SANTA MONICA/MALIBU—The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has been ranked favorably in a national poll.
Niche, a national education rating system, ranked the SMMUSD within the top 10 percent of all California school districts. In addition, Santa Monica and Malibu high school’s were ranked as two of the top schools in the state.
The ranking is primarily decided by feedback from students, parents and reporting of overall student achievement. SAT and ACT scores and the enrollment of students who attend high-ranked universities are also contributing factors to the ranking.
Both schools have college and career centers to help prepare students post-graduation. During the school year, various college tours and informational meetings are provided for students. As part of general education, students have a variety of classes, performance programs and various clubs and extracurricular activities. The diversity in courses, resources and extracurricular programs are resulting in a more successful student population.
In a 2012 report, Malibu High School ranked 72 in the state and 359 nationally. Santa Monica High School ranked 102 for the state and 474 nationally. Both schools produce students who are more than 48 percent above the state average for college readiness.