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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)
La Cumbre Junior High School is Santa Barbara's oldest intermediate school. It first opened in 1928 as a junior high school serving grades 7-9. Between 1993 and 2002, La Cumbre served grades 6-8 as a middle school, and now serves grades 7-8. Over the last 85 years, more than 30,000 students have graduated from our school.
La Cumbre is a Common Core standards-driven and Common Core standards-based school with high expectations for all students and comprehensive support programs. Teachers use sound instructional strategies to meet the differing needs of their students. Programs that provide students with personalized instruction include leveled mathematics offerings ranging from grade level math, math with enrichment, and compaction math (3 years of math in 2 years), Honors level classes, Core Knowledge strand, Special Education co-taught with general education, and English language development. The English learner population receives support through a Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) program. For all students, language arts and social studies classes have been integrated into two or three period Core offerings. Elective courses such as video production, coding, S.T.E.A.M., performing arts, band and instrumental music, industrial technology, foreign languages, yearbook, TV/Video production, and art provide all students opportunities to pursue individual interests.
La Cumbre uses technology as a vital tool to forward its educational focus, working in conjunction with content classes to enhance learning.We provide ample opportunity for students to use technology to further their academic pursuits. All teachers use mobile computing devices to provide engaging access to the curriculum. For compiling research or accessing references and information, students have internet access through their iPads and/or computer labs before, during, and after school. All students at La Cumbre have iPads, as part of the SBUSD 1:1 iPad program in addition to over 136 desktop computers in 4 computer labs and five class sets of Chromebooks.
Our library-media center contains one of the school’s four computer labs, resources for students and teachers, and is staffed by a credentialed library media teacher and a library assistant. In addition to hardwired desktop computers, students and educators are able to use mobile devices to access the internet campus-wide through our wireless system. The second computer lab is dedicated for language arts classes, the third computer lab is equipped for all classes along with PhotoShop Suite for Yearbook Production. Our fourth lab is dedicated for the S.T.E.A.M. Program with includes CAD, video production, robotics, 3D printing, and laser engraving/cutting.
In addition to promoting academic excellence, La Cumbre JHS is committed to developing personal and civic responsibility by offering programs and membership to a variety of clubs ranging from academic to community service to recreation such as: Associated Student Body (ASB)/Leadership Club, AHA!, Character Counts!, S.T.E.A.M. Team, Club Live, Ally Club, and MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement).
And there are additional opportunities for school involvement in the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program from Monday through Friday, until 5:30 p.m. ASES opportunities include academic support, a variety of sports, computer lab, Rock Band, fitness, dance, crafts, Cheer Squad, and theater.
La Cumbre also offers an evening program for students and parents Monday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Academic tutorial is provided for students, while carpentry, cooking, English, computer/internet coaching, and counseling is provided for parents. Motivated students can keep productively involved at La Cumbre from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
La Cumbre teachers, academic counselors, administrators, and support staff exhibit strong work ethics and dedication to students. Their commitment inspires confidence in our families that their children are receiving the necessary skills to become healthy, well adjusted, and productive individuals. The staff also recognizes the importance of building relationships with students and makes efforts to do so.
Mission: La Cumbre Junior High School, in partnership with parents and the community, will provide professional instruction and guidance so that students will:
- Achieve academic excellence;
- Understand and respect diversity;
- Balance individual interests and civic responsibilities;
- Participate in an increasingly technological society;
- Assume responsibility for their own learning and development.
We believe that school improvement and enhanced student achievement begins with a philosophical orientation that quality education must include success for all students and be built on principles of equality and a respect for human diversity. La Cumbre Junior High School holds these values:
- It is every student’s and teacher’s right to have a physically and emotionally safe, positive learning/working environment. Students and staff have a right to learn/work in a setting free from harassment and discrimination based on their race, religion, color, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.
- A commitment to a standards-based educational system assures educational rigor for all students.
- A commitment to equity ensures that all students develop the knowledge and skills needed to participate effectively in community life as workers, citizens, parents, leaders, and role models for future generations.
- A systemic approach to school improvement, addressing a wide range of variables in the educational environment (e.g. governance)
Last updated: 1/31/2019
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||0.9 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.4 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||85.8 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||0.6 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||80.0 %|
|English Learners||26.5 %|
|Students with Disabilities||14.4 %|
|Foster Youth||0.2 %|