"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." Maya Angelou

  • The State Seal of Civic Engagement 

    The State Seal of Civic Engagement acknowledges students who demonstrate excellence in civics education and participation, and an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District promotes high-quality civic learning opportunities that prepare students for real world problem-solving through discussion, deliberation and informed action. Students are not just hearing about political issues, multiple perspectives and civic engagement, they are actively processing that knowledge and taking action in their communities.

    The five criteria are included below. For more information, contact your History-Social Science Teachers, Samohi History Department Chair, Ms. Cox, Malibu History Department Chair, Mr. Panish, or American Cultures & Ethnic Studies (ACES) Coordinator, Ms. Erin Hill.

    State Seal

SCCE Criteria
  • American Cultures & Ethnic Studies (ACES)

    The Board of Education's American Cultures & Ethnic Studies (ACES) graduation requirement begins with the class of 2024. Students may fulfill the ACES graduation requirement by successfully completing classes with the ACES designation.

    The Los Angeles County Office of Education recognizes SMMUSD for their, "seamless integration of ethnic studies into their US History courses." During the 2019-2020 school year, the district's 11th grade history teachers collaborated to create a curriculum guide that fulfilled all of the BOE's ACES graduation requirement. The curriculum guides were approved by the Board in May 2020, received UC "A-G" approval in June 2020, and were launched in August 2020. 




Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Erin Hill

For questions regarding the History-Social Science program in Santa Monica-Malibu, contact the American Cultures & Ethnic Studies (ACES) Coordinator, Erin Hill, at ehill@smmusd.org.