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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

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.
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AMS partners with South Bay Families Connected

The American Martyrs School Board is very happy to launch a new resource for our Upper School Families. We have become a partner School of South Bay Families Connected, which is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the social and emotional wellness of the youth in our area. This website is for you the parents! It is a gallery of resources to help you face the challenges of keeping your teenagers healthy and happy! Martyrs Families Connected will give you resources, education and opportunities to connect on issues facing our students. Monthly topics, speakers and discussions will now be available to our Martyrs Community.
AMS partners with South Bay Families Connected Featured Photo

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 has much to celebrate as many of the students had multiple acceptances to the top high schools. The class of 2017 will represent American Martyrs at the following high schools next year: Ambassador (1) Marymount (10) Bishop Montgomery (5) Mira Costa HS (24) Cate School (1) Notre Dame Academy (2) Dunn School (2) Notre Dame High School (1) El Segundo HS (4) St. John Bosco (1) Immaculate Heart (1) Vistamar (5) Loyola HS (14) Westside Neighborhood (1) Marlborough (1) Congratulations to all our ​graduates!

Events Calendar


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Feb 23

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