Community Outreach
A New Home for the Santa Barbara Middle School

Jefferson Campus – 1321 APS

On June 1st Santa Barbara Middle School took official occupancy of the Brooks Jefferson campus at 1321 APS. We moved our administration into our new offices in July and we are on track to complete our facelift of this beautiful building by the end of August and welcome our students on September 7th. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a world-class education in this special neighborhood and appreciate the warm welcome we have received from many of our new neighbors and the dozens of current and past SBMS families who live on the Riviera. Being a good neighbor is very important to SBMS, and as we have done in the past with our Garden Street neighbors, we intend to build a long and positive working relationship with new the entire Riviera Community. We understand that the Riviera is beautiful and unique place and we intend to become a valuable asset and resource for our neighbors.

SBMS believes that sharing information about our school’s philosophy, program, and intended use of the campus is critical step in creating a healthy, working relationship. To this end, we have; presented information to the Riviera Association at it’s November and April meetings, walked the neighborhood going door to door to introduce ourselves, listened to questions, shared our program, hosted three neighborhood receptions at the homes of RA members, and met with the Chair of the Riviera Association Committee for the SBMS more than a dozen times. SBMS is working with the Riviera Association to provide a monthly forum and process for communication and cooperation beginning in September. We are grateful to the Riviera Association for providing a constructive platform to share our program with the neighbors and to learn about the concerns and priorities of the neighborhood.

We understand that there are many questions and concerns regarding our move and intended use of the site and we will continue to be responsive. SBMS will use the campus strictly within the bounds of the Conditional Use Permit and in full accordance with the city’s prescription and direction. We have added a link to our website and posted an update of our most recent outreach efforts and information regarding our intended campus usage.

Follow the links below for more information about Santa Barbara Middle School and our plans for the campus. If you have more questions about SBMS, please visit our website at or call Lilli Doner, SBMS Office & Site Manager at 682-2989.

Brian McWilliams