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PPBL Pathway Brochure
PPBL Pathway Brochure
2020-2021 School Year





Personalized Project-Based Learning (PPBL) Pathway




For students who solve through inquiry and learn by doing.

This program is part of a successful network of almost 200 project-based learning schools globally. Students engage in internships and multi-disciplinary projects based on their interests. They graduate with a Samohi diploma and real-world experience prepared to thrive in college and career.

Students will:
  • Get individualized, interest-based learning plans.
  • Learn academic content fully aligned to California state standards, through integrated and rigorous real-world projects.
  • Have ability to revise/improve/learn and receive personal feedback on progress.
  • Have professional industry internships to connect interests to fieldwork, and to build skills and a professional network.  
  • Benefit from small class sizes (have their voices heard and maintain strong relationships with teacher advisors).
  • Include parents and community as valued partners.
  • Experience hands-on making in the Innovation Lab.
  • Enjoy SMMUSD's newly renovated learning facility, the Obama Center, on Ocean Park & Lincoln.
  • Participate with Samohi friends in sports, clubs, social events, art and theater courses, languages and more!
  • Take SMC courses in high school and graduate with a Samohi diploma.
  • Are college and future ready!
SMMUSD Project Based Learning FAQs
SMMUSD Project Based Learning FAQs
PPBL students outperform peers enrolled in traditional programs on both literacy and math state assessments by at least 10%
78% of PPBL students take college courses while in high school and 95-100% of PPBL students are accepted into 2- or 4-year colleges

Apply now for the 2020-2021 school year:

The PPBL pathway began in the fall of 2019 with ninth grade students and will continue to grow to include students in all grades over the next three years. We will accept 100 Freshmen by lottery for the 2020-2021 school year, and are also accepting sophomores based on space availability.

Applicants must be current SMMUSD students or reside within SMMUSD boundaries prior to the April 2020 lottery. We seek to have balanced representation from all SMMUSD middle school programs (LMS, JAMS, SMASH and MMS) and strive to represent our community by ensuring a minimum of 26% socio-economically disadvantaged students, English learners, and students with disabilities. Applications must be submitted by 3pm on March 20th, 2020. Admission and waitlist notifications will be delivered in April.

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Personalized Project-Based Learning Pathway
Santa Monica High School
Location: Michelle and Barack Obama Center for Inquiry and Exploration
721 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
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