Educational Partners

School plays an important role in the lives of young people. When young people believe that adults in their schools care about them, they are less likely to become involved with gangs. When young people feel good about their academic skills, connected to school, and believe that education leads to a successful career they are less likely to become involved in gang activity. Our five educational partners are: Carpinteria Unified School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara City College, and University of California, Santa Barbara.

Carpinteria School District The Carpinteria Unified School District provides public education services to students in the Carpinteria Valley, with district boundaries reaching south to the Ventura County line and north to the community of Summerland. The District, serving approximately 2300 grades K-12 students, has nine schools – one comprehensive high school, two small alternative high schools, one middle school, and four elementary schools.
The mission of the Santa Barbara Unified School District is to ensure the educational success of all students through high expectations and a commitment to excellence and to empower them to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. Ismael Huerta is the school district’s bilingual outreach worker. He can be reached at 729-3493 est. 6284
  The Santa Barbara County Education Office is an intermediate agency between the California State Department of Education and the 22 school districts that are located within the county’s boundaries. K–12 enrollment for 2009 is 66,040 students. It is our office mission to provide service and leadership in the areas of students, teachers, and finance.
  Santa Barbara City College has a national reputation built on its focus on educational excellence and innovation. Whether you would like to train for a new job, earn a college degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, upgrade your existing skills or explore educational opportunities, Santa Barbara City College has courses and programs to meet your needs and interests.
  The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. Because teaching and research go hand in hand at UC Santa Barbara, our students are full participants in an educational journey of discovery that stimulates independent thought, critical reasoning, and creativity. Our academic community of faculty, students, and staff is characterized by a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that is responsive to the needs of our multicultural and global society. Our commitment to public service is manifested through the creation and distribution of knowledge that advances the well-being of our state, nation, and world. All of this takes place within a living and learning environment like no other, as we draw inspiration, opportunity, and advantage from the beauty and resources of UC Santa Barbara’s extraordinary location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.