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

We have an opening for a 3- or 4-year old now!
November 22, 2021

We have an opening for a student at Beach School! If you have or know of a child who is 3- or 4-years old as of September 1st looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at our preschool on the beach please fill out our online enrollment form right away.


2022 Enrollment
November 19, 2021

Are you interested in having your child join Beach School for 2022? Our Annual Open Enrollment will be on Monday, January 3, 2022. Filling out the online form on our Enrollment Page on January 3rd is your way to finding out more about this one-of-a-kind preschool. We look forward to hearing from you!