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Newport Elementary School is located directly on the beach in Newport Beach, California. The school is situated on Balboa Peninsula. The students enjoy their playtime on the sand. The playground is located directly on the beach and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. At times, students can spot dolphins playing while they are at play. Catalina Island can be seen from the playground. This is such a unique setting and only one other school in the nation shares this commonality.

Newport Elementary was originally referred to as Newport Beach Grammar School and was founded in 1894 as the first school in the school district. The original location was near the Newport Pier but the population of the school began to grow with no room for expansion. In 1912 the location was moved to the current address, 1327 West Balboa, due to the growth.

On March 10, 1933, a strong earthquake damaged the building and it was soon determined that the damage was extensive enough that the entire facility had to be demolished and rebuilt. The dedication of the new building was December 17, 1935.

The school is referred to locally as Newport El. The school is part of Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The Newport Elementary School Foundation is a parent's organization that raises funds to enhance the educational experiences of all children at Newport El. One such program is "A.C.E." ACE was added as an after class enrichment program to support fine arts and was inspired by Deborah Garett who is the director of the A.C.E. program. It offers art conservatories including dance electives such as Jazz, Tap Dance, Ballet, and Hip-Hop. It also offers music and theatre, visual arts, world language, and even sports such as La Crosse, Tae-Kwon-Do, Cheerleading, Baton and Gymnastics. This after school program is known to inspire true artists, seek new talents, and help students speak and express themselves through art. The A.C.E Program also provides the annual school play and the Newport Elementary Talent Show.

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