Goleta Family School is an alternative, public school program offered by the Goleta Union School District to families with children in Kindergarten through grade six. Our curriculum is child-centered with an emphasis on creative expression, independent thinking, and cooperative social skills. The unique multi-grade setting allows the students to learn at their own pace and enjoy ongoing cross-age learning. There are three classrooms for approximately 60 children. Classrooms are broken down into the following grades: K-1, 2-3, and 4-5-6. Like all public schools in the Goleta Union School District, GFS is tuition-free.

Enrollment Procedure

Goleta Union School District Eligibility

GFS is open only to people who live in the Goleta Union School District. Click the following link to see the district’s attendance area listed by street: If your street is not listed, you are not eligible to enroll in Goleta Family School.

Lottery System: March 1 Drawing

GFS operates on a lottery system. Parents must attend one information session and one tour, and then fill out an application. Families will then be entered into the lottery, which takes place on March 1. At that time, open spots in all grades are filled and waiting list order is established. If there are more interested families after the March 1 lottery, we do another lottery drawing on May 1. Usually, all available spots are filled with the first lottery, so the second lottery is done simply to determine the order that new families will be placed on the waiting list. Families from the March 1 lottery maintain their waiting list position and new families are placed farther down on the list.

Waiting List

We maintain a waiting list for each cohort. Families who are not offered a spot immediately will maintain their place on that waiting list when the cohort advances to the next grade. We immediately notify families when spots become available. However, families are welcome to check in at any time to learn if their child’s position on the waiting list has advanced.

2014-15 School Year Enrollment Information

For the 2014-15 school year, we held three information sessions and three tours (in November, February, and April). If you missed these opportunities, you will not be able to enter the lottery for school year 2014-15. ALL AVAILABLE SPOTS IN ALL GRADES HAVE ALREADY BEEN FILLED BY THE MARCH 1 LOTTERY, AND THERE IS A WAITING LIST. THE MAY 1 LOTTERY DETERMINED THE WAITING LIST ORDER FOR REMAINING FAMILIES.

2015-16 School Year Enrollment Information

For the 2015-16 school year, we will hold two information sessions and two tours (in November and February). Check our website in October 2014 to find out the dates for these events. The March 1, 2015 lottery is expected to fill all open spots, so make sure you attend an information night and a tour before then.

Campus Information

GFS is located on the campus of Foothill Elementary at 711 Ribera Dr., and consists of three classrooms, a garden, and a courtyard all the way at the back of Foothill, close to the large field and Cathedral Oaks. You will be meeting back there for the parent information session. For the tour, we will meet at the flag pole near the driveway in front of Foothill School.

Please do not bring your children to either the tour or the information session. Feel free to contact Heather Stevenson, PTA president, at if you have questions about the tour or information session. Specific questions about the school will be answered at the information session and tour.

“I appreciate whoever invented the word ‘pass’.”


“My favorite memory this year is getting better at reading and playing blocks.”


“My favorite memory was playing checkers with Duck and Macy.”


“My favorite memory is when I saw the island fox, and watching Graham get nibbled by the island fox.”


“My favorite memory of the year is when we did ceramics”


eScrip Access

Earn for Us - Shop Amazon Now

Upcoming Events

Jun 5: Last day of school.

Foothill Elementary School Calendar

Please click here to check out the calendar for the Foothill Elementary School.