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
THE DIAMOND

Welcome Visitors

LIKE. TOTALLY. RAD. '80s!

Get ready for '80s night to support SBMS! Click through for more information (& photos)!

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6th & 7th End of the Year Trip

It's not too early to start planning for the culminating expeditions of the year. We've already started our pre-trip prep. Follow the link to view the BRIDGES-A Sense of Wonder expedition...

TEEN PRESS @ NAIS

The Teen Press journeyed to San Francisco to cover the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference (one of our accediting organizations). Check out some of their stories on the Teen Press YouTube channel...

ACADEMIC FAIR RECAPS

Projects from the Academic Fair live on as videos on our YouTube channel. Check out:

TEEN PRESS DOCUMENTARY

The SBMS Teen Press is the subject of a film! Three years ago one of the filmmakers being interviewed by the Teen Press turned the tables, and decided to interview THEM. The result is a short documentary being shown at film festivals around the country. Find out more...

END-OF-THE-YEAR EXPEDITIONS

Our final expeditions of 2016 are approaching, and it's not too soon to prepare. This trimester's Friday Electives will be devoted to March trip preparation and training (attendance required). Stay tuned for a full roster, but here are the currently available expedition sites:

ANNUAL FUND

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

8th Grade Spanish, Level 2

Edline, move over, the 8th Grade Spanish Agenda is here.

Click through for more information about the plans & schedule for Spanish class...

Community Handbook 2015-16

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...

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. 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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