Top 10 Best Santa Barbara County Private Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 35 private schools serving 5,730 students in Santa Barbara County, CA (there are 127 public schools, serving 67,033 public students). 8% of all K-12 students in Santa Barbara County, CA are educated in private schools (compared to the CA state average of 10%).
The best top ranked private schools in Santa Barbara County, CA include Dunn School, The Howard School and Pacific Christian School.
The average tuition cost is $37,848, which is higher than the California private school average tuition cost of $16,790.
46% of private schools in Santa Barbara County, CA are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian).

Top Ranked Santa Barbara County Private Schools (2024)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Dunn School
Dunn School Photo - The outdoor education program at Dunn School fosters greater self-awareness through physical challenges and leadership experiences in the outdoors.
(5)
2555 West Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-6471
Grades: 6-12
| 256 students
Fusion Academy Santa Barbara
Fusion Academy Santa Barbara Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. Students have different teachers for different subjects, and teachers act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
510 State Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| students
South Coast Montessori School
South Coast Montessori School Photo - Beautiful outdoor play yards for the children to enjoy each day
Montessori School
(4)
7421 Mirano Dr
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 845-6555
Grades: NS-6
| 72 students
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
Bishop Garcia Diego High School Photo
(Catholic)
(40)
4000 La Colina Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 967-1266
Grades: 9-12
| 282 students
Cate School
Cate School Photo - Sunset Bench
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-4127
Grades: 9-12
| 304 students
1795 San Leandro Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-7732
Grades: K-8
| 260 students
The Howard School
The Howard School Photo
(2)
5315 Foothill Rd
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 745-8448
Grades: PK-8
| 89 students
Laguna Blanca School
Laguna Blanca School Photo
4125 Paloma Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 687-2461
Grades: PK-12
| 437 students
Midland School
Midland School Photo - How is Midland different? Our 4:1 student to faculty ratio allows for small class sizes and close-knit relationships. With under 90 students, everyone knows your name. No cell phones here, but Midlanders do spend a lot of time together in real life: horseback riding, hiking, gardening, creating art, building things, and envisioning an environmentally sustainable and just future.
5100 Figueroa Mountain Rd
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-5114
Grades: 9-12
| 79 students
Pacific Christian School
(Assembly of God)
3435 Santa Maria Way
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 934-1253
Grades: PK-6
| 371 students
Providence School
(Christian)
3225 Calle Pinon
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 962-3091
Grades: NS-12
| 379 students
2130 Mission Ridge Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 569-1811
Grades: PK-8
| 243 students
St. Joseph High School
(Catholic)
4120 S Bradley Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-2038
Grades: 9-12
| 382 students
St. Mary Of Assumption School
St. Mary Of Assumption School Photo - St. Mary's Preschool provides children 2-5 years old the opportunity to begin thier life of learning in a safe environment grounded in Catholic values.
(Catholic)
424 E. Cypress Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-6713
Grades: PK-8
| 228 students
St. Raphael Elementary School
St. Raphael Elementary School Photo
(Catholic)
160 Saint Josephs St
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 967-2115
Grades: PK-8
| 283 students
Santa Barbara Middle School
Santa Barbara Middle School Photo - Every Friday morning at 6:45, anyone who choses, meets at the beach for a sunrise swim. We circle up as a community. The 9th graders read a quote for the week, then whomever wants to, runs in for a morning wake up plunge! After a few waves are ridden, the dip is followed by hot chocolate, coffee and donuts!
(14)
1321 Alameda Padre Serra
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 682-2989
Grades: 6-9
| 181 students
Valley Christian Academy
(Baptist)
2970 Santa Maria Way
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-6317
Grades: PK-12
| 430 students
Agape School Of Christian Education
(Christian)
109 W Fesler St
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 614-9292
Grades: K-11
| 11 students
Anacapa School
814 Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 252-3825
Grades: 7-12
| 52 students
4500 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 701-4036
Grades: PK-8
| 8 students
Children's House Montessori School
Montessori School
1331 East Foster Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-0991
Grades: PK-K
| 28 students
Children's Montessori School
Children's Montessori School Photo
Montessori School
(2)
3910 Constellation Rd., Suite 101
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 733-2290
Grades: PK-6
| 29 students
Coast Hills Baptist School
(Baptist)
650 W Rice Ranch Road
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-7291
Grades: 4-12
| 11 students
Coastline Christian Academy
Coastline Christian Academy Photo
(Christian)
5950 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 967-5834
Grades: K-8
| 140 students
3324 State St Ste M
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-9031
Grades: 10-12
| 7 students
The Family School
The Family School Photo
Alternative School
5300 Figueroa Mountain Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-5440
Grades: PK-5
| 93 students
Garden Street Academy
Garden Street Academy Photo - Garden Street Academy Santa Barbara, CA
2300 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-3717
Grades: K-12
| 137 students
Grace Christian Academy
Grace Christian Academy Photo - 1 of G.C.A. classrooms
(Pentecostal)
816 N C St
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 736-9826
Grades: K-12
| 6 students
La Purisima Concepcion School
(Catholic)
219 W Olive Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 736-6210
Grades: K-7
| 100 students
Montessori Center School
Montessori Center School Photo
Montessori School
401 N Fairview Ave # 1
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 693-9383
Grades: PK-6
| 205 students
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School Photo
(Catholic)
530 Hot Springs Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-5965
Grades: PK-8
| 188 students
St. Louis De Montfort
(Catholic)
(1)
5095 Harp Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-5571
Grades: K-8
| 265 students
St. Therese Classical Academy
(Catholic)
33 E Micheltorena St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 683-1111
Grades: 7-12
| 21 students
Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
(Christian)
891 North Refugio Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-3830
Grades: K-8
| 97 students
Sunrise Montessori School
Montessori School
1201 E Yanonali St
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 560-0855
Grades: PK-K
| 56 students
[+] Show Closed Private Schools in Santa Barbara County, California

Santa Barbara County Private Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
709 N Curryer St
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 928-3713
Grades: K-6
| 95 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked private schools in Santa Barbara County, CA?
The top ranked private schools in Santa Barbara County, CA include Dunn School, The Howard School and Pacific Christian School.
How many private schools are located in Santa Barbara County, CA?
35 private schools are located in Santa Barbara County, CA.
How much do private schools cost in Santa Barbara County, CA?
The average tuition cost is $37,848, which is higher than the California private school average tuition cost of $16,790.
How diverse are private schools in Santa Barbara County, CA?
Santa Barbara County, CA private schools are approximately 39% minority students, which is lower than the California private school average of 51%.
What percentage of students in Santa Barbara County, CA go to private school?
8% of all K-12 students in Santa Barbara County, CA are educated in private schools (compared to the CA state average of 10%).
What percentage of private schools are religiously affiliated in Santa Barbara County, CA?
46% of private schools in Santa Barbara County, CA are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian).

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