- Grades Served: K-8
- Address: 4025 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 | Map
- Phone: (805) 683-3127
- Fax: (805) 683-2427
- TDD: (805) 967-4506 x456
- School Mascot: Wolf
- School Colors: Purple, Gray and Gold
- Website: oas.sbunified.org
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, K-8 school from all over the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Enrollment is limited by the total space: ten classrooms and a library-child care room.
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. A committee of parents provides administrative leadership. The program is funded and evaluated by the participating parents of the enrolled children.
Leadership is a shared responsibility at Open Alternative School. The staff works collectively to make day-to-day decisions, with teachers having an equal voice. The Head Teacher provides liaison with the district and handles duties necessary to the successful running of the school.