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K-6 Public Schools


Adams Elementary School

Adams Elementary School enjoys a modern campus on a ten-acre site, situated in Santa Barbara’s northside. It is located between the community golf course and the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Adams School opened in 1954.

Teachers and staff provide a challenging academic program for all students, with additional support in English language development, speech, vocal and instrumental music, art, library, computer literacy, Gifted and Talented Education, and special education.


Cleveland Elementary School

Cleveland Elementary School is situated on 8.5 acres on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel. Built in 1959, the school has provided quality educational services to a diverse student population.

In July of 1998, the Cleveland School community culminated a two-year study for continuous learning systems for elementary age students, with the adoption of a year round school calendar. Students attend three sixty-day trimesters of instruction, while their three months of vacation are evenly distributed throughout the school year. Each vacation period is one month long.


McKinley Elementary School

McKinley Elementary School, spectacularly situated overlooking the Santa Barbara coast, was refurbished and reopened in September 1986. The school, built in 1932, was the focal point for the Santa Barbara mesa for many years and now serves the lower westside of the city.

We envision all students as thriving citizens, successfully integrated into their communities and possessing skills needed to access unlimited opportunities in the 21st Century.

We believe all children can learn at high levels; therefore; we will give them the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. We will clearly state expectations, will be open to share ideas, will provide a consistent curriculum, and will promote cultural awareness. Positive reinforcement will enhance school pride, spirit, and self-concept. We will work with the community to be a neighborhood focal point. We will have a stimulating learning environment for children, staff, and parents.


Monroe Elementary School

Monroe Elementary School – a modern, well-equipped campus – is located on the Santa Barbara mesa. The school was constructed in 1958 on a 9.85-acre site at Flora Vista Drive and Cliff Drive.

Monroe’s staff is committed to a learning environment that promotes individual self-worth and academic excellence through an “inclusion” model: all students are served for general education in heterogeneous classrooms. Students are grouped (and re-grouped) for daily instruction in math (45 minutes, grades 2-5) and language arts (45 minutes, grades 3-5) based on performance on specific objectives. Students in K-1 receive individualized small-group instruction in self-contained classrooms with teaming of regular and special education teachers.


Roosevelt Elementary School

Roosevelt Elementary School is a diverse and integrated school community. Located in the upper east side of Santa Barbara, the school site is slightly under four acres. The classrooms are housed in a new, two-story building which was completed in the 1999-2000 school year. The new building has a state-of-the-art networked 32-station computer lab and an art/science room.

Roosevelt’s academic program includes: comprehensive reading program for students at all levels; Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) for identified students in grades 3-6 in core language arts and mathematics, as well as enrichment via a school news program; Learning Center which provides academic support to students with exceptional needs; Discipline Based Art Education emphasizes art history and criticism as well as studio art; 6th-grade trip to Outdoor School; participation in Los Marineros, a marine biology program developed by the Museum of Natural History; afterschool programs; instructional music program; and PTA-sponsored cultural and arts assemblies and field trips.


Peabody Charter School

Peabody Charter School was constructed in 1928. It is situated on the north side of the City of Santa Barbara. From the original six-classroom building, Peabody has expanded to its 33 classroom campus for K-6 students.

In 1993, the staff, parents, and students reached a consensus that becoming a charter school would allow the ability, flexibility, and latitude to provide innovative curriculum, development, and instruction. Working together with the Board of Education of the Santa Barbara Elementary School District, a contract was negotiated to create a charter school as permitted under Senate Bill 1448 of the State of California. As a charter school focused on meeting students’ needs, the school functions with the freedom to create its own academic programs, teaching methods, measures of success, community and family involvement guidelines and fiscal responsibilities.


Washington Elementary School

Washington Elementary School was established in 1953 in 8.2 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

A program of academic and personal goals focuses student attention on behaviors important for developing well-rounded citizens of tomorrow. Each month there is an academic and a personal goal. One month may highlight perseverance (personal) and reading (academic). Students all have the same definition for perseverance and discuss it in class during the month. At the end of the month, specific students are acknowledged in a school assembly for excellence in the academic and the personal areas.


Adelante Charter School

Adelante Charter School was founded in 2010 and features a two-way immersion program. The school embraces the languages and cultures of its students and uses these linguistic assets and cultural affirmations as foundations for building long-term academic success.

Adelante is a Spanish-English two-way immersion (TWI) elementary school which offers the opportunity for children of all backgrounds to become bilingual, biliterate, and multi-cultural. Two languages and rich cultural experiences are woven into each child’s day through outstanding academics. Students are taught in a supportive environment to excel as creative, empowered thinkers and problem-solvers. We invite you to visit our school, where you will find students actively engaged in becoming self-directed, lifelong learners in two languages.


Franlkin Elementary School

Franklin Elementary School is one of the oldest and largest elementary schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Franklin’s goal is to prepare students for a successful and rewarding future by developing both their academic and nonacademic skills. Instruction is provided in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, music, technology, and physical education. In addition, there are visitors (parents and other community members), assemblies, field trips and other enrichment activities that enhance and enrich the classroom instruction.

Franklin is a neighborhood school and continues to add programs in order to become the community center as well as a school.


Harding University Partnership School

Harding University Partnership School is a neighborhood school nestled in the foothills of the Mesa serving over 400 pre-school through sixth-grade students. As one of the oldest schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Harding has veteran staff dedicated to the community, academic excellence and building school pride.  Harding’s well-established relationship with UCSB’s Gervitz School of Education provides multiple opportunities for enrichment, intervention and collaboration in engaging and exciting projects.


Open Alternative School

The Open Alternative School, which began in 1975, is located at the back of La Colina Junior High School. Students come to this parent cooperative, open education, Transitional Kindergarten-6 school from all over the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Enrollment is limited by the total space of ten classrooms.

The Open Alternative Child Care program was established in the fall of 1988, creating a continuity of place on-site that provides for the young children of the school.


Santa Barbara Community Academy

The Santa Barbara Community Academy opened July 19, 1999. As an official Core Knowledge visitation school, in addition to covering required California Standards-based curricula, the Academy provides a rich content sequence in all subject areas, including the arts, from kindergarten through sixth grade. A year round calendar, uniforms, full-day kindergarten and an emphasis on parental involvement are considered essential to optimum success for all students.


Santa Barbara Charter School

Santa Barbara Charter School opened September 15, 1993, on the campus of Goleta Valley Junior High School. The school was founded as a result of the commitment of a group of parents and educators who wished to affirm their support for public education by creating an alternative for families who want to be involved in a nontraditional school. Enrollment is not limited to Santa Barbara Unified School District boundaries.

The Santa Barbara Charter School is a parent/staff cooperative with a child-centered approach to education. The school’s curriculum is based on the California State Frameworks and the Santa Barbara School’s Student Goals and Learner Objectives. Elements of Waldorf, Montessori, and Humanistic models of education are incorporated. The theory of multiple intelligences is embraced as a foundation for both curriculum and methodology. Academics are taught through the arts, using drama, stories, music, art, and storytelling.

Public Middle Schools


Goleta Valley Junior High

Goleta Valley Junior High opened its doors in 1964, making it the first secondary school in the burgeoning Goleta Valley. It was constructed on a 23.02-acre site.

Guided by a vision and mission statement and a list of student expectations, Goleta Valley Junior High students and staff share a commitment to the highest standards for academic excellence. The school’s participation in the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for School Innovation actively involves students with science. Intellectually challenging opportunities are available for qualified students in English, science, social studies and mathematics. Supervised study time is available in the Homework Center after school, at Noon Tutorial sessions, and in two community locations after school hours.


La Colina Junior High School

La Colina Junior High School was constructed on a 29-acre site and opened in September 1959. Originally operated as a three-year school, La Colina became a two-year junior high in 1981. La Colina is set back from Foothill Road, near the San Marcos Pass highway, with views of the mountains and the ocean.

About 20% of La Colina students are enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Advanced classes are available for qualified students in all academic areas: science, math, English, and social studies. Other program highlights include a state-of-the-art industrial technology classroom; an English Language Learner program; courses in Spanish, French, and Latin; comprehensive performing arts and music programs. All programs, including the Gifted and Talented Education program and special education, are continually evaluated to assure they are meeting student needs.


La Cumbre Junior High School

La Cumbre Junior High School is a standards-driven and standards-based school with high expectations for all students and a comprehensive support program. The learning environment encourages self-disciplined, self-directed, and responsible academic and social behavior.

To meet the specialized needs of the school’s most gifted students, La Cumbre offers an interdisciplinary honors program in language arts and social studies and a Gifted and Talented Education program in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies at all grade levels. The school offers a comprehensive program for English language learners, including sheltered instruction. Special needs students receive resource and special day class instruction. La Cumbre offers adaptive physical education and services for sight and hearing impaired students.


Santa Barbara Junior High School

Santa Barbara Junior High School has a long and proud history. Many local citizens are graduates and have memories of their middle years spent at this handsome, historical landmark. Built in 1932 on a 16.44-acre site, the school is situated in the heart of the eastside community of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Junior High is the home of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, a cultural and community performing arts center that caters to community youth performing arts organizations. The library media center is at the heart of the school with extensive up-to date book, reference, audio visual and computer resources to support all levels of the curriculum.

In addition to a rigorous academic program for all students, Santa Barbara Junior High is recognized for unique curriculum-based experiences. Seventh grade history study culminates with a Renaissance Faire in May, highlighting specific segments of the period including costuming, food, medicine, social justice, cultural practices, literature, music and academics. 8th grade history students participate in Civil War Day which is an enrichment activity structured around the 8th grade social studies standards. Our science department hosts Science Nights in English and Spanish, Astronomy Night, and collaborates with USCB science graduate students to display how science and physics are prominent in every day activities.

Public HIgh Schools

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Alta Vista Alternative High School

Alta Vista Alternative High School, an alternative school of choice, serves the following student populations:

– Traditional independent study students (working, professional athletes or musicians, or unique circumstances necessitating independent study).

– Middle College students.

– Parenting minors (credit current or credit deficient)—students who do not have daily child care available.

– Home school students.

– Students choosing independent study as an instructional strategy best meeting their individual needs.

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Dos Pueblos High School

Dos Pueblos High School was constructed in 1966 on a 40-acre site. The school serves the needs of students throughout southern Santa Barbara County.

A comprehensive package of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment (in partnership with Santa Barbara City College), English learner, Regional Occupational Program, Honors, and special education courses serve the needs of a diverse student body.


La Cuesta Continuation High School

La Cuesta Continuation High School is a comprehensive alternative education program offering a variety of instructional options to meet the educational needs of students. Classes are kept small to allow interaction and an exchange of ideas between students and teachers and between students themselves. As well as cooperative and collaborative classroom activities, each student’s individual educational needs are recognized and incorporated into the structured school day.

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San Marcos High School

Established in 1958 on a 44.40-acre site, San Marcos High School is centered between Santa Barbara and Goleta.

The school’s varied curriculum offers over 200 academic and elective courses. Approximately 80% of San Marcos students go on to higher education, with 35% going directly to four-year colleges and universities and 45% attending two-year community colleges.

San Marcos moved from a traditional six-period day to a block schedule where students take three 90-minute classes a day with the option of a fourth class. Students may thus complete 16 classes a year instead of the traditional 12.


Dos Pueblos High School

Santa Barbara High School (SBHS), founded in 1875, is the third oldest high school in California. Until the establishment of San Marcos High School in 1958 and Dos Pueblos High School in 1966, Santa Barbara High School was the sole public high school to serve the Santa Barbara-Goleta community. Occupying a 40-acre campus, the current Spanish-style school was built in 1924. With a rich local history, Santa Barbara High School is known throughout the community as the “Home of the Dons.”

In addition to a wide range of traditional course offerings, SBHS is home to three academies, which operate much like a “school within a school”: The Multimedia Arts and Design Academy (MAD), the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA), and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Academy (STEM).

Public Colleges

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