OUR MISSION

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) promotes community investment in public education to ensure equity and access to an innovative, world-class education that inspires confidence, competence, and creativity in every student in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

 

Get Ahead Program Summer School

SBEF offers a unique program for motivated students looking to get ahead during the summer. Held at San Marcos High, The Get Ahead Program offers students the chance to make new friends, learn in a fun, fast-paced environment, and earn up to 10 units of high school credit. Registration for summer 2018 is currently open!

 

Give to Santa Barbara Schools!

Life-changing opportunities are made possible with community support–that’s you! You can help create the educational opportunities that all Santa Barbara students deserve! Show your support for our students with a gift to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation today. Because when you invest in a child’s educational experience, you help create a better future for everyone!

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Year-end Appeal 2018

Show your support for our students with a gift to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation today. When you invest in a child’s educational experience, you help create a better future for everyone!

Teacher Grant Applications

SBEF is offering $75,000 in grants for SBUSD teachers to buy supplies, tools, and encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching. The application deadline is this Friday, Nov. 30. Apply for your Teacher Grant today!

State of Our Schools

On November 15, Superintendent Cary Matsuoka of the Santa Barbara Unified School District discussed today’s local education issues.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

15,000

Students in the school district
Support our Students

427,536

Money raised this school year
Donate Now

1,320

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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LATEST NEWS

Hear more about how SBEF is making headlines in the community and beyond.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendar for one of our local events helping to support Santa Barbara students.

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Reorganization of Santa Barbara Unified School District 2019 Leadership and Newly Elected Board Members Welcomed

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Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education elected their 2019 leadership and welcomed two newly elected board members Kate Ford and Rose Muñoz at the school board meeting on…

California School Dashboard Gets New Look

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California School Dashboard 2.0 has been released, designed to make the state-level performance evaluation of a district and school more friendly and easy to understand. Also, the Dashboard will offer…

WHERE THE
MONEY GOES

Current operation and program spending breakdown

  • Academic Support
  • Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Mental Health
  • Music & Performing Arts

Academic Support

51%

Literacy

16%

Early Childhood Education

14%

Mental Health

10%

Music & Performing Arts

9%
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

PIANOS ON STATE

A favorite event in Santa Barbara, Pianos on State is a collaborative and interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities month in October. The eighth annual installment will take place October 2nd-16th 2017, the longest run of Pianos on State to date! Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.