Goals and Objectives of SBMS

The main objective of the Santa Barbara Montessori School is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. The school’s AMI-trained teachers attend and contribute to seminars, workshops, and national and international conferences in order to maintain and continuously develop their own understanding of the needs of children and how Montessori education better prepares them for their, and our, future.


What Kind of School is This, Really?!?

How Do They Do What They Do, Really?!?

Santa Barbara Montessori School was founded in 1975 as the Montessori Children’s Home. Situated on 9 acres in the Goleta neighborhood of El Rancho, the school has grown from its initial enrollment of 2 children to more than 120 children, ages 3 through 15. Each of SBMS’s authentic Montessori environments Toddler through Erdkinder, provides incredible age-level activities presented in a loving atmosphere. Imagine the best possible experience for your child (We’re better)!

Our main objective is to provide a carefully planned, simulated environment which will help our children develop within themselves the fundamental habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. Beginning the day with a welcome handshake on arrival, children learn traditional values such as grace, courtesy, and respect for others along with strong academic principles.

Santa Barbara Montessori is the only AMI-recognized in Santa Barbara. Our classrooms are designed around the development aspects of self-teaching activities presented with specific instruction, and, at times, elaborate ceremony. It is a privilege, both for the child and the adult, to be able to work with such time-tested materials offering key learning experiences for each child.


We welcome and encourage interested families to visit our school. We look forward to introducing your children to the Montessori environment where they will become independent, self-reliant, confident and compassionate human beings – the leaders of our future.

Interested Families

SBMS has been named the “Best Independent School” six years in a row!

Families throughout Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Goleta, travel to SBMS’s 9-acre campus to attend this Montessori school—the only AMI Member school in our area. Famously influential people (Julia Child; Jeff Bezos; the Founders of Google) attribute their success to their Montessori education. This Montessori school has been named “Best Independent School” six years in a row.

We’re proud of our classrooms, our campus, and our programs. We’d like to show you what “the best” is all about.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your child, and we’ll schedule a tour for you so you can see for yourself just what it is Santa Barbara Montessori School provides for children and their families in our community.