Mira Catalina Elementary is located atop the bluffs of the majestic Palos Verdes Peninsula with grand vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and views of Santa Catalina Island. One might imagine our mascot, the whale, navigating the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean visible from our charming school. The whale’s pod approach is symbolic of that formed by teachers, staff, and parents that surround each student here at Mira Catalina. Though somewhat defenseless when swimming alone, whales are strong and powerful when working as a group. Like all whales, they travel the wide oceans of the world bound by few limits. Whales can travel the ocean highways of their choosing and make their home at any corner of the earth. This mobility is exactly the kind of power teachers at Mira Catalina Elementary wish to give their students. Mira Catalina children hail from every part of this nation and many foreign countries. The teachers’ task is to impart essential skills to empower the children and keep all options and pathways open. The objective is to put the world within the children’s reach. Our school opened in 1963 and presently serves nearly 400 students in grades TK-5. Swim on by and find out why Mira Catalina is a “WHALE” of a school.