Principal's Message

 Welcome to the 2023 - 2024 school year!

“Harding creates an environment where students are empowered to engineer solutions, express themselves creatively, and become agents of change.” HUPS Mission

“Students at Harding take action to change the world.” HUPS Vision

 It is hard to believe that this year begins my tenth year at Harding University Partnership   School (HUPS).  It has been such a gift to watch our school blossom over the years.  I can   say with confidence that our school culture is something you feel right away.  It is warm and inviting at Harding, created not only by our students, staff and parents but also by our extended partners; UCSB, First 5 of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Library, Santa Barbara Food Bank and SB County Office of Educations Health Linkages to name a few. Our work this year is to provide a hub for the westside; a place where our community can come to learn, play and have their needs met.  Below are some things to expect in 2023-2024 that support our westside community:

  • The Mountain playground will be open from after school until 6:30 Monday - Friday for our community - we ask that you please leave your dogs at home :)

  • Planning and funding to create a full service  Community Resource Center on Gillespie.

  • The Santa Barbara Library’s “Library on the Go” van will be on the Mountain playground every Wednesday from 12:30 - 2:30.

  • The Santa Barbara Food Bank will be at Harding on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00 - 6:00 in the auditorium.

We are proud of the outstanding growth that occurred last year both academically and physically.  Our student outcomes jumped back to where they were before the pandemic, moving up 17% in Math and 5% in ELA. We have completed the construction of an Outdoor Classroom and with our STEAM lab and International Baccalaureate curriculum, we will continue to provide student centered learning; challenging students to work together, to solve problems and to create products to enhance our learning environments.

Our theme this year is HAWKS STRONG.  We encourage our staff, students and parents to believe in our collective potential by challenging ourselves and our children to never give up, to embrace the productive struggle needed to learn and to be a reliable participant by coming to school every day, ready and on time.

Thank you for being a part of the Harding Learning Community!  It is going to be another GREAT year!

Warm regards,

Veronica Binkley, Principal

Harding University Partnership School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Program grades TK - 6th.

Harding's Outdoor Classroom inspires exploration, collaborative learning and discovery!

Harding's beautiful Outdoor classroom is a state of the art interactive space for students to play, explore, design and perform.  It is a learning space to inspire creativity, collaborative learning and discovery.