• SMMUSD Welcomes you to the 2019-20 School Year!

    We begin the year excited to welcome new and returning students back to our excellent public schools. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is committed to ensuring an outstanding educational experience for all our students. We do so with the support of parents and communities that care deeply about the success of our students and our schools. Our hardworking educators bring their knowledge and expertise to classrooms each and every day, committed to ensuring meaningful learning and opportunities for all.

    Our mission statement is: Extraordinary achievement for all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap. As a district, we remain committed to this mission and, in support, have affirmed our commitment to Excellence through Equity through our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We have moved forward from insight to action, focused on three LCAP goals: All graduates are ready for college and careers; English Learners will become proficient in English while engaging in a rigorous, standards-aligned core curriculum and all students engage in schools that are safe, well-maintained and family friendly. Embedded in our goals are the priorities of: 1) teaching cross-cultural and socio-emotional skills as a cornerstone of our students’ educational experience; 2) working collectively and collaboratively as a staff to establish a system of practice that will ensure the success of our students; and 3) consistently reflecting on and learning from our experiences as educators and diverse people so that we are serving all students who enter our schools with what they need to be successful.

    Our work with the Santa Monica Education Foundation (Ed Foundation) and soon to be named organization supporting Malibu schools, is essential in achieving our goals. This partnership ensures that we have visual and performing arts programs in every elementary school (TK-5th grade); instructional assistants in all elementary schools to support student learning; and discretionary grants in all schools (TK-12th grade) to allow schools to bolster their programs based on their own community needs and interests. We are so grateful for the local support from parents, staff, community members and businesses that makes our district even better. For more information or to donate, please visit the Santa Monica Ed Foundation website.

    We believe in the promise of public education and are fortunate to have community members who share our belief and who invest time, resources, advocacy and passion in support of our school district. Our purpose is to ensure that each student is afforded the opportunity to excel and be inspired about his or her own potential future. We are committed to providing each student with the knowledge, skills and abilities that form the foundation of a life filled with learning and success.

    Please visit the district website and school websites for important information throughout the year. Please “like” us on Facebook, including our Visual and Performing Arts Facebook page, Malibu Schools Pathway page, and Special Education page, “follow us” on Twitter @smmusd and @MalibuPathway, and download our mobile app from your app store listed as Santa Monica-Malibu USD. Share comments, compliments and concerns through Let’s Talk, located on our website home page and through our app.

    We are looking forward to a great school year!


    Ben Drati
    Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent