Goleta Union School District serves the Goleta Valley, a suburban community of 80,000 people that includes the newly formed City of Goleta and a large unincorporated area. The valley lies between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and is adjacent to the City of Santa Barbara in California. The area is known for its cultural, academic, and recreational opportunities, as well as its mild climate.
The District serves 3,700 elementary students in nine schools, all Kindergarten through Grade 6. Class size averages 20 in Grades K, 1, 2, and 3; and averages 24 in Grades 4, 5, and 6. The District has a diverse student population and professional staff. Approximately 28% of students are English-Language Learners.
The District has a stimulating and challenging atmosphere with a capable, articulate and professional staff. Many teachers, classified employees, and administrators have enjoyed long careers with GUSD. The staff has developed a reputation for working with a diverse student population to develop individual student potential by providing basic skills and problem solving strategies. Programs in composition, computer literacy, and mathematics have been nationally recognized, and District teachers are frequently asked to provide staff development sessions for other districts. All schools offer programs in technology, science, music, art, and physical education. All schools offer a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program in grades 4, 5 and 6. All schools have a computer center, and all classrooms and offices are wired for high-speed communications.
Parents are highly involved and continue to provide solid financial support for schools.
The District’s financial condition is sound. The District has over 253 certificated employees and some 276 classified employees. GUSD maintains excellent special education and support services. Students in the Goleta Union Elementary School District become a part of the Santa Barbara Unified School District following 6th grade promotion. They attend Goleta Valley or La Colina Junior High School, in Grades 7 through 8, and Dos Pueblos or San Marcos High School in Grades 9 through 12.
Goleta Union School District has earned its reputation as a high-achieving district with an outstanding staff and students. We invite you to visit our schools and to experience our educational program.