Santa Barbara Middle School

1321 Alameda Padre Serra
Santa Barbara, CA 93103-0931
Tel: (805)682-2989
Grades: 6-9 | 160 students
Founded in 1976, Santa Barbara Middle School is the only accredited, stand-alone middle school for grades 6 - 9 in California.
Through our students' immersion in stimulating Academics, Creative Arts and Sports, Community, Career Studies and our acclaimed Outdoor Education Program, the foundation is designed to provide a defining educational experience.
Our community is based on mutual respect, compassion, gratitude and a unique understanding of this specific age.
Few adults remember junior high as an affirming high point in their lives; our alumni do.
SBMS graduates are known and admired for their intellectual curiosity, creativity, and "can-do confidence." Academic excellence is acknowledged in our graduates ability to earn acceptances to top private high schools and select spots for the highly coveted intellectual and creative academies in the public schools.
Our motivated graduates excel in the GATE/Honors and AP programs in high school and go on to attend the finest universities across the country and abroad.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 6-9
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Difference
Year Founded 1976

Student Body

Total Students 160 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Santa Barbara Middle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Dress Philosophy: personal preference; age appropriate)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 4 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $27,450
Tuition Notes SBMS proudly includes in our tuition, all books, and outdoor education fees. Our tuition is all inclusive.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Whitney Ingersoll
Admissions Associate Sue Carmody


Total Sports Offered 19 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Golf, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WeightliftingBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyFlag Football,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Academic Fair, Boys and Girls Intramural Basketball Team, Boys and Girls Intramural Soccer Team, Boys and Girls Intramural Volleyball Team, Career Study Week, Channel Islands Project, Community Action Club, Digital Movie Making, Digital Photography, Documentary Films, Golf, Math Superbowl, Mike Monkeys, Musical Theater, Ocean Sports, Rite of the Wheel, SBMS Teen Press < >, Songfest, Songwriting, Student Council, Surf Team Academic Fair, Golf, Math Superbowl, Mike Monkeys, Ocean Sports, Songfest, Songwriting, Surf Team, Boys and Girls Intramural Basketball Team,
Boys and Girls Intramural Soccer Team,
Boys and Girls Intramural Volleyball Team,
Career Study Week,
Channel Islands Project,
Community Action Club,
Digital Movie Making,
Digital Photography,
Documentary Films,
Musical Theater,
Rite of the Wheel,
SBMS Teen Press < >,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • Santa Barbara Middle School is an independent, coeducational day school for grades 6-9. SBMS was founded in 1976 by a group of students, parents, and teachers concerned about the junior high years. This group sought to create a school that would combine an innovative, challenging academic program with an environment responsive to the many needs of adolescent students. Santa Barbara Middle School cultivates in our students passion for life and learning, a deep sense of trust in themselves, strength and courage to succeed at life's challenges, and compassion and respect for others. Santa Barbara Middle School has an outstanding, innovative faculty that fosters a love of learning and a passion for living. Santa Barbara Middle School provides a solid academic program that prepares middle-schoolers to become successful. Our school has a nationally recognized Outdoor Education Program that stretches personal limits and builds self-confidence. We provide a Creative Arts and Sports Electives Program that offers exciting new choices for learning and personal growth. We provide a Community Outreach and Service Program that gives students an opportunity to learn about on-the-job responsibility and caring for others.
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