Skip to content

Welcome

Santa Barbara Charter School is a staff-parent cooperative whose mission is to cultivate learning in the areas of arts, academics, and relationships.We recognize that children learn everywhere and all the time, and believe that learning takes place when students have an opportunity to construct meaning from their own experiences.

Interested in SBCS?

Parents and Students

Join our family

We come together as a community of people who share educational interests and goals. We nurture the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of the child and help students achieve academic goals through multi-sensory experiences.

VISION AND PHILOSOPHY

We come together as a community of people who share educational interests and goals. We nurture the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of the child and help students achieve academic goals through multi-sensory experiences.
Our deepest and most important underlying assumption is that students create their own meanings and understandings through their interactions with materials and other people. They are curious and interested in figuring things out. It is the teacher’s job…

CURRICULUM

Our deepest and most important underlying assumption is that students create their own meanings and understandings through their interactions with materials and other people. They are curious and interested in figuring things out. It is the teacher’s job…
Your participation is crucial Whether participating in school programs, joining our parents association, or financially contributing to the school fund raising programs, there are many reasons for you and your family to support the Santa Barbara Charter School: Your involvement…

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Your participation is crucial Whether participating in school programs, joining our parents association, or financially contributing to the school fund raising programs, there are many reasons for you and your family to support the Santa Barbara Charter School: Your involvement…

Parents love to talk about us

We are truly grateful to the experiences we have had in our short two years

Having our son start Kindergarten at SBCS in the middle of the pandemic brought on a number of new challenges. The support and attention he received was amazing.  […]

Read more...
We are truly grateful to the experiences we have had in our short two years
Emily Schroeder
SBCS Parent

We especially appreciate their holistic and tailored approach to our children and meeting their specific learning needs

Beyond academics, SBCS prioritizes inclusion, social emotional health and development, and conflict resolution.

SBCS is more than just a school, it is a community.   […]

Read more...
We especially appreciate their holistic and tailored approach to our children and meeting their specific learning needs
Christin Hunt
Parent, MSc, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist

My sons have been incredibly fortunate to have this type of instruction that teaches life-long skills, both academic and social

Through many partner and group projects, both of my boys have learned how to express their ideas and emotions clearly, compromise, resolve conflicts peacefully, focus on solutions, and take responsibility for their own part.       […]

Read more...
My sons have been incredibly fortunate to have this type of instruction that teaches life-long skills, both academic and social
Ashley Richter
Parent and SBCS substitute teacher

The teachers are some of the best I have ever encountered and routinely go above and beyond

My children often talk about the strong bonds they have with other students (I believe some will be friends for life!) and their connections with their teachers. The teachers are some of the best I have ever encountered and routinely go above and beyond        […]

Read more...
The teachers are some of the best I have ever encountered and routinely go above and beyond
Gnagy Family
SBCS Family

Santa Barbara Charter School was our family’s second home from 1st through 6th grade

My child was provided a well-rounded, child-focused education and a variety of extracurricular activities that allowed her to develop her strengths as an individual, all the while helping her become a kinder, more compassionate, and empathic person. […]

Read more...
Santa Barbara Charter School was our family’s second home from 1st through 6th grade
Raquel Do Carmo
Former SBCS parent

The teachers, the staff, the kids and the Charter families made us all better people!

Our daughter benefited greatly from smaller class sizes and being with the same teacher through two grade levels.  They were able to understand how she learned, what made her tick and what motivated her by the end of  year one and we saw tremendous growth in year two with the same teacher.      […]

Read more...
The teachers, the staff, the kids and the Charter families made us all better people!
The Groves Family
SBCS Family

Amazingly committed, loving teachers

Amazingly committed, loving teachers. I have been move to tears during classes, observing the respect and attention to each child. This school helps children retain their love of learning and develop into confident individuals.    […]

Read more...
SBCS Parent
SBCS Parent

SBCS provides a quality education following the best research based practices

Santa Barbara Charter School provides a quality education following the best research based practices. Throughout the country schools are beginning to recognize the importance of providing social and emotional instruction and are struggling to implement approaches. SBCS has a long-standing and successful program in this area that could be a model for other schools.

Read more...
Leise Thomason
SBCS Parent

It is clear that students develop a love of learning while going to SBCS

The teachers are fabulous, dedicated to the students, and providing a wonderful and rich environment for the kids to come and learn in, and SBCS parents are very invested in the education of their children. Their participation in the running of the school reflects that commitment. The support they provide to the teachers is second to none, and the overall feeling of community is felt at so many levels.

Read more...
Anne-Odile Thomas
SBCS Parent

The Conversation

Read more about SBCS from our parents

Have Questions?

On the phone, in person or online

Pre-Enrollment

On-line pre-enrollment and policies

WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED

Your contributions go a long way towards closing the gap between institutional funds available and the demands of our crucial goals to deliver on our promise of a better education.

In two short years, the Bright Futures Fund has paid for:

  • New basketball court
  • Art supplies
  • Teacher tutors (GATE and RTI)
  • New grass for our field
  • MacBooks and HD TV’s for ALL classes
  • Orchard and garden upkeep
  • Field trip scholarships
  • Re-paint the art room

Get involved, let us know how you can help!

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM (ASP)

Homework and tutoring assistance, free play time, after school sports programs, and after school enrichment offerings from outside providers. We offer before-school care from 7:15-8:15am Monday through Friday, and will be open for after-school care until 5:30pm each day. Enrollment is available only through this website; for questions or concerns, please email or phone Rebecca: (805) 729-2152, rherrera@sbunified.org.

NEWS

Updated Website launch!


Dear families, 
We are thrilled to share an updated Santa Barbara Charter School website with you! www.sbcharter.org 

Here are a few highlights of the updated site:

* High level of engagement

* Calls to action

* Extensive use ...of videos

* Spanish translations for ALL pages in the site, including forms

* Direct connection to SBCS Instagram and Facebook timelines, which means fresh news all the time

* Streamlined navigation serving new visitors, parents and community equally and eliminating many short pages

* Centralized page for all SBCS contributions (donations, time and resources, affiliate programs)

* Lots of fresh pictures


Please look it over and let us know what you think. Here is a feedback form:
https://forms.gle/Zx67ECHpiUg4uR9W7

Additionally, we used many newer photos from the past few years–some of which teachers took and others were taken by parent Emily Schroeder last fall. We are reaching out to each family to receive permission for your child to be on the website. If you DON’T want your child on the website, please let us know and we will take the photo down.

Thank you for checking out our website!
Laura and Cristina

Out door work party — we are ready for you! Can’t wait to see what it looks like this afternoon! Saturday 9-3 #manyhandsmakelightwork

@sbcsasp will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 15, 16th, and 17th for drop in Care before school starts on August 18. Contact Rebecca to sign up.

First and second graders planting beans, exploring the garden, and engineering in Jump Start Summer School.

5th and 6th graders figuring things out in our Jump Start Summer School STEAM program. Ready for week 2!

Ant observations and all sorts of inquiry going on in our schoolyard ecology summer school program. This group is our rising third and fourth graders. #Hands-onScience

We can’t wait to see you at our work party this Sunday! 9 to 3, see ParentSquare for details. #manyhandsmakelightwork