Malibu Public Schools
On March 13, 2020, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced that, following the second day of dismissal on Monday, March 16, which had staff at school and students at home, a full closure of all schools and programs, including child care, infant toddler center, preschool, TK-12, and adult school, will be implemented beginning Tuesday, March 17. The school board will meet on March 16 to consider the length of the closure and other critical decisions. To read the full message from the Superintendent and other SMMUSD news related to Coronavirus, visit www.SMMUSD.org/Page/5437.
Public schools in Malibu are part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). In addition to the high school (Grades 9-12) and middle school (Grades 6-8) , which share a campus, Malibu has three public elementary schools (Grades K-5):
* Malibu Elementary School was formed in July 2019 through the merging of former Juan Cabrillo Elementary and Point Dume Marine Science Schools.
On May 3, 2018, the SMMUSD Board of Education adopted plans for the future of Malibu schools, named Malibu Pathway, including:
- Merging of Juan Cabrillo and Point Dume Marine Science Elementary Schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year
- Establishment of a Malibu Middle School campus, separate from Malibu High School
- Reconstruction of Malibu High School
- Formation of a Malibu School Facilities Improvement District (SFID) to be funded through a school bond that could be placed on the November 2018 ballot
- Hiring of a Director of Malibu Pathway, a newly created position to oversee district functions in Malibu, effective July 1, 2018
These major decisions for Malibu schools are detailed in a June 2, 2018 email from Superintendent Ben Drati to the Malibu community.
The District also created a Malibu Pathway section on its Let’s Talk web portal where community members can provide feedback on plans for the Malibu schools.
Separation from SMMUSD & Formation of Malibu Unified School District
In January 2016, the City of Malibu and SMMUSD approved the formation of the Malibu Unification Negotiations Committee to engage in negotiations in an effort to resolve financial concerns regarding the potential unification of a separate Malibu Unified School District.