Santa Barbara Charter School was a pioneering charter school and now mentors other start-up Charters. A smaller school of about 200 children in K-8, it offers a congenial community and plenty of supervision and involvement. Major school decisions are made by a board of parents, teachers, and administrators, but parents and teacher team to create many different learning experiences. The system of aides used by the school insures a very high adult/child ratio, and makes it possible to offer a higher level of individualized education. As a parent, I enjoy the parents, and love the teachers (especially the K-2 teachers; I have less experience with the rest.)
Amazingly committed, loving teachers. I have been moved to tears during classes, observing the respect and attention to each child. This school helps children retain their love of learning and develop into confident individuals.
I didn't realize until we left SBCS how special it is. The teachers are experienced, kind, and effective. Compassionate classroom management, conflict resolution strategies, and a high level of parent participation impress me so much in comparison to my son's new school. The entire staff knows you and your child and cares about them. Volunteering in the classroom gives you the opportunity to become more integrated into the school community, assist in your child's development, and be aware of what his/her experience is at school. On-site after school care is great for working parents. Field trips are fun and educational. And opportunities for learning and growth in many ability levels are available in the classroom. We miss it very much.
Warning! This school and its leadership are everything but democratic and positive roles for your children.
This has been a good school for my daughter although I feel the academics could be stronger. She is looking for a new school for middle school.
The teachers are exceptional under the leadership of the head of education Bev Abrams, the most committed person I've ever met in education. The school focuses on the whole child's growth emotional as well as intellectual. The school is a true community. My children have since moved on to other schools but the knowledge and examples they set for others due to their Santa Barbara school experience is a tribute to SBCS. Both my children continue to thrive in their present academic environments as well!
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