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.
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!
Santa Barbara Unified School District receives less funding than other local districts, and we receive far more teacher grant requests than we can award. Teachers use these grants to purchase innovative teaching tools and essential supplies for their classrooms. The 2021-22 Teacher Grant Cycle is now open!
Pianos on State is an interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts & Humanities Month in October. We are so excited to announce that our 12th year is back in person on State Street! Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks. Pianos are available for musical exploration, impromptu play, and group performances morning, afternoon, and evening. Amateur, professionals, and public musicians alike are invited to sit down and play! Pianos will be out on State Street from October 5th – 22nd.
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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 12th annual installment will take place October 4- October 22, 2021. 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%