• EVERY STUDENT, EVERY CHANCE, EVERY DAY •Dr. David E. Cash, Superintendent • 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 963-4338
Goleta Valley Junior High opened its doors in 1964, making it the first secondary school in the burgeoning Goleta Valley. It was constructed on a 23.02-acre site.
Guided by a vision and mission statement and a list of student expectations, Goleta Valley Junior High students and staff share a commitment to the highest standards for academic excellence. The school’s participation in the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for School Innovation actively involves students with science. Intellectually challenging opportunities are available for qualified students in English, science, social studies and mathematics. Honors program students have a core class of English and social studies. Students with limited English receive specifically designed academic instruction in English for mathematics, social studies, and science, in addition to two periods of English as a Second Language. Supervised study time is available in the Homework Center after school, at Noon Tutorial sessions, and in two community locations after school hours.
National Blue Ribbon School (2000)
California Distinguished School (1999)
Goleta Valley Junior High School feeds into Dos Pueblos 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.
Goleta Valley Junior High School maintains a closed campus during the school day. Students are required to remain on campus under the supervision of the school staff throughout the school day unless they have parental permission to leave campus.
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