• EVERY STUDENT, EVERY CHANCE, EVERY DAY •Dr. David E. Cash, Superintendent • 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 963-4338
Harding University Partnership School is a neighborhood school nestled in the foothills of the mesa serving over 400 pre-school through sixth-grade students. As one of the oldest schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Harding has a long tradition of academic excellence that began in 1927.
In October 2012, the International Baccalaureate Organization authorized the school as an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
Harding University Partnership School is the first elementary school in Santa Barbara County to receive the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) designation.
The school community at Harding University Partnership School will continue to further develop education for international mindedness, conceptual understanding and inquiry-based teaching and learning that form the hallmarks of an IB education.
Harding University Partnership School feeds into La Cumbre Junior High School.
California’s testing program seeks ways to create a cohesive system that is fair to all students, provides reliable comparisons, and measures what students are expected to know. The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program is the centerpiece of state testing. STAR has three basic components, all of which are multiple-choice tests: California Standards Test (CST), which is an achievement test based on California's content standards, California Modified Assessment (CMA), for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and designed to address the student's individual needs, California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), for students with severe cognitive disabilities, and Standards-based in Spanish (STS) for newly enrolled Spanish-speaking English learners. These “on demand” assessments are administered to all students in the grade level that is being tested. In addition to the “on demand” assessments, student achievement is continuously monitored by the classroom teacher(s).
The Academic Performance Index is a system of measuring each school’s academic performance and progress in reaching established goals.
All schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District periodically conduct fire and earthquake drills. Each school has a disaster preparedness plan and works in coordination with local law enforcement and other public safety organizations.
School custodians address daily cleaning and maintenance needs. The District’s maintenance team visits each campus regularly, according to a defined rotation schedule, and addresses specialized needs (e.g., painting, carpentry, etc.). In the event of a facility emergency at the school site, the District maintenance team responds on an immediate basis.
Enrollment and ethnicity information is gathered from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). CALPADS information is updated each October as a California Department of Education reporting requirement. Comprehensive and comparative CALPADS data for all Santa Barbara County schools is available at: www.sbceo.org