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Enriching lives through arts education and community partnerships

The arts engage a part of the human spirit that is often beyond the reach of lessons in multiplication, grammar, or history. All these subjects are vital for children to learn, of course, but the arts comprise a different dimension of learning and instruction. For many children, art is intuitive, creative, and personally beautiful.

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Susan Salcido: Creating space for phone-free conversations

2017 marked 10 years since Steve Jobs and Apple first introduced the iPhone.

This one device has transformed how we obtain information, how we learn, and how we interact with others. As many have noted before, smartphone…

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Upcoming Events

  1. Thanksgiving Holiday

    November 23
  2. English Learners Network

    December 1 @ 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
  3. Santa Barbara County E-Safety Network

    December 4 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  4. English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) Summative

    December 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Education Office is to provide service and leadership to 20 school districts, two community colleges, and more than 1,100 special needs students throughout Santa Barbara County.

Santa Ynez State Preschool


We provide service and leadership to 20 school districts serving over 68,000 students throughout Santa Barbara County.

La Honda State Preschool


We provide professional learning
and support to teachers and
administrators countywide.

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We provide business and information technology services to 20 school districts and two community colleges.

South County Office – Santa Barbara

4400 Cathedral Oaks Road, P.O. Box 6307
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307
(805) 964-4711

North County Liaison Office – Santa Maria

402 Farnel Road, Suite M
Santa Maria, CA 93458-4960
(805) 349-0443

North County Office Google Map Link

News Releases

Current educational news within Santa Barbara County.

From the Desk of Susan Salcido

Columns written by Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido.

Current SBCEO Newsletter

The SBCEO newsletter is published in the fall.

Innovations in Education

Highlights of the many outstanding programs and educators serving our students throughout Santa Barbara County.

SBCEO YouTube Channel

Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido interviews educators and local community leaders.

Spelling Bee 2017

The Santa Barbara County Education Office is delighted to host students at special events throughout the school year, where they demonstrate the joy of learning through competition, collaboration, and camaraderie. Please visit our Educational Technology Services page to learn more about the upcoming dates, how to register, etc. by visiting https://ets.sbceo.org/events/

Check out the links below to see some of Santa Barbara County’s finest students and educators in action. Like us on Facebook and find more information about our events. For more photos of our special events, visit our Flickr page.

Partners in Education fulfills needs in K-12 schools and youth programs through the coordination of volunteer and business resources. The organization was formed by local business and education leaders in 1977, and is administered by the Santa Barbara County Education Office

Thanks to the power of partnerships, more than 200,000 volunteer hours have been served at K-12 campuses and youth-serving nonprofits across Santa Barbara County, more than 11,000 computers have been delivered to families in need, and 500 plus high school students have received paid job readiness training and internship experience in the workplace.

For more information, visit: Partners in Education