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Our story in a few words . . .

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American Martyrs School is one of the jewels in the crown of American Martyrs Parish. It sparkles-with the laughter of children, the joy of learning, the light of loving parents and teachers. When our school began its first fall term on September 15,1947, eight teaching Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet were there to greet the 235 new students. The little brick schoolhouse had been built on sandy "wilderness;" it accommodated just six grades. Over the last half century, American Martyrs School has mushroomed into an expansive academic complex-complete with a state-of-the-art science lab, library, extended care center, media lab, and dedicated rooms of instruction for music, art, and Spanish. Adjoining the elementary school campus is the parish Gymnasium and the AMS pre-school. 
More than 700 children - in grades Pre-K through eight-attend American Martyrs School today. A dedicated staff of 75 lay professionals works in partnership with parents to provide our school children with a faith-based education that focuses on academic excellence and the development of Catholic values. Though we are a parochial school, our young students have strong links to Manhattan Beach and the surrounding communities. The Manhattan Beach Little League works in partnership with American Martyrs on the maintenance and use of the school baseball diamond; the gymnasium hosts many of the local youth basketball games. 
Most importantly, under the guidance and leadership of Principal Dr. Camryn Friel and former Principals Dr. Kevin Baxter and Wendy McLaughlin, our children are actively engaged in public service from the time they enter kindergarten until they leave the eighth grade. Each graduate has left as a young Disciple of Christ-a shining reflection of His loving light.

News & Announcements

School Supplies 2018-2019

Attached are the school supply lists for each grade. Students do not need to buy the brands indicated on the page, just the item type.

AMS Scientists Shine at the L.A. County Science Fair

Over the weekend AMS Jr. Scientists participated in the Los Angeles County Science Fair. There were over 500 entries in the Junior Division and our Jr. Scientists brought home the following: Erin McGinity (8th)-Martian Microgreens Won Honorable Mention in Earth/Space Sciences Clara Mangali (8th)- Ionic Liquids Vs. Enyzmes: Cellouse Saccharificaton for the Production of Ethanol. Won 3rd in Biochemistry Kate Molinari (8th)- How the Conductivity of Water Affects Desalination Won 3rd in Applied Chemistry Emily Champion (7th) - Solutions for Canine Otitis Won 1st in Animal Physiology and is a Sweepstakes finalist (among the top ten in the Junior Division) The winners of the LA County Fair will progress to the California State Science Fair on April 24-25. Congratulations, and thanks for representing AMS so strongly!

The Los Angeles Archdiocesan Jr. High Academic Decathlon

Sunday, March 11th the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Jr. High Academic Decathlon took place at the University of California Long Beach. Congratulations to our team from Martyrs. Team members included: Finn Blood, Christopher Cappetta, Emily Champion, Katie Champion, Colin Jacobs, Clara Mangali, Grace Mangali, Kate Molinari, Ella Murray, Jake Norton, Maddy Pieronek, Rhys Rackett, Will Reel, Trey Rogers, Brady Tepstein, and Carsten Zieger. The team came home with the following results: 10th Place overall out of 105 teams 5th Place in the Super Quiz 1st Place in Math – Trey Rogers, 8th grade 2nd Place in Literature – Clara Mangali, 8th grade 2nd Place in Current Events – Carsten Zieger, 6th grade 3rd Place in Science – Katie Champion, 8th grade Go Mustangs!

The Mission of American Martyrs School

American Martyrs School, a Catholic parish school united with our Catholic community, celebrates the unique gifts of every person and fosters life-long faith, academic excellence, and an inner drive to serve others.

AMS Spirit Wear

The AMPA Board would like to announce that we have partnered with BSN Sports and Spirit Wear will be sold online. You can customize items with a variety of AMS Spirit logos, sports and activities. Our first Spirit Day will be September 15th.
AMS Spirit Wear Featured Photo

Events Calendar


Time: 12:35 PM – 1:35 PM
Dec 14


Time: 12:35 PM – 1:35 PM
Dec 20

Why American Martyrs Catholic School?

  • 97% Identify as Catholic
  • 99% AMC Parishioners
  • 11% Families Receive Tuition Assistance
  • 100% Annual Number of Parent Volunteers
  • 67% Annual Fund Participation
  • 18 Faculty Average Years of Teaching
  • 9 Faculty Average Years at AMS
  • 1:1 Chromebooks
  • launchpad3 Science/STEM Labs