Montecito Community School was founded in 1998 as a school for the surrounding community. The sweeping campus featuring a two-story building, a beautiful gymnasium, sprawling play area, and a central courtyard garden served its close-knit community for 10 years.
Thanks to community organizing and school board support, Montecito Community School's building was able to reopen as a non-profit space and a location for some special programs in 2016.
In the 2019-2020 school year, Osborn School District reintegrated the program for students with emotional disabilities under district leadership at this site. Administrator and Programs Director, Mariah Kelly, was charged with utilizing the space in order to develop two programs which serve students with high needs -- Social Emotional and Academic Supports Program (SEAS) and Changemakers Alternative Program.
In the 2021-2022 school year, Osborn School District will be starting another new program -- Montessori Education. While the program will begin with 3-5 year olds in the "Primary Casa", Montecito Community School is excited to expand the Montessori program over the next six years to serve elementary students of all ages.