• EVERY STUDENT, EVERY CHANCE, EVERY DAY •Dr. David E. Cash, Superintendent • 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 963-4338
Monroe Elementary School – a modern, well-equipped campus – is located on the Santa Barbara mesa. The school was constructed in 1958 on a 9.85-acre site at Flora Vista Drive and Cliff Drive.
Monroe’s staff is committed to a learning environment that promotes individual self-worth and academic excellence through an “inclusion” model: all students are served for general education in heterogeneous classrooms. Students are grouped (and re-grouped) for daily instruction in math (45 minutes, grades 2-5) and language arts (45 minutes, grades 3-5) based on performance on specific objectives. Students in K-1 receive individualized small-group instruction in self-contained classrooms with teaming of regular and special education teachers.
Project Read, a multi-sensory, structured language arts program, supports the established reading program and provides a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics and written language. For limited and non-English language learners, a Planned Variation program teaches English using vocabulary and content areas of interest and usefulness to students. All students gain appreciation of ethnic cultures through special units of study and monthly multi-cultural assemblies.
California Distinguished School (1987, 1997, 2002)
Monroe Elementary 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