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Fourth of July: Uniquely American

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

This sentiment expresses who we are as a nation, strengthened by the contributions of immigrants and a beacon of hope to the world.

This is a value and mission our public schools accept every day. It isn’t easy, nor is it without its challenges. But it is right. It is good. And, like our Fourth of July, it is uniquely American.

Filling the gaps

Nancy Weiss, food services director, Santa Barbara Unified School District: “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, so summer is a time we need to continue doing our work.”

Click the image above to read about the amazing efforts of Nancy and her team to combat childhood hunger in the summer.

Upcoming Events

  1. Personnel Commission Meeting

    July 26 @ 12:30 pm
  2. County Board of Education Meeting

    August 2 @ 4:00 pm
  3. County Board of Education Meeting

    September 6 @ 2:00 pm
  4. County Board of Education Meeting

    October 4 @ 2:00 pm
  5. A Salute to Teachers

    November 3 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Education Office is to provide service and leadership to 20 school districts, one community college, 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 Dr. Susan Salcido

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

Current SBCEO Newsletter

The SBCEO newsletter is published in the fall.

SBCEO YouTube Channel

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

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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

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