Santa Barbara Unified School District

720 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2232
(District boundaries shown in map)
2/
10
Bottom 50%

Top Rankings

Santa Barbara Unified School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in California for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 21 public schools serving 12,849 students in Santa Barbara Unified School District. This district's average testing ranking is 8/10, which is in the top 30% of public schools in California.
Public Schools in Santa Barbara Unified School District have an average math proficiency score of 50% (versus the California public school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 50% (versus the 49% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

This School District
This State (CA)
# Schools
21 Schools
10,378 Schools
# Students
12,849 Students
5,877,829 Students
# Teachers
647 Teachers
267,754 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
20:1

District Rank

Santa Barbara Unified School District, which is ranked #252 of all 1,167 school districts in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-2021 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 91% has increased from 87% over five school years.
This School District
State Average (CA)
#1077 out of 1200 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Santa Barbara Unified  School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
≤10%
34%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Santa Barbara Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
20-29%
49%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Santa Barbara Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
91%
84%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Santa Barbara Unified  School District and public school graduation rate of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.54
0.63
# American Indian Students
34 Students
27,207 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
384 Students
696,650 Students
% Asian Students
3%
12%
# Hispanic Students
7,730 Students
3,281,593 Students
% Hispanic Students
60%
56%
# Black Students
90 Students
296,698 Students
% Black Students
1%
5%
# White Students
4,012 Students
1,235,110 Students
% White Students
31%
21%
# Hawaiian Students
9 Students
24,653 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
575 Students
309,952 Students
% of Two or more races Students
5%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
-
18
# Students in K Grade:
550
469,575
# Students in 1st Grade:
432
408,278
# Students in 2nd Grade:
521
421,129
# Students in 3rd Grade:
499
426,453
# Students in 4th Grade:
527
432,771
# Students in 5th Grade:
543
440,675
# Students in 6th Grade:
546
440,627
# Students in 7th Grade:
1,348
434,997
# Students in 8th Grade:
1,446
455,821
# Students in 9th Grade:
1,514
484,176
# Students in 10th Grade:
1,613
494,854
# Students in 11th Grade:
1,599
478,576
# Students in 12th Grade:
1,711
489,879
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $18,454 in this school district is less than the state median of $19,801. The school district revenue/student has grown by 12% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $18,462 is higher than the state median of $18,236. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
This School District
This State (CA)
Total Revenue
$237 MM
$116,387 MM
This chart display total revenue of Santa Barbara Unified  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$237 MM
$107,188 MM
This chart display total spending of Santa Barbara Unified  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$18,454
$19,801
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Santa Barbara Unified  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$18,462
$18,236
This chart display average spending per public school student in Santa Barbara Unified  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Santa Barbara Unified School District Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Washington Elementary School
(Math: 71% | Reading: 71% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
290 Lighthouse Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 965-6653
Grades: K-6
| 537 students
Rank: #22.
La Colina Junior High School
(Math: 64% | Reading: 66% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4025 Foothill Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 967-4506
Grades: 7-8
| 898 students
Rank: #33.
Santa Barbara Junior High School
(Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
721 E. Cota St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-7751
Grades: 7-8
| 630 students
Rank: #44.
Santa Barbara Charter
Charter School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
6100 Stow Canyon Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 967-6522
Grades: K-8
| 276 students
Rank: #5 - 75. - 7.
Cleveland Elementary School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
123 Alameda Padre Serra
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-8873
Grades: K-6
| 273 students
Rank: #5 - 75. - 7.
Goleta Valley Junior High School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
6100 Stow Canyon Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 967-3486
Grades: 7-8
| 744 students
Rank: #5 - 75. - 7.
Monroe Elementary School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
431 Flora Vista Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 966-7023
Grades: K-6
| 328 students
Rank: #88.
San Marcos Senior High School
(Math: 43% | Reading: 65% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4750 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 967-4581
Grades: 9-12
| 1,998 students
Rank: #99.
Franklin Elementary School
(Math: 49% | Reading: 58% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1111 E. Mason St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-4283
Grades: K-6
| 443 students
Rank: #1010.
Dos Pueblos Senior High School
(Math: 47% | Reading: 58% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
7266 Alameda Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-2541
Grades: 9-12
| 2,020 students
Rank: #1111.
Adams Elementary School
(Math: 49% | Reading: 53% )
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
2701 Las Positas Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-2515
Grades: K-6
| 522 students
Rank: #1212.
Santa Barbara Senior High School
(Math: 37% | Reading: 61% )
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
700 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 966-9101
Grades: 9-12
| 2,178 students
Rank: #1313.
Roosevelt Elementary School
(Math: 45% | Reading: 47% )
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1990 Laguna St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 563-2062
Grades: K-6
| 433 students
Rank: #1414.
Alta Vista Alternative High School
Alternative School
(Math: 20-29% | Reading: 60-69% )
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
215 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-0883
Grades: 9-12
| 126 students
Rank: #1515.
La Cumbre Junior High School
(Math: 35% | Reading: 50% )
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2255 Modoc Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 687-0761
Grades: 7-8
| 491 students
Rank: #1616.
Santa Barbara Community Academy
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44% )
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
850 Portesuello Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 687-2081
Grades: K-6
| 220 students
Rank: #1717.
Harding University Partnership
(Math: 35% | Reading: 38% )
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1625 Robbins St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-8994
Grades: K-6
| 322 students
Rank: #1818.
Mckinley Elementary School
(Math: 9% | Reading: 25-29% )
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
350 Loma Alta Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 966-9926
Grades: K-6
| 244 students
Rank: #1919.
La Cuesta Continuation High School
Alternative School
(Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤10% )
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
710 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-0883
Grades: 9-12
| 115 students
Rank: n/an/a
Alta Vista
Alternative School
215 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-0883
Grades: K-8
| 51 students
Rank: n/an/a
1030 E. Yanonali St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-8685
Grades: n/a
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

How many schools belong to Santa Barbara Unified School District?
Santa Barbara Unified School District manages 21 public schools serving 12,849 students.
What is the rank of Santa Barbara Unified School District?
Santa Barbara Unified School District is ranked #252 out of 1,167 school districts in California (top 30%) based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data for the 2020-2021 school year. This district ranks in the top 20% of California school districts for: Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
What is the racial composition of students in Santa Barbara Unified School District?
60% of Santa Barbara Unified School District students are Hispanic, 31% of students are White, 5% of students are Two or more races, 3% of students are Asian, and 1% of students are Black.
What is the student/teacher ratio of Santa Barbara Unified School District?
Santa Barbara Unified School District has a student/teacher ratio of 20:1, which is lower than the California state average of 22:1.
What is Santa Barbara Unified School District's spending/student ratio?
The school district's spending/student of $18,462 is higher than the state median of $18,236. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 21 schools
  • Grades: KG-12
  • Enrollment: 12,849 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 69%
  • : 91% (Top 50% in CA)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : ≤10% (Btm 50%)
  • : 20-29% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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