Having a middle school child at Malibu High I often ask myself "Why is this school not better than it is?" MHS has so many things going for it - small in size a fantastically supportive parent body a beautiful location - yet all of these attributes aside the school falls short of achieving its potential. Why? Because of teachers who do not care (one middle school language arts teacher actually told my child and her class that that she "hated" teaching and did it only for the paycheck!). This lack of care is apparent not only is direct statements such as this but also in the "phone it in" lessons and curriculum being taught. Top it off with poor communication (call and emails not returned by teachers rarely by administration) complete abandonment of homework websites (by three out of four of my child's academic teachers) and assignments that are lost by teachers (which students are never given credit for) -- what is left is a school that is aching to achieve its potential but without a tool in its toolbox to do so. The saving grace? A fantastic middle school counselor who both really knows and cares about the students. At least someone does.
Malibu High School is a public high school in Malibu. The principal of Malibu High School is Jerry Block, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 1,243 children attend Malibu High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 3% of the Malibu High School students have "limited English proficiency." 12% of the 1,243 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Malibu High School is 17:1. Kilpatrick, Vernon Camp School is one of the nearest high schools.
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Malibu is an excellent school with dedicated professionals and support staff is excellent except for one person that is infamous but you only have to see this person once in your lifetime there. We find that the teachers absolutely do care about their kids and teaching really beyond the common core and inspiring the kids. Yes some are better than others but that is life. There is a real community of kids who mix from middle to high school and kids from diverse backgrounds more so than we had in our charter school in west la.. Kids seem to thrive here more than any other school we've been to and I dont hear any of the kids in my minivan from sports complaining about high school.
MHS is a small school with a big heart. It has evolved over its brief 20 year history from a far-flung outpost of the SMMUSD into a high-quality public school that functions more like a private school of very involved parents dedicated passionate teachers and creative inspired students. There is guidance and support for all students if you ask for it. MHS has a special talent in performing arts with award-winning performance groups. Note that our community is different than others in LA laid-back outdoorsy affluent (but more diverse than supposed) super-creative positive and giving. This is reflected in the school. Our family is thriving there (an academically-advanced senior and and sophomore who are doing outstanding work in their honors and AP classes). We could use new buildings (designed and paid for but delayed by NIMBY neighbors for now...) and new technology (we are getting some soon and raising the money for the rest).
Malibu High School has been such a blessing to my kids. The teachers and staff are amazing. It's a small school feel that has everything your child could need academically. I hope they get to remodel soon. We love our school.
Small enough for a school so you can get to know and communicate with the administrators in the first few months of starting 6th grade. The only thing needed now are remodeled buildings to make this school a 10!!
Malibu High School provides a top quality educational athletic & extracurricular experience for students willing to put in the effort to access these opportunities. The music & theater arts departments are especially noteworthy with top teachers providing challenging and enriching classes. My 2 children are both thriving at MHS!
We are new to MHS this year but so far even in the face a some turmoil our experience has been quite welcoming. My daughter loves the school and ALL of her teachers. She actually looks forward to going to school. ;o)
MHS is a fantastic public school serving students grades 6-12. The small size makes it much like a private school. There is a huge support by the parents via The Shark Fund to enrich the programs at the school. We have strong academic arts and athletic programs. The school needs a remodel which was paid for with BB money years ago. However neighbors keep stalling the project to prevent development. The kids and teachers deserve 21st Century classrooms. Hopefully the litigants will back off and allow progress.
Love the small atmosphere parent involvement and supportive environment for kids. Having grades 6-12 on one campus has been really wonderful! Lots of variety for kids to get involved in!
I have attended Malibu High School for 4 years. I have had a phenomenal experience at MHS to say the least. You will not find a school that has students like the ones at Malibu. I have never encountered or heard of any cases of bullying at MHS. The students are very kind open warm-hearted and laidback. Many teachers at MHS are retired scientists and authors/textbook writers who truly are passionate about teaching. The school has amazing campus facilities tennis courts an olympic-size pool modern library two state-of-the-art computer labs 8 indoor and outdoor baskteball courts a baseball diamond a softball diamond 3 soccer fields a cross country trail etc. I can guarantee that I have never had a 'boring' day here. Students and teachers are very active and have a great sense of humor. This school is also considerably small compared to other public schools allowing students to get to know everyone in their grade. I can't stress enough how amazing my experience was at this school; not a day goes by where I do not reflect on the great memories I have made at this school. Even though this school is not perfect for everyone I believe most students are happy at this school.
This is in response to the Feb 7 2013 posting. I have had the opposite experience and would like to address your comments. I have a Junior at Malibu High and another child who graduated and is going to a UC. They both started at MHS in 6th grade and have done well. I found the teachers on all levels were and are helpful and immediately responsive when a child needed help support and/or advice. There are excellent teachers in all departments and many opportunities and programs for students who need some additional tutoring or lesson clarification. In addition the counseling and administrative staffs are very responsive with any problems and will provide options and solutions. However parents do need to be involved especially at the middle school level throughout the school year. That's just reality these days in all schools. In last year's US News & World Report the school is ranked 265 of all high schools in the country (out of 22 000) ... they must be doing something right.
Many of the teachers simply show up for a paycheck if a student is having a difficult time with a subject they do one of two things...artificially pass them to keep scores up or ignore them completely. There are too many kids per teacher. The middle school needs to go through a rehiring process badly.
Excellent school truly excellent!!! I am so grateful for this amazing place for both my middle schooler and high schooler. Dr. Kelley and all of the teachers my kids have had to date have been wonderful. The arts programs are outstanding and the sports teams are inviting to all! Academics keep both my honor students adequately challenged and interested. There was a need for a change in the science program to accomodate kids and advanced placement and they did. They listen to the families and address the needs of the kids. I am so excited for all the years yet to come at this phenomenal school!
Malibu high school turly strives to create and implement an outstanding education. I know so because I am a parent of three kids.
I attended Malibu High and was involved in theater production soccer and football. The classes were small and the students were engaged and upbeat. The teachers were friendly and approachable. Our Coaches were great too. The atmosphere seemed much more relaxed than other LA public schools I have attended. This school is a dream relaxed healthy ocean breeze with marine biology on the beach and a soccer/football field that rivals Peperdines campuses view. It's absolutely what you make it. The culture at MHS was very outdoorsy and creative MHS offered student run talent shows art classes music performances a surf club and spoken word poetry. Get involved and be grateful that you are zoned for MHS save your kids private school money for college this school is like a private school! Go Sharks!!
Another school year has just begun and I am again reminded that Malibu HS really is a great school - for so many reasons. This is a pretty small school even though it combines middle and high school students together on the campus. The kids do have separate lunches and passing periods but you do get the sense of community. Great job...
Best staff on earth. They prepare you for success. Great community. Wonderful families students and local supporters.
I adore this school. The teachers and staff are amazing. They are all very supportive and helpful and the campus is absolutely beautiful. The math program at Malibu High is fantastic it's very advanced but they also have classes for kids who don't comprehend math as well too. If you live in the Malibu area and your child is going to be going into middle school don't choose a fancy private school send them to Malibu High.
I am the mom of a 9th grade girl. This school obtained a distinguished school award in 2005 however the school has disappointed us. There is a problem with cyber bullying at this school. Even though this is an ongoing problem the administration has done little to address this problem. Also there are problems with security at the school. The school has just restarted the 'parent eyes' program where parents patrol the school during school hours. Hopefully this will help address the security issues.
This school has a beautiful location one block from the beach. There are ocean views from the ball fields. Our experience with the teachers has been mixed. Some of the teachers are amazing inspiring roll models but most of the teachers at MHS don't rise above good average teachers.The children at the school are primarily from wealthy families. Despite or maybe because the majority of children at MHS are children of privileged there are problems. I encourage all families considering this school to check the articles about MHS in the local newspapers.