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Robinson Programs

Ambassador Program Growing Great
Camp VIP I am A Scientist Day
Character Counts I Set The Standard
Community Service Meet the Masters/Family Art Night 
Extended Day Program Performing/Cultural and Visual Arts
GATE PTA Reflections Program
Great Books Robinson Enrichment Program (REP)
Grades of Green Wednesday Garden Club
  Young At Art

Ambassador Program - Our 5th grade students are trained as ambassador models of character for our younger students. Each day at lunch a group of ambassadors help facilitate positive play experiences on our field. These students develop strong leadership abilities, serve as heroes in the hallway, promote anti–bullying and promote the excellent spirit of Robinson.

Camp VIP - A summer of enrichment activities for students grades K-8. A variety of options will be available, including enrichment as well as outdoor activities. Activities will be offered subject to sufficient enrollment. Most activity groups will accommodate 10-25 students, with enrollment continuing as long as space is available.  Visit Camp VIP.

Character Counts - Each year, classrooms and student council representatives focus on pillars of character: respect and responsibility, courtesy and compassion, sportsmanship, scholarliness and citizenship. These are reinforced school–wide through classroom activities, spirit assemblies, physical education, and integrated curricular themes. Students are encouraged to reinforce the importance of developing character muscles while making this world a better place!

Community Service - Students regularly participate in student generated service projects and fundraisers to support helping others in need. These range from collecting gently used reading books to supporting children and families in need.

Extended Day Program (EDP) - Provides before and after school care at Robinson campus.  The Manhattan Beach Extended Day Program provides a learning environment that encourages and challenges children to develop cognitive, social, physical and self-help skills that will form a foundation for learning during the elementary school years and beyond. Visit Extended Day Program.

GATE - In 4th and 5th grades we have GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) certified teaching staff who differentiate instruction to meet the needs of our GATE population. Students are clustered together in classrooms in MBUSD. Outside opportunities are also available including Odyssey of the Mind. Visit GATE.

Great Books - Parent docents and staff have been trained to facilitate reading groups that focus on shared inquiry through literary analysis.

Grades of Green - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Join us in support of environmental awareness by helping your student’s understanding and action toward a cleaner and eco–friendly environmental future. Please participate in Walking School Bus Wednesdays, Trash Free Tuesdays and Going Green efforts such as paperless school communication. Visit Grades of Green.

Growing Great - Trained parent docents provide fun, interactive nutrition lessons to teach children why and how to make healthy food choices. Lessons take place 5 times per year in Grades 3–5. During the monthly tastings, a seasonal, fresh fruit or vegetable donated by a local supplier is sampled in the cafeteria during lunch for Grades 1–5. All Robinson students have the opportunity to grow, harvest, eat and sell their own food from gardens located throughout the campus.  Visit Growing Great.

I am A Scientist Day - We celebrate the curiosity and innovation of young, scientific minds in a day devoted to experimentation and awareness of the importance of science in our world.

I Set the Standard - Students are encouraged to display a sportsmanship attitude during play. They are acknowledged in PE and at spirit assemblies for setting the standard of respect while doing their personal best and encouraging others to do the same.

Meet the Masters/Family Art Night - An interactive and exciting opportunity to learn about a famous artist and create your own masterpiece based on his or her style. Presented by our Meet the Masters expert, all ages are welcome to this hands–on art history lesson.  Visit Meet The Masters.

Performing/Cultural and Visual Arts - Cultural Arts workshops help educate the “whole child”. Layered curriculums create more opportunities for children to make connections, stay engaged, and have fun while learning—an academic subject or perhaps about themselves. It is nothing short of a remarkable effort by artists, our principal, our teachers, our parents and the students themselves that create valuable learning synergies through the arts. Robinson has a performing arts “rite of passage” for each grade integrated into the curriculum or tied to a social development phase:

Grade Workshop
Kindergarten: “The Three Piggy Opera”
1st Grade: Pantomime
2nd Grade: Irish Dance
3rd Grade: Square Dance
4th Grade: Mexican, Spanish & Russian Dance
5th Grade: Urban Contemporary Dance

All workshops culminate with a performance that parents are invited to attend.

PTA Reflections Program - The National PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Students in Pre-K through grade 12 create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. For details go to

Robinson Enrichment Program (REP) - The goal of this program is to provide Robinson students the opportunity to supplement and enrich their current educational experiences in a familiar and safe environment. All classes are held on the Robinson campus before or after school hours and are designed for children in grades K-5. This program is sponsored by MBX.  Visit Robinson Enrichment Program.

Wednesday Garden Club - All students are invited to join us at lunch to help weed, turn soil, plant seeds and harvest when the garden is ready.

Young At Art - Through the YAA program, parent docents provide enriching experiences for all students with hands on art projects based on exemplary artists. YAA projects are scheduled 6 times throughout the year and are taught in a non–judgmental environment with an emphasis on the learning process rather than on the final project.  Visit Young At Art.