The Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Foundation is working to bring a state-of-the-art aquatics and sports medicine facility to serve the entire Valley to the  Santa Ynez High School campus. Visit their site to learn more about this exciting initiative and how you can get involved!



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  • December 2017
    Parent 2 Parent Newsletter 
    December P2P
    Click here to read the current edition of the Parent 2 Parent Newsletter. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter by email, send your request to We hope you enjoy reading about the many exciting things happening at Santa Ynez High School!

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  • Pirate News:
    SYVUHSD is proud to present the latest edition of Pirate News.
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  • Library Study Hours and Drop-in Tutoring

    Library Books  
    The SYHS Library is open most Wednesday evenings from 5:00-8:00 PM when school is in session for tutoring and individual or group study. Generally, at least one teacher is on hand to assist students with their work. Please see the calendar below for the schedule.

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  • 2017-18 School Calendar

    17-18 Calendar



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Upcoming Events

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  • School Closure Announcement for Tuesday, December 12

    Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District--including both Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and Refugio High School--will be closed Tuesday, December 12, 2017, as maintenance and custodial crews clean up fallen ash from the last several days in anticipation of school reopening on Wednesday, December 13. Assuming no further significant concerns over smoke and ash, final exams will still be administered Wednesday through Friday as planned.District officials continue to monitor air quality on a day-to-day basis and will take appropriate action with regard to additional days of school closure as necessary. For now, assume that school will be in session on Wednesday; any changes will be posted here and sent out through Signal Kit messaging.



Daily Bulletin

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  •  Welcome to Santa Ynez
    Valley Union High School
     Distinguished School US News Best
    Santa Ynez Valley Union High School was founded in 1896 and is located in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley--a quaint, rural community just inland from the wild and beautiful central California coast. SYVUHS enjoys a long and rich tradition of excellence.  With only 1,000 students enrolled, our pristine, park-like campus may be small, but our hard-earned reputation for success is widely recognized.  Whether it be in academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, occupational arts, agriculture,  community service, or any other endeavor, our students have historically excelled. Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is proud to be among the highest-achieving high schools in Santa Barbara County, but we don't rest on our laurels. Our faculty and staff actively practice innovative teaching with the goal of preparing our students to meet the uniquely unprecedented challenges of learning in the 21st century.
    Welcome to our website. Most of what you need to know about Santa Ynez High School can be found here, but if you find we've missed anything, please don't hesitate to contact us.
    Go Pirates!
    Mark Swanitz
    Class of '85 
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  • CyberBully Hotline Logo
    (805) 270-2942
    In an effort to provide the safest possible environment for learning, SYVUHS has a CyberBully Hotline. To anonymously report information about bullying, harassment, intimidation, drug and alcohol use, or any other dangerous or illegal activity, students and parents can text or call the hotline number above. 
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  • Board Resolution


    At the April 18, 2017 meeting of the Board of Education, a resolution in support of safe schools and academic excellence was passed. Click here to read the resolution.



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  • LCAP

    Strategic Plan

    Plan Estrategico


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  • Always be a Pirate
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