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. See About Our School for more!

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


...have come and gone. Check out the video recaps, below.

The Upper School journeyed through Oregon. Click for info!

The Lower School explored Marin & San Francisco. Click for info!


SONFEST waaaaas EPIC! Thanks to all who helped produce this amazin event...

Gilligan’s Island Dinner & Auction

Thanks to all who helped make this SBMS's most successful auction to date!
Click through for details...

Academic Fair

Highlights from 2014's achievements. Check out the recap, with links to performance videos...

Teen Press @ SBIFF 2014

The 23rd team of the SBMS Teen Press was on duty at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as accredited press. Check out their interviews with fascinating people--filmmakers, actors, producers, writers, and more.

Community Handbook

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

Click through for more...

Welcome Jenna!

We welcome new faculty member Jenna Newburn.

Click through to find out about our new 6th Grade Humanities teacher...

The Scoop

Each week the news and upcoming events for SBMS is collected and published in THE SCOOP. Produced by the amazing & hard working Christine Cowles, 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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