a private school with a public purpose

We are fortunate. We are grateful. And we believe that a strong education and foundation for our students lies in looking beyond ourselves and giving back to our community and world. Our purpose is greater than just serving ourselves; we are here to learn how to be of service to others.

SBMS provides the opportunities for our students to meaningfully engage in our community. We meet, speak with, feed and wash the clothes of the homeless, teach bicycle mechanics at local schools, provide bicycle tune-ups at Earth Day, and many more!

Community Action Club

Our school's Community Action Club creates service-based projects aimed to engage with our local community and beyond. Students decide which social issue they'd like to help, and students brainstorm ways to affect change. Our Community Action Club holds fundraisers on campus and engages in actions to bring about change.

Creating and installing pop up libraries around town, hosting hunger banquets to support our local homeless population, holding Unity Shoppe food drives, and sewing pillow case dresses for orphans in Africa are just a few of the service opportunities where we participate.

Partners & Projects

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  • Community Action Projects

    • Local Pop Up Libraries
    • SBMS Farmers Market
    • Hunger Banquet
    • We Are Silent - Raising Awareness for those who find themselves without a “voice” of their own)
    • Bici Familia Neighborhood Workshops
    • Recycle Bins 
    • Little Dresses for Africa - (pillowcase dresses)
    • First Thursday Art Show
    • Direct Relief Flower Drive
    • Backyard Bounty Orange Picking
    • Special Olympics - soccer coaches
  • Local Community Partnerships

    • Adam's Angels 
    • Alexandria Gardens Assisted Living
    • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara - Sports Drive
    • Circle of Friends
    • Community Environmental Council (CEC) Earth Day
    • CSA - Farmbox Collective 
    • Cycling Without Age Santa Barbara 
    • Direct Relief International
    • Domestic Violence Solutions 
    • Food Bank of Santa Barbara
    • Franklin Elementary School
    • Free the Children - WE Day
    • Handlebar Coffee Roasters
    • Hazards Cyclesport
    • Maritime Museum
    • Milpas Laundromat - Fluff & Fold
    • MTD Transportation
    • PATH Homeless Shelter (formerly Casa Esperanza)
    • Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition/Bici Centro
    • Santa Barbara Bowl
    • Santa Barbara Food Bank
    • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
    • Special Olympics
    • The Purse Project
    • Transition House
    • Truth Aquatics
    • UCSB Arts & Lectures
    • Unite to Light
The feeling I got from seeing all of the Special Olympians' faces light up made the whole thing worthwhile. You could see how much that day meant to everyone there, and it was a truly beautiful moment. -Lucky Drucker, 7th grade, member of the Community Action Club