Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Malibu to the north, Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the east, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast. Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives and is a mixture of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students. The Census Bureau 2010 population for Santa Monica is 89,736.
Elementary and secondary schools
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District provides public education at the elementary and secondary levels. In addition to the traditional model of early education school houses, SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House) is “a K-8 public school of choice with team teachers and multi-aged classrooms”.
The district maintains eight public elementary schools in Santa Monica:
- Edison Language Academy
- Franklin Elementary School
- Grant Elementary School
- John Muir Elementary School
- McKinley Elementary School
- Roosevelt Elementary School
- Will Rogers Learning Community
The district maintains two public middle schools in Santa Monica: John Adams Middle School and Lincoln Middle School.
The district maintains two high schools in Santa Monica: Olympic High School and Santa Monica High School.
Private schools in the city include:
- Carlthorp School
- Santa Monica Montessori School
- Crossroads School
- Saint Monica Catholic Elementary School
- Concord High School
- Pacifica Christian High School
- St. Anne Catholic School
- Saint Monica Catholic High School
- New Roads School
The city of Santa Monica rests on a mostly flat slope that angles down towards Ocean Avenue and towards the south. High bluffs separate the north side of the city from the beaches.
Santa Monica is home to the headquarters of many notable businesses, including Universal Music Group, Lionsgate Films, the RAND Corporation, Beachbody, Macerich, Supermarine, now Atlantic Aviation,is at the Santa Monica Airport. National Public Radio member station KCRW is located at the Santa Monica College campus.
A number of game development studios are based in Santa Monica, making it a major location for the industry. These include:
- Activision Blizzard
- Naughty Dog (Creators of Crash Bandicoot (1996–1999), Jak & Daxter and Uncharted franchises)
- SCE Studios Santa Monica
- Studio Santa Monica (An in-house studio of SCE and creators of God of War)
- Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends.
Fatburger’s headquarters are in Santa Monica. TOMS Shoes has its headquarters in Santa Monica. Former Santa Monica businesses include Douglas Aircraft (now merged with Boeing), MySpace (now headquartered in Beverly Hills),and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In December 1996, GeoCities was headquartered on the third floor of 1918 Main Street in Santa Monica.