Santa Barbara County Distinguished Schools

California Distinguished Schools:

This program honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for this award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

2019
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District

California Exemplary District:

California Department of Education works with SBCEO to select one district for this award annually. Districts must have at least one school that meets the eligibility criteria to be a CA Distinguished School Awardee and the district’s performance meets positive culture and climate and/or exceptional strides in student achievement.

2019
Buellton Union School District

California Model Continuation High Schools:

This award, in cooperation with the CA Continuation Education Association identifies and recognizes outstanding continuation high school programs. These model schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance/counseling services.

2019

Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District


2018 California Distinguished Schools:

Foothill Elementary School, Goleta Union School District
Kellogg Elementary School, Goleta Union School District
Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

2018 California Exemplary District:

Montecito Union School District

2018 California Model Continuation High School:

Delta High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Gold Ribbon Schools:

From 2015-2017  the California Department of Education introduced the interim school recognition program, Gold Ribbon Schools, while components of the new accountability system were evolving. Eligibility for the award required schools to certify that the school’s students Met or Exceeded standards on the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced Assessment.

2017
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

2016
Alvin Avenue School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Ballard School, Ballard School District
Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Hope Elementary School, Hope School District
Leonora Filmore School, Lompoc Unified School District
Manzanita Public Charter School, Lompoc Unified School District
Monte Vista Elementary School, Hope School District
Santa Ynez Ynez School, College School District

2015
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

California Distinguished Schools:

2014
Ballard School, Ballard School District
Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Mountain View School, Goleta Union School District
Ralph Dunlap School, Orcutt Union School District
Summerland School, Carpinteria Unified School District

2013
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
Orcutt Jr. High School, Orcutt Union School District

2012
Santa Ynez School, College School District
Foothill School, Goleta Union School District
Isla Vista School, Goleta Union School District
Kellogg School, Goleta Union School District
Monte Vista School, Hope School District
Crestview School, Lompoc Unified School District
Solvang School, Solvang School District

2010
Aliso School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Elementary School District
Santa Barbara Community Academy, Santa Barbara Elementary School District

2009
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District

2008
Hollister School, Goleta Union School District

2007
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District

For a list of California Distinguished Schools prior to 2007, click here: Distinguished Schools Historical List