Santa Barbara Elementary School District
13 Neighborhood Elementary Schools - 1972
When Santa Barbara schools were designed and built in the 1920's, our school leaders sensibly designed a walkable system of neighborhood schools. Every child could walk six and a half blocks to reach his or her neighborhood school. This is our fight. This is what we stand for. Thirteen neighborhood schools. Each twelve blocks away from the next one. We're not going to stop until we get back to this! We are committed to advocate until we have all our historic elementary schools restored to their respective neighborhoods.
Four Elementary Schools were *SOLD* in the 1970s.
Original Thirteen Neighborhood Elementary Schools:
1. Peabody School: 3018 Calle Noguera
2: Roosevelt School: 1990 Laguna Street
3: Jefferson School: 1321 Alameda Padre Serra
*SOLD*: now it is a private school (SB Middle School)
4: Franklin School: 1111 E. Mason Street
5: Cleveland School: 123 Alameda Padre Serra
6: Adams School: 2701 Las Positas
7: Garfield School: 310 West Padre Street
*SOLD* to SBCC, an adult education center
8: Wilson School: 423 W. Victoria Street
*SOLD* to City of SB, now low income housing and community center
9: Lincoln School: 119 E. Cota
*SOLD* to City of SB: Proposed Police Station
10: Harding School: 1625 Robbins Street
11: McKinley School: 350 Loma Alta Drive
12: Washington School: 290 Lighthouse Road
13: Monroe School: 431 Flora Vista Drive
REBUILD LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL at 720 Santa Barbara Street (SBUSD Administrative Offices)
It is an insult to our community that four of our beautiful, historic, public elementary school facilities, built with property tax dollars and civic vision -- Lincoln (9), Wilson (8), Garfield (7), and Jefferson (3) -- are being used for any purpose other than educating children in public elementary schools in their neighborhoods. Coalition for Neighborhood Schools wants all four of these elementary school facilities back, starting with Lincoln School. The adjacent school districts of Goleta, Hope, and Montecito Elementary Districts all have functioning neighborhood elementary schools, and children in Santa Barbara deserve to have neighborhood elementary schools as well. We are confident that Santa Barbara Elementary District taxpayers will gladly pay for the sufficient school bonds necessary to create a walk-able community with neighborhood elementary schools in Santa Barbara once again.