The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is headquartered in Santa Monica and serves the diverse coastal communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. It is located in Los Angeles County and serves 11,000 students in Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade in 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, one middle / high school, one comprehensive high school, a continuation high school and a K - 8th grade alternative school. The district is also home to 11 early childhood education centers and an adult school. The first classroom opened with 52 students in March 1876. SMMUSD’s annual budget for the 2015-2016 school year is $147 million.
SMMUSD is a high-performing district with academic scores consistently ranking in the top tier of districts in Los Angeles and the State of California. Franklin Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Point Dume Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Webster Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School have all been named California Distinguished Schools. Olympic High School has been named a Model Continuation High School in California only one of some 25 schools out of nearly 500 continuation schools in the state.
U.S. News and World Report has named both Santa Monica High School and Malibu High School as Top High Schools in the nation and state, awarding a silver medal to Samohi with the ranking of 788 in the nation and 147 in the state and a gold medal to Malibu High School for rankings of 360 and 68, respectively in 2015.
Extra-curricular programs including visual and performing arts and athletics at the high school level are focal points within each campus. Students begin their visual and performing arts instruction in elementary school and access continues through high school.
Students at attending Santa Monica High School and Malibu High School the two comprehensive have a graduation rate of more than 96%, with the majority of students moving forward with post-secondary options. The district implemented Common Core State Standards in the 14-15 school year with an emphasis on college and career readiness. The district has a robust Regional Occupation Program and Career Technical Education program, along with a growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) pathway to meet the demands of 21st century careers.
SMMUSD is supported by programs funded by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, which has raised $2.6 million in the 2015-2016 school year, by March 2016, with a goal of $3.7 million, for visual and performing arts and enrichment, instructional aides and library support.
Students and families can feel confident knowing that all campuses are safe environments and that safety and security of students and staff is the top priority of SMMUSD.
The communities of Santa Monica and Malibu have approved two bonds in recent years for the modernization, technology and safety updates of schools. Measure BB was approved in 2006 for $268 million and Measure ES in 2012 for $385 million. The district appreciates the support of the communities it serves.
The SMMUSD Mission Statement: “Extraordinary achievement for all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap.”