Welcome To Summerland School! Bienvenidos a la Escuela Summerland!
Summerland School is perched high on a hill in the tiny seaside town of Summerland, CA, and is part of the Carpinteria Unified School District. Sitting on less than an acre, it is the Sea Biscuit of public schools. Summerland School consistently ranks at the top of the Academic Performance Index scores not just in Santa Barbara County, but across the entire state.
Founded in 1890, it serves K-5 grades in three classrooms (K/1, 2/3, and 4/5) today. Combined grades, a dedicated and talented staff, and support from parents inside and outside the classroom is our recipe for success. Our school is also known for celebrating the arts (art, music, poetry, and theater) and the earth through its hands on gardening program.
During a time when small neighborhood schools seem to have all but disappeared, Summerland School remains committed to providing the highest quality education in a nurturing environment. Set on a hill less than a block from the Pacific Ocean, in the idyllic seaside community of Summerland, our K-5 public school offers a dazzling vista in a neighborhood setting. Summerland School has educated Summerland students for over one hundred years. Established originally in 1890 in a charming, one-room schoolhouse, it moved as it grew to its current location and became what it is today, a collection of three classrooms, each classroom comprised of two grades, an office/library/meeting room (for specialized services), and a staff workroom.
A committed staff provides a stimulating and cooperative environment in which children become well informed, imaginative, and effective decision-makers capable of working independently and collaboratively to create workable solutions to complex problems. In a sensitive and consistent manner, students are encouraged in an environment where children feel comfortable taking risks and always try their best through meaningful tasks and projects. Because of the small size, students are able to support one another in their academic and social growth, and careful attention is paid to each student's academic and emotional growth. This focus is reflected in the consistent high achievement of each student.
At the heart of Summerland School’s success is parent and community involvement. Small businesses in Summerland support and enhance the curriculum by providing both funds and time to support and expand learning opportunities for students. Community service projects are a joint effort of community organizations and the school. Parents are in the classroom daily to support student learning. The parent group is a strong fundraising arm for the school, with proceeds from fundraising events used to enhance the curriculum and purchase supplies not available through district funding. For some impressions, check out the slideshow.
Who Is Parents For Summerland (PFS)?
Parents for Summerland (PFS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the fund-raising arm of the school. PFS organizes two main fundraisers per year; the Jog-A-Thon in the fall, and the All-School Play in the spring. Smaller fundraisers are often created for special projects throughout the year.
With shrinking state budgets, school administration relies on PFS to help bridge ever-widening funding gaps. Parents contribute hundreds of volunteer hours each year to raise the much needed funds to help pay for classroom aides, PE teachers, a music program, art instruction, field trips, classroom supplies, library books, etc. They also invest time and energy to maintain our school library, assist in the classrooms, drive on field trips, organize special events, and pull weeds around campus! It never ends!
Parents For Summerland Foundation meets regularly each month during the school year on the 3rd Friday of each month. Email us for information.
Where Does The Money Go?
PFS has an operating budget of approximately $55,000 per year. These dollars are raised from family, friends, local businesses and community members to support the children in the following programs:
80% Curriculum Enrichment Programs (including instructional aid salaries, art, music, poetry, theater arts and gardening)
13% Field Trips
3% School Events
3% Fundraising Expenses
1% Administration Expenses
We need your help! Please make a tax-deductible donation today.
Our 2017-2018 PFS Board
Elizabeth Perlin, President
Ashley Labistour, Vice President
Jayme Bray, Treasurer
To be voted on in fall (this could be you!), Secretary
Our 2016-2017 PFS Board
Marit ter Mate-Martinsen, President
Elizabeth Perlin, Vice President
Sandra Morrison, Treasurer
Ashley Labistour, Secretary
Parents For Summerland
PO Box 899
Summerland, CA 93067
Summerland Elementary School
135 Valencia Road
Summerland, CA 93067
(805) 969-1011 office
(805) 969-1524 fax