Charter schools are public schools providing instruction in any grade between TK–12. They are created or organized by teachers, parents, community leaders, or a community-based organization. All charter schools are authorized by a local school district, a county office of education, or the State Board of Education.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Education has two roles related to charter schools:
- To consider petitions for the establishment of county-wide charter schools under Education Code section 47605.5 and 47605.6.
- To consider petitions submitted on appeal that have been denied by a school district board.
Filing a Petition
The Charter School Petition Handbook provides guidance on filing a petition, as well as the specific petition submission requirements for the establishment of a county-wide charter school or an appeal to the County Board.
Required Documents to Be Submitted with the Petition
All petitioners wishing to file a petition for the establishment of a county-wide charter school or an appeal to the County Board shall hand-deliver the petition and required documents to:
County Superintendent of Schools
Santa Barbara County Education Office
4400 Cathedral Oaks Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93110