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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 1/18/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
The mission of the Santa Barbara Unified School District and Santa Barbara Junior High School (SBJHS) is to ensure the educational success of all students through high expectations and a commitment to excellence and to empower them to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. Our purpose is to establish and maintain a community of learners and learning through relationship, relevance, and rigor.
Core Beliefs and Commitments
- We believe that the achievement of the district’s mission is a shared responsibility requiring the cooperation and commitment of students, parents, staff, board members, and the community.
- We will ensure academic excellence by providing quality educational programs with all staff members focused on continually improving student achievement.
- We will effectively and transparently manage our financial and human resources to support our educational goals.
- We will maintain safe and orderly school environments for all students and employees.
- We will promote a culture of mutual trust and respect among students, parents, staff, and community members.
- We value student and staff diversity in our schools and classrooms and will promote equal access across all educational programs and activities.
School Learner Outcomes are based on the following tenets:
- RESPECT = Empathy, Dignity: I respect myself, the campus, the students and the staff of SBJHS. We may have different perspectives and not always agree but we will work together toward the common goal of success.
- RESPONSIBILITY = Ownership, Accountability, Obligation: I am responsible for my actions. I understand that my actions can affect my class, my school, and my community.
- REPAIR = Fix, Make It Right: I will repair any harm to any relationship, even if I did not mean to cause harm.
- RELATIONSHIPS = Family, Team, Community, Friendship: I will develop, improve and maintain positive/healthy/caring relationships in my school and community.
- REINTEGRATION = Welcome Back, Another Chance, Opportunity, Restore: I will reintegrate all people involved in conflict into our class, school, and community. I will also discourage future conflict through my words and actions to maintain a positive healthy community.
These tenets are referred to as the “5 Rs.” All teachers teach the 5 Rs to all students at the start of school and review them at the start of the second semester. The 5 Rs are posted in every classroom and office and referred to as needed throughout the course of the school year.
The culture of SBJHS is one of mutual respect with a focus on access for all, equity and safety. Each student at SBJHS will be supported socially and emotionally every day. Embedded in the culture of SBJHS is the expectation that all students will be present, punctual, prepared, ready to participate and productive. Student success in the following six areas will “empower them to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical and productive citizens:” Attendance, Preparation, Productivity, Promptness, Consideration of Others, Respectful of Property.
In addition, the above six criteria are the following expectations for students which will lead to their success:
- A role model for other students
- Exceptionally well prepared, motivated, optimistic, positive, helpful & friendly
- Seated, quiet & ready to work
- Completes assignments in a timely basis the majority of the time
- Participates well in class activities, cooperative and helpful
- Goes above and beyond the basic class requirements
- Infrequently, if ever, absent or tardy
- Not mean, rude, disrespectful or disruptive
- Volunteers to help out in class
- Does not make fun of or put down others
Everyone associated with SBJHS – administration, counselors, educators, support staff and parents/guardians – will support all students as they strive to achieve proficiency or higher with respect to the California Common Core State Standards. In addition, student success will be measured by students’ ability to read, write and communicate effectively (Balanced Literacy) by:
- Independently annotating text for comprehension
- Writing using evidence to demonstrate comprehension
- Engaging in evidence-based communication
Santa Barbara Junior High School provides all students with a challenging academic experience utilizing the California Common Core Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the California State Standards. Students may be enrolled in compaction (math), honors (math, English, social studies, science), college prep (math, English, social studies, science) and/or special education classes (English, math). Students identified as English learners who meet the criteria as having limited English skills in reading and writing will be enrolled in the district adopted READ 180/System 44 program. Placement is determined by a variety of factors including testing, grades and teacher recommendation. All students will be enrolled in English, math, physical education, science, and social studies. SBJHS offers a wide array of elective opportunities: The music department, which consists of band, jazz, orchestra, and vocal ensemble, performs several times throughout the year and our marching band participates in the State Street and Milpas Street Holiday parades. The drama department performs at least twice a year in the Marjorie Luke Theatre and also offers a course in acting “before a camera.” Students may also enroll in art (advanced course is offered), woodworking and construction technology (advanced course is offered), one of two foreign language courses (Spanish [1 and 2], French [1 and 2]), journalism or Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).
In addition to promoting academic excellence, SBJHS is committed to developing personal and civic responsibility. By offering membership in a large variety of clubs, students have the opportunity to experience activities ranging from academic to community service to recreation. Some favorites include Associated Student Body (ASB)/Leadership Club, Where Everybody Belongs (WEB), Club Live, Surf Club, After-School Sports, Baking Club, Theater Club, AHA, Book Club, Photo Club, and Math Club. A large number of students participate in at least one club with many participating in multiple clubs.
Our library-media center contains one of the school’s two computer labs, resources for students and teachers, and is staffed by a credentialed library media teacher. In addition to computers, students and educators are able to use iPADS, Chromebooks or laptops and access the internet campus-wide through our wireless system. A unique historical feature of the library is the 1934 Douglas Parshall mural, which depicts Olympic sports. The second computer lab is self-contained and is utilized by teachers and students daily.
Santa Barbara Junior High School elementary feeder schools are Adelante Charter, Cold Spring, Cleveland, Franklin, Montecito Union, Peabody Charter, Roosevelt, Santa Barbara Community Academy, and Washington. Intra/Inter-district transfers allow students from other elementary schools and elementary districts to enroll as well.
Santa Barbara Junior High School is able to provide additional support to our students and their families because it is home to the following district and affiliated programs: Secondary Advanced Learning Program and Elementary GATE office, Hearing and Vision, Cal-SOAP, and Child Development.
Last updated: 1/18/2019
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||1.4 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.4 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||63.6 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.3 %|
|Two or More Races||1.1 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||57.1 %|
|English Learners||13.3 %|
|Students with Disabilities||15.6 %|
|Foster Youth||0.1 %|