Our Mission

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) enhances the success of students by supporting academic enrichment programs, developing partnerships to champion the critical needs of our schools, and engaging the community in building educational excellence in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.


Get Ahead Program Summer School

Santa Barbara Education Foundation is pleased to announce that our Get Ahead Program summer school has transitioned to Santa Barbara Unified School District and is now the Summer XL program. Interested students and families are encouraged to consult with their high school counselor to determine the best options and for registration forms once they are made available.


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!



Summer Steam Camp

Wanna build a robot?  This summer we are offering three enrichment camps designed for students entering 7th and 8th grade.  Robotics and Coding 1, Robotics and Coding 2 and Game Making for 3D and Virtual Reality. Come build robots and code drones with us while learning math, engineering and science!

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Summer String Camp

Make music with SBEF this summer at the String Camp! Open to students ages 9 to 14 with at least one year experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass. Activities include ensemble playing, music-based games, and lots of time spent playing your instrument. A performance for families will be held on the last day of camp.

Nick Rail Summer Band Camp

Kids ages 9-13 can continue their musical learning in the summer or even try a new instrument. Camp dates are June 17 to July 11. Beginner students are welcome!

Summer Drumline Camp

This year’s newest program, Summer Drumline Camp, is the perfect chance to expose kids to different kinds of percussion instruments and develop proper playing techniques! The camp is open to incoming 6th-8th graders who will learn advanced rhythm reading and develop proper playing technique.



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Culinary Arts Programs: A student’s secret ingredient to success

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HOPE Awards raises $42,000 for the Literacy Project

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By Marissa Garcia, Santa Barbara Education Foundation Students with reading differences need early intervention to continue their academic success. Two years ago, the Santa Barbara Unified School District addressed these…


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%



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.