The only public elementary school located in Seal Beach is McGaugh Elementary. Most students at the school come from the Old Town, Hill, Heron Point and navy base neighborhoods. Several times McGaugh has been named a California Distinguished School. Appropriately, the team mascot is the Seal Beach Sea Lion. Serving students from kindergarten through the fifth grade, McGaugh averages roughly 733 students. According to the reporting period from 2008, the salary average of its teachers is $75,460, which is just about on par with the district average and higher than the state average. Student proficiency in standardized testing is significantly higher at McGaugh than the statewide average. Notable programs at McGaugh include the Pageant of the Arts and Outdoor Science School.