Santa Monica Alternative (k-8)

  • Santa Monica Alternative (k-8) serves 224 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 60-64% (which is higher than the California state average of 39%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 70-74% (which is higher than the California state average of 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Santa Monica Alternative (k-8) placed in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the California state level of 23:1.

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • Santa Monica Alternative (k-8)'s student population of 224 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 10 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School TypeAlternative school
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Total Students224 students
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Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Santa Monica Alternative (k-8) is ranked within the top 20% of all 9,602 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Santa Monica Alternative (k-8) is 0.62, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank#1163 out of 9602 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)60-64%
39%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)70-74%
50%
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:123:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
2%
11%
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Hispanic
18%
54%
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Black
3%
6%
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White
59%
24%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
18%
4%
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Diversity Score0.620.64
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Eligible for Free Lunch
8%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (15-16)
1%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSanta Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

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