Now more than ever, we need to support our teachers and students. Help us ensure that no matter what happens students will continue to have access to essential resources that provide a first-rate education.
Help Students SOAR this School Year!
Recent school closures have exposed the prominent role that our public schools play in the community. The role of public schools is especially important to our community's most vulnerable families. We need your help to ensure that Santa Barbara's children continue to have access to essential tools for instruction no matter what happens. Here's how you can help!
Support Food Access
With 47% of students receiving free or reduced lunch in SB Unified, we know that many families are susceptible to food insecurity in the best of times. Since school closures in March, SB Unified has served almost 500,000 meals to students in need.
Support Digital Access
Having access to the internet is a critical tool for student learning.Wireless hotspots and tech support will keep students connected to their teachers and classmates during this period of remote learning.
Support Essential Learning Tools!
Many students who live in crowded and noisy environments cannot focus on their lessons. With a donation of $7, you can provide a child with noise-reducing headphones so that they can concentrate.
With 47% of students receiving free or reduced lunch in SB Unified, we know that many families are susceptible to food insecurity in the best of times. Since school closures in March, SB Unified has served almost 500,000 meals to students in need. Donate to support healthy meals SB Unified kids! Help fight food insecurity for SB Unified students!
Every year, we offer grants to Santa Barbara Unified School District teachers, ranging from necessary classroom supplies and books to high tech gear to innovative curriculum. The 2020-21 application for Teacher Grants is open now until October 31.
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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%