Excellent Schools Through Local Control

Everyone from AMPS wishes you and your family and friends a safe and festive Thanksgiving! 

We are extremely thankful for your continuing support!

 The Results Are In! 

As of last week, the results from the second WestEd Study are out.

In Fall of 2012, Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) requested WestEd to complete a feasibility review for a proposal to create two separate districts from the current SMMUSD district.  The review and study evaluated the proposed reorganization based on the fiscal and programmatic standards outlined in the California Education Code.

The study did raise several considerations for AMPS, the current SMMUSD district and the additional community stakeholders.  Further research was conducted by WestEd to address these new considerations and areas of interest:

1. Bonded Indebtedness
2. Parcel Tax
3. Employment Rights & Collective Bargaining
4. Other Implementation Guidance

Based on the second WestEd Study the analysis completed to address the above areas of interest and established a viable pathway to engage in all considerations and interests.  

To read the in-depth study and explanation of finding please click here.

 A Special & Big Thank You! 

We want to thank and acknowledge several people, who have hosted events, assisted, and contributed their time and effort in many ways to further the AMPS mission.
Lyndie Benson

Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber

Jillian & Patrick Dempsey

Rory Kennedy & Mark Bailey

Paige & Jakob Dylan

Melissa & Domenic Mastrippolito 

Kelly & Ron Meyer

Shamra & Brian Strange

Antonio & Sarah Alessi

Jim Palmer

Zan Mehta McDougall

Mere words cannot express our gratitude for all that you have done to support AMPS.  We are so very fortunate to have you all working along side us, and supporting our efforts towards a locally-controlled, Malibu Unified School District.

Thank you so very much! We appreciate all that you have done and are beyond grateful!

 Featured Video 

Teaching the World Peace Game
April 2011, by John Hunter, Ted Talks

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.

Teacher and musician John Hunter is the inventor of the World Peace Game (and the star of the new doc "World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements").

Watch video: here

 Local Education News 

SMMUSD Schools Nominated for Distinguished School Honor
November 18, 2013, By Rebecca Whitnall, Malibu Patch

Read more: here

School Board Holds Special Meeting to Discuss New Education Funding Formula
November 18, 2013, By Alexander Nguyen, Santa Monica Patch

Read more: here

Malibu Children Give "A Million Thanks"
November 22, 2013 by Ashleigh Fryer, Malibu Surfside News
Read more: here

 School for Thought 

The Four Ways to Really Fix Education (that no one wants to hear)
November 18, 2013, by Peter Marber, Quartz

Read more: here

Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say
November 25, 2013, by Sarah D. Sparks, Ed Week

Read more: here

Rethinking Teacher Roles In a New Networked World
November 16, 2013, By Liana Heitin, Ed Week

Read more: here

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AMPS Malibu

No School: Thanksgiving Break

Thursday Nov. 27- Friday Nov. 28

AMPS Coffee & Information Sessions 

If you would like to attend or volunteer to host one, please call Alexia at (310) 734-2021 or visit our website at www.ampsmalibu.org.

Contact Us:


23805 Stuart Ranch Rd. Suite #105
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 734-2021

[email protected]