We are 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, 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.

We are located at 1321 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, and can be reached by phone at 805-682-2989.

Open House: Thank You for Visiting

For those who attended our Open House, here is the link from John's presentation, showing what some of the Teen Press's interviewees have to say about what we call the Four Sides of the DIamond.

Santa Barbara Middle School Newsletter

Welcome Visitors


The SBMS Teen Press is the subject of a film--and will be shown at this year's SBIFF! Three years ago one of the filmmakers being interviewed by the Teen Press turned the tables, and decided to interview THEM. The result is a short documentary being shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival #31. Find out more...



The mid-year expeditions are coming, and we're starting to prepare. This trimester's Friday Electives will be devoted to March trip preparation and training (attendance required). Stay tuned for a full roster, but here are the currently available expedition sites:


Celebrate the experiences and achievements of SBMS students in the Outdoor Education program. If you missed the All School Town Meeting, here's another chance to experience community, challenge, discovery and more.


Support our school's programs, teachers and students with a tax-deductible gift to SBMS. Click for more information...

8th Grade Spanish, Level 2

Edline, move over, the 8th Grade Spanish Agenda is here.

Click through for more information about the plans & schedule for Spanish class...

Community Handbook 2015-16

The Community Handbook is compiled each year with information about many key factors that will affect you and your student(s).

Click through for more...

Completing The Diamond

9th grade is the culminating experience for SBMS. Students experience inspiration, effort, challenge, and support so that they know themselves. They can draw direction from within by the cultivation of knowledge and deeper values. Click through for the more information ...

A Safe Commute

Getting to and through SBMS safely and efficiently is the goal of our parking lot configuration.

Check out the instructions and updated map...

The Scoop

Each week the news and upcoming events for SBMS is collected and published in THE SCOOP. Produced by the amazing & hard working Christine Cowles, THE SCOOP provides the information that you need know! Check it out in your email "in box" or click the link in the "Students & Parents" section of the left-hand menu (or above)!

Simple Site Map

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