History & Campus


In 1981, Gordon Sichi joined Dr. Robert Everhart and a dedicated group of Santa Barbara parents in founding a new independent high school to serve students and families who wanted a high-quality college preparatory education in a small school setting.  They believed strongly that a small and personalized school would create a learning environment where students would thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.   This essential characteristic of Anacapa School continues to attract families to our school community today.  In 1990, the school added grades seven and eight and changed its name from Anacapa High School to Anacapa School.

At the time of the school’s founding, Dr. Everhart was a professor of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Gordon Sichi was a teacher with eleven years of experience in the Goleta Union School District.  Dr. Everhart has since retired after having served as dean of the School of Education at Portland State University, and founding headmaster Gordon Sichi continues to guide Anacapa, providing continuity in administrative leadership and teaching


Located in the heart of the Santa Barbara civic center, Anacapa School provides students and teachers easy access to the rich educational, historical, and cultural resources of our local community.  The public library, art and history museums, Presidio, city hall, and county courthouse and administrative offices are just a few blocks from campus.  Anacapa also benefits from its proximity to city recreational facilities including the downtown Carrillo Street gym, Los Baños swimming pool, athletic playing fields, parks, and beaches.

“814 Santa Barbara Street” has been a school site since 1893.  The origins of both the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) are tied to our school site.  Anacapa School has been very fortunate to be located on this historic site since 1984.