Welcome to the
Little Red Schoolhouse


The Little Red Schoolhouse has become a trademark of Ballard School. The schoolhouse was originally used by the Ballard School District in 1882.

The tradition of the quaint building and its history serving Ballard's youth continues to this day and is reflected in the warm family atmosphere found at Ballard School. Students benefit from progressive educational philosophy and techniques, while enjoying an appreciation of past heritage.

Ballard School is located in the unincorporated Ballard Township in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California. It serves a rural student population residing in private homes and on ranches, orchards and vineyards. The enrollment for grades K-6 is about 150 students.

The red school building, now into it's third century, is a Santa Barbara County historical monument and was renovated to Earthquake Standards in 1974. In 1984 two additional buildings were constructed which contain three classrooms as well as office space and a resource room for meetings.

But "in with the new" did not mean "out with the old." Children still attend class in the Little Red Schoolhouse, as they have been continuously for about 120 years.

We welcome you to Ballard School and invite you to visit our campus and see what our creative students and staff are doing.