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 about their local settings. Students enjoy a well stocked library, classroom computers, a computer lab, a large playground, large grass field, and a separate enclosed Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten yards.


St. Mary of the Assumption School

St. Mary of the Assumption School, in partnership with parents, provides a traditional environment to educate the whole child. Making no distinction regarding gender, race, religion or social position, St. Mary's begins in preschool to nurture and develop the children entrusted to our care to become persons of integrity, productive citizens, and life-long learners.

In the culturally and economically diverse community of the Santa Maria Valley, St. Mary of the Assumption School strives to provide a quality preschool through 8th grade education in an environment where teachers facilitate opportunities for students to develop spiritually, academically, physically, and socially to each individual's unique potential.

Public Schools

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.

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

Dolores Mission School

Dolores Mission School is a parish grade school (K-8) committed to serving low-income families in Los Angeles. Together with the family, the school strives to educate the whole child, academically, spiritually, physically, and morally, in a nurturing environment.

Students and their families are part of a larger community with a rich cultural identity, and Dolores Mission School’s goal is to empower children to rise out of poverty by becoming educated leaders in their community, “women and men for and with others.” 

La Honda STEAM Academy

Lompoc's La Honda strives to be a premier STEAM academy where 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. 

Notre Dame School

Notre Dame is a devoted community of students, teachers, parents and support staff working together to create a safe, loving, compassionate, and academically challenging environment for all students.

Notre Dame School prepares students for their future by developing their faith, academic, and non-academic skills. Therefore, the school provides instruction in religion, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music and physical education. In addition, there are assemblies, field trips and other enrichment activities that enhance classroom instruction. 


Notre Dame partners with Santa Barbara Unified School District's innovative food service program to provide nutritious, cooked-from-scratch meals.

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.


Parochial Schools

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St. Raphael School

Located in Goleta, California, St. Raphael’s is a WCEA accredited school under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, committed to the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of each child. St. Raphael School is a close community, providing numerous opportunities for service in our local community.

St. Raphael’s mission is consistent with that of its founding Sisters: to educate all children in preschool through eighth grade in mind, body and spirit through a rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty, and an actively involved parent community.

Curriculum is rigorous and is taught by caring, dedicated, and highly qualified educators. St. Raphael School strives to empower all students to seek academic excellence while learning to live in and adjust to this ever-changing, technologically diverse world.

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.

The Audacious Foundation supports a small number of both public and parochial schools that serve low-income communities. These schools are selected based upon the leadership of the schools, and the alignment of “whole child” philosophy.  Please visit our adopted schools’ websites to learn more about them. Contact us to learn how YOU can help these kids get the best possible start in life.

The Audacious Foundation also provides limited support to other schools, including La Cumbre Junior High, Holy Innocents School, Camino Nuevo Charter School, University of Southern California, University of California Santa Barbara, and Loyola Marymount University.