Welcome to Portuguese Bend Nursery School

Portuguese Bend Nursery School is a non-profit preschool geared for kids three to five years of age. With our toes in the sand, and views of the great Pacific in the back yard, PBNS has a rich history with far reaching roots back to 1953, when first established by Elin Vanderlip. Located on the pristine, private, and naturally protected Abalone Cove Beach in Rancho Palos Verdes, is the best kept secret on the peninsula: a world class preschool. We are a parent participation co-operative preschool with a daily student body of thirty children, five working parents, and two teachers. Our student to adult ratio is 4.3 to 1. Our experiences are priceless.   

 

Our Mission

The parent participation nursery school is one in which families work together to provide a meaningful school experience for their children. Portuguese Bend Nursery School is one of these schools; one that is operated by the families it serves. Our school program is guided by a professionally trained Director/Teacher and Teacher whom we employ and have the privilege and responsibility to assist day to day, throughout the year.

Guided by our surroundings and geographical set up at Abalone Cove, the atmosphere is a natural setting for our children to learn, grow, and develop in a multitude of directions. Freedom to choose an activity that interests a child and ability to change activities when they wish is a basic policy of PBNS, although all activities are guided toward desired goals.

 

School News & Updates

2019-20 Enrollment
December 12, 2018

Are you interested in having your child join Beach School in autumn 2018? If so, our Annual Open Enrollment begins Monday, January 7, 2019 at exactly 9:00 a.m. PST. Filling out the online form on our Enrollment Page is your way to get on the list for the Annual Open House on February 7, 2019. We look forward to […]

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Beach School celebrates another anniversary
December 11, 2018

Portuguese Bend Nursery School opened its doors to families in 1953. Thanks to Elin Vanderlip for the gift of this wonderful place and for knowing that children need simplicity, sun, and sea breezes to thrive. PBNS is a treasure,  experienced by a lucky few. It holds the hearts and memories of many children and parents […]

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