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Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 12/12/2018
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Santa Barbara Charter School nurtures lifelong learners by cultivating the interest and building the skills of students and their families in the arts, academics, and relationships.
Santa Barbara Charter School (SBCS) provides a constructivist, alternative education for students of Santa Barbara and adjacent counties. The program includes a fully funded, public home school option, the Home-Based Partnership (HBP). Constructivist education is based on the premise that students learn best when they interact with each other, with the environment, with a rich array of immediately available learning materials, and with informed adults to guide their discovery. The curriculum addresses the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of children in an environment designed to meet individual and group needs. Cooperative learning is encouraged, with emphasis on effective decision making, problem solving, and communication skills. The goal is to help students become academically competent, solve problems well, think critically and creatively, and become responsible and productive members of the community.
The Home-Based Partnership expands the landscape of family choice in public education by allowing families to work with fully certified teachers in delivering the curriculum outside of the classroom. The HBP uses California Independent Study provisions to meet public school documentation requirements, while affording the maximum flexibility possible for home school families. The HBP offers three fully supplied classrooms to allow for group lessons by a variety of educational specialists, opportunities for socialization, as well as opportunities for teacher guidance and input.
In the 2015-16 school year, Santa Barbara Charter School continued to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, and the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards in science. Teachers continue to create new curriculum and build from current resources, carefully analyzing their teaching methods and content to meet these standards. Teachers worked diligently this year to learn additional strategies such as visualization and modeling of student learning in order to push students forward in developing a deeper understanding of the curriculum, particularly in mathematics. Two teachers and the Director of Education attended a two-day workshop on Culturally Responsive Teaching practices, and found that SBCS already uses many of the CRT methods and strategies. Classroom materials for CCSS implementation were analyzed. Teachers prioritized the acquisition of instructional materials, such as upgrading all the FOSS kits to NGSS; technology, including getting 8 iPads or Chromebooks for every classroom; and support services, including the implementation of a comprehensive RtI (Response to Intervention) program.
SBCS, created by the efforts of dedicated parents and teachers, is in its twenty-fourth year. The first charter, written in the spring of 1993, was approved by the Santa Barbara School Districts and California State Board of Education. The school opened September 15, 1993, on the campus of Goleta Valley Junior High School (GVJHS). SBCS’ charter was renewed in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013. Enrollment in SBCS is determined by lottery and is open to students in Santa Barbara and adjacent counties, but per California Charter School Law, preference is given to students from the Santa Barbara Elementary catchment area.
Including students with a broad variety of abilities and disabilities within the classroom has created optimal social and learning conditions for all SBCS students. SBCS is an independent member of the Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), and provides services to students with special needs according to their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Students with special needs receive most of their services within the context of the classroom. A certified resource specialist works with teachers to guide the delivery of services to students with learning differences in both classroom and ‘pull-out’ environments, as well as in the HBP.
About 310 students are enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grades, including the Home Based Partnership Program. The HBP has undergone the California Department of Education’s Funding Determination Process created by legislation - SB740, in 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2013, and received 100% funding determinations in all four processes.
The school receives its share of California’s Local Control Funding Formula and categorical funds from the California Department of Education through the Charter School Block Grant mechanisms. Other sources of funding include the California State Lottery, donations, grants, and fundraising. As of 2006, SBCS is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c (3) Tax Exempt, Public Benefit Corporation.
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||0.7 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.3 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||22.3 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||7.7 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||22.6 %|
|English Learners||3.5 %|
|Students with Disabilities||7.7 %|