Santa Barbara Middle School

1321 Alameda Padre Serra
Santa Barbara, CA 93103-0931
     Tel: (805)682-2989
Grades: 6 - 9 | 161 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 161 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Santa Barbara Middle School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 40%
Average Class Size 16 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 40%
Admissions Director Whitney Ingersoll
Admissions Associate Sue Carmody


Total Sports Offered 17 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Flag Football, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WeightliftingBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballKayaking,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

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.

Profile last updated: 01/31/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School (1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Marymount Of Santa Barbara (0.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Marymount Of Santa Barbara (0.8 miles away)
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