Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) provides and supports programs that enrich the academic, artistic, and personal development of all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.
Intervention for students at-risk of dropping out, mentorship and preparation for college-bound students, humanities-based curriculum, and parent support.
Summer and after-school music programs, instruments, promoting exposure to performing arts.
Early reading intervention, classroom library books.
Recruitment and resources for preschool-aged children.
Youth violence intervention, teen dating abuse education.
Santa Barbara Unified School District has identified literacy as one of its top three priorities. Each year students enter Santa Barbara classrooms who are dyslexic or have extremely low reading proficiency. According to the California Department of Education, 90% of cases of students displaying characteristics of dyslexia can be remediated with early intervention. SBUSD has implemented a pilot program to help students with low reading proficiency get back on track by using research-based methods in a small group instructional setting. We are committed to helping SBUSD expand this critical intervention to serve more struggling readers in our local elementary schools.
The Santa Barbara Education Foundation funds grants once a year to support the purchase of much-needed supplies and tools, as well as to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. In 2019, we awarded over $85,000 in grants to 59 SBUSD teachers.
We offer a variety of summer programs ranging from robotics and game design to band, strings, and drums. These camps allow students to beat summer learning loss and explore technology and music in a fun and supportive environment. We constantly fundraise for scholarships for these summer programs so that we can ensure that all students have access to these unique summer learning opportunities.
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