Carpinteria is a small ocean-side city located in the southeastern extremity of Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.8 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 4.6 square miles (11.8 km²) of it (62.86%) is water. Carpinteria THRIVE is under the Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) and provides public education services to students in the Carpinteria Valley, with district boundaries reaching south to the Ventura County line and north to the community of Summerland. The District, serving approximately 2300 grades K-12 students, has nine schools – one comprehensive high school, two small alternative high schools, one middle school, and four elementary schools. Eight of the nine schools are located within the Carpinteria city limits. One elementary school is located in Summerland.
Maria Fisk, Executive Director