Summer School 2017 Information

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Summer School 

Now in its fifth year, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Summer School is offering in-class and online classes to students entering grades 9 through 12 who want to get ahead. Students can earn five to ten units of high school credit, which allows them to improve their GPA and acquire the flexibility to take more advanced classes or more electives in the school year. These are intensive regular high school academic courses; they are not college level or remediation courses. SBEF Summer School classes meet or exceed California Standards, follow the SBUSD curriculum, and are taught only by credentialed teachers. Most courses meet A-G requirements. Summer school is fast-paced and rigorous and a successful student experience is the result of working hard each and every day. Our principal, teachers, and staff are dedicated to students receiving a quality educational experience. A grade will be issued for each course and that grade will be included on the student’s transcript. In-class courses will be hosted on the San Marcos High School campus, but will be open to all high school students, including incoming freshman, regardless of what school they attend.


TUITION: There is a tuition fee for $345 for a 5 unit class and $645 for a 10 unit class. Online course tuition is  also $345 for a 5 unit class and $645 for a 10 unit class. All fees include a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

  • We accept payment in cash, check, money order and credit card (VISA and MasterCard).
  • Payment in full is due at the time of registration and is required in order to complete the student’s class enrollment.
  • A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks.

WITHDRAWALS/REFUNDS: If for any reason SBEF cannot place you in a class, your tuition will be refunded in full. If you choose to withdraw for any reason, your tuition, minus the $50 registration fee, will be returned, providing the request is made prior to May 19th, 2017.  Requests may be made via e-mail to Telephone call refund requests will NOT be accepted.  Students dismissed for disciplinary action will forfeit tuition. Deadline to sign up for class is Friday May 25, 2017. 

ELIGIBILITY: Residence in the Santa Barbara Unified School District is not required for participation, however, prior to enrollment non-SBUSD students should check with their schools to ensure that credit earned for the course work will be accepted. Students must also meet any prerequisites noted in the course list in order to register for the class.

SCHOLARSHIPS: There is a limited amount of financial aid available to students enrolled in SBUSD’s free and reduced lunch program. STUDENTS APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP CANNOT REGISTER ONLINE. The following three items must be either mailed or delivered to SBEF, 1330 State Street, Suite 201, Santa Barbara, CA 93101:

  • Scholarship registration form (download here
  • Copy of the SBUSD Food Services letter confirming your enrollment in the free/reduced lunch program
  • Your scholarship fee per class:
    • $50 materials fee for in-class and online classes (there are a limited number of scholarships available, awarded on a first come first serve basis)

Financial assistance is available for SBUSD students only. If for any reason SBEF cannot place you in a class, your  fees will be refunded in full. Please note that there are no refunds for withdrawals. For more information, please contact Katie Szopa, Programs Associate at (805) 284-9125 or Katie [at]

CLASS INFORMATION:  Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Student schedules and campus maps will be emailed to the email address listed on the student’s registration form on June 5th. Simply print the class schedule and map and bring them on the first day of class. If you do not have an email address, a class schedule will be mailed out a week prior to the start of class. The schedule will include the class name, time, the teacher’s name, and room number. SUFFICIENT ENROLLMENT MUST BE MET OR CLASS WILL BE CANCELLED.



All in-class courses run four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 8am-1:20 p.m. at San Marcos High School. The first week of second semester courses will be held Monday July 3rd- Friday July 7th due to the July 4th holiday (no class on 4th) 

 10 Unit Courses (6 weeks, 24 days):

Monday, June 12th to Thursday, July 20th

5 Unit Courses (3 weeks, 12 days):

Session 1: June 12th – 29th
Session 2: July 3rd- July 20th

ATTENDANCE:  Because summer classes are taught at an accelerated rate, in order to satisfy class requirements to obtain class credit, high school students must be present, on time, and stay through the entire session each day.  There are no excused absences in Summer School.

  • Students will be dropped from the course if they have missed more than 5 hours of instruction time for each 5 unit class section.
  • Attendance will be taken at the start of each 2.5 hour period.
  • Leaving early or missing one 2.5 hour period is equivalent to a 2.5 hour absence.
  • Missing one full day of a 10 unit class is equivalent to missing 5 hours.
  • Three tardies are equivalent to a 2.5 hour absence.

SUPPLIES:  Textbooks will be provided. Students are expected to take care of all books, materials and supplies issued to them and return them accordingly.  Any lost or damaged books and/or materials will be charged against the student’s account.  Non-SBUSD students will be billed for damages directly by SBEF.


  • LATIN 1 and LATIN 2 June 12-July 20 (10 units)    
    Recommendation: Grades 9-12
    Experience required: Latin 1- none
    Latin 2, completion of Latin
    Are you interested in Mercury, Minerva, the Hydra, Jupiter or Hercules? Would you like to know more about the gladiators, their tools, their fighting styles? Perhaps you are interested in epic tales of adventure, love, and sometimes lost. If you answered yes to any of the above, we invite you to travel (mentally) to the mediterranean with our Latin 1 and 2 class this summer. While we flee from calamitas, fly over mare nostra and find multas res  in Pompeii, Britain and Egypt, you will acquire the lingua latinae in no time. Find your favorite “carpe diem” meme and join us for this opportunity to earn 1 year of language credit in 6 weeks.  Course #Latin 1 P 100115; Latin 2 P 100120


  • BIOLOGY June 12 – July 20 (10 units)

Recommendation: Algebra 1

UC/CSU approved for Laboratory Science “d”

This survey course includes a study of cells, cell physiology, genetics, evolution, microbiology, invertebrates, vertebrates, human body, plants and ecology. Students selecting this course should possess very good study skills and have very good study habits. Successful completion of this laboratory science course, which may include dissection of animals, satisfies college entrance requirements. Course #: 100070, Biology

  • FRESHMAN SEMINAR June 12  – June 29 (5 units)

NOTE:  If you are entering grade 9 and enrolling in Freshman Seminar, you must also enroll in Health.  Exceptions to this can be made to this only with approval from your high school guidance counselor.  

This one-semester course is designed to help students understand the importance of academics and to build solid foundational skills such as self analysis, time management, goal setting, decision making, career research, financial literacy, and planning for the future. Every student will leave this class having completed the district required 10-year plan that includes their high school plans along with post-secondary options.

NOTE:  When signing up for both Freshman Seminar and Health Science, please make sure you sign up for different sessions 

Course #: 046106, FreshmanSeminar


Session 1: June 12 – June 29 (5 units)

Session 2: July 3- July 20 (5 units)

NOTE:  If you are entering grade 9 and enrolling in Health, you must also enroll in Freshman Seminar.  Exceptions can be made to this only with approval from your high school guidance counselor.

Mandatory one semester course creates focus on developing mental, emotional, and social health by analyzing influences, accessing valid information, establishing decisions and goals, and practicing and promoting health-enhancing behaviors. Personal and community health topics include: nutrition and related diseases, eating disorders, steroid use, interpersonal communication, growth, development and sexual health including gender roles, anatomy, fertilization, menstruation cycle, birth control, pathogens, STD’s, fetal development and birth, sexual safety includes bullying, violence prevention, harassment, substance use and abuse, and family systems.

Course #: 041320 HealthSciEduc


The rigor of our online courses has been intensely tested and to be successful, students must be focused.  The average amount of time that it takes to complete a 5-unit course is 60 hours and 120 hours for a 10-unit course. Students have the freedom to either work on their assignments at home or at a computer lab at San Marcos High School.

  • INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS  (5 units) June 12th-June 29th

Recommendation: Grade 12

UC/CSU approved for Elective “g”

A college prep one semester course, Introduction to Economics, is designed to help students identify, analyze and understand the major ideas and problems involved in the study and practice of economics. An analytical and problem-solving approach is used, with mathematics largely confined to geometric models, bar graphs, and schedule analysis. Relevant historical and current events are used as case studies to illustrate real world application of economic theories. The course offers the student the opportunity to study the distinction between the theories economists have developed and application of those theories to solving real economic problems.

Course #: 086520, Econ Intro P

  • AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 units)  July 3rd- July 20th

Recommendation: Grade 12

UC/CSU approved for History/Social Science “a”

A college prep one semester course, American Government is designed to teach students the structure and function of all levels of our government – federal, state and local. Students will learn how they can affect the government and how it affects them. They will have the opportunity to learn of their civic role and responsibilities in the structure of local, state and national governments.

Course #: 082320, Am Govt P; 524010, Am Govt P

  • US HISTORY (10 units)

Recommendation: Grade 11

Note: UC/CSU approved for History/Social Science “a”

This course begins with a review of U.S. History from colonial times through the end of the 19th century and continues with studies of the Progressive Era, World War I, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Hemispheric Relationships in the Postwar Era, the Civil Rights Movement, American Society in the Postwar Era, and the U.S. in recent times.

Course #: 100090, US History P

  • WORLD HISTORY (10 units) CLASS CANCELLED For Summer 2017, sorry for the inconvenience

Recommendation: Grades 9-10

Note: UC/CSU approved for History/Social Science “a”

This course begins with a review of historical events from the classical era up through the Renaissance and continues with studies of the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, World War I, the rise of communism and fascism, World War II, post-war nationalist movements, and unresolved problems of the modern world. Emphasis is on major political, economic, geographic, and cultural considerations, which have shaped today’s world and its people.

Course #: 100095, World History P

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