66 out of 10GreatSchools

John Muir Elementary School

Santa Monica, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades PK-5
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  • Enrollment: 276


John Muir Elementary School
2526 Sixth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-7721
John Muir Elementary School is located in Santa Monica, CA and serves grades PK-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 6 out of 10
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Student Diversity



Native American
Two or more races

Reviews29 Reviews

After touring two private schools, one charter school, and two public schools, we chose John Muir, our neighborhood school. There are only two classes per grade so the school feels like a village, not a small city. The small size also means that the entire teaching team coordinates closely. We have a very intellectually curious child who loves learning. She is doing great here, and has loved all her teachers so far. Like all the SM schools, the curriculum uses CGI math and Readers and Writers Workshop. Muir students also have P.S. Science, P.S. Arts, and music almost EVERY week, which is awesome. (Recently our daughter brought home art inspired by the sculptor Giacometti.) Homework is not excessive-- it seems to vary by teacher but in 2nd grade it is to do at least 20 minutes of reading every weeknight, and on Fridays turn in a list of the titles of the books you've read. Kindergarten was homework optional in my daughter's class. After school, our daughter takes Musical Theater and Chess, which are two of the CREST classes offered to Muir and SMASH students. We also love how global the school is – in addition to English, Muir has students who speak Swedish, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Amharic, Finnish, and Czech! Last but not least, walking to school (and to play-dates in the neighborhood) is a huge bonus in terms of quality of life for our whole family.
10/10 We feel very lucky to have found this school. Our son loves it!!
Most of the kids do not even live in the area. Lots of kids that were somehow bussed in or have problems and need special help. Why did I spend 2 million on a house to live here and the local school is so mediocre.
My son is in first grade. His kindergarten year was amazing. Such a loving teacher. This year has been awesome. He loves his school. And he's reading!! It happened so fast. I feel so lucky to be in this school district. We've made so many new friends from this school. If you're looking for a school that has staff and teachers who truly care about your child's education and wonderful families who participate in PTA events, then you should consider John Muir. I'm glad that I took the time to understand how scores are factored. If not, my son would have missed out on attending a wonderful school.
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