Who Should Enroll?
Anyone who is interested in studying and understanding the Chinese language and culture are welcomed.

The Santa Barbara Chinese School offers classes for children and young adults. Different language levels are available to fit each individual's needs.

How Do I Enroll?
Prospective students may enroll in the Chinese School during the Open House event for the Fall Quarter, and at the Chinese School administrative office on the first day of class.

The Open House event is typically held at the start of the Fall Quarter, and is ideally suited for first-time students. Please take the opportunity to attend the Open House to meet and talk with the Chinese School Teachers and Staff, and determine the suitable program and class level to accommodate your needs.

To enroll during school year, please visit school office during regular school session (direction).

If you are registering for the first time, please fill out the online registration forms for the Youth & Young Adult Class.

The following forms are required to register:
1) School Rules and Parent Consent
2) Medical Release Form
These forms may be printed from the website, and are available at the school administrative office.

Are There Any Pre-Requisites or Any Chinese Language Requirements?
No. Santa Barbara Chinese School provides a range of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes to meet the different requirements of our students.
Please see the Class Information for further details.

How much is the tuition?
Tuition is paid per quarter, and each quarter consists of approx. 10 sessions. For a 10 session quarter:
- 2 hours Language class and 1 hour optional Culture class: $220
- 1 hour Culture class only: $110

The Santa Barbara Chinese School schedule is synchronized with UCSB's schedule. The typical number of class sessions for each quarter are:
- Fall quarter: 10 sessions
- Winter quarter: 8 sessions
- Spring quarter: 8 sessions

Discounts are available, please see the details here.

Tuition is non-refundable after the second session of the quarter.
Please write your check payable to Santa Barbara Chinese School and submit to the School Treasurer on or before the second session of the quarter.

What is the Class Schedule?
2:00PM~2:50PM Language Class Hour 1
2:50PM~3:00PM Snack Break
3:00PM~3:50PM Language Class Hour 2
4:00PM~4:50PM Culture Class
4:50PM~5:00PM Parent Pick-Up (as appropriate)
Please see the Class Schedule for details.

What is the Age Limit?
Age 5 / Kindergarten and up.

Is it okay to have shorter class attendance than 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm?
For the language students, the required attendance is 2:00pm to 3:50pm. The Culture Class (4:00pm to 4:50pm) are recommended, but optional.

Does Chinese School Teach Simplified or Traditional Chinese?
The Santa Barbara Chinese School teaches simplified Chinese.

Where and When Do I Purchase the Class Textbook and Other Materials?
Textbooks and any other materials (if needed) can be purchased at the Chinese School at cost.

Is Santa Barbara Chinese School a Non-Profit Organization?
Santa Barbara Chinese School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Chinese School Board Members/Administrative Staff/PTA are volunteer positions.

If you would like to make a donation to help support the school, your donation to our school would be tax deductible.

We welcome donations, such as the following:
- Money (check / credit card / paypal).
- Used textbooks.
- Chinese reading materials.

Please bring donation to school office at any time when school is in session. The School Treasurer will provide you a receipt should you need one.

All tuition and monetary donations received will be used to pay the classroom and facility costs, teacher's salaries, equipment maintenance, etc.

Volunteer oppotunities are available to help at our classrooms and events. Please contact if you are interested.

What Textbooks do You Use?
马立平中文, 快乐汉语 Kuaile Hanyu (Happy Chinese)
Sample textbooks are listed here.

What Discounts are Available?
Three types of discounts available: sibling discount, senior discount and school affiliation discount (details below).

Sibling Discount: If multiple members of a family are enrolled in SBCS simultaneously, sibling discount will be available for "a second child" or "a second student". This applies to youth class and adult class enrollment. Please note that the first student does not have the sibling discount, but subsequent siblings (i.e., 2nd, 3rd, etc.) do receive the discount.

Senior Discount: We are now providing a discount of 20% to students 60 and older.

School Affiliation Discount: This discount applies to families of SBCS teachers, administrative staff, board members and PTA directors. The general rule is if you work at SBCS regularly (either paid [i.e., teacher] or volunteer), you will qualify.

Note: Where applicable, the discounts can be combined, meaning two 20% discounts will combine to a 36% discount: (36% = 100% - 64% = 100% - 80% * 80%)

The current list of teachers, board members, administrative staffs and PTA directors can be viewed here. Please email if you have any questions or need verification.

How Do I Get Involved?
The Santa Barbara Chinese School is always looking for dedicated individuals who would like to get involved and help achieve the school's mission statement. Types of available positions and time commitments can vary and be adjusted to accommodate your schedule.

Please contact (805) 765-1259 / for more information. Chinese language skills are not a pre-requisite.

More questions? Please email