We are an independent, coeducational day school for grades 6-9.

SBMS was founded in 1976 by a group of students, parents, and teachers concerned about the junior high years. This group, many of whom are still involved, sought to create a school that would combine an innovative, challenging academic program with an environment responsive to the many needs of adolescent students.

For over 35 years Santa Barbara Middle School has worked to fulfill and exceed these goals. Enrollment in our dynamic student body is limited to the middle grades, our specialty.

We are located at 1321 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, and can be reached by phone at 805-682-2989.

Open House: Thank You for Visiting

For those who attended our Open House, here is the link from John's presentation, showing what some of the Teen Press's interviewees have to say about what we call the Four Sides of the DIamond.

Santa Barbara Middle School Newsletter

Welcome Visitors

Congratulations, Class of 2017

Our amazing group of students is off to the next stage of their education, and we wish them well and congratulations on their achievements at SBMS. Click through for Rites of Passage photos!


"RITE OF THE WHEEL" Expedition Video

...is now online!

Expedition members--relive some of your experiences! Friends, family & visitors--get a taste of our amazing adventure!

"BRIDGES" Expedition Video

...is also online!

The 6th & 7th Grades' exploits in Marin and San Francisco are memorialized here. Check it out

Tibetan Scholar LOSANG SAMTEN

Losang's visit has concluded. He worked throughout the week of March 6-10 to create a sand Mandala. We had a special Sunrise Swim to return the Sand to the Sea. Check out the "Introduction to Losang" video!

Academic Fair 2017

We hope you joined us in celebrating the academic achievements of SBMS students during our ACADEMIC FAIRS in early February. Check out some highlights on our YouTube channel!

Log Onto "The HUB"

Get access to the latest information about school activities, expeditions, waivers, and more by logging onto SBMS's new digital clearinghouse, The HUB.

For help, contact Anne or David.

Celebrating Outdoor Education

The All-School Town Meeting celebrating SBMS's Outdoor Education Program took place on December 8th.

For those who couldn't make it, the FALL EXPEDITIONS video is now available on YouTube.


Ernie Brooks has officially gifted us the Jefferson campus, giving Santa Barbara Middle School a permanent home. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the event was held on October 7th.

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Pedal & Picnic Event

At the end of the second week, the grades went their separate ways for special adventures. The 6th & 7th took on "Pedal & Picnic".

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Community Handbook 2016-17

The Community Handbook is compiled each year with information about many key factors that will affect you and your student(s).

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Support our school's programs, teachers and students with a tax-deductible gift to SBMS. Click for more information...

Completing The Diamond

9th grade is the culminating experience for SBMS. Students experience inspiration, effort, challenge, and support so that they know themselves. They can draw direction from within by the cultivation of knowledge and deeper values. Click through for the more information ...

A Safe Commute

Getting to and through SBMS safely and efficiently is the goal of our parking lot configuration.

Check out the instructions and updated map...


The Scoop

Each week the news and upcoming events for SBMS is collected and published in THE SCOOP. THE SCOOP provides the information that you need know! Check it out in your email "in box" or click the link in the "Students & Parents" section of the left-hand menu (or above)!

Simple Site Map

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