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 […]

First cohort of PEAC Community Fellows for Education enter UCSB Teacher Education Program

Four Santa Barbara Unified School district alumni – all recent local college graduates – are inaugurating an innovative new program that funds teacher training at UCSB for positions in Santa Barbara-area classrooms. Alejandrina and Maria Lorenzano, Evely Jimenez, and Monica Rojas are the first to receive a PEAC Community Fellowship for Education, which will provide […]

Creating Safe Schools, Safe Communities

As we prepare to start the 2019-20 school year, we’d like to reiterate to our families that our schools are safe and welcoming places for all students. Recent acts of violence across the country can be difficult for young people to process, and in some cases, create anxiety and concern. Our heart goes out to […]


  Gearing up for the new school year, Santa Barbara and Goleta educators received an inspirational presentation from UCLA Professor of Education Dr. Pedro Noguera, a critically acclaimed scholar and speaker on race, equity and education. Noguera, known for blending humor and warmth with no-holds-barred candor, challenged local educators to question the status quo, reflect […]

Santa Barbara High School Peabody Stadium Renovation Project Update

As the visionary undertaking of a $39 million renovation of Santa Barbara High School’s Peabody stadium heads toward completion, Dons across the community look forward to 21st century athletic facilities that will finally match the beauty of their historic, 1924 campus. While progress continues at the site, officials are now predicting that construction will not […]

Cailean Kilroy Villaseñor Named Assistant Principal of Santa Barbara High

The Santa Barbara Unified School District is pleased to announce the selection of Cailean Kilroy Villaseñor as the new Assistant Principal at Santa Barbara High School. Many Dons may recognize a familiar face in Villaseñor, who has taught physical and life sciences at Santa Barbara Junior High since 2012, while also serving as the district’s […]

Camie Barnwell Named Public Information Officer

The Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education has appointed a new Public Information Officer, longtime local education writer and award-winning journalist Camie Barnwell. Barnwell—who begins her duties on June 24, 2019—brings to the role expertise in public and media relations, communications, writing and editing, and a deep understanding of Santa Barbara’s dynamic education […]

New Graduation Requirement for the Class of 2024: 5 Units of Ethnic Studies

What is Ethnic Studies? Why is it now a graduation requirement? Ethnic Studies is a field of study in which students learn about the political, social, economic, and cultural experience of marginalized groups within and beyond the United States. The dynamics associated with race and racism, as well as with other aspects of identity such […]