• EVERY STUDENT, EVERY CHANCE, EVERY DAY •Dr. David E. Cash, Superintendent • 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 963-4338
Dos Pueblos High School was constructed in 1966 on a 40-acre site. The school serves the needs of students throughout southern Santa Barbara County.
The school’s varied curriculum offers over 165 academic and elective courses. Ninety-six percent of Dos Pueblos students go on to higher education. The school’s test scores have been the highest in the county for the past eight years, 119 points higher than the state average and 113 points higher than the national average. The Academic Performance Index places Dos Pueblos in the top 10% of all high schools in California.
In 2003-04, Dos Pueblos received a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC visiting committee noted numerous schoolwide areas of strength, which are listed in the school’s “Annual Report to the Community.” Dos Pueblos teachers, staff members, students, parents and community members formed an “Accreditation Action Plan” that includes the following five areas of focus for the next few years: (1) maintain and improve the learning experiences of all students, (2) prepare all students for educational, career and employment opportunities after graduation, (3) improve and expand the use of technology as a learning tool for all students, (4) improve communication among all stakeholders, and (5) assess the Expected Schoolwide Learning Results.
National Blue Ribbon School (2000)
California Distinguished High School (1988, 1998)
Six-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (granted 2003-2004)
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