OUR MISSION

 

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.

 

WHERE THE FUNDING GOES

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Intervention for students at-risk of dropping out, mentorship and preparation for college-bound students, humanities-based curriculum, and parent support.

MUSIC AND ARTS

Summer and after-school music programs, instruments, promoting exposure to performing arts.

LITERACY

Early reading intervention, classroom library books.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Recruitment and resources for preschool-aged children.

MENTAL HEALTH

Youth violence intervention, teen dating abuse education.

OUR THREE FUNDING PRIORITIES

LITERACY

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.

TEACHER GRANTS

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.

SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

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.