Media Releases

Sculptor and Designer Evan Lewis to Speak at Anacapa

April 1, 2014 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Evan Lewis, a creator of wind-powered kinetic sculptures and luxury furniture, will share the stories of his dynamic creations at Anacapa School’s Breakfast Club assembly on Tuesday, April 15 between 7:50 and 8:30 a.m.

Lewis, now based in Chicago, was born in New York City and spent a large portion of his formative years living in Santa Barbara. Lewis was an avid surfer and a hiker. He says that the natural beauty of … Read more


World Record-Setting Aviator to Speak at Anacapa

Julian Nott will share his exciting and daring adventures as a balloonist

December 5, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Julian Nott, considered to be one of the founders of the modern ballooning movement, will share his exciting and daring adventures in the skies at Anacapa School’s Breakfast Club assembly on Wednesday, December 11 between 7:50 and 8:30 a.m.

Nott has broken 79 world ballooning records including piloting the first balloon crossings of the Sahara Desert, Australia and the Alps as … Read more


Anacapa School Students To Sing ‘Songs of Love’

Students to join singer-songwriter Lanny Sherwin on tracks to benefit children’s charity

November 26, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

The entire Anacapa School student body along with its faculty will be raising their voices in a “Song of Love” for a teenager they will probably never meet. On December 9 between 7:50 and 8:30 a.m., students and teachers at the independent school are lending their time and vocal talents to help singer-songwriter and Anacapa dad Lanny Sherwin create a personalized … Read more


Anacapa School Opens Its Doors to Prospective Students

Independent school is now enrolling new students for 2014-2015 school year

November 11, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

As Anacapa School approaches its admittance cap for the 2013-2014 school year, the independent school has announced a full schedule of open house events for applicants for the fall 2014 semester. The school will also consider applications for a limited number of mid-year enrollments for the current school year.

“We have a great group of new and returning students this year,” said … Read more


Mayor Schneider Wins in Anacapa School’s Student Poll

Anacapa School students took the oath of office during their tour of the Santa Barbara City Clerk’s office today.

Anacapa students pick winners for Santa Barbara City Council and Mayor

If it were up to Anacapa School’s seventh and eighth graders, Helene Schneider would keep her post as Santa Barbara’s mayor. After hearing from eight of the 12 candidates for Santa Barbara Mayor and City Council, Anacapa School students held a mock election.

For the past two decades, Gordon Sichi, Anacapa’s founding headmaster and teacher of the American Society course, has invited candidates for Santa Barbara City Council to … Read more


Surfing Legend Shaun Tomson Releases Inspiring New Book “The Code”

Tomson’s new book was inspired by the students at Anacapa School

July 8, 2013  —  Santa Barbara, Calif.

World champion surfer and best-selling author Shaun Tomson releases The Code (buy a copy), a simple strategy for confronting everyday challenges and making positive, life-changing decisions. In 12 personal stories Shaun shares the power of “I Will”—a code that has carried him to the heights of professional success and helped him navigate the depths of profound grief after the loss … Read more


Pro Surfer Shaun Tomson to Release New Book “The Code” at Anacapa School

World champion surfer and best-selling author says Anacapa students were his latest inspiration

May 27, 2013  —  Santa Barbara, Calif.

Shaun Tomson the professional surfer and best-selling author of “Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding through Life” and award-winning documentary filmmaker of “Bustin’ Down the Door” will release a new book titled “The Code” during a morning media event at Anacapa School in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 a.m. Tomson says that Anacapa students were the … Read more


Anacapa Announces Date for Live Q&A with the International Space Station

Update: Watch a raw video of the contact | KEYT News story

Independent school to connect with NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy in orbit via Amateur Radio

May 14, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Students and faculty of Anacapa School are preparing for a rare event that will allow them to make contact with NASA Astronaut and former Navy SEAL Christopher J. Cassidy. Cassidy is a flight engineer on Expedition 35, the 35th and current long-duration mission to the International Space … Read more


Anacapa Troupe to Perform ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’

Independent school theater group will journey ‘under the sea’ for three on-campus performances

May 3, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School’s performing arts department will present a musical stage performance of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” with performances on May 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm and May 19 at 2:00 pm at the school’s downtown campus at 814 Santa Barbara Street.

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a musical adaptation of the well-known story of Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, … Read more


Judge Barry Sax to Share Heroic WWII Story of Four Chaplains

Sax will present at Anacapa School’s First Thursday Open Breakfast Club in May

April 19, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Students at Anacapa School will hear from Barry Sax, a retired Department of Defense administrative law judge and a champion of the famed four chaplains who gave their life preservers to other soldiers after their Army transport ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the waters off Greenland during World War II.

The four chaplains may have perished that … Read more


UCSB History Professor to Speak at Anacapa on the Life of a Japanese Samurai

Luke Roberts will guest lecture at independent school’s First Thursday Open Breakfast Club

March 19, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School will host Luke Roberts, a professor of Japanese history in UC Santa Barbara’s history department, at its First Thursday Open Breakfast Club series on April 4, 2013, at 7:50 a.m. Roberts’ current research project is a biography of an “average” samurai named Mori Yoshiki of the feudal Japanese Tosa domain of the eighteenth century. Roberts’ talk at Anacapa … Read more


Steppenwolf Musician & Philanthropist John Kay to Speak at Anacapa

Kay and his wife Jutta, a wildlife photographer, will share their quest for the worldwide preservation of wildlife, the environment and human rights

January 25, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

John Kay, perhaps best known as the singer and songwriter of the 1960s band Steppenwolf, will be at Anacapa School’s February Open Breakfast Club on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 7:50 a.m. Kay will be joined by his wife and partner Jutta Maue-Kay to share their passion for preservation.

The … Read more


Anacapa to Host Space Experts Including NASA Astronaut Linnehan

Students will take an in-depth look at the future of space exploration during the annual Synthesis Unit

View a complete list of 2013 Synthesis Unit speakers | Watch speaker videos on YouTube

January 7, 2013 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

This month, students at Anacapa School will have the honor of having experts on hand for their annual Synthesis Unit which will explore the topic “Space: Where Are We Going?” A well-rounded panel of professionals will be available to answer questions … Read more


Anacapa School Performers to Explore History of American Music

Arts classes present “Born in the U.S.A. – a history of American music”

December 11, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School’s Performing Arts and Ensemble Music classes are joining forces to present “Born in the U.S.A. – a history of American music” at Center Stage Theater for two performances on January 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. The performances will feature Anacapa’s talented students as they take a musical look at American Music through the years with music by … Read more


Political-Ad Guru Fred Davis to Speak at Anacapa

Students will reflect on 2012 elections with acclaimed political marketing expert

November 21, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School will welcome Fred Davis, chairman and founder of Strategic Perception Inc. (SPI), to its December Open Breakfast Club on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 7:50 a.m.

Pegged by Time Magazine as “the GOP’s Hottest Mad Man,” Davis and his team at SPI boast an A-list of political clients including President George W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, Senators John McCain, … Read more


Anacapa School Opens Its Doors to Prospective Students

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Independent school is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year

October 22, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

As Anacapa School approaches its enrollment cap for the 2012-2013 school year, the independent school has announced a full schedule of open house events for applicants for the fall 2013 semester.

“I am very pleased with our 30 new enrollments this school year, which is the most we’ve ever made,” said Anacapa founding headmaster Gordon Sichi. “They are an enthusiastic group, and … Read more


Anacapa to Host Live Q&A with the International Space Station

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Student space exploration group works with S.B. Amateur Radio Club to connect to astronauts

October 4, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Students and faculty of Anacapa School are preparing for a rare event that will allow them to make contact with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) via amateur radio as part of the independent school’s annual Synthesis Unit. Anacapa has the opportunity to participate in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, a … Read more


Anacapa to Host Presidential Award-winning Physicist

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2012 Open Breakfast Club series begins with a presentation by Ania Bleszynski Jayich, Ph.D.

September 25, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School will kick off the second season of its year-long Open Breakfast Club guest speaker series on October 4 at 7:50 a.m. with a talk by Ania Bleszynski Jayich, an assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara’s physics department. Dr. Jayich’s work has been recognized nationally for its groundbreaking developments in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on … Read more


Anacapa Receives Highest Accreditation Status from WASC

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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges confers its highest endorsement on independent school

August 22, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School announced today that it has been reaccredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for six years, the longest accreditation term the body grants to any institution.

For more than 50 years, WASC has played a vital role in facilitating school improvement through its comprehensive review process. Anacapa faculty member Margaret Lauer led the multi-year … Read more


Anacapa School Teacher Speaks at ‘Freedom to Connect’ Conference

Anacapa School teacher and broadband executive Levi C. Maaia recently addressed an audience of open Internet advocates at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. (photo by Doc Searls)

Maaia among distinguished panelists in Washington advocating for freedoms of innovation, creativity and personal expression online

May 24, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Levi C. Maaia, Anacapa School’s digital media teacher and faculty advisor to its near space exploration club, is in Washington, D.C. this week for the F2C: Freedom to Connect conference. The annual, two-day gathering, just outside the nation’s capital, focuses on preserving what its founders see as the essential open properties of the Internet. Maaia addressed the … Read more


Anacapa School Will Showcase Student Art and Music at Annual Show

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Anacapa Art Show and Concert to feature award-winning student art & live music of ‘The Adobes’

May 16, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Student artists and musicians at Anacapa School are gearing up for the annual Anacapa Art Show and Concert on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m on campus at 814 Santa Barbara Street.

Anacapa students earned more than 100 first place ribbons and four Best of Show awards at the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo. These award-winning … Read more


Anacapa’s Near Space Probe Soars 111,814 Feet Over California

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Student-built, homebrew weather balloon probe returned live video and data during three-hour flight

Ground Crew Photos | In-Flight Photos | In-Flight Video
KEYT 3 TV News Story | AR Newsline Radio Story | 
Technical Overview Video (Amateur Radio Presentation)

May 7, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Members of the Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club (ANSEC) at Anacapa School are celebrating the weekend success of their second near space probe Anacapa Amateur High-Altitude Balloon 2 (AAHAB-2). The high school team launched … Read more


Human Rights Activist Rebecca Tinsley to Speak at Anacapa

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Journalist and humanitarian will share her experiences campaigning for freedom and equality in Africa

May 3, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School is extending its Open Breakfast Club series with a special post-season encore event with Rebecca Tinsley on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:50 a.m. on campus at 814 Santa Barbara Street.

Tinsley has spent her career campaigning for human rights in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions. She is the founder of the Waging Peace and Network … Read more


Anacapa Club to Launch its Second Near Space Probe

High school students combine homebrew electronics and wireless communications to send back images and data from the edge of space

May 1, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club (ANSEC) at Anacapa School will reach for the stars once again with its second near space probe, Anacapa Amateur High-Altitude Balloon 2 (AAHAB-2). Last year, the high school club sent a payload of sensors and a camera to 91,122 feet above California’s Central Coast and recovered it … Read more