School Details

Peabody Charter School

3018 Calle Noguera, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-1172
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-6 750 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

61%
56%
75%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Barbara Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
46%
90%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Barbara Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
65%
77%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Barbara Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
60%
72%
65%
65%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Barbara Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
60%
76%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Barbara Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Peabody Charter School is a charter elementary school in Santa Barbara. The principal of Peabody Charter School is Demian Barnett, Principal, whose e-mail is Dbarnett@peabodycharter.org. 750 students go to Peabody Charter School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 27% of the Peabody Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 37% of the 750 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Peabody Charter School is 20:1. Garden Street Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 28%
Hispanic 43% 66%
Asian 4% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Filipino 0.5% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.1%
Unspecified 0.1% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 5741%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 46%
Limited English proficiency 27% 40%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    It's interesting how relevant old reviews are today. The school is fine but if it were located anywhere else it may not be considered a good school. Yes there are some good teachers but just as many bad. In general most have been there too long and some seem to take their jobs for granted. Four years ago a parent with a 6-year gap between her children's ages posted "The younger one is simply repeating project-per-project everything that the first child did without the introduction of any new ideas methods or approaches. So true! Peabody alumni from 15 years ago have shown me samples of the same projects. It's as if the school has been locked in time and is operating in suspended animation. It's time for new ideas and fresh blood to reinvigorate Peabody and its curricula.

  • (9 months ago)

    We switched from a Montessori school to Peabody and couldn't be happier with our decision. Our children have flourished academically and socially. The teachers are enthusiastic and clearly love their jobs. They strongly encourage parent involvement and you're always made to feel welcome.

  • (1 year ago)

    Peabody is a great school! I am so glad that we live in the area and that our son will attend for the next 7 years! We love our kindergarten teacher and we have been pleased with the rigor of material taught. Demian Barnett (principal) has a great vision for the school and works hard to make the school a safe learning environment. Julie Bolton (vice principal) is very approachable and works tirelessly for the success of the student body. The small class sizes (as compared to other public schools in the city) allow for individual attention for each child and the daily home cooked cafeteria meals (by our amazing Chef Laurel and crew) are a rare exception to the traditional government-sponsored cafeteria food. If you are fortunate enough to live in the neighborhood then Peabody is an educational gem - not to be missed!

  • (1 year ago)

    Peabody operates as a charter so it has a pretty autonomous operation. They have a wonderful school garden. However I am disappointed with the new principal that came from Washington Elementary. He was rude and arrogant upon meeting him and seemed disrespectful to his staff. I hope he was just having a bad day.

  • (3 years ago)

    Wow---on October 9 2010 a parent posted a comment that is spot on. However rating this school on a star system is difficult. If you are comparing it to many of the other public schools around the country then it gets a 5. If you rate it just on teachers then it also maybe gets a five. If you rate it on its own overall merits I'm afraid it comes up short. Peabody is a pleasant school but there is certainly nothing cutting edge or outstanding about it. My kids have a large age span; one entered kindergarten as the other entered 6th (seniors). The younger one is simply repeating project-per-project everything that the first child did without the introduction of any new ideas methods or approaches. It s interesting that the teachers don't get burnt out from the repetition.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school does have some amazing qualities being the cafeteria witch uses organic ingredients and its own personal chef. yum. However when it comes to the children especially if you have a child with special needs the staff including the principal or horrid! They are rude to the children even ruder to the parents and do nothing to help the child. They are only interested in what is best for them and easiest for their day. They use outdated power play on the children instead of positive teaching and reinforcement. Our experience with this school has been to say the least a major disappointment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great parent support and great Principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    School is a bit focused on fundraising fundraising fundraising. Preferential treatment is given to those who donate the most money or raise the most money. The principal is ok as long as you don't bring up any problems. The classrooms are old portables and there is very little supervision of the 700+ children on the playground. It has some stellar teachers but some really bad ones as well. Feelings are a bit mixed.

  • (4 years ago)

    peabody is a great neighborhood school with lots of wonderful families and parents who volunteer

  • (4 years ago)

    It focuses on the whole child. And honors the creative in every child. Family involvement is high--and happy.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 kids at Peabody and I have been amazed at all of the wonderful extra-curricular things they get to do that a lot of other schools are not offering. Every staff member there is wonderful and truly loves the families.

  • (5 years ago)

    Peabody students and families have so much pride and the programs are so fabulous!!! We are so happy to be part of such a fantastic community!

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent teachers incredible principal amazing cafeteria with healthy food ... what's not to love about this school!!! Plus my child loves it!

  • (5 years ago)

    Peabody School is an amazing place with great teachers staff and programs for over 700 kids. We are grateful to be a part of such a loving and enriching environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    Arts and traditional academics focus! Great parent involvement which makes the pressures of the budget crisis in California more bearable.

  • (5 years ago)

    High quality staff. The quality of the people is a school's most important asset.

  • (5 years ago)

    It offers a first rate educational program along with fantastic fine arts an outstanding cafeteria very involved parents wonderful teachers and the best kids in the world!

  • (6 years ago)

    Peabody's a good school I can't deny that. But I think it's somewhat overrated. Yes it has a nice library and science center but I can't say I'm all that impressed with the teaching. If the scores are better than average it's because so many of the students come from financially comfortable families with both parents in the home -- the most reliable predictors of success in the classroom.

  • (6 years ago)

    Amazing School. The facilities are among the best in Santa Barbara or Montecito and the children thrive in this environment. There is a new music program with Konrad Kono a great local musician and the library and science center are unmatched. If you are able to land one of the coveted spots to get your child into this school don't let the opportunity pass you by.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school. There is tremendous spirit and parental involvement is required - 3 hours a month. The cafeteria serves organice and healthy foods - my daughter prefers the caf to lunches from home. The teachers are caring responsive and the principal is hands on. There is a wonderful art ceramics drama and sports program. And in fall 2004 a new library and science center is opening! Recommend highly.

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