The Jefferson Campus was built in 1933, and a number of upgrades are required to maintain and modernize the facility so we can provide an exceptional academic experience. Over the next 10 years, improvements will include making the campus more sustainable, replacing windows, and upgrading the kitchen/Deli, Lotus Theater, and labs.
Our graduates and their families often speak of the transformative impact of their SBMS education. By removing the obstacle of tuition, scholarships allow us to share the gift of SBMS with promising students who otherwise might not be able to attend.
In addition to our robust financial aid awards, this pilot scholarship program provides 99% tuition remission for a student’s entire duration at SBMS, and also pays for the student’s bike, camping gear, lunches, and all additional school fees. SBMS matches generous donors to fund half of each scholarship.
SBMS is transforming our gardens into a living classroom. Through hands-on learning, students are developing an understanding of sustainable food production, nutrient cycling, water reticulation, pollinator habitats, native biodiversity, and watershed restoration. A mix of raised garden beds, fruit trees and trellises support food production, while composting and incorporated permaculture design reduce food waste and support water retention.
The gardens will supply the produce for the Deli’s salad bar, a student-run farmer’s market, and the free healthy snack served to the entire school each morning. In combination with an integrated kitchen classroom, the gardens will ultimately demonstrate sustainable food production to our wider community, serving as a communal space to educate and connect with neighboring schools and organizations.
The Channel Islands represent a microcosm of the complex environmental, historical, and scientific interactions happening on a global scale. Working in collaboration with SBMS student researchers, renowned marine scientists, environmentalists, and filmmakers, SBMS is developing a curriculum focused on bringing the magic of the Channel Islands into every classroom.
The Island Vision curriculum will include the best research, articles, illustrations, and educational stories focused on these unique local islands. Lesson plans and an interactive website will accompany the curriculum, which will ultimately be provided free of charge to Santa Barbara County public schools. This curriculum will bring the ocean to the classroom, and the classroom to the ocean, inspiring students at SBMS and beyond to investigate their incredible aquatic backyard.
The Carpe Diem Fund was created in the spirit of innovation and service. Funds go directly to providing teachers with professional learning opportunities, developing cutting edge curriculum, and expanding our school’s impact in our community.
This program funds cutting edge initiatives such as a community music series for student performers, a Bike Monkey mobile bike repair station, and a how-to guide for schools to launch Teen Press. Our teachers have used the Carpe Diem fund to pursue advanced medical training and to facilitate Community Action Club service efforts.
An investment in the school’s endowment provides our faculty and students with the additional resources necessary to sustain and enhance the quality of our educational program well into the future. While the school’s priorities are currently focused on our other capital needs, gifts to the endowment are always gratefully accepted. The school anticipates launching an endowment campaign within the next five to eight years. An enhanced endowment will provide financial stability, strength, and flexibility to adapt to market fluctuations.
If you’d like to get involved or learn more about how to contribute to the SBMS experience, please contact Development Director Phoebe Hitchman at 805-563-9781 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SBMS is a registered 501(c)3 organization that can receive charitable contributions. The school's tax ID number is 95-3134383.
Santa Barbara Middle School cultivates in our students passion for life and life-long learning, a deep sense of trust in themselves, strength and courage to succeed at life's challenges, and compassion and respect for others.