Public Schools

Audacious Foundation is honored to support select Partnership Schools in school districts across Santa Barbara County that value Whole Child Education and have Title 1 Schools. We currently work with Santa Barbara Unified School District, Lompoc School District, and Guadalupe Union School District.

“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.”
– Rose Kennedy

The Audacious Foundation selects schools based upon the leadership of the schools, and alignment with a “whole child” philosophy. By funding in partnership with schools, we ensure that our services support the entire student body, and that students served are most in need of support. You can learn about and help support the Audacious Foundation Partnership Schools below.

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Adams Elementary School

Adams Elementary School, which opened in 1954, enjoys a modern campus on a ten-acre site, situated in Santa Barbara’s north side. The fitness-minded administration maintains a fleet of bicycles for students, and offers both Montessori and traditional teaching methods.

Teachers and staff provide a challenging academic program for all students, with additional support in English language development, speech, vocal and instrumental music, art, library, computer literacy, Gifted and Talented Education, food literacy via school garden, and special education.

Adelante Charter School

Adelante is a Spanish-English two-way immersion (TWI) elementary school which offers the opportunity for children of all backgrounds to become bilingual, biliterate, and multi-cultural.  Two languages and rich cultural experiences are woven into each child’s day through outstanding academics. 

Our community agrees that “… the best setting for educating linguistic minority pupils – and one of the best for educating any pupil – is a school in which two languages are used without apology and where becoming proficient in both is considered a significant intellectual and cultural achievement.” (Charles L. Glenn, 1990).

Franklin Elementary School

Franklin is one of the oldest and largest elementary schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Franklin prepares students for a successful and rewarding future by developing both their academic and nonacademic skills. Instruction is provided in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, music, technology, and physical education. 

Franklin continues to add programs, aspiring to be the community center, as well as a school. Franklin educates, enriches, and empowers through high expectations, helping students evolve into outstanding members of our community.

McKinley Elementary School

Built in 1932 and spectacularly situated overlooking the Santa Barbara coast, McKinley Elementary School was refurbished and reopened in September 1986. The school was the focal point for the Santa Barbara Mesa for many years and now serves the lower west side of the city.

Distinguished by its dedication to parent engagement, McKinley envisions all students as thriving citizens, successfully integrated into their communities and possessing skills needed to access unlimited opportunities in the 21st Century.

Monroe Elementary

Monroe Elementary School has been named a California Distinguished School Award winner three times (1987, 1997, 2002). Often called the “Gem on the Mesa,” Monroe is located on the beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa just a short walk from the ocean beaches and beautiful Elings Park. Monroe School serves TK-6 children on a modern campus with many facilities. 

Monroe takes pride in its strong academic and enrichment programs. Students and families enjoy the caring and nurturing learning environment. Because of its close proximity to the local beaches and parks, teachers schedule walking field trips to Hendry’s Beach and Elings Park to study their local settings. Students enjoy a well stocked library, classroom computers, a computer lab, a large playground, a large grass field, and a separate enclosed Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten yards.

Lompoc Unified School District

La Cañada Elementary

One of nine elementary schools in the Lompoc Unified School District, La Cañada Elementary School opened its doors to students in 1980, and today serves 650 students in grades TK through six. La Cañada prides itself on delivering a rigorous academic venture for all of its students, thus preparing them to become successful, contributing members of a global society.

La Cañada’s motto of “Success for All” continues to be the driving force for staff and students who all seek better life opportunities for the school’s diverse student populace that make up our country’s future leaders.

La Honda STEAM Academy

Lompoc’s La Honda strives to be a premier STEAM academy. Students learn problem-solving in a supportive, accountable, collaborative community through an integrated approach to learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, and Physical Education. La Honda STEAM Academy’s mission is to nurture curious, independent learners who demonstrate success through collaborative, challenging project-based learning. 

La Honda looks for innovative ways to engage students in the learning process.  The school has created a MakerSpace, incorporated flexible seating in many classrooms, has 1:1 technology in most classrooms, and uses restorative approaches to discipline. La Honda works with students, families, and the community to provide them a holistic approach to education. 

Hapgood Elementary

Arthur Hapgood Elementary School is a Dual-Immersion School based in Lompoc, CA. Their school values instructional programs that challenge all students academically. Every aspect of the Hapgood program is designed from research-based models and supported by highly qualified teachers. Their dedicated staff instructs with high expectations while providing support to meet the academic needs of each of their students. Their program is creating beautifully bilingual, biliterate, and culturally competent students who will be able to adapt and thrive in our rapidly changing global society.

Guadalupe Union School District

Mary Buren Elementary School

Mary Buren Elementary School is a TK- 4th grade elementary school on California’s Central Coast in Guadalupe, CA with a student population of 730 students. The Guadalupe Union School District’s goal is to provide each student the academic and social skills that will enable them to graduate from high school, become independent thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible, productive members of society. They will educate students in an emotionally safe environment and in partnership with parents and community