Mission & Philosophy


Anacapa’s Mission

Anacapa empowers students to excel at critical thinking, creativity, integrity and compassion through academic and experiential learning in a close-knit, diverse community.

Vision Statement

To be the preferred Santa Barbara school choice for best preparing students from 7th through 12th grade to become global citizens with the brightest minds and greatest compassion.

Philosophy of Education

The Philosophy that has guided Anacapa School since our founding, organizes the school program into three components: technical knowledge, personal/social knowledge, and critical knowledge.

Technical Knowledge centers upon the core college preparatory curriculum. Along with mathematics, science, history, social science, English and foreign language classes, Anacapa offers students numerous classes for developing technical abilities in other areas such as the fine arts and sports.

Personal/Social Knowledge encourages the development of the individual within the context of the greater communities in which we live. School activities and special events are designed to expand self-knowledge, self-confidence, and personal responsibility.

Critical Knowledge is Anacapa School’s most unique philosophical characteristic. The founders of the school felt strongly that critical thinking should infuse the different aspects of the school program. Asking questions as a way to discover knowledge is the fundamental principle behind the concept of critical thinking at Anacapa. Critical thinking is encouraged in classes by fostering an atmosphere that welcomes questions and dialogue between students and teachers.