McGaugh Elementary earns Purple Star schools distinction from California Depart. of Ed

McGaugh students celebrate Week of the Military Child with members of the military.

McGaugh Elementary, located in Seal Beach, has been awarded the prestigious Purple Star Schools distinction by the California Department of Education.

The Purple Star Program recognizes schools that demonstrate a strong commitment to serving and supporting military-connected students and their families.

As the sole recipient of this honor in Orange County, McGaugh sets a standard of excellence for schools nationwide in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, especially those from military families.

The Los Alamitos Unified School District takes great pride in serving nearly 500 military students throughout the district. McGaugh Elementary, home of the Sea Lions, proudly serves the largest number of military families within the District with approximately 13 percent of its population being military-connected students.

Recognizing the significance of providing comprehensive support to military families, the District has partnered with the Department of Defense to provide Military Family Life Counselors not only at McGaugh Elementary but also at Oak and McAuliffe middle schools and Los Alamitos High School. These counselors play a crucial role in providing essential counseling and support services to military families, ensuring their seamless transition and success within our school community.

Located just steps away from the Liberty Military housing complex and half a mile from the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, McGaugh Elementary serves as a vital support for military families, providing essential counseling and support services through a dedicated Military Family Life Counselor and numerous events and initiatives that support the unique needs of our military students and families.

“Receiving the Purple Star designation is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our staff and community to support our military families,” said McGaugh Elementary School Principal Ms. Wendy Wood. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts and will continue to strive for excellence in serving all our students.”

This story was released by Los Al Unified School District.