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About Us

Welcome to the Santa Maria-Bonita School District website. As the largest school district in Santa Barbara County with 16,900 students pre-school-8.  In the heart of the coastal agricultural area, we celebrate our families, and the support they provide to the students of the district. The district is comprised of sixteen elementary schools and four junior high schools. The district is committed to a high-quality education for each student, to develop students who are ready for college and career.


  • We believe every person has value and potential.
  • We believe in the power of teaching.
  • We believe families are critical partners in a child's education.
  • We believe the greatest learning occurs in a safe environment.
  • We believe all students should be given the best education possible.
  • We believe in being advocates for our district's excellence.
  • We believe in dignity and respect for all.


We are here to prepare children to be successful citizens.

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Santa Maria-Bonita is committed to preparing successful citizens who are college and career ready. To achieve this level of readiness, every student will learn at grade level and beyond through effective Tier 1 practices.  

We have a deliberate, intentional culture of learning with high expectations where every day, every educator, every staff member, and every student seeks to learn and strives for growth.  

We support and challenge each other to stay focused on what matters most: ensuring that in every classroom our students are tackling relevant, challenging content, taking ownership for their learning and improving every day.


Our mission is to teach, to learn and to facilitate learning in a cooperative and safe environment.