Welcome to Ballard Elementary School!
"Where every day counts...1-180"
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HeadLine HeadLine
School Closure
California's Stay-At-Home-Order We wish this was an April Fool’s Day prank, but it is not. Regretfully, please see the message below regarding school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. April 1, 2020 Dear Ballard School Community, Today, Governor Newsom announced his expectation that all school districts in California continue with distance learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This means that while school campuses will be closed, distance learning will continue. While we understand this poses serious hardships to many families, it is the most effective way to slow the transmission of this pandemic and do our part by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We at Ballard School are following the guidance from the California Department of Education and are working collaboratively with all schools within Santa Barbara County to best serve our school communities. Although school buildings will not reopen this year, learning and school will still be in session. We recognize that the situation is not ideal, but we are working hard to ensure your child's success. We will continue distance learning plans and services the remainder of this week and when we return on April 14th after Spring Break. I am proud of our school community and am deeply grateful to you, our students, families, teachers, and staff for your flexibility and efforts during this unprecedented time. We appreciate the tremendous resilience you’ve shown throughout the COVID-19 closures. We’ll continue to update you with information as it becomes available. Please continue to follow advisements from the Public Health Department regarding physical distancing and sheltering-in-place as we work together during this crisis. The school grounds and play structures will be closed to gatherings and group activities until further notice. I know we are all looking forward to the next time the Red Schoolhouse bell rings signaling the beginning of another fantastic day at Ballard School! Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Allan Pelletier Superintendent/Principal
Posted On : Monday, March 16, 2020

Congratulations Ballard School...
2016 California Gold Ribbon School! 2014 California Distinguished School!
Posted On : Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Upcoming School Board Meeting
Unless otherwise announced, the next regular Board meeting is scheduled take place on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM in the Ballard School Library. (This meeting may be rescheduled depending on the status of California's Stay-At-Home order.) The agenda for the meetings will be available on the school bulletin board and this website ('Best of Ballard'). The meetings will be held in the Ballard School Library.
Posted On : Friday, January 17, 2020

Ballard School Information
Enrollment: 143 students Telephone: 805-688-4812 Fax: 805-688-7325 2425 School Street Solvang, CA 93463 Superintendent/Principal: Allan Pelletier apelletier@www.lvvbbe.com (You may also click on the word 'email' to your right.) Administrative Assistant: Gina Floyd gfloyd@sbceo.org Board of Trustees - Chris Kazali (President) - Tracey Cassidy (Clerk) - Rick Jacobs
Posted On : Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thought for the Day
"If you can stand in space just for a little while, a new door will open, or you'll be able to see in the dark after a while. You'll adjust." ~J. Campion
Posted On : Monday, March 23, 2020

For Student and School Safety... We do not list off campus student events, including field trips, on this page. Please call the school office (688-4812) with questions. At this time all Santa Barbara County Schools, including Ballard School, will remain closed until further notice from the Governor’s office and the state and local Departments of Public Health. You may find the documents listed below (and many more) under the 'Best of Ballard' tab. - 2019/2020 School Calendar - School Board Meeting Agenda: 3/18/20 - School Board Meeting Minutes: 1/16/2020 - School Board Meeting Agenda: 2/13/2020 - School Board Meeting Minutes: 12/16/19
Posted On : Monday, March 16, 2020

What's on the Website??
You can find a school district boundary map, monthly calendars, board meeting agendas and minutes, and more in the 'Best of Ballard' section of this website. Others... - 2018/2019 School Calendar ('Calendar' or 'Best of Ballard') - Email & Class Website Information ('Faculty') Please do not hesitate to call (688-4812) or email (apelletier@www.lvvbbe.com) if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Posted On : Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Weekly Calendar of Events
Do you need to know when you have music or library? There are always a lot of great things going on at Ballard School! Click on the 'Upcoming Events' tab for the latest information!
Posted On : Friday, May 22, 2009

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Ballard School is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley on the central coast of California in Santa Barbara County. This public school teaches students from kindergarten to 6th grade. In the early days, since the schoolhouse was the only public building in the valley, it was often used for church services, weddings, funerals and the meeting place of the Good Templar Lodge and the Farmer's Alliance. It also has served as the site for lectures, social entertainment, lively debates, singing and Saturday night dances.

If you have a great story to tell about Ballard School or old time photos you would like to share, please email us and we can include it on our website. We want to preserve the history of our fabulous school.

Phone: 805-688-4812    Fax: 805-688-7325

Ballard Elementary School
School Board Meeting Agenda: 3/18/20
Local Control Accountability Plan
School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
Santa Ynez Valley Special Education Consortium

Education Links Education Links
Teacher Resources
General K-5
  • SBCEO Portal - Santa Barbara County Education Office site that provides academic resources for researching, language arts, math, science, history, and much more.
  • Kahn Academy - With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 150 practice exercises to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  • http://www.kerpoof.com/#/activity/draw - Drawing Program.
  • http://www.sbplibrary.org - Santa Barbara Public Library.
  • Starfall - Kindergarten games, letters, sounds, reading, and more.
  • Kinderweb - Letters, adding, subtracting, telling time, shapes, currency, and much more.
  • PBS Math Games (K) - Time, geometry, measuring, money.
First Grade
Second Grade
  • Synonyms - Game to practice words that are similar.
  • Tooth Tally (synonyms) - Practice words that have similar meanings.
  • Squanky the Tooth Taker (antonyms) - Help the tooth fairy find pairs of words with opposite meanings.
  • Frearless Frieda (spelling) - Help Frieda surf as you spell words.
  • Academic Skill Builders - Learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
  • Fun Brain - Arcade with math and reading games.
  • Contractions - Game to help learn contraction words.
  • PBS Math Games (2nd) - Time, geometry, measuring, money.
  • Wordshake - Make as many words in three minutes with 16 letters. How many points can you get?
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade


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