With its vibrant lifestyle and spectacular oceanfront setting, the city of Santa Monica beckons countless visitors annually with its year-round sunshine, over three miles of beautiful beaches, and numerous recreational opportunities. Bordered by Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood to the northeast, West Los Angeles and Mar Vista to the east, and Venice to the southeast, Santa Monica is home to around 91,000 residents.
Santa Monica takes its name from Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. However, two different versions exist on how the city was named: one was that it was named for the feast day of Saint Monica, while another states that two springs outside the border reminded Father Juan Crespi of the tears of Saint Monica – these springs were actually called the Kuruvungna, and were later named Serra Springs. The Santa Monica History Museum was founded in 1975 by the Santa Monica Centennial Committee to collect and preserve the history, art and culture of the Santa Monica Bay Area and to be the guardian/caretaker of the history.
Many affluent single-family neighborhoods can be found in Santa Monica, with residents that include executives, Hollywood celebrities, athletes, young professionals and students who are all drawn to the city’s high quality of life. Housing options include single-family residences, townhouses, condos and sprawling luxury estates that provide breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding areas. In the 2011 Santa Monica Resident Satisfaction Survey, nearly 94% of those surveyed believe that their city is a “pretty good” or an “excellent” place to live, with 74% also satisfied with the work the city is doing in providing city services.
Santa Monica is served by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, with nine public elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. In addition, there are several private schools as well as a Japanese supplementary school system called Asahi Gakuen. The newest addition to the public school offerings is Edison Language Academy, with a new complex being built as of 2015; the Spanish emersion school has become highly sought after.
Juan Cabrillo Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Grant Elementary School
McKinley Elementary School
John Muir Elementary School
Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School
Will Rogers Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Webster Elementary School
John Adams Middle School
Lincoln Middle School
Santa Monica High School
Malibu High School
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