Goleta Valley Junior High School

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Goleta Valley Jr. High School
6100 Stow Canyon Road.
Goleta, CA[1]

United States
Coordinates34°27′2″N 119°50′5″W / 34.45056°N 119.83472°W / 34.45056; -119.83472Coordinates: 34°27′2″N 119°50′5″W / 34.45056°N 119.83472°W / 34.45056; -119.83472
School districtSanta Barbara Unified School District
PrincipalMauricio Ortega
Enrollment770 (2015-16)[3]

Goleta Valley Junior High School is a junior high school in Goleta, California, just northwest of Santa Barbara, California in the Goleta Valley. With a student body of about 785 students in grades 7th and 8th, Goleta Valley J.H. employs about fifty five teachers as part of the Santa Barbara School Districts.[4] GVJH or simply GV is a National Blue Ribbon School.[5]


The front entrance to Goleta Valley Junior High.

The students are known as Mariners. They are further divided into four houses (as is done commonly in the United Kingdom): Sea Monkeys, Golden Vikings, Pirates, and Buccaneers. The houses compete for House Points in traditional school spirit events. At the end of the year the house with the most points wins the "Mariner Cup".


Seventh Graders[edit]

For 7th graders the school offers few choices. Students must take the exploratory wheel. The wheel has two classes in which students switch classes at the end of a semester, and two that do not rotate. The classes on the wheel are Industrial Technology, and either Art or Theater Art. If students choose too, they can audition for an advanced performing arts class or show choir, taken during the first semester. Students in the Beginning Band, Orchestra, or Show Choir do not rotate in the wheel.

In addition to the wheel, students are given the options to take an Advanced Band class before school, and a Spanish 1-2 class after school.

Eighth Graders[edit]

For eighth graders GVJH offers more choices including:


  1. ^ "Goleta Valley Junior High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ GVJH History
  3. ^ "Goleta Valley Junior High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Santa Barbara School Districts | Goleta Valley Junior High School
  5. ^ Goleta Valley Junior High Home Page