers work collaboratively to improve student learning.

In addition to the rigorous academic standards, El Morro also recognizes its responsibility in furthering student learning beyond the core curriculum, including popular programs like Art Masters, choral and instrumental music, and Spanish. El Morro also participates in a wide variety of educational field trips for each grade level ranging from environmental trips to Crystal Cove State Park located right next door to the school trips to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. El Morro promotes fairness, responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, caring, and citizenship through initiatives like Character Counts. 

The El Morro community emphasizes a strong commitment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and is proud to maintain its hometown feel while instilling a sense of global interconnectedness within each and every student. 


8681 North Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 
P:949-376-2227 (attendance)
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