Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC)

The Program for Effective Access  to College (PEAC) provides a network of support for primarily first generation college-bound students that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. 
Santa Barbara Unified is focused on a vision, mission, and core values to close the achievement gap and do whatever it takes to improve all children’s chance at success in school and life from grade school to college graduation. Through an intentional private-public partnership between the Santa Barbara Unified schools and the philanthropic sector, as well as local colleges, businesses and stakeholders, serving the community-children and their families are being supported.


Golden Bell Award

      Golden Bell Award - Winning Program

    CSBA (California School Board Association) presented SB Unified’s PEAC Program (Program for Effective Access to College) with the Golden Bell Award 2023. 

PEAC was honored for its excellence in helping close the opportunity gap for first-generation college-bound students with the goal of improving student outcomes and reducing achievement gaps. 

Around 230 California school programs applied for selection to this accomplishment. The Golden Bell Award honors the hard work and dedication of governing boards and district staff in creating innovative programs that improve student achievement and well-being in the state’s preK-12 public schools.