Ensign Intermediate School was built in 1949. It is named after Horace Ensign, the district's first principal-teacher in 1919. Our school mascot is the Seabees. Much like the Navy's Seabees, we, too, are dedicated to constructing the foundation necessary to ensure democracy. The school is located at 2000 Cliff Drive within the city of Newport Beach and serves seventh and eighth graders. Approximately 1,000 students attend our school and are evenly distributed between the two grade levels.
Ensign students come from a variety of public and private elementary schools from both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Newport Elementary on the Balboa Peninsula, Newport Heights Elementary in Newport Heights, and Mariners Elementary in Newport Beach feed Ensign from the city of Newport Beach, while Kaiser, Rea, and Whittier Elementary schools send students from their Costa Mesa locations. Collectively, our feeder schools provide Ensign with a rich and diverse student population. Eventually, our students will make their way to Newport Harbor High School.
Coursework includes the core classes mathematics, history, language arts, science and physical education. Honors courses in language arts and mathematics are available. Both enrichment and intervention programs support the needs of students across the academic spectrum. To enrich our academic programs, we have a number of extracurricular programs including clubs, year-round athletic opportunities, and a wide variety of elective offerings.
Ensign values the use of cutting edge technology to enhance student learning. Classrooms contain Smartboards, document cameras, and short-throw projectors to enhance teaching. In addition, each student is issued a Chromebook for the school year to utilize for all academic needs. The 1:1 ratio of students to Chromebooks allows our teaching staff to incorporate technology learning accelerators into daily instruction.