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2017 Synthesis Unit immerses students in Ocean Health

“Healthy Ocean, Healthy Sharks,” Darcy Bradley (center), Postdoctoral Researcher, Marine Science Institute


Before the Ocean Health Synthesis Unit, I knew vaguely about ocean acidification and temperature changes due to climate change. The Synthesis Unit opened my eyes to how these things happened and the impact they have had on both humans and marine life. – 10th grade

Anacapa’s mission to engage students in the big issues that affect all of us was on full display for the first

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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

2017 Auction Event

Anacapa in an Octopus’s Garden

Sunday, March 19, 2017   •   12:30-5:00pm

On campus   •   814 Santa Barbara Street

Join us for an afternoon of great food, friendly companionship, and

fabulous shopping.

All this to benefit OUR GREAT ANACAPA STUDENTS!!!

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Anacapa School’s annual auction is a fun-filled event for the whole family.  Held under a big tent on our charming downtown campus, this annual parent-sponsored fund-raiser brings the community together for a delicious lunch, a … 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

Anacapa Graduation Says It Loud and Clear: We’re a Small School with a Big Heart!

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As much as any Anacapa tradition, Anacapa School’s annual commencement and all-school awards ceremony speaks volumes about the small school with a big heart. Almost every student—from grades 7 through 12—comes to wish the graduates good luck and bid them farewell while parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends “pack the house” each year.

This year’s graduation on Friday, June 12 moved to a new venue, Casa de la Guerra. “We were delighted to be holding our … Read more

Anacapa Students are Going Beyond Borders

This year’s Synthesis Unit focused on the Middle East

Sarah Alamoudi, an Anacapa mom, talks about life in her home country of Saudi Arabia.

“This unit helped me see beyond the black-and-white stereotypes that are often portrayed by the media, and better understand the many ways different people are connected.”

-9th grade student

2014-2015 Synthesis Unit Schedule • Facebook photo albumSynthesis Unit Responses 2015

Students from Anacapa School became scholars of the Middle East recently as part of … Read more

End-of-the-Year Trip: San Francisco

Students pose in front of Grace Cathedral, which is a replica of the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It also has a copy of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise made from the original molds used by Ghiberti for the Baptistery in Florence.

Teachers: Bryan Anderson, Paula Campanelli, Hugo Macario, Megan Nesland, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

We left promptly at 6:00 am for San Francisco with our long-term, veteran … Read more

Anacapa Student Reports on Talk by Author Blaine Harden

Anacapa students spend a few moments with Mr. Harden after his presentation.

By Nike Cosmides (11th Grade)

Blaine Harden, author of international bestseller Escape from Camp 14, addressed the Channel City Club last week about his newest book, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot.

Harden spoke about of the origin of North Korea’s endurance as an oppressive and secretive nation, and the nature of its relationship with America. He described his book as “an attempt to make … Read more

The Performing Arts Class Presents: “Once on This Island”!

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The Performing Arts Class was a hit in their presentation of Once on This Island on May 8th and 9th at the Center Stage Theater in Paseo Nuevo.

Once on This Island is a captivating legend of romance between a peasant girl and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. This calypso-flavored story opens on a Caribbean island where villagers comfort a little girl with the story of the orphan Ti Moune, destined to love too … Read more

Record-Breaking Balloonist Shares His Passion for Adventure

Alan Eustace and Julian Nott in Roswell, N.M. after Eustace’s record-breaking jump.

As Alan Eustace parachuted from a helium balloon at 135,890 feet above the Earth’s surface, it was the engineering prowess of Julian Nott that he was relying on.  Eustace’s team, including Julian as senior balloon consultant, broke the world altitude record on October 24, 2014.

Julian returned to Breakfast Club to share this latest adventure and some other insights with Anacapa. Julian’s personal journey includes a lifelong passion … Read more

A Word From the English Department

Lower School Literature
The Lower School Literature class has had a very busy semester reading a lot, learning new vocabulary, studying grammar, and writing often. One of their favorite activities was keeping a journal in the voice of one of the characters in Lord of the Flies. Seeing the events of the novel through the eyes of one of the characters was fun for the student and offered many insights into the story. After they wrote character analyses, the students … Read more