SMMUSD Makes the Honor Roll with U.S. News and World Report and Niche

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A pair of new rankings by U.S. News and World Report and the website Niche demonstrates that students at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are receiving an A+ education even as the district works to modernize its flagship campus at Santa Monica High School.

U.S. News and World Report ranked SMMUSD ninth in Los Angeles County and 16th in California of 440 school districts included. The ranking is based on analysis of key statistics using data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews from students and parents. Samohi ranked #736 overall competing against private, charter and public schools across the country. The total score for the high school was 95.86 out of a possible 100.

Niche’s ranking of high schools is based on different criteria such as standardized test scoring and college matriculation data. Both SMMUSD high schools ranked high on Niche: Santa Monica High School earned an A+ and Malibu High School an A for their educational outcomes. The ranking formula includes facilities, safety, clubs, sports and other factors in addition to academics.

That being said, both schools also received an A from Niche in academics, which includes proficiency in math and reading, and graduation and college enrollment rates. The lowest score Samohi earned was a B-, an average grade compared to other high schools, for “resources and facilities.” Of course, the district has an expensive master plan to try and fix this shortfall in the short- and long-term.

“We are honored in being acknowledged for the exceptional accomplishments of our students and teachers,” said SMMUSD Superintendent Dr. Antonio Shelton in a prepared statement. 

“Our commitment remains steadfast in providing every student with the education and support necessary for a successful journey into college and career, empowering them to lead purposeful and engaged lives beyond our institution.”

John Adams Middle School, Lincoln Middle School and SMASH middle school, all received an A or A+ grade, while all SMMUSD elementary schools earned an A+, A or A-. Niche also ranked the best places to teach in California and SMMUSD ranked seventh of 689, and ranked best teachers in the state, with SMMUSD placing seventh of 699. 

“Words cannot convey the immense pride I feel for our Santa Monica-Malibu community – our remarkable students, supportive parents, dedicated faculty, and hardworking staff – for this well-deserved recognition,” Dr. Shelton said.

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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