The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is headquartered in Santa Monica and serves the coastal communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. It is located in Los Angeles County and serves 11,000 students in preschool 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 2016-17 school year is $150 million.
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 606 in the nation and 105 in the state and a gold medal to Malibu High School for rankings of 279 and 45, respectively in 2017.
Three schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools: Edison Language Academy, Will Rogers Learning Community and Lincoln Middle School. Lincoln Middle School has earned the Gold School designation in 2015 and is one of nine schools recognized as a California Distinguished School. The others are: Franklin, McKinley, Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Webster and Point Dume elementary schools and Malibu and Santa Monica high schools.
The SMMUSD Mission Statement, Extraordinary achievement for all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap, guides the work of the Excellence through Equity plan that includes the following three priorities: All graduates are ready for college and careers; English learners will become proficient in English while engaging in a rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum and all students engage in schools that are safe, well-maintained and family-friendly.
Students attending Santa Monica High School and Malibu High School have a graduation rate of about 95%, with the majority of students moving forward with post-secondary education options.
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.
The district is currently developing a Career Technical Education program, along with a growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) options to meet the demands of 21st century careers.
SMMUSD is proud to be supported by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. The Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists solely to raise funds for programs in SMMUSD. Each year, annual donations and the Ed Foundation’s endowment fund millions of dollars of programs for students, including visual and performing arts, STEM, instructional assistants, student wellness, library support and other enrichment programs.
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. Local voters also passed Measure Y/YY in 2010 and Measure GSH/GS in 2016, along with Measure R parcel tax in 2008. The district appreciates the support of the communities it serves.
Updated: May 2017