SBUSD Drops Plan to Create Organic Farm & Learning Center at Hidden Valley Site

A proposal to create a working organic farm and learning center at Santa Barbara Unified School District’s 12-acre Hidden Valley property is not moving forward. School officials had been exploring the concept of a small farm and culinary arts program at the site, located at the southern end of Palermo Drive west of Veronica Springs […]

School Trustees Select Superintendent Search Firm

Santa Barbara School Board Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. as the consulting firm to handle the district’s search for a new superintendent. Cary Matsuoka, who has served as the Santa Barbara schools’ chief for the past four years, will retire in June. The Omaha, Nebraska-based firm has been conducting […]

Franklin Elementary Earns California Distinguished School Award

Franklin Elementary School students and staff are elated with the news that their campus has earned the prestigious California Distinguished School recognition. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond made the announcement on Wednesday that Franklin is one of 323 elementary schools across the state being honored under the 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award Program. […]

Junior High Curriculum Review Nights in January 2020

SAVE THE DATE! Junior High Curriculum Review Nights in January 2020 Families will have the opportunity to review potential junior high curricula and give feedback after a formal presentation. You can attend a presentation at any location, regardless of where your child attends school. You only need to attend once for Science and once for […]

College Coach Guides High School Seniors Toward Academic Success

  What does it take to be successful in college? Show up with a notebook and pen. Learn to say “no.” Use the 5-minute rule to fight procrastination. Write down goals and put them in a place you’ll see them before you fall asleep and first-thing when you wake up. These were just a few […]

High schools offer many opportunities to learn what each campus offers

Our annual High School showcase was a success! Check out video highlights from the event to see how eighth-graders across the district learned more about what experiences and opportunities lie ahead in high school. Missed the showcase??? Santa Barbara Unified School District high schools offer many ways to learn more about each campus. We’d like […]

Congratulations to our 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Congratulations are in order for three Santa Barbara Unified School District high school seniors who have been selected as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. Rhea Kommerell and Marina Suh of Dos Pueblos High School, along with Connor Hess of San Marcos High School, are among a prestigious group of 16,000 students from across the nation recently […]

CrisisGo software helps streamline communications during school emergencies

Getting the right information to the right people at the right time is paramount when it comes to navigating a school crisis. Santa Barbara Unified School District will soon begin training teams of staff and teachers to use CrisisGo, an innovative safety platform that will help make that possible with a few clicks on a […]