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Andersen Elementary School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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    School Closure | Distance Learning: Updated 5/28/2020

    NMUSD schools are currently closed.

    Our district will continue with Distance Learning through the 2019/2020 school year and schools will not physically re-open until further notice.

    Learn More -  School Closure - Distance Learning Webpage (updated 5/28/2020)



    Welcome Incoming Andersen TK-K Students

    Dear Incoming T-K and Kindergarten Families,

    Welcome to Andersen!  Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time of school closure. Currently, Pre-Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is on hold as the Karen Kendall Welcome Center is closed. We are in hopes to begin the process in the near future. Please continue to check the NMUSD website for updates.

    In the meantime, we have created this document with information about Andersen’s T-K and Kindergarten programs. Additionally, at the end of the information slides, there is a very important link to a parent questionnaire we would like completed for each incoming T-K or K student. Thank you so much and we look forward to a great 2020-2021 school year.

    Most Kindly,

    Dr. Bray

    Newport-Mesa Unified School District Announced Classified School Employees of the Year

    Congratulations to Mrs. Kitto - NMUSD's Employee of the Year in the category of 
Office and Technical
    Congratulations to Mrs. Kitto - NMUSD's Employee of the Year in the category of Office and Technical

    Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces 2019 Classified School Employees of the Year, Mr. Frank Gamboa for the category of Support Services and Security and Cathy Kitto, for the category of Office and Technical. Cathy Kitto also was selected as the Orange County Classified School Employee of the Year and was submitted for consideration in the California School Employee of the Year Award Program.  

    The Classified School Employee of the Year award program recognizes employees that go above and beyond the expectations of their job duties to provide exemplary service to students, families, and colleagues. 

    Cathy Kitto

    Selected as employee of the year in the category of Office and Technical, Cathy Kitto has been with our district for nearly 30 years. As the school administrative assistant for Andersen Elementary, Kitto also was selected as the Orange County Classified Employee of the Year for her category. Her nomination was submitted for consideration at the state level. Kitto takes great pride as the school’s first impression, she is a happy and positive representative of the school when assisting students, parents, colleagues and the general public. 

    Kitto is remarkable at connecting with kids and prioritizes becoming a part of each student’s story. 

    In addition to her focus on the students and families, Cathy also does a wonderful job of supporting the school principal. She knows the Andersen school community well and is able to connect with them to provide helpful resources and guidance, without the principal having to get involved.

    Another example of Kitto’s commitment to the school community is that she attends nearly all school events and volunteers at both Andersen Elementary and the feeder middle and high schools for PTA fundraisers and foundation events. Hand in hand with her exceptional work ethic and dedication to the school community is her initiative to tackle leadership roles, without being asked.

    “Cathy is the perfect example of the type of people we have in our schools, who are truly dedicated to creating a safe, efficient, positive school culture for everyone,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.


    Both Frank Gamboa and Cathy Kitto will be recognized at a future NMUSD Board of Education Meeting.

    Click here for a printable version of the calendar. 

    Andersen's Calendar of Events


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    About Our School

    About Us

    Andersen School is located at 1900 Port Seabourne Way within the city of Newport Beach. The school serves approximately 360 students in grades kindergarten through sixth. Our community consists of single-family homes. The school opened in 1973 and is named after a former school superintendent, Roy O. Andersen.

    Andersen Elementary was designated a California Distinguished School for the years 1987, 2002, 2008 and 2014. The success of our students is due to the strong partnership that exists in our community. The school staff works closely with parents to promote learning, personal growth, and high self-esteem. The high quality of our staff and active participation of our parent community make for a very successful partnership.

    Our mission at Andersen Elementary School is to develop character and to create a positive school environment where learning is a shared responsibility of staff, parents, and community in order to ensure that every student experiences personal success academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.