This is the best elementary school in the country. Period! The amazing, hard working, thoughtful teachers, the sophisticated yet fruitful curriculums, great facilities and kind, friendly "home-style" atmosphere. Totally feels like extended family no matter if you're from Russia, England or a block away. Kids are friendly and accommodating with each other, there's zero tolerance for even a hint of bullying - overall an awesome place to remember growing up at! And regarding the previous negative review: it's a shame how some project personal insecurities and imaginary inferiority pouring completely false and vile nonsense on our favorite school, which in reality unites folks from all walks of life and versatile backgrounds for the common cause of raising our kids healthy, happy, kind and smart!
I agree with the previous "1-star" reviewer in regards to the attitude of this school. The "Montecito tuxedo" is a standing joke in town - MUS moms adorned in LuLu traveling via luxury SUVs with gossip on their mind, as well as their men's mistresses. My family personally opted out, preferring Marymount - although a private school, Marymount is much more down to earth than MUS could ever hope to be. Or perhaps that's the ticket! Perhaps they don't want to be! Perhaps, they strive to be no more than what they are and to teach their children the same diluted thinking that has led them to where they are today. Past is prologue, I suppose.
Teachers are very dedicated and administration is devoted but the socioeconomic situation here is daunting. If you don't drive a black luxury car or take fancy vacations continents away and your child does not dress impeccably you and/or your child is bound to feel left out. There is very little diversity here, but the academics are commendable.
The below reviewer must have failed Irony 101. Clearly elitism comes in many forms. However, I whole heartedly agree with the below reviewer about the new admin, the Dean of Students' welcome page on the web site says it all (it's blank as of this writing, 6 months into the school year). And I'm sure her attitude comes from the top (Superintendent). Won't post details in order to avoid retribution. However, the Dean of Academics (Dr. Bruski) has been the one shining light of the school's top leadership. The office staff are exceptionally helpful and patient, a class act. The teachers truly care for your students and know how to effectively lead them to grow into the best person that they can be - this is priceless. Instruction is as good (although more traditional) as the private school we transferred from and we felt that our private school was one of the best in the county. If I had a special needs student, I would do everything possible to relocate into this school district. Would love to see a little less clutter in the classrooms to encourage focus among the children. Embarassing to bring weekend visitors with all the left over lunch boxes/clothes sitting outside.
Awful, just awful! The new admin, not to mention the majority of parents, are a bunch of elitist, entitled dimwits. If you are a shallow trophy wife, with a penchant for gossip & drama, this is the place for you. If, however, you would prefer to place your child where there is kindness coupled with innate intelligence, I highly recommend Cold Springs School as a much healthier environment.
We looked at so many schools in the area and feel so fortunate to have chosen Montecito Union. We have state of the art facilites including a fabulous computer lab, science lab, and fabulous art room complete with a kiln. Our after school enrichment programs span from great sports programs to unique foreign languages such as Chinese and Japanese. The teachers and specialists are the top in their field. We are fortunate to not be affected by the cutbacks that many of the California schools face and our classroom sizes remain smaller than even private schools. The community is equally warm and dynamic. We couldn't be happier with our choice...
Montecito Union School (MUS) is simply the best school in Santa Barbara County without question. It has the most resources of any school in the area, and probably in the nation. In addition to the academics, MUS strives to offer a well rounded education by including foreign languages, exceptional art and drama program, as well as ongoing education for the parents. Most families attending the school are able to afford private school tuition, however, they have chosen MUS because most elementary schools, both private and public, cannot get any better than this one. Don't take my word for it, go ahead and visit the school and see for yourself. Our motto: 'Together We Are Better'.
After five years and two children later, I am pleased with the level of attention the children have received. Since many families come from the entertainment field, outstanding programs include art, drama, literature, and music(Kenny Loggins created the school song!). The library surpasses public libraries. The teachers are experienced, nurturing and exceptional in their field. The principal is very involved in the needs of the school. The grounds are immaculate (though more shade is needed). On the 'down side,' the school is weak in the hard sciences (at least until the 5th grade), math, and ethnic diversity is nonexistent. Very little is offered to encourage scientific interests. Parental involvement is exceptionally strong...enough so that the teachers have to alternate volunteers' days. The PTA and the MEF are very well funded and provide great extracurricular programming and fieldtrips. It is a 'private school' in the public sector.