• An Abundance of Educational Institutions

  • From early childhood to higher education, the Carpinteria Valley is rich with quality options to some of the best educational opportunities on the West Coast. 

    The Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) provides early childhood programs and public education services to approximately 2,300 students. With nine schools, the district has educated generations of students who still live in town. Carpinteria is known for its unparalleled support of the school system. In fact, the CUSD enjoys an amazing amount of public support through volunteer and mentor programs, fundraising, partnerships with community agencies and businesses, and very active parent support groups. Board President Andy Sheaffer sees the benefits of that support and takes pride in being a part of the educational community. “We believe in a quality education for every student.”

    “CUSD enjoys the phenomenal support of the local community, extraordinary dedicated and engaging teachers, small class sizes and high performing schools,” Sheaffer said. “Our THRIVE initiative is a cradle to career philosophy in which we seek to actively engage our families both academically and social emotionally from birth through college graduation. Our students enjoy a wide range of opportunities, including AP courses, dual enrollment opportunities, vocational and career pathways”.

    Carpinteria is home to two private schools and each play a significant role in fostering economic vitality in the community and provide superior educational opportunities. The Howard School in Carpinteria was established in 1912 and is Santa Barbara’s oldest continually operating private school serving preschool through eighth grade students. What started with only six students has now flourished into a modern day school with old-fashioned values. Their goal is to promote growth of the whole child including emotional and physical development coupled with the pursuit of academic excellence. Small class sizes allow teachers to work closely with each child to develop strengths and target areas of weakness.

    Since 1910 the Cate School in Carpinteria, a grade 9-12 college preparatory boarding school, has been offering a demanding and engaging academic program to curious, hard-working, and creative students from all over the world. For more than 100 years students have had access to an outstanding faculty and challenging programs. Cate is set on the warm and sunny California coast, just south of Santa Barbara, with mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Excellence and innovation run deep and wide; a Cate diploma is preparation for the best colleges and universities and brings with it a lifelong connection to a life-changing school.

    Institutions of higher learning are plentiful with Santa Barbara City College (SBCC,) California State University-Channel Islands, University California Santa Barbara (UCSB,) Antioch University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Westmont College all nearby.

    Santa Barbara City College – where more than half of Carpinteria Unified School District’s 2015 graduates enrolled – has a wide range of degree, certificate, and transfer programs and most recently launched the Career Skills Institute. The Institute offers courses in business, design, and technology, and was specifically developed with local business input to meet the needs of the local workforce. “Our focus on excellence in education is not limited to high school graduates, we place a huge emphasis on education for all ages,” Luz Reyes-Martin, SBCC Director of Communications said. “Through the Career Skills Institute we have focused training that will help people further their careers, and through the Center for Lifelong Learning we teach hundreds of classes in response to the diverse needs of the community.”

    We are very proud that we offer access to a variety of quality education and learning opportunities for all ages of our Carpinteria Community.