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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 12/12/2018
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Harding University Partnership School is a neighborhood located in the foothills of the Mesa serving over 400 preschool through sixth-grade students. As one of the oldest schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Harding has a long and rich tradition that began in 1927 with many local residents as alumni.
We are committed and focused in meeting our three goals of:
- Data driven, individually targeted instruction in Balanced Literacy
- A Multi Tiered System of Support in Balanced Literacy and Social and Emotional Learning
- Community and Parent Partnerships
Harding University Partnership School offers the only authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Year Program in the county of Santa Barbara. Our program offers all students a rigorous and comprehensive academic program with a focus on balanced literacy in and around a globally minded curriculum. The IB Primary Years Program is aligned and enhanced by cultural enrichment in music, art and physical education all taught by credentialed teachers. Children experience a variety of cultural arts activities, including vocal music, instrumental music, performing arts, and visual arts.
As a partnership school with the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2010), Harding offers a multitude of enriched and extended learning experiences. These include:
- A coordinated approach in meeting our three goals as listed above. Our Partnership Core Committee (PCC) meets monthly. The PCC includes the Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Harding’s Principal, our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Coordinator, The Director of STEM Outreach, the Director of Early Academic Outreach Program and the Director of the Teacher Education Program;
- Free access for all Harding students to the State of the Arts McEnroe Reading Clinic;
- Creating a College-Going Culture;
- Cultural Arts Assemblies;
- Providing a Practicum Experience for Student Teachers from Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Teacher Education Program;
- Annual School-Wide Field Trip to UCSB;
- School Psychology Interns and Practicum Students who Provide Guidance and Support for the Development of Prosocial Behaviors;
Harding University Partnership School collaborates with the community in creating an inviting, innovative and supporting environment for internationally minded learners who are engaged in rigorous, inquiry-based learning.
Our community learns and grows together to take action that positively impacts the world.
- We believe in fostering open-minded, curious, action -oriented citizens of the world.
- We believe inquiry promotes critical thinking and life skills that prepare students for career and college readiness.
- We believe that proficiency in and access to technology encourages global communication.
- We believe in building global connections, developing cultural appreciation and supporting multiple language acquisition.
The International Baccalaureate Program provides a challenging and engaging instructional framework developed by our team of dedicated, experienced, highly motivated, and professional educators.
Goal: Develop a rigorous core academic program in which all students master and exceed grade-level standards through powerful learning experiences that are delivered through highly engaging, relevant, inquiry driven and meaningful research-based activities, lessons, and units integrated across content areas.
Academic Commitment to Balanced Literacy. Our focus on early literacy is provided through a balanced program of vocabulary development, phonological awareness and sound/symbol awareness all instructed through a play-based program. We support this through on-going assessment, parent communication and a diagnostic approach to instruction. Our classrooms are supported by curriculum specialists, UCSB tutors and community/parent volunteers.
Goal: Support all children from preschool through 1st grade with an aligned and supported literacy rich environment where all students have the differentiated support to leave first grade as fluent readers.
Early Childhood Education beginning in preschool through second grade that includes: (1) an effective learning environment, (2) an aligned academic program, (3) systematic and guided opportunities for developing social and emotional competence.
Goal: Develop a strong academic and social emotional foundation beginning in preschool by providing the highest quality early learning experiences possible.
Academic Enrichment and Arts. A rigorous, comprehensive, and standards-based academic enrichment program in the areas of Spanish language acquisition, vocal music, instrumental music, performing arts, visual arts, and technology.
Goal: Develop a comprehensive program that extends, enriches, and enhances the core academic program.
Healthy Learning Environment. Establish a sustainable learning environment that reflects healthy school-wide practices and promotes the establishment of lifelong healthy habits for all members of the school community.
Goal: Develop a high quality learning environment that supports and promotes safety, healthy choices, mindfulness, positive interactions, and a caring community.
The staff consists of the principal, eighteen credentialed regular-education classroom teachers in preschool through sixth grade, and two full time credentialed special education teachers. Certificated support staff members include one full time dyslexia specialist, a full time reading specialist, a full time speech and language specialist, two part time school psychologists, a credentialed art teacher, a credentialed physical education teacher, a credentialed music teacher, and a credentialed writing enrichment teacher.
Harding also has two full time CALM Counselors and two UCSB part time Doctoral Interns in Educational Psychology.
Full-time classified staff members include an office coordinator, office assistant, health assistant, food service coordinator, four food service assistants, and two custodians. Part-time classified employees include two literacy specialists, a library technician, four playground assistants, and three food service assistants. Other support staff members include one Family Service Agency family advocate, a part time counselor and a garden educator.
Last updated: 1/16/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/18/2018
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.3 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||88.3 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||%|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||76.3 %|
|English Learners||58.9 %|
|Students with Disabilities||14.4 %|