Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by different neighborhoods of the city of Los Angeles: Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south.
Due in part to a favorable climate, Santa Monica became a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. Popular tourists sites include the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park.
The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome (carousel) is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on the Santa Monica Pier, which was built in 1909. Santa Monica has three main shopping districts, Montana Avenue on the north side of the city, the Downtown District in the city's core, and Main Street on the south end of the city. Each of these districts has its own unique feel and personality. Montana Avenue is a stretch of luxury boutique stores, restaurants, and small offices that generally features more upscale shopping. The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of clothing, restaurants, and other specialty retail. The Downtown District is the home of the Third Street Promenade, a major outdoor pedestrian-only shopping district that stretches for three blocks between Wilshire Blvd. and Broadway (not the same Broadway in downtown and south Los Angeles). Santa Monica hosts the annual Santa Monica Film Festival. Palisades Park stretches out along the crumbling bluffs overlooking the Pacific and is a favorite walking area to view the ocean. The Santa Monica Stairs, a long, steep staircase that leads from north of San Vicente down into Santa Monica Canyon, is a popular spot for all-natural outdoor workouts. Recently, Santa Monica has emerged as the center of the Los Angeles region called Silicon Beach, and serves as the home of hundreds of venture capital funded startup companies.
Santa Monica has received the Bicycle Friendly Community Award (Bronze in 2009, Silver in 2013) by the League of American Bicyclists. Santa Monica is thought to be one of the leaders for bicycle infrastructure and programming in Los Angeles County.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District provides public education at the elementary and secondary levels. In addition to the traditional model of early education school houses, SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House) is "a K-8 public school of choice with team teachers and multi-aged classrooms".
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|RATING*||SCHOOL NAME||GRADES||SCHOOL TYPE|
|5||Franklin Elementary School||Preschool - 5th Grade||Public|
|N/A||Santa Monica-Malibu Preschool||Preschool - Preschool||Public|
|4||Mckinley Elementary School||Preschool - 5th Grade||Public|
|4||Will Rogers Elementary School||Preschool - 5th Grade||Public|
|5||Grant Elementary School||Preschool - 5th Grade||Public|
|5||Canyon Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|5||Roosevelt Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|4||Edison Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|2||John Muir Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|4||Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) School||Kindergarten - 8th Grade||Public|
|5||Lincoln Middle School||6th Grade - 8th Grade||Public|
|4||John Adams Middle School||6th Grade - 8th Grade||Public|
|5||Santa Monica High School||9th Grade - 12th Grade||Public|
|N/A||Olympic High (Continuation) School||9th Grade - 12th Grade||Public|
|N/A||St. Monica Catholic Elementary School||Preschool - 8th Grade||Catholic/Religious|
|N/A||Saint Monica Catholic High School||9th Grade - 12th Grade||Catholic/Religious|
|N/A||St. Anne Elementary School||Preschool - 8th Grade||Catholic/Religious|
|N/A||Carlthorp School||Kindergarten - 6th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Garden Of Angels School||Preschool - 2Nd Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Pacifica Christian High School||9th Grade - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Lighthouse Church, The||Kindergarten - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Ps1 Pluralistic School||Kindergarten - 6th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Lighthouse Christian Academy||9th Grade - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Crossroads School For Arts And Sciences - Middle And Upper||7th Grade - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Crossroads School For Arts & Sciences||Kindergarten - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Santa Monica Montessori||Preschool - 8th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||New Roads School||Kindergarten - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Pacific Point Academy||1St Grade - 7th Grade||Private/Charter|
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