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2017-2018 Synthesis Unit: The Art and Science of Happiness

Students and faculty were invited to join speaker, Josette Tkacik, at one of her very spirited Zumba classes!

“A speaker that impacted me was Josette Tkacik, her story was just amazing. She went from being a dancer in a dance company to being so sick she couldn’t get out of bed. She went through doctors telling her she was sick with an incurable disease. She didn’t give up but began doing Zumba and now has a hug class six times

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CONGRATULATIONS ANACAPA! Anacapa School Wins First Place at International Film Competition

The Anacapa School of Santa Barbara has earned first place in the student documentary division of the 2017 Raw Science Film Festival Competition with Ocean Health, a 10-minute film revealing the condition of oceans worldwide.

The Raw Science Film Competition honors U.S. and international films on science and technology.

Judges for the competition include representatives from the U.S. State Department, NASA’s JPL Curiosity Rover Flight Team, and the California Academy of Sciences.

The film screening and awards ceremony will take … Read more

Anacapa School Shadow Days

Anacapa School Shadow Days are designed to give prospective students and their families a chance to experience the daily academic and social life at Anacapa, so you have all the pieces to the puzzle.

You will experience a day in the life of an Anacapa School student and see firsthand how Anacapa does grades 7-12 like no one else.

Call (805) 965-0228 to schedule your Anacapa School Shadow Day!… Read more

2017 Synthesis Unit Ocean Health Video Overview Now Available

Our 2017 Synthesis Unit Ocean Health brought 17 world-class scientists and environmentalists into Elliott Hall to speak to our students and faculty about the health of oceans worldwide. The theme for this year’s Synthesis Unit was created in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, which generously provided educational resources and three speakers via SKYPE from Seattle, Mexico, and Washington, D.C.

The video overview for this Synthesis Unit is now available for viewing.

2017 Synthesis Unit immerses students in

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Beginning-of-the-Year Trip: Tuolumne Meadows


Beginning of the Year Trip: Tuolumne Meadows,
Yosemite National Park

September 14-18, 2017

Faculty Chaperones Included Paul Nolan, John Luca, Hugo Macario, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, and Suzie Sichi, with Alum Guest Megan Eckert

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Thursday, September 14

On Thursday morning the entire school traveled by charter bus toward Yosemite National Park.  Despite the early departure, spirits were high as legendary airbus driver David Harkness led us away from 814 Santa Barbara St.  There was a brief stop at … Read more

End-of-the-Year Trip: Dodgers Stadium & Sage Hill Trip

Lower School students gather around the picnic table for a dinner they prepared themselves.

Dodgers Stadium & Sage Hill Trip

June 11-14, 2017

Faculty Chaperones Included Bryan Anderson, Emily de Moor, Hugo Macario, Brittany Ragan, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Quote:

“It was really enjoyable to listen to all of the positive comments people had to say to each other during our trip. It made me smile and it really showed me that

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Celebrating an amazing 35th school year!


We completed another successful year at Anacapa School, celebrating 35 years of providing an exceptional education.  Our students and their families were an impressive bunch, and we are so thankful for their support throughout the school year.  We would like to congratulate our Class of 2017, of which includes students who will go on to attend Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Berkeley, Reed College, Binghamton University, Santa Barbara City College, and Regent’s University London.  The historic Casa de
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Anacapa School Welcomes Back Shaun Tomson

Anacapa students stand with Shaun Tomson at the historical Alhecama Theatre.

Surfing legend, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Shaun Tomson, returned to Anacapa School’s Breakfast Club on May 18th, after five years. Shaun is the author of the best seller The Code: The Power of “I Will, a book inspired by his presentation to Anacapa School in 2012.

After Tomson’s first Breakfast Club at Anacapa School, he asked the students to create their own personal code, their vision for … Read more

Anacapa School Collaborates with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper to Explore Mohawk Reef

Joined by a mutual respect of learning about and protecting our local ocean, and desire to explore it deeper, Anacapa’s robotics class was invited to come aboard Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s research boat and cruise out to Mohawk Reef where Anacapa released their OpenROV for the first time. The experience did not disappoint, as the students could watch on their computer from the boat to see the ROV showing them a healthy marine environment, with many fish, lobsters and even a … Read more

Anacapa vs Midland for the first game of the year!

Anacapa recently traveled to Los Olivos to play a soccer game at Midland School in a tradition that dates back many years. The Islanders started off the game very strong and took the lead on an early goal by 8th grader Luke. Midland tied it up 1-1, but the Islanders responded with another excellent goal off a set piece by a 9th grader. In goal the Islanders held strong with 11th grader Alexandre for most of the first half. Midland … Read more

‘Canopy Meg’ Takes Study of Treetops to New Heights

The Channel City Club was founded in 1946 in Santa Barbara, California, to provide the community with a local venue for outstanding speakers on state, national and international issues. Anacapa School has been a member of the Channel City Club for the past three years and has been reporting on the lectures for Noozhawk school news. Students attend six to seven luncheon presentations each year.

Below is an article published recently on Noozhawk.com by one of our science-minded sophomore students,

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“You don’t lose until you quit trying.”

Living up to Anacapa School’s longstanding tradition of honoring veterans who have served our Nation, students and faculty had three exceptional opportunities this fall to connect with our national history.

The Moving Wall

On October 12, 2016, Anacapa School was again given the high honor of helping to assemble The Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall, a half sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Every time The Moving Wall has come to Santa Barbara since 1986, Anacapa School … Read more

Beginning-of-the-Year Trip: Santa Cruz Island

All school photo at Smugglers Cove, September 2016

Santa Cruz Island Trip

September 19 – September 22, 2016

Teacher chaperones included: Paula Campanelli, Emily de Moor, Hugo Macario, Emily Regan, Brittany Ragan, Gordon Sichi, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Quotes:

“I remember the time when I went snorkeling in the ocean. Seeing the ocean from this perspective was unlike anything I have seen before in my life. Seeing all the kelp growing as tall as a tree, seeing fish Read more

Spring Sampler Alumni Panel

Current student, Lauren Sloan (left) stands with teacher and Anacapa alum Dillon Yuhasz, and other alumni: Heather Moore, Samantha Eve, Brookes Degan, and Connor Proctor.

An Anacapa Alumni Panel was held in May in conjunction with an “Anacapa Sampler” open house. The alumni panel was led by Dillon Yuhasz (2009), who is now a full-time Anacapa faculty member. Four recent graduates shared the role Anacapa played in their formative years and how Anacapa prepared them to excel at the college … Read more

Anacapa Wraps Up Breakfast Club Talks for 2015-16 School Year

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The beginning of summer means the end of the Breakfast Club at Anacapa School for the 2015-16 year. The Breakfast Club is a signature program here at Anacapa and is an important part of the experiential learning opportunities our school is well-known for.

Contrary to what the program’s name suggests, our Breakfast Clubs do not involve food, at least not food for the stomach. What they do involve is food for the mind, providing … Read more

End-of-the-Year Trip: Wind Wolves Preserve

Group photo at Wind Wolves Preserve, June 2016.

Wind Wolves Preserve Trip

June 5 – June 8, 2016

Teacher chaperones included: Emily de Moor, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, Hugo Macario, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Quotes:

“I really liked the 3.5 mile hike we took. I got to bond with fellow classmates, which was very fun. While we were hiking, I really appreciated the beauty of the plain hills. It is nice to see an area just Read more

March Special 2016: Doing 35 Volunteer Activities to Celebrate 35 Years!

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March Special is a long-standing tradition at Anacapa. Each year March Special takes place the day after the auction and is a time for students and faculty to bond over an off-campus activity. This year, in keeping with our ever-present spirit of volunteerism and our commitment to do 35 volunteer activities to celebrate our 35th anniversary, we sent four teams of students out into the community for a morning of volunteer work.

By all accounts, the day … Read more

Synthesis Unit 2016, Human Migration: The Search For a Better Life

“Il Viaggio dei Disperati” by Umberto Romano

“This year’s Synthesis Unit was a wonderful learning experience… The thing that hit closest to home were the stories of the migrants. Such wide varieties of people traveling to such different locations inspired me to take action and help some of them out. Hearing their stories made me very thankful for what I have. It was a wonderful week!” -9th Grade Student

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Anacapa Students Learn Lessons on Leadership From Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Anacapa students got the opportunity to hear from Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during his recent visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Two Anacapa students, Elena and Nike, submitted an article about Mr.Gates’ presentation, which was published in Noozhawk and is included below.

Source: Nike Cosmides and Elena Alcerro for Anacapa School

Robert Gates, former secretary of defense, spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

His newly published book, A Read more

Anacapa School Students Learn From Renowned Photojournalist Santi Visalli

Anacapa photography teacher Alison Strelich and Anacapa student Rocelia talk with photojournalist Santi Visalli at his current exhibit at Cal State Channel islands.

In keeping with a long-established history of creating opportunities for Anacapa School students to meet and learn from industry experts from a wide variety of backgrounds, Anacapa students spent several hours with Santi Visalli, a world-renowned photojournalist whose iconic photographs of influential people and places ran in newspapers, graced the covers of hundreds of magazines, filled the … Read more

Anacapa Honors Veterans

Students pose with World War II veteran Bill Livingstone following his Veterans Day 2015 presentation at Anacapa.

Stories teach in remarkable ways. This concept is not new at Anacapa School where community members, speakers, and storytellers are invited regularly for an event called Breakfast Club, an Anacapa tradition at which the entire student body and faculty assemble to learn directly from the people involved in a wide range of real world professions.

Anacapa Breakfast Clubs have hosted politicians, news anchors,

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Grape Stomp 2015

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GS/BBMR Grape Stomp was a Huge Success!

This year’s Grape Stomp at the Fess Parker Winery took on an exciting new dimension. Barney Berglund, a devoted Anacapa board member and local cycling hero, died tragically from cancer on February 4, 2014. To honor Barney, Anacapa School sponsored a 50-mile ride to Tepusquet and a 30-mile ride to Sisquoc for his friends and other cyclists to enjoy. Three local cycling clubs came … Read more

Beginning-of-the-Year Trip: Big Sur

Students pose in front of a sculpture of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet (3,000 BP) at Hearst Castle.

Beginning-of-the-Year Trip to Big Sur, September 27 – October 1, 2015

Teachers: Bryan Anderson, Emily de Moor, Hugo Macario, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Testimonials

“As the years go by, the beginning and end-of-the-year trips continue to help prepare me for adulthood. Whether it’s being away from home for  a week, developing leadership skills, or engaging … Read more

Anacapa Welcomes Two New Teachers

Two new teachers will be part of the Anacapa faculty beginning in the fall, as they join us for the 2015-2016 academic year. Emily Regan will head up the English Department, and Emily de Moor will be our new science expert.

Emily Regan joins us after recently earning her M.A. in teaching at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Emily taught in an outdoor school in Southern California for three years after completing her undergraduate studies in English at Franklin … Read more