General Information

For more background about the admissions process, as well as the substance and history of the school, watch interviews with Whitney in the Faculty section of the website. Here are some admissions-related questions:

We welcome applicants for openings in sixth and seventh grades. A few well-qualified students are accepted into the eighth grade. It is highly unusual for an opening in the ninth grade.

Santa Barbara Middle School enrolls students who are willing to be kind, respectful, and do their best in their classes. We select those whose applications, recommendations, and testing indicate that they can thrive at our school and will be contributing members of our community..

Criteria for admission

  • A balance of boys and girls
  • Students who can be successful in our academic program
  • Students who demonstrate kindness and respect for each other
  • Students who demonstrate a passion for learning
  • A willingness on the part of the student to "try" in all aspects of the program
  • Families from different ethnic, cultural and socio-economic groups
  • Families from different geographic areas and schools

Santa Barbara Middle School welcomes and admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious preference. Students with disabilities are considered for admission using the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide. There are limitations to the kind and extent of accommodations we can successfully provide at Santa Barbara Middle School. The school admits students with disabilities who fundamentally fit the school’s mission, programs, policies, and staffing.

Our graduates matriculate to the local public high schools and to all of the independent schools in the Santa Barbara area: Cate School, The Thacher School, Midland School, Laguna Blanca, Bishop Garcia Diego, Anacapa School, and Dunn School.

These are some of the colleges attended by our alumni:

American University
Amherst College
Art Institute of Boston
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
California College of the Arts
California Institute of the Arts
Central St. Martins, London
Chapman University
College of the Atlantic
Colorado University at Boulder
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Drew University
Emerson College
George Washington University
Georgia Tech
Gonzaga University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
The Juilliard School
Lewis and Clark
New York University
Pomona College
Pitzer College
Princeton University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Santa Barbara City College
Scripps College
SF State University
Smith College
Stanford University
SUNY Purchase College
Tufts University
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Los Angeles
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Illinois
University of New Hampshire
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of the Pacific
University of Pennsylvania,
Wharton School of Economics
University of Washington
Vassar College
Warren Wilson College
Westmont College
Whitman College
Yale University

Please take a few minutes to view our Admissions video "Imagine Your Future", or read our brochure by clicking on "It's Our Specialty". I welcome and encourage you to speak informally with current and past members of our school community. Again, thank you for your interest in our school.

If you have any questions, please call Admissions Director, Whitney Ingersoll at 682-2989, ext: 111 or email

We look forward to meeting you!

--Whitney Ingersoll
Admissions Director