Malibu Public Schools

Malibu Public Schools

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 two public elementary schools (Grades K-5):

30215 Morning View Dr

30215 Morning View Dr

6955 Fernhill Dr

3602 Winter Canyon Rd





COVID-19 Update

SMMUSD is returning to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year with health and safety protocols in place. SMMUSD will comply with all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools (Appendix T1).

The California Department of Education (CDE) has authorized school districts to return to full in-person instruction for the upcoming school year, with an alternative option for independent study. Independent study is a voluntary program in which students follow a self-paced curriculum from home with parental support. 

An information session about independent study will be offered on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:00 PM via Zoom ( A recording of the session will be posted on the homepage of all school websites on August 4, 2021. 

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 webpage.

Malibu Pathway

Malibu Pathway was created in May 2018 by the SMMUSD Board of Education to coordinate plans for the future of Malibu schools, including:

  • Merging of Juan Cabrillo and Point Dume Marine Science Elementary Schools in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Establishment of a Malibu Middle School campus, separate from Malibu High School, to be located at the former Juan Cabrillo School site
  • Reconstruction of Malibu High School
  • Formation of a Malibu School Facilities Improvement District (M-SFID) funded through a school bond approved by voters in November 2018
  • Creating a new position of Director of Malibu Pathway to oversee district functions in Malibu. Isaac Burgess was hired in July 2018 for this position.

Community members can provide feedback on plans for Malibu schools through the SMMUSD Let’s Talk web portal.


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.