SBEF Signature Programs

GET AHEAD PROGRAM SUMMER SCHOOL

Now in its sixth year, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s summer school offers courses in-class and online to students entering grades 9 through 12. Students can earn five to ten high school credits, which allows them to get ahead during the summer and acquire the flexibility to take more advanced classes or more electives in the school year. Scholarships are available to ensure that this experience is accessible to all students.

SBEF Signature Programs

KEEP THE BEAT

From music teachers to instruments, SBEF has been raising funds to support music education in local schools since 2003. Today, all 5000+ elementary students learn to play an instrument during their school day. An originating partner in the Pianos on State project, SBEF also runs a year-round instrument drive.

SBEF Signature Programs

SUMMER BAND CAMP

Originally founded by Nick Rail in 1989, this well-established program provides an enriching and affordable summer music experience. Campers are grouped by ability and taught by professional musicians to play solo and as a group. Camp concludes with a concert performance for family and friends.

SBEF Signature Programs

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 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.

SBEF also Proudly Supports:

THE ACADEMY FOR SUCCESS

This life-changing program is for students who self-identify as high school dropouts. Participating students are placed in a cohort to work with Academy teachers, mentors, and attend group and personal counseling to help develop healthy behaviors. In 2017, 100% of the seniors in the program graduated from high school and 92% enrolled in post-secondary education. To learn more, visit www.theacademyforsuccess.org.

AVID

Prepares 4th through 12th-grade students for college eligibility. Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking, get academic help from peers and college tutors and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that show students that college can be attainable.

BRAVO!

A free, district-sponsored after-school elementary music program held at Santa Barbara and La Cumbre junior high schools, open to students with at least one year of experience on a band or orchestra instrument.

CONDOR CIRCLE

Condor Circle is an academic and behavioral intervention program for the most at-risk students at Santa Barbara Junior High School. Students receive one-on-one academic attention, learn organization and time management, and build life skills.

CLASSROOM LIBRARIES

Designed to incentivize K-3 students for their reading in order to increase fluency and reading comprehension. Using this system, students are encouraged to read more, and teachers can more easily monitor their students’ reading levels.

COMMUNITY OF SCHOOLS

Community of Schools improves students’ chances of success from birth to college graduation by targeting five major educational areas. Neighborhood schools partner with community service providers and stakeholders to support children and their families. To learn more, visit sbunified.org/departments/educational/community-of-schools.

HOMELESS STUDENT SUPPORT FUND

Over 14% of students in SBUSD schools are considered homeless. This fund helps provide students in unstable housing with the essentials to continue their studies and participate in school activities.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL

The International Baccalaureate World School at Dos Pueblos High School is a two-year, humanities-based curriculum for juniors and seniors. IB provides motivated students with rigorous, honors level, internationally based curriculum and coursework.

PARENTS UNITED/PADRES UNIDOS

Seeking to close the achievement gap among all students, Parents United/ Padres Unidos delivers courses that give parents the tools needed for effective participation in their children’s education.

PEERBUDDIES

PeerBuddies provides social skills training for children and teens with social difficulties through peer mentoring in the community. Children are paired with a typically developing, same-aged or slightly older buddy who teaches and models essential life skills. To learn more, visit www.peerbuddies.com.

PROGRAM FOR EFFECTIVE ACCESS TO COLLEGE (PEAC)

PEAC increases high school graduation and four-year college entry rates of low-income, historically underrepresented, first-generation college students. Mentors, tutors, and study spaces are some of the resources available to students. To learn more, visit www.sbunified.org/departments/educational/community-of-schools/

WHAT IS LOVE

One in three teens in Santa Barbara County report experiencing dating abuse. What Is LOVE is an in-school dating violence prevention program that teaches students how to identify and avoid abusive behavior, the long-lasting harm of abusive relationships, and how to ask for help. To learn more, visit WhatisLOVEteens.org.

YOUTH VIOLENCE INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM

This program prevents students from engaging in violence by helping youth foster stronger attachments to their schools, families, and community. Field trips to universities along with non-traditional techniques help reduce violent behaviors and inspire students to graduate high school and attend college.