Overview

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Anacapa School is committed to providing a personal and challenging college preparatory education for all students. Our curriculum is built upon solid core classes, a wide range of electives, and a strong emphasis on critical thinking. With an average class size of 12, our dedicated faculty members strive to provide each student with an inspirational and challenging learning environment. Anacapa’s academic requirements exceed those of the State Board of Education, as well as the University of California entrance requirements.

Typical Schedule by Grade

7th Grade

  • Lower School Literature
  • American Society
  • Math: Pre-Algebra or Algebra I
  • Lower School Science: Marine Science, Life Science, or Physical Science (depending on which is offered)
  • Music of the World
  • Art of the World
  • Afternoon Electives (2)

8th Grade

  • Lower School Literature
  • American Society
  • Math: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, or Geometry
  • Lower School Science: Marine Science, Life Science, or Physical Science (depending on which is offered)
  • Music of the World
  • Art of the World
  • Afternoon Electives (2)

9th Grade

  • Literature: American, British, World, or Modern (depending on which is offered)
  • History: U.S. I, U.S. II, World I, or World II (depending on which is offered)
  • Math: Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II
  • Studio Art or Science: Marine Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, or Physics (depending on which is offered)
  • Foreign Language I: Spanish or Italian
  • Afternoon Electives (2)

10th Grade

  • Literature: American, British, World, or Modern (depending on which is offered)
  • History: U.S. I, U.S. II, World I, or World II (depending on which is offered)
  • Math: Geometry or Algebra II
  • Science: Marine Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, or Physics (depending on which is offered)
  • Foreign Language II: Spanish or Italian
  • Afternoon Electives (2)

11th Grade

  • Literature: American, British, World, or Modern (depending on which is offered)
  • History: U.S. I, U.S. II, World I, or World II (depending on which is offered)
  • Math: Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus
  • Science: Marine Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, or Physics (depending on which is offered)
  • Foreign Language III: Spanish or Italian
  • Afternoon Electives (2)

12th Grade

  • Literature: American, British, World, or Modern (depending on which is offered)
  • History: U.S. I, U.S. II, World I, or World II (depending on which is offered)
  • Math: Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus
  • Science: Marine Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, or Physics (depending on which is offered)
  • Foreign Language IV: Spanish or Italian
  • Afternoon Electives (2)

Afternoon Elective Classes

Students typically take two electives each semester. While the exact elective offerings vary each semester, they always include opportunities to explore the arts and a variety of sports. See our current electives page for more information.

Recent elective classes have included:

  • Advanced ESL (for International Students only)
  • Basketball
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Voyage (Media Production)
  • Ensemble Music
  • Fiber Arts
  • Improv
  • Non-Western Art
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Basketball
  • Beach Sports
  • Gym Sports
  • Kickboxing
  • Presidio Garden Internship
  • Robotics
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • S.B. Trails (Hiking)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Studio Art
  • Study Hall
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball