• SMMUSD welcomes you to the 2020-2021 School Year!

    Dr. Drati, Superintendent We begin the school year with a new format, following the coronavirus pandemic that forced us into distance learning in March, for the safety of our students and staff. This will be the most unusual fall start of school that any of us have ever experienced. We are excited to welcome new and returning students back to our excellent public schools, even though it will look a little different this year.

    Regardless of where your student will be learning, from home, in school, or a combination of both, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is committed to ensuring an outstanding educational experience for all of 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 are working to enhance their expertise in our online platforms in case there is need to continue or incorporate the use of distance learning going forward.

    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 and social justice through our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We continue to be 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. As we transition to our new format, we understand the challenges many families are facing and we are here to support you with not only academic support, but socio-emotional and mental health support, as well. We are focused on the whole student and recognize that students must be healthy inside and out in order to reach their full potential academically.

    Our work with the Santa Monica Education Foundation (Ed Foundation) and a group supporting Malibu schools, is essential in achieving our goals. These partnerships ensure 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-12 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 your school website and click on the organization button.

    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.

    We are working hard to ensure student success during this challenging time. We are looking forward to a great school year!


    Dr. Ben Drati