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Santa Barbara High School's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) welcomes you. Our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month in the library, are open to all parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and students. Each month, along with PTSA business, we usually offer an informative talk or discussion about current issues relevant to students' education or well-being. In past meetings we have discussed topics from teen drinking and self-esteem to extra-curricular groups such as theatre, band, and sports teams. Principal Paul Turnbull also offers his insightful remarks and tells us about school programs and activities.

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The PTSA provides numerous services and support for SBHS students. We volunteer in the Student Store, Library, and other areas at school when necessary. Each year the PTSA funds teacher Wish List items to teachers for use in their classrooms. We also sponsor annual events, such as the After-Prom Party and Senior Honors Night. Our newsletter (usually monthly) provides an additional way for parents to keep in touch with activities and events. Please view online pdf files of the SBHS Newsletter and check out the SBHS calendar for up-to-date events and activities.

Your involvement is greatly appreciated, and it will make an important difference in the lives of your students. Membership fees are: $5 per person or $20 for a family membership. Mail your membership to: Santa Barbara High School PTSA, 700 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

We are part of the larger California PTA and National PTA, the oldest and largest volunteer association working exclusively on behalf of all children and youth. Since its founding in 1897, by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, PTA has promoted the education, health, and safety of children and families. PTA provides a vital link between parents and educators, between parents and government, and between parents and the legal system.

PTA is non-partisan, and focuses only on the issues and even then, only on the best interests of children and youth. PTA has no hidden agendas. Coupled with the sheer numbers of PTA members, over 6 million strong, we are committed to serving not just our own children but all children.

One hundred years ago, Alice McLellan Birney wrote, "Let us have no more croaking as to what cannot be done; let us see what can be done, and above all see that it is done." This dynamic philosophy still drives PTA today.

The Objects of the PTA:
  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship
  • To raise the standards of home life
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education