One of the reasons so many families seek to make Goleta their home is unquestionably the quality of the local schools. This community has two school districts -- the Goleta Union School District that serves children from preschool through sixth grade and the Santa Barbara School District that serves seventh through 12th graders. The seventh and eighth graders attend the Goleta Valley Junior High while ninth through 12th graders attend either San Marcos or Dos Pueblos High Schools.

Both high schools provide their students with excellent educational programs. The schools offer a comprehensive curriculum that meets all state and district standards. Gifted and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are readily available. Dos Pueblos High School was designated as a "Distinguished School" in 1989. Academically, Dos Pueblos ranks as the highest achieving public school in Santa Barbara County. It has maintained the highest combination SAT scores in the county for the last five years.

There is no heavy industry in the Goleta area. The economy is based on education, electronics, medical and space age research, light manufacturing, medical, retail and wholesale trade. Goleta Valley is home for approximately 80 research and development firms, individually employing staffs from two to more than 1,000 individuals.
Recreation facilities include many parks, playgrounds and recreation areas for water skiing, surfing, skin diving, boating, fishing, camping and biking. Parks in the area are Goleta Beach, Isla Vista, Los Carneros, Stow Grove and Tuckers Grove. Several neighborhood tennis courts are available free of charge.

Goleta has three athletic clubs and a bowling center. There are four golf courses. The Goleta Valley Community Center schedules daily recreational activities for all ages. Many bike paths wind their way through the valley and out to Goleta Beach.

Goleta Pier has boat launching facilities and salt water fishing year round. Charter boats are available at Santa Barbara Harbor. Lake fishing is at Lake Cachuma, 24 miles northwest of Goleta. Whale watching excursions can be chartered at the Santa Barbara Harbor during the season.

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