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Schools, Public and Private

Grant Elementary

The Santa Monica school system offers eight elementary schools, two middle schools - including Lincoln Middle School, a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School - and Santa Monica High School.


Shopping and Dining

Montana Avenue

Shopping? Dining? Try the Third Street Promenade, close to the beach and home to one of several farmers' markets. It's a pedestrian mall stretching three city blocks, with a blend of flagship national retailers, including an Apple store, merchandise carts, newsstands, fountains and topiary, street entertainers, sidewalk cafes, full service restaurants, and movie theaters. The three-story Santa Monica Place Mall is anchored by Nordstrom's and Bloomingdale's and features an Arclight Cinema as well as dozens of other shops and restaurants. Eclectic shops, cafes, and restaurants distinguish Montana Avenue, Main Street, and Ocean Park Boulevard.

Third Street Promenade

Montana Avenue