Santa Barbara Junior High School

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Santa Barbara Junior High School building

General Information

  • Grades Served: 7-8
  • Address: 721 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 | Map
  • Phone: (805) 963-7751
  • Fax: (805) 962-7196
  • TDD: (805) 963-7751 x473
  • Principal: Mr. Lito Garcia
  • E-mail: lgarcia@sbunified.org
  • School Mascot: Condors
  • School Colors: Blue and White
  • Website: sbjh.sbunified.org

School Highlights

Santa Barbara Junior High School has a long and proud history. Many local citizens are graduates and have memories of their middle years spent at this handsome, historical landmark. Built in 1932 on a 16.44-acre site, the school is situated in the heart of the eastside community of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Junior High is the home of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, a cultural and community performing arts center that caters to community youth performing arts organizations. The library media center is at the heart of the school with extensive up-to date book, reference, audio visual and computer resources to support all levels of the curriculum.

In addition to a rigorous academic program for all students, Santa Barbara Junior High is recognized for unique curriculum-based experiences. Seventh grade history study culminates with a Renaissance Faire in May, highlighting specific segments of the period including costuming, food, medicine, social justice, cultural practices, literature, music and academics. 8th grade history students participate in Civil War Day which is an enrichment activity structured around the 8th grade social studies standards. Our science department hosts Science Nights in English and Spanish, Astronomy Night, and collaborates with USCB science graduate students to display how science and physics are prominent in every day activities. The band participates in the State Street and Milpas Street parades, and the drama department performs at least twice a year in the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The English department offers a debate, journalism and award-winning yearbook class. The math department has designed a unique program where students who score below proficient on the California Standards Test in math receive an additional support class. Santa Barbara Junior High also has a technology lab that features a recording studio and technology stations for use alongside a fully-equipped wood shop. Year after year our quality art department prepares students to feed directly into the Visual Arts and Design Academy and Multimedia Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School. Santa Barbara Junior High is also the only junior high school in Santa Barbara that offers advanced foreign language classes like Spanish 3-4, Latin 3-4, and French 3-4.

Santa Barbara Junior High is committed to promoting opportunities for academic excellence and developing personal and civic responsibility in a safe, tolerant and caring environment.

School Recognition

California Distinguished School (2001)

Feeder Schools and their District

Santa Barbara Junior High School feeds into Santa Barbara High School.