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At A Glance

Download the latest version of SBCEO At A Glance (May 2024)

Santa Barbara County Education Office has three primary functions:


1. Provide direct instruction to the county’s most vulnerable students through alternative, special education, and early childhood education programs.

2. Support and supplement local school districts with services that are necessary for their operations, including budget accountability and approval, technology and connectivity, Local Control and Accountability Plan assistance and approval, professional development, and support for districts’ academic goals.

3. Lead and advocate on behalf of students, families, schools and school districts at the regional, state and federal levels in support of quality public education.

SBCEO 2023-24 Adopted Budget

2023-24 SBCEO budget pie chart

Enrollment by Ethnicity 2022-23

a pie chart of percentage of Santa Barbara County enrollment by ethnicity

Enrollment Demographics 2022-23

2022-23 enrollment demographics. English learners: 26.1% in SB county, 19% statewide. Free and Reduced priced meals: 62.9% in SB county, 59.9% statewide. Youth experiencing homelessness: 8/7% in SB county, 2.9% statewide. Students with disabilities: 12.1% in Santa Barbara County, 12.7% statewide
bar graphs showing Five-year cohort graduation rate for 2021-22: 91.4% in SB county, 86.5% statewide. 2021-22 College-going rate: 67.1% in SB county, 62.2% statewide

Quick Facts


Santa Barbara County Board of Education

Judy Frost, President
Bruce Porter, Vice President Marybeth Carty
Maggi Daane
Michelle de Werd
Nadra Ehrman
Joe Howell

Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Susan Salcido

554 Employees

Certificated and Classified Employees

5 Divisions

Administrative Services
Curriculum & Instruction
Student & Community Services
Human Resources
Special Education

Santa Barbara County K-12 Public Education by the Numbers 2021-22


K-12 Public School Enrollment: 67,137

School Districts: 20

Total Schools: 123 (including public schools, public charter schools, alternative schools, continuation schools, court schools, community schools)

2023-24 SBCEO Highlights

Early Care & Education

SBCEO operates 11 early childcare centers, two infant and toddler centers, and nine preschools serving about 300 children. We connected 2,750 children to subsidized childcare countywide.

Special Education

Provided special education services to over 800 students in preschool, elementary and secondary settings throughout Santa Barbara County. Provided intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Budget and LCAP

Reviewed district budgets and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) to ensure solvency and compliance.

Technology

Provided technology support, internet connection, professional development and training. During the pandemic, SBCEO’s Computers for Families program provided 1,362 devices to students and adults and 3,800 bilingual technical support calls.

Arts Education

Served 50,000 students annually with arts education through funds raised by our annual event, the I Madonnari chalk art festival.

Academic Achievement

Supported districts in data analysis, academic goals, and curriculum & instruction.

Mental Health & Wellness

In partnership with County Behavioral Wellness, secured a multi-million dollar state grant to increase in-school mental health support. A new team of mental health coordinators is serving the Santa Maria Valley, with expansion efforts underway in Lompoc, the Santa Ynez Valley, Goleta, and Carpinteria.

Educator Recognition

Selected and awarded Teacher of the Year, and events including Salute to Teachers and Education Celebration Educator Development Provide credentialing programs and mentorship for teachers and administrators.

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Expanded career pathway opportunities. Secured a $1.6 million grant to expand Career Pathways. Since 2018, $6 million in grant funds distributed to sites.

Programs & Partnerships

Served schools through 200 specialized programs and partnerships like Partners in Education, Children’s Creative Project, Health Linkages, Children & Family Resource Services, and Welcome Every Baby

Family Outreach

Oversaw Santa Barbara County Promotores Network, a team of 70 individuals who link families to health and education resources. Since July 2021, Promotores has reached 65,000 individual children and families.

Emergency and Crisis Response

Provided coordination and communications during emergencies, and training and coaching for district leaders during times of crisis

Juvenile Court and Community Schools

In partnership with County Probation, ran schools for justice-involved youth and those experiencing expulsion and chronic absenteeism

Academic & Community Events

Author-Go-Round Science Olympiad
Battle of the Books Spelling Bee
Breakfast with the Authors Operation Recognition
I Madonnari Principal for a Day
Math Superbowl Poetry Slam
Mock Trial  
Partners in Education Mock Interviews: Students Practice Interview Skills with Local Professionals

Partners in Education Mock Interviews: Students practice interview skills with local professionals 

Career Technical Education Teacher Externship Program: Teachers bring hands-on experience back to the classroom.

Career Technical Education Teacher Externship Program: Teachers bring hands-on experience back to the classroom. 

10th Annual A Salute to Teachers: SBCEO honors eight outstanding Santa Barbara County educators

10th Annual A Salute to Teachers: SBCEO honors eight outstanding Santa Barbara County educators

2024 Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee: Elementary division winners celebrate achievement

2024 Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee: Elementary division winners celebrate achievement

Santa Barbara Countywide Education Job Fairs: Attendees explore employment opportunities within education.

Santa Barbara Countywide Education Job Fairs: Attendees explore employment opportunities within education.