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


It's the 40th Anniversary of SBMS, and we're celebrating throughout the year. Save these dates for some amazing events! Click through for dates, times and events...


Pedal & Picnic Event

At the end of the second week, the grades went their separate ways for special adventures. The 6th & 7th took on "Pedal & Picnic".

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Community Handbook 2016-17

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

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This year the Upper School took on the challenges of Oregon during The Rite of the Wheel. Click through for the expedition documentary!

"BRIDGES 2016:: A Sense of Wonder

Join the 6th & 7th grades for their adventures & reflections in SF and Marin, as they celebrating "A Sense of Wonder". Click through to view the film!


SBMS's annual collection of creative writing and art appears in The Mandala. If you didn't get a printed copy...click through to view the digital version!


The 8th Grade celebrated the spoken word through the performance of monologues from Shakespeare and other writers in an epic, marathon celebration. Click through for to view the performances!


The 9th Grade dug deep and created inspired works of poetry. Click through for amazing creations & performances!


The '80s night to support SBMS was a great success! Click through for more information (& photos)!

6th & 7th End of the Year Trip

The culminating expeditions of the year are upon us. We've deep in our pre-trip prep. Follow the link to view the BRIDGES-A Sense of Wonder expedition...


The Teen Press journeyed to San Francisco to cover the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference (one of our accediting organizations). Check out some of their stories on the Teen Press YouTube channel...


Projects from the Academic Fair live on as videos on our YouTube channel. Check out:


The SBMS Teen Press is the subject of a film! 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 film festivals around the country. Find out 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...

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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