Goleta Family School
Goleta Family School - Camping
Goleta Family School - Camping

“The outdoor days are one of the things that make the school special”


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“I’m inspired by how much I’ve evolved from kindergarten to first grade. I was reading Bob books as a kindergartener, and now I’m reading chapter books and I’m only in first grade.”


-1st grader
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“People that are humorous inspire me because it makes me be funny too and a better person.”


-4th grader
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“Something that has inspired me is how far I’ve gone in Writers Workshop. I’ve written a lot of books so far. It makes me feel good.”


-1st grader
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“I was inspired this year by science because it was very fun to balance a pencil on a tongue depressor.”


-2nd grader
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“I was inspired this year by Natasha’s wonderful art because she inspired me to draw, paint, and make beautiful art.”


-3rd grader
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“I was inspired this year by art, to keep trying. Two years ago I gave up on art, but when I got here (GFS), I kept trying.”


-3rd grader
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“I was inspired this year by Luke, because he inspired me to do a lot, for example, helping me with math.”


-2nd grader
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“PE inspired me this year because every game we played was really fun and active.”


-5th grader
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“Reading inspired me this year. I thought it was hard but then by trying to read books over and over I thought it was fun.”


-1st grader
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“Seeing the assembly with the violinist inspired me because it showed me that if you practice you can accomplish anything.”


-6th grader
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Graduation is an incredibly special night for us

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Welcome to Goleta Family School

Goleta Family School (“GFS”) is an alternative public school program offered by the Goleta Union School District to families with children in kindergarten through grade six. For more than 30 years GFS has been providing a child-centered curriculum with an emphasis on creative expression, independent thinking, and cooperative social skills.

At GFS children learn to experience “real life” in our multi-age classrooms (K-1, 2-3, and 4-6). Our students learn to be active participants in the life of their community by working together in small groups. Our teachers facilitate these small groups, providing them with the opportunity to experience some of their own problem-solving strategies when learning new concepts. This allows them to take risks in a safe environment, supported by their peers and teachers. All GFS students participate together in daily community activities, as well as outdoor school days, plays, singing performances, and projects.

GFS is located on the Foothill Elementary School campus (711 Ribera Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93111) and share access to all of Foothill’s programs, facilities, and specialists.

Enrollment Procedures

GFS is open only to people who live in the Goleta Union School District.
Click the following link to see the district’s attendance area listed by street: http://www.goleta.k12.ca.us/?page_id=530.
If your street is not listed, you are not eligible to enroll in Goleta Family School.

Lottery System: March 1 drawing

GFS operates on a lottery system. Parents must attend one information session and one tour, and then fill out an application. Families will then be entered into the lottery, which takes place on March 1. At that time, open spots in all grades are filled and waiting list order is established. In the very unlikely event that all spots are not filled with the March 1 lottery, we will schedule another information session and another tour, and then hold a final lottery on May 1. Families from the March 1 lottery maintain their waiting list position and new families are placed farther down on the list. If held, information about a May 1 lottery will be posted in March or April at this site.

Please note: All spots for the 2014-2015 school year have been filled and there is a waiting list. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

Feel free to contact Heather Stevenson at heather@thewriteteam.net if you have questions about the tour or information session. Specific questions about the school will be answered at the information session and tour.

For more information about applying to GFS please click here.

 

New GFS Gear Available

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As some of you may already know, a new logo has been designed for GFS. And with that, new gear is available for purchasing. So point your browser to this site and go take a look at what all we have!

Click to Shop GFS Gear