Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)

Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) serves 333 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 65-69% (which is higher than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 75-79% (which is higher than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the California state level of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Alternative school
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 333 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 53%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 65-69%
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 75-79%
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)'s student population of 333 students has grown by 48% over five school years.
The teacher population of 17 teachers has grown by 70% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Total Students
333 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
17 teachers
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School Rankings

The diversity score of Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) is 0.70, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
(18-19)
65-69%
40%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in California by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
(18-19)
75-79%
51%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of California by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
21:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
9%
12%
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Hispanic
23%
56%
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Black
7%
5%
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White
47%
21%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
14%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.70
This chart display the diversity score of Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) and the public school average diversity score of California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
15%
51%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
1%
7%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What schools are Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) often compared to?
Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)is often viewed alongside schools like Grant Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
65-69% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 40% CA state average), while 75-79% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 51% CA state average).
How many students attend Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)?
333 students attend Santa Monica Alternative (K-8).
What is the racial composition of the student body?
47% of Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) students are White, 23% of students are Hispanic, 14% of students are Two or more races, 9% of students are Asian, and 7% of students are Black.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)?
Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) has a student ration of 20:1, which is lower than the California state average of 21:1.
What grades does Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) offer ?
Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) offers enrollment in grades Kindergarten-8
What school district is Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) part of?
Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) is part of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

School Calendar

View the Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
Spring Break
March 25, 2024 (Monday)
Spring Break
April 01, 2024 (Monday)
Last day of classes
June 12, 2024 (Wednesday)
First Day of Classes
August 22, 2024 (Thursday)

School Reviews

5   9/26/2007
I love this School for my children! We moved out here from an excellent school system in another state and tried one other school before finding SMASH. The LA County, including SMMUSD, isn't anything to brag about. But SMASH has excellent Parent involvement, Teacher involvement, low numbered student body and it's learning environment is so welcoming and distinctively different from most other schools in the area. The kids have so many opportunities from art, music, sports and they just added a Foreign Language to the curriculum. Everything is laid right out for you as a Parent so you don't have to guess and the are informative, kind and it's just great. I love the facility too.
- Posted by Parent - OSiya

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Alternative school
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 333 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 53%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 65-69%
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 75-79%
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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