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Santa Monica School District Now Accepting Permit Applications  


By Lookout Staff

March 30, 2012 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) has begun accepting applications for non-resident students.

Under a new policy approved by the School Board on March 15, as many as 50 new out-of-city kindergarten students can enroll in the system. For grades nine through 11, no more than 20 students will be allowed, per grade, to attend Santa Monica High School.

There also will be an increase of as many as 10 new permit students in each grade from six to eight.

Eligible for permits are children of full-time employees of the School District, City and Santa Monica College; siblings of students currently on permits, children of district alumni and students in good standing who moved out of the district when the current permit policy took effect in 2011-2012.

According to a map plotted by District consultants, the bulk of students from outside the district come from West Los Angeles, Venice, Hawthorne and other nearby cities.

The board's vote, which came after a month of discussions, ended a moratorium on new inter-district permits and raised the cap of new non-resident students who can attend local schools from 200 to 300.

Increasing the student population could prove a financial boon for the district, which is facing possible budget cuts, District officials said.

The District receives $5,300 per student from the State, which would more than offset the cost of new faculty, officials said.

"The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is one of the premier school districts in Los Angeles County with schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and with more than 90 percent of the District’s high school graduates continuing on to higher education," according to District officials.

"The District’s standardized test scores are among the highest in Los Angeles County and prestigious colleges throughout the nation seek District graduates," officials said.

To learn more about how to apply for a permit, contact the Pupil Services Department at 310.450.8338, ext. 70-208 or go to


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