USA California, USA
  • Homestay Accommodation
  • $ $ $ $
  • Public

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Established: 1866

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Homestay Accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Fall Year

School Description

Founded on June 6, 1866, Santa Barbara’s educational tradition is one of the oldest in California. International students will have the chance to experience studying with their American peers at one of three high schools in the Santa Barbara area: Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School, and Santa Barbara High School. Collectively these schools offer international students a challenging and varied curriculum with over 200 academic and elective courses to choose from.

Each school campus is about 40-acres and has specific amenities tailored to their special programs. Facilities will vary per campus and include sports fields, libraries, performing arts centers, and more.

The school district is famously known in sports and arts and has seen many students go on to become professional sports players, Olympians, award winning actors or film makers.

Beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make Santa Barbara a premier destination. Santa Barbara is a 2-hour drive north from Los Angeles or a short hop from any corner of the world via the Santa Barbara airport. Santa Barbara is home to the world famous Stearns Wharf, the zoological gardens, and Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Famous Alumni

Josh Brolin - Academy award nominee actor
Katy Perry (2003, did not graduate) - recording artist, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman
Chuck Liddell - wrestler and football player, retired professional MMA fighter, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Fame member

  • 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 40 acres Campus Size
  • 1% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Speciality Programs
International Baccalaureate available at Dos Pueblos High School.
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Football, Football, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
Art, Dance Composition, Director skill, Drama, Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, Video Production
Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Economics, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Microeconomics, Statistics
French, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Computer Club, Dance Groups, eSports, Surf Club, Thespian Society
Accepting Students in Grades
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Required
TOEFL Required
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Must take California state English exam (CELDT) upon arrival. Need all supplemental forms completed by May 15th. (Notarized parental consent form, financial support letter, complete package). School will start reviewing applications in March 2017. Santa Barbara will need to have their immunization form as part of the application. Signed and stamped by the doctor. Ours won’t be valid

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