YMCA Child Care and Community Director Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA

The family YMCA is a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA.

900 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez California 93460
P 805-686-2037  F 805-686-1424

Our After School Enrichment and Safety (ASES) program partners with local community resources, such as local museums, movie theaters and field trips to various locations in the valley to provide literacy and academic enrichment and safe and constructive alternatives for students in first through eighth grades. The ASES program serves from 20-30 students in first to eighth grades after school from the end of the instructional day until 6 p.m. and provides academic tutoring and standards-based instruction in core subjects, homework assistance, service learning opportunities, and enrichment activities. The program also makes use of the new computer technology  in our state-of-the-art computer labs.


Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID uses proven practices to train educators to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Please follow the AVID link below to learn more about AVID.


FLOR YANCEY | English Learner Specialist

TK / Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Santa Ynez Campus Room 20 | P | 1120


Students in the ELD program receive additional help in learning to speak, read and write English. They are assessed annually by the California English-Language Development Test to determine if they qualify to be reclassified as fluent English Proficient. Additionally, these students are monitored for two additional years to be certain they remain proficient in math and language arts. Our ELD teacher and our instructional aide work with small groups of ELL (English Language Learner) students in the regular classroom or pull-out groups during the week.



In the core curriculum area of reading/lang arts, differentiated instruction is provided for all students, TK-5th, through Excellence: A Commitment To Every Learner Reading Program (ExCEL). For up to an hour each day, students are grouped according to reading levels into Advanced, Benchmark, Strategic, or Intensive reading groups. The groups are small, providing teachers with an excellent opportunity to individualize instruction.The Science Research Associates (SRA) reading program, novels and other supplemental materials and programs are used to meet the individual needs of each student.  Our small class sizes and additional instructional personnel allow all reading students to receive more individual attention during the core reading language arts instructional time.



In the fall of 2000, a state Preschool Program was established at the College campus.  This program is the result of our cooperative venture with the Santa Ynez Valley Healthy Start Project and the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

A part of our District’s Early Learning Center, the Preschool Program allows budding Bobcats to thrive in a healthy, exploratory atmosphere, with a completely fenced preschool-friendly play area located in very close proximity to the Preschool Classrooms.



301 Second Street, Room 1
Buellton, CA 93427
P |  (805) 688-4222, ext. 2121


The Santa Ynez Valley Special Education Consortium is comprised of the following school districts:  Ballard School District, Buellton Union School District, College District including Santa Ynez Valley Charter, Los Olivos School District, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District, Solvang School District, and Vista Del Mar Union School District.  The Consortium is seeking out all individuals with exceptional needs, ages 3-21, including children not enrolled in public school programs.

Special education programs are available to all eligible students with disabilities, ages 0-22 in Santa Barbara County.  If you have reason to believe your child needs special education due to a physical, mental, emotional, learning, or speech problem please contact your local school for assistance or call 805 688-4222, ext. 2121.

El Consorcio del Valle de Santa Ynez Educación Especial está integrado por los siguientes distritos escolares: Distrito Escolar Ballard, Distrito de Escuela de Unión Buellton, Distrito de Colegio incluyendo Santa Ynez Valley Charter, Distrito Escolar Los Olivos, Distrito de Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Distrito Escolar Solvang y Distrito de Escuela de Unión Vista Del Mar. El Consorcio está buscando todas las personas con necesidades excepcionales, 3 a 21 años de edad, incluidos los niños que no están matriculados en la escuela pública.

Los programas de educación especial están disponibles para todos los estudiantes elegibles con discapacidades, edades 0-22 en el Condado de Santa Barbara. Si usted tiene motivos para pensar que su hijo necesita educación especial debido a la física, mental, emocional, de aprendizaje, o problema del lenguaje por favor póngase en contacto con su escuela local para asistencia o llame al.            (805) 688-4222, ext. 2121

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College School District provides a 21st century education in a safe and engaging learning environment. Through innovative opportunities, a cohesive team of dedicated, highly-skilled professionals works in partnership with parents and community members to assist each student in reaching his or her potential.

The College School District staff is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all students. Our District has earned the California Distinguished School Award and continues to deliver high quality education for all students. 

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