Major OAS Reworks On the Way

A redesign in class size, teaching staff, and administrative oversight at Open Alternative School (OAS) is in the works, as an enrollment drop to 84 students — down from a 225 peak about 10 years ago — prompted Santa Barbara Unified School District to take a closer look at the small but beloved campus. The district recommends that class sizes go to 24 students, K through 6th, and that 7th and 8th grades be eliminated. Supervision of the school will likely shift to La Colina Junior High, where OAS is located. The plan is developing, and more public hearings will follow.


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