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Santa Barbara Public Schools

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Population: 90,893

Closest City: Los Angeles, CA

Distance to Closest City: 2 hours

Airport Code: SBA

Quick Facts:

Number of High Schools: 3
Students per High School: 2,000-2,300
Student to Teacher Ratio: 23:1
Approximate Start Date: Late August
Approximate End Date: Early June
Fall Semester Offered: Yes
Spring Semester Offered: Yes
ESL Offered:Yes
IB Program Offered: Yes
Possibility of Graduation: Yes
Enrollment Restrictions: Must be under 18, cannot have already graduated
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Community Information

Often referred to as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a premiere location along Southern California, nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. With a Mediterranean-like climate all year round, staying inside is hard! Over 57 parks and beautiful beaches can be found in the area. Sailing, surfing, kayaking and parasailing are just some of the water activities to participate in on a sunny day. Santa Barbara also hosts the Parade of Lights, which takes place at its very own Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. In addition to this, it is also proud to present a variety of different functions each year, including music festivals, sporting events, and walks or runs sponsored by non-profit organizations. Let Santa Barbara be the scenic background to your continuing education!

School Profile

The Santa Barbara School District prides itself on ensuring the educational success of each and every student by providing a diverse staff and a safe and orderly school environment. The district is one of the oldest in the state, dating back to 1866. Offering over 230 academic and elective courses, there is no shortage of exciting and challenging classes in which to partake. The schools promote mutual trust and respect among students and facility, and with high expectations, the students are empowered to reach their full potential and succeed in today's world.

The mission of the Santa Barbara Unified School District is to ensure the educational success of all students through high expectations and a commitment to excellence and to empower them to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world.
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