Santa Barbara Schools


The Santa Barbara Unified School District is the main public school district that serves Santa Barbara and Goleta, California. On January 12, 2011, the board of education unanimously approved a resolution to reorganize the Santa Barbara Elementary and Secondary School Districts into a single unified school district. The changeover began, July 1, 2011, when the Goleta Union School District and the Hope School District, which contained only elementary schools, were unified into one district.


Adams Elementary School


Adams Elementary School enjoys a modern campus on a ten-acre site, situated in Santa Barbara’s northside. It is located between the community golf course and the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Adams School opened in 1954.

Teachers and staff provide a challenging academic program for all students, with additional support in English language development, speech, vocal and instrumental music, art, library, computer literacy, Gifted and Talented Education, and special education.

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Cleveland Elementary School


Cleveland Elementary School is situated on 8.5 acres on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel. Built in 1959, the school has provided quality educational services to a diverse student population.

In July of 1998, the Cleveland School community culminated a two-year study for continuous learning systems for elementary age students, with the adoption of a year round school calendar. Students attend three sixty-day trimesters of instruction, while their three months of vacation are evenly distributed throughout the school year. Each vacation period is one month long.

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McKinley Elementary School

McKinley Elementary School, spectacularly situated overlooking the Santa Barbara coast, was refurbished and reopened in September 1986. The school, built in 1932, was the focal point for the Santa Barbara mesa for many years and now serves the lower westside of the city. We envision all students as thriving citizens, successfully integrated into their communities and possessing skills needed to access unlimited opportunities in the 21st Century.

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Monroe Elementary School


Monroe Elementary School – a modern, well-equipped campus – is located on the Santa Barbara mesa. The school was constructed in 1958 on a 9.85-acre site at Flora Vista Drive and Cliff Drive.

Monroe’s staff is committed to a learning environment that promotes individual self-worth and academic excellence through an “inclusion” model: all students are served for general education in heterogeneous classrooms. Students are grouped (and re-grouped) for daily instruction in math (45 minutes, grades 2-5) and language arts (45 minutes, grades 3-5) based on performance on specific objectives. Students in K-1 receive individualized small-group instruction in self-contained classrooms with teaming of regular and special education teachers.

Project Read, a multi-sensory, structured language arts program, supports the established reading program and provides a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics and written language. For limited and non-English language learners, a Planned Variation program teaches English using vocabulary and content areas of interest and usefulness to students. All students gain appreciation of ethnic cultures through special units of study and monthly multi-cultural assemblies.

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Peabody Elementary School


Peabody Charter School was constructed in 1928. It is situated on the north side of the City of Santa Barbara. From the original six-classroom building, Peabody has expanded to its 33 classroom campus for K-6 students.

In 1993, the staff, parents, and students reached a consensus that becoming a charter school would allow the ability, flexibility, and latitude to provide innovative curriculum, development, and instruction. Working together with the Board of Education of the Santa Barbara Elementary School District, a contract was negotiated to create a charter school as permitted under Senate Bill 1448 of the State of California. As a charter school focused on meeting students’ needs, the school functions with the freedom to create its own academic programs, teaching methods, measures of success, community and family involvement guidelines and fiscal responsibilities.

Among the school’s program highlights are: extended school day/late start Fridays; Gifted and Talented Education program; art enrichment; the Splash Zone, which hosts ceramics and fine arts classes daily with our artists in residence; Peabody Peacemakers, a voluntary cadre of upper grade students trained in conflict resolution vocabulary and strategies; second language instruction in English or Spanish; sports.

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Roosevelt Elementary School


Roosevelt Elementary School is a diverse and integrated school community. Located in the upper east side of Santa Barbara, the school site is slightly under four acres. The classrooms are housed in a new, two-story building which was completed in the 1999-2000 school year. The new building has a state-of-the-art networked 32-station computer lab and an art/science room.

From 1999-2002, Roosevelt staff and parents collaboratively developed a strategic plan with specific schoolwide goals. The Roosevelt school community is working together to support these goals: develop a strong and consistent academic program; create a consistently implemented, schoolwide behavior management system; improve the progress of English learners; create parent involvement and support reflecting the diversity of the school’s student population; support students to be emotionally and physically prepared to further their education; and unify the staff in the pursuit of common goals.

Roosevelt’s academic program includes: comprehensive reading program for students at all levels; Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) for identified students in grades 3-6 in core language arts and mathematics, as well as enrichment via a school news program; Learning Center which provides academic support to students with exceptional needs; Discipline Based Art Education emphasizes art history and criticism as well as studio art; 6th-grade trip to Outdoor School; participation in Los Marineros, a marine biology program developed by the Museum of Natural History; afterschool programs; instructional music program; and PTA-sponsored cultural and arts assemblies and field trips.

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Washington Elementary School


Washington Elementary School was established in 1953 in 8.2 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

A program of academic and personal goals focuses student attention on behaviors important for developing well-rounded citizens of tomorrow. Each month there is an academic and a personal goal. One month may highlight perseverance (personal) and reading (academic). Students all have the same definition for perseverance and discuss it in class during the month. At the end of the month, specific students are acknowledged in a school assembly for excellence in the academic and the personal areas.

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Goleta Valley Junior High School


Goleta Valley Junior High opened its doors in 1964, making it the first secondary school in the burgeoning Goleta Valley. It was constructed on a 23.02-acre site.

Guided by a vision and mission statement and a list of student expectations, Goleta Valley Junior High students and staff share a commitment to the highest standards for academic excellence. The school’s participation in the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for School Innovation actively involves students with science. Intellectually challenging opportunities are available for qualified students in English, science, social studies and mathematics. Honors program students have a core class of English and social studies. Students with limited English receive specifically designed academic instruction in English for mathematics, social studies, and science, in addition to two periods of English as a Second Language. Supervised study time is available in the Homework Center after school, at Noon Tutorial sessions, and in two community locations after school hours.

La Colina Junior High School was constructed on a 29-acre site and opened in September 1959. Originally operated as a three-year school, La Colina became a two-year junior high in 1981. La Colina is set back from Foothill Road, near the San Marcos Pass highway, with views of the mountains and the ocean.

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La Colina Junior High School


La Colina Junior High has many recognition programs designed to encourage hard work, good study habits, and academic achievement. The student recognition program is comprehensive and serves to acknowledge the special accomplishments of a wide variety of students. La Colina strives to promote all students to high school by the end of the eighth grade. Those who fail to meet District requirements must complete courses in summer school before they can transfer.

About 20% of La Colina students are enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Advanced classes are available for qualified students in all academic areas: science, math, English, and social studies. Other program highlights include a state-of-the-art industrial technology classroom; an English Language Learner program; courses in Spanish, French, and Latin; comprehensive performing arts and music programs. All programs, including the Gifted and Talented Education program and special education, are continually evaluated to assure they are meeting student needs.

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La Cumbre Junior High School


La Cumbre Junior High School is Santa Barbara’s oldest intermediate school. It was designed in 1926 and opened in 1928 as a junior high school serving grades seven through nine. In September 1993, La Cumbre became the Secondary District’s only middle school, serving students in grades six through eight. In September 2002, La Cumbre opened as a two-year middle school, serving students in grades seven and eight.

The Spanish-style school is housed on a 21.95-acre campus on the westside of Santa Barbara. Unique to this campus is a mural that graces the cafeteria, a gift to La Cumbre by the art students of 1986. The mural project was led by Dr. Anne Chestnut. Inspired by local artist Manuel Unzueta, the mural depicts the past, present and future of the Santa Barbara community.

La Cumbre Junior High School is a standards-driven and standards-based school with high expectations for all students and a comprehensive support program. The learning environment encourages self-disciplined, self-directed, and responsible academic and social behavior.

To meet the specialized needs of the school’s most gifted students, La Cumbre offers an interdisciplinary honors program in language arts and social studies and a Gifted and Talented Education program in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies at all grade levels. The school offers a comprehensive program for English language learners, including sheltered instruction. Special needs students receive resource and special day class instruction. La Cumbre offers adaptive physical education and services for sight and hearing impaired students.

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Santa Barbara Junior High School


Santa Barbara Junior High School has a long and proud history. Many local citizens are graduates and have memories of their middle years spent at this handsome, historical landmark. Built in 1932 on a 16.44-acre site, the school is situated in the heart of the eastside community of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Junior High is the home of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, a cultural and community performing arts center that caters to community youth performing arts organizations. The library media center is at the heart of the school with extensive up-to date book, reference, audio visual and computer resources to support all levels of the curriculum.

In addition to a rigorous academic program for all students, Santa Barbara Junior High is recognized for unique curriculum-based experiences. Seventh grade history study culminates with a Renaissance Faire in May, highlighting specific segments of the period including costuming, food, medicine, social justice, cultural practices, literature, music and academics. 8th grade history students participate in Civil War Day which is an enrichment activity structured around the 8th grade social studies standards. Our science department hosts Science Nights in English and Spanish, Astronomy Night, and collaborates with USCB science graduate students to display how science and physics are prominent in every day activities.

The band participates in the State Street and Milpas Street parades, and the drama department performs at least twice a year in the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The English department offers a debate, journalism and award-winning yearbook class. The math department has designed a unique program where students who score below proficient on the California Standards Test in math receive an additional support class. Santa Barbara Junior High also has a technology lab that features a recording studio and technology stations for use alongside a fully-equipped wood shop. Year after year our quality art department prepares students to feed directly into the Visual Arts and Design Academy and Multimedia Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School. Santa Barbara Junior High is also the only junior high school in Santa Barbara that offers advanced foreign language classes like Spanish 3-4, Latin 3-4, and French 3-4.

Santa Barbara Junior High is committed to promoting opportunities for academic excellence and developing personal and civic responsibility in a safe, tolerant and caring environment.

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Dos Pueblos High School


Dos Pueblos High School was constructed in 1966 on a 40-acre site. The school serves the needs of students throughout southern Santa Barbara County.

A comprehensive package of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment (in partnership with Santa Barbara City College), English learner, Regional Occupational Program, Honors, and special education courses serve the needs of a diverse student body.

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San Marcos High School


Established in 1958 on a 44.40-acre site, San Marcos High School is centered between Santa Barbara and Goleta.

The school’s varied curriculum offers over 200 academic and elective courses. Approximately 80% of San Marcos students go on to higher education, with 35% going directly to four-year colleges and universities and 45% attending two-year community colleges.

San Marcos moved from a traditional six-period day to a block schedule where students take three 90-minute classes a day with the option of a fourth class. Students may thus complete 16 classes a year instead of the traditional 12.

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Santa Barbara High School


Santa Barbara High School (SBHS), founded in 1875, is the third oldest high school in California. Until the establishment of San Marcos High School in 1958 and Dos Pueblos High School in 1966, Santa Barbara High School was the sole public high school to serve the Santa Barbara-Goleta community. Occupying a 40-acre campus, the current Spanish-style school was built in 1924. With a rich local history, Santa Barbara High School is known throughout the community as the “Home of the Dons.”

In addition to a wide range of traditional course offerings, SBHS is home to three academies, which operate much like a “school within a school”: The Multimedia Arts and Design Academy (MAD), the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA), and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Academy (STEM).

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Anacapa School


Located in the heart of the Santa Barbara civic center, Anacapa School provides students and teachers easy access to the rich educational, historical, and cultural resources of our local community. The public library, art and history museums, Presidio, city hall, and county courthouse and administrative offices are just a few blocks from campus. Anacapa also benefits from its proximity to city recreational facilities including the downtown Carrillo Street gym, Los Baños swimming pool, athletic playing fields, parks, and beaches.

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Garden Street Academy


Garden Street Academy is committed to providing an education which enables and empowers a diverse group of students to develop their intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical gifts and to understand and respect the similarities and differences among themselves and others in their local and world communities.

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Laguna Blanca

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For over 80 years, Laguna Blanca School has inspired student success through outstanding academics, a celebrated arts program, and competitive athletics. Students tackle a challenging curriculum and meet high standards thanks to dedicated faculty and staff who pride themselves in providing unmatched support of student achievement. Set on two charming campuses in Santa Barbara, small class sizes and individual attention give students in grades EK-12 a safe, nurturing environment that fosters academic excellence. Laguna Blanca graduates leave the tight-knit community to attend the nation’s most selective colleges and universities. Committed to diversity, Laguna Blanca School offers a substantial need-based financial aid program.

Opening its doors in the idyllic Santa Barbara alcove of Hope Ranch in 1933, Laguna Blanca’s initial student body consisted of 40 boys taught by six faculty members on a quiet six-acre campus. The school has since grown into two campuses — 35 acres in Hope Ranch and three in Montecito — to host a co-educational student body of approximately 375 students. Founded by pioneering headmaster Edward Selden Spaulding and three enterprising colleagues, the school became co-educational in 1942 and grew steadily until the end of the century, when expansion facilitated the purchase of the second campus in Montecito to house grades K-4. An Early Kindergarten program was successfully launched in 2014, and both campuses continue to expand and adapt, hosting state-of-the-art technology while maintaining the quaint, classic setting historically enjoyed by students.

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Marymount of Santa Barbara


Building on a 75-year tradition of excellence, the educators at Marymount have crafted a unique learning experience that blends mastery of core subjects with acquisition of the essential skills students need to navigate and be successful in a rapidly evolving world.

At its heart, a Marymount education is student-centered. In every level—from junior kindergarten to eighth grade— Marymount students learn and grow in respectful, encouraging, and safe surroundings. With a student-to-teacher ratio of eight-to-one, individualized attention, careful monitoring of progress, and consistent communication with parents ensures that each student’s needs and aptitudes are recognized and addressed.

In the classroom, Marymount teachers utilize a well-thought-out, inquiry-based approach that compels students to participate in their own learning process. They become adept at converting information into knowledge, and knowledge into understanding. Time and again, research has proven that this invaluable skill is the foundation for high levels of achievement in high school, college, and career.

In many ways, the ingredients for success remain unchanged—resilience, determination, adaptability, and a solid grasp of the basics. But in today’s world, our children also must know how to work smarter and solve multi-faceted problems. They will have to utilize technology effectively, express themselves with clarity and eloquence, and collaborate in pursuit of common goals. It is precisely this set of 21st Century skills that Marymount’s learning environment has been designed to impart. The outstanding record of accomplishment by our graduates is a testament to its efficacy.

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Montessori Center


The Montessori Center School, founded in 1965, was located at the Hope School Campus from 1977-1997 and moved to its present location in June 1997. Since 1972 the Montessori Center School has been a non-profit educational organization with a Board of Trustees. We are an independent organization, not affiliated with any other school. We are affiliated with the American Montessori Society and licensed by the Department of Social Services.

Montessori Center SchoolWe are a vital community of approximately 280 children and their families and approximately 50 staff members, all working together to provide the best possible atmosphere for optimum growth of the students. We want to ensure that the Montessori Center School flourishes for the children of today and for generations to come.

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Crane Country Day School


Crane Country Day School is dedicated to providing an experiential education characterized by a thoughtful balance of academic challenge and creative expression. We thrive as a community that builds character and confidence, while celebrating the joy in learning.

Crane Country Day School was founded in 1928 to provide an enriched education to children in Pre-First (Kindergarten) through Eighth Grades. Since its founding, Crane has provided a thorough foundation in the five major subject areas of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The visual and performing arts, service learning, and athletics have also been an integral part of the school program.

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Santa Barbara Middle School

SBMS was founded in 1976 by a group of students, parents, and teachers concerned about the junior high years. This group, many of whom are still involved, sought to create a school that would combine an innovative, challenging academic program with an environment responsive to the many needs of adolescent students.

For over 35 years Santa Barbara Middle School has worked to fulfill and exceed these goals. Enrollment in our dynamic student body is limited to the middle grades, our specialty.

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Waldorf School of Santa Barbara

The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara was formed in 1984 by a group of parents seeking the enlivened education that is Waldorf for their children. That first class of kindergartners met in shared rooms, which had to be packed up each Friday afternoon to make way for the site’s weekend occupants! As that first class of kindergartners advanced through the grades, new classes formed and followed behind them. The school now has over 100 students who are led by a dedicated faculty, surrounded by a vibrant community, and supported by a committed administrative team and board of trustees.

Our campus is located in a quiet Goleta neighborhood, surrounded by open space, trails, and even a frisbee golf course! From the grades classrooms, the quieter sounds of academic study are interspersed with the sounds of song and verse, flute and strings, woodworking and handwork activities. In our Nursery and Kindergarten classrooms, you will find warmth and comfort amidst natural play toys and crafts with aromas of cooking and baking and the sounds of children’s laughter filling in the air. We have ample gardens which the children tend to, spacious playing fields, an outdoor amphitheater, designated science space for the middle school grades and much more.

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Notre Dame School

Notre Dame’s history began in 1906 when the pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows parish saw the need for a Catholic elementary school. Dolores School was first established at the corner of Anacapa and Figueroa streets under the direction of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. After several moves the present school was constructed. The building was damaged in the 1925 earthquake so Dolores School sought other quarters and the repaired building was completed in 1926 and became Santa Barbara Catholic High. When Bishop High School was established in 1959 Dolores School moved back to the building. After merging with Guadalupe School in 1974 the school was renamed as The Notre Dame School. The philosophy of providing a quality Catholic education for all children lives on in the staff that serves the school today.

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El Montecito School

Students are inspired to develop a deep love of learning about the world and our Creator. ELMO students think critically, reason logically, and communicate clearly while loving God and others wholeheartedly.

We are a private non-profit school located in the lovely San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Founded in 1958, El Montecito School provides academic Christian education to 160 children beginning with two-year-old preschoolers through elementary sixth grade.

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Bishop Garcia Diego High School

Bishop García Diego High School is an independent Catholic co-educational secondary school that welcomes students of all faiths and provides them with the spiritual, personal, and intellectual knowledge to meet the enduring challenge of realizing their God-given potential in a multi-cultural society.

Bishop García Diego High School promotes a Christian environment open to students of all faiths. The school empowers young men and women, educated in Catholic beliefs, to implement the Gospel message in today’s diverse society. With service as a primary tenet, students are called to foster concern for others and are challenged to cultivate the leadership skills necessary to serve humankind and become mature, well-balanced adults.

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Cate School

In 1910, Curtis Cate founded what is now Cate School. Forty years later he spoke to his final graduating class: “Part of the spirit of this place goes with us. We shall again aspire, again attain, in the world that lies beyond these horizons.” Today’s Cate School is a testament to that very spirit and to the commitment to service, scholarship, and character which continues to underlie all of our aspirations.

Conceived, as they often are, by one individual, good schools inevitably take on the personality and priorities of their founders. They become, ultimately, like people—distinct, unique, and capable of reaching others on a very personal level. So it is with Cate. More a large family than a small preparatory school, Cate has grown from the vision of one man to a community of thousands, all of whom have come to know Cate not simply as an outstanding preparation for college, but as a vital and empowering endeavor in its own right.

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University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. Because teaching and research go hand in hand at UC Santa Barbara, our students are full participants in an educational journey of discovery that stimulates independent thought, critical reasoning, and creativity. Our academic community of faculty, students and staff is characterized by a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that is responsive to the needs of our multicultural and global society. All of this takes place within a living and learning environment like no other, as we draw inspiration from the beauty and resources of UC Santa Barbara’s extraordinary location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

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Antioch University

Antioch University strives to model and nurture academic excellence and personal integrity based upon the values of ethical behavior and tolerance for the beliefs, ideas, and cultural experiences of others. AUSB students are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and passion to lead meaningful lives and advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

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Santa Barbara College of Law

For 45 years, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, a nonprofit, regionally accredited law school, has prepared graduates for successful careers in law-related fields through a collaborative learning environment that fosters understanding of the law through discussion and engagement. Our school is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

The Colleges of Law is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Since the 1970s, The Colleges of Law has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Our J.D. graduates are eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam.

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Santa Barbara Business College

It was the last generation of the old west. Hitching posts — wooden beams used to tie up horses — still dotted the dirt roads of Santa Barbara, California, an isolated small town along California’s Pacific coast. But times were changing.

A prosperous business community needed trained workers. Recognizing this growing need, J.E. Metzger opened Santa Barbara Business College in 1888. The new college was an instant success. At the time, Santa Barbara Business College educated area teachers and offered courses in banking, merchandising, shorthand, typing, and business law.

Metzger saw that the business world was changing. He strongly held that workers needed new and modern skills to advance in their careers. In 1888, he wrote, “The world moves with a wonderful velocity. Old methods are dead. The new ones are what you need and must have.” Under Metzger’s leadership, Santa Barbara Business College prided itself on providing employment-focused education and training. That tradition continues today.

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Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC is renowned as the #1 community college in the nation. The college has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities, student support services and incredible location.

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Fielding Graduate University

Fielding Graduate University was founded by three friends: Frederic Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch–all distinguished higher–education administrators and educators.

The founders envisioned a nationally recognized graduate school based on two notions:

1. Changing demographics were altering the world of higher education.
The founders speculated that students seeking advanced degrees would be mid-career adults who wanted to enhance already well-established academic and professional skills; who would be committed to effecting a mid-life career change; and who would be interested in being part of a lifelong-learning community.

2. Adults learn differently than adolescents and young adults.
The traditional pedagogical method of education–active teacher, passive learner–would not be appropriate to this new experiment. To accommodate and capitalize on the learning styles of its students, Fielding developed a rigorous, supportive learning model that today remains flexible, adult-centered, self-directed, practice-oriented, global, and competence-based.

For more than 40 years, Fielding has applied these ideas to educating passionate, motivated students–and transforming them into gratified, successful graduates who go on to make positive changes in their organizations and communities.

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