Join Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Hilda Maldonado and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation for our inaugural Love of Literacy Luncheon. This free, inspirational event will feature a keynote speaker addressing why literacy is imperative for later life success, happiness, and positive health outcomes.
Watch the HOPE Awards!
On Thursday, April 29, at 4 pm, SBEF honored local heroes of public education at our annual HOPE Awards. This year we will went virtual to honor Craig Price, a local attorney who spent nine years on the SBEF Board of Directors, and Nick Rail, the founder of Nick Rail Music, who has quietly supported music education in our schools for the past 30 years.
Invest in Santa Barbara’s Students!
Let’s do all that we can today to help our children grow into the leaders our community needs tomorrow.
Together we can make an impact!
Although 2020 has been full of uncertainty, it’s shown how we can work together to overcome challenges. When we come together to make education a priority, there is no limit to what we can do.
Great schools don’t just happen!
We know that there are many giving opportunities this time of year; however, when you contribute to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, you’re making a direct impact on our children’s future.
HERE'S WHAT'S NEW!
Student Fund-a-Need supports our students’ most critical needs. We are currently fundraising to provide jackets for students who are doing in-person learning. Classroom windows and doors need to be left open to allow for airflow, and more learning activities will happen outdoors. Unfortunately, this means that classrooms are colder, and students are subject to the elements. Please give to ensure that students are warm and dry during their lessons.
Registration for our summer programs is now open! Explore music through band strings, or drums. Or build STEAM over the summer (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, that is!) with robotics, art, and cooking! Registration is limited. Scholarships are available!
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Mark your calendar for one of our local events helping to support Santa Barbara students.
PER PUPIL FUNDING
FOR SB UNIFIED STUDENTS
Many percieve SB Unified as a high wealth district, however, it only receives 1% above the state average for funding per student.
PER PUPIL FUNDING
IN LOCAL DISTRICTS
SB Unified $12,747
Goleta Unified $15,012
Cold Spring $28,906
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 tenth annual installment will take place October 21- November 7, 2019. Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.
Current operation and program spending breakdown
- Academic Support
- Early Childhood Education
- Mental Health
- Music & Performing Arts
Academic Support 51%
Early Childhood Education 14%
Mental Health 10%
Music & Performing Arts 9%