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Anacapa Success Story – Brett Jackson

Meet Brett Jackson, Anacapa School’s Alumni Success Story for November 2017.… 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.

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Anacapa School Welcomes Back Shaun Tomson to Speak to Community

Anacapa School Welcomes Back Shaun Tomson to Speak to Community

Experience the power of “I Will” to help you achieve your goals.

 

SANTA BARBARA, May 11, 2017 – Surfing legend, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Shaun Tomson, returns to Anacapa School’s Breakfast Club, 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.

Anacapa School’s Breakfast Club is a … Read more


Anacapa Students Appreciate Veterans’ Sacrifices

Anacapa Students Appreciate Veterans’ Sacrifices

Students attend Channel City Club luncheon commemorating the Veterans of WW1

 

SANTA BARBARA, May 3, 2017 – Through the generosity of The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, all Anacapa students were fortunate enough to attend a Channel City Club luncheon last month at The Fess Parker. The topic of the luncheon was “Over there WW1, 100 Years On.” The program highlighted the experience of the German, French British and American troops in the trenches during … 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 Celebrates Commencement at the Historic Casa de la Guerra

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Taking the microphone to address the crowd gathered in the historic Casa de La Guerra courtyard Friday, June 10, Anacapa School seniors confidently delivered their senior speeches.

The honor of a senior speech is a tradition at Anacapa School graduations, and every year each speech is as unique as the individuals who deliver them.

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Anacapa School’s 32nd Auction Raises $56,000 for Student Scholarships

Anacapa School’s 2016 auction Il Carnevale di Anacapa was a triumph of creativity, volunteerism and school spirit.

The March 13 event was the 32nd in the school’s history and, as in years past, showcased a love of Anacapa and all it accomplishes for its seventh-to-12th grade students.

The theme for Anacapa’s auction changes every year. Periodic student summer trips to Italy and the school’s Italian foreign language program inspired this year’s Venetian theme.

Chaired by the head of Anacapa’s Parent … Read more


Consul General Neumann Talks Refugee Crisis at Anacapa School

Consul General Hans Jörg Neumann recently traveled to Santa Barbara where he gave a presentation on Germany and the refugee crisis to middle and high school students at Anacapa School. 

He was one of two European diplomats along with several academic experts invited to speak on the issue as part of the independent school’s project week entitled “Human Migration: The Search for a Better Life.“ 

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

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

His newly published book, A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service, was the focus of his lecture.

“The only thing not frozen in Washington right now are Iran’s assets,” the 22nd secretary of defense said in his remarkably candid take on the importance of leadership in a gridlocked political climate.

Gates’s varied and distinguished … Read more


Anacapa Announces 2016 Synthesis Unit, Human Migration: The Search for a Better Life

January 24, 2016

Starting Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, and running through early February, Anacapa School will hold its annual Synthesis Unit, an intensive, multi-day exploration of a single subject.

This year Anacapa students will ambitiously tackle the very timely issue of the movement of people around the globe in a Synthesis Unit titled, “Human Migration: The Search for a Better Life.”

Offered every year in January, Anacapa’s Synthesis Units are intensive learning  opportunities for the school’s 7th-12th grade students.

A … Read more


Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network’s Nikolaus Volgenau Visits Anacapa School

January 15, 2016

Following a thread of interest in space, astronomy and space exploration experiments conducted by Anacapa School students in its Near Space Exploration Club several years ago, Nikolaus Volgenau, operations scientist for the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT), was the featured speaker at Anacapa’s Breakfast Club on the morning of Jan. 14, 2016.

Volgenau’s visit to Anacapa offered students another up-close look at astronomical research.

Anacapa’s Breakfast Clubs are daily morning assemblies featuring speakers who come … Read more


A Season of Giving: Anacapa Students Mark 35th Anniversary With 35 Volunteer Activities

December 22, 2015

Students at Anacapa School are celebrating the 35th anniversary of Anacapa School by volunteering with at least 35 different community organizations in the Santa Barbara area this school year.

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Anacapa School Photography Students Learn From Renowned Photojournalist Santi Visalli

 

December 7, 2015

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 this week 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 pages of architectural coffee table books and told the story of the United States during a particularly … Read more


Anacapa School Students Attend Steve Bucci Talk on National Security, Possibility of World War

November 22, 2015

With recent world events, the question of national security is on almost everyone’s mind. This includes the students at Anacapa School in Santa Barbara and was an impetus behind student and faculty attendance at a powerful Channel City Club talk.

The talk, given by Steve Bucci Ph.D. on Nov. 17 at The Fess Parker, was titled, “Threats, the Strategic Environment and U.S. Capabilities.” Bucci, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security … Read more


World War II Veteran William Livingstone Speaks to Anacapa School Breakfast Club

November 11, 2015

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, environmentalists, professors, movie directors, and countless others who have shared their personal stories and … Read more


Anacapa School Opens Its Doors to Prospective Students

Independent school is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 school year

November 6, 2015 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School has announced its schedule of open house events for applicants for the fall 2016 semester.

“We have a great group of students this year,” said Anacapa founding headmaster Gordon Sichi. “I am always amazed at the kind, smart and hard-working students we are able to attract to our small community. Open houses are a wonderful opportunity for us to meet new, … Read more


Anacapa School to Go ‘Beyond Borders’ with Middle East Synthesis Unit

From art to music to politics, Anacapa students will get an in-depth look at the complexities of the region

Anacapa School will host a special music performance by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery. This performance is free and open to the public. (Photo: Joanne A. Calitri International)

January 6, 2015 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

This month, students at Anacapa School will have the honor of … Read more


Annual Grape Stomp Scholarship Fundraiser Honors Former Anacapa Board Member

Fess Parker Winery to host family event to raise money for the Barney Berglund Scholarship Fund

Gordon Sichi, Anacapa School’s founding headmaster; cycling coach Jack Bianchi; Ed France, executive director of Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition; and Howard Booth, author of the “Pedal On” column in the Santa Barbara Independent pose alongside Barney Berglund’s racing bicycle. Proceeds from the auction of the bike this summer seeded the Barney Berglund Scholarship Fund at Anacapa School.

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Anacapa School to Award $150,000 Board Scholarship

Independent school offers full six-year scholarship to an incoming seventh grader

May 27, 2014 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School has announced a full scholarship for an incoming seventh grader to attend Anacapa School for six years. The value of this scholarship is more than $150,000 over the six years spanning the student’s enrollment for grades 7-12. The Anacapa School Board Scholarship is intended for a student of merit, who would not otherwise be able to attend the school due … Read more


Anacapa Students Visit Sacramento; Study Water Issues

Seventh and eighth graders are learning about the politics and policy issues surrounding twin tunnel project

May 8, 2014 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Seventh and eighth grade students from Anacapa School returned home from a five-day trip to Northern California with a special focus on water issues related to our state’s drought.

The students’ first stop on the drive to Sacramento was the San Luis Reservoir, a major off-stream storage reservoir for the State Water Project (SWP). Department of Water … Read more


Anacapa School Welcomes Two New Board Members

Independent school adds Richard Knowles and Lanny Sherwin to its board of trustees

May 5, 2014 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School announces the appointment of two new members to its board of trustees: Lanny Sherwin and Richard (Rick) Knowles, both Anacapa parents and businessmen.

Lanny Sherwin

Sherwin is president of the children’s record label, Sandman Records, and is the recipient of more than 50 music awards. He also serves on the board of directors for Pickleberry Pie, Inc., a … Read more


Anacapa School Troupe to Present ‘Seussical The Musical’

Independent school’s theater group will revisit the humor and wisdom of Dr. Seuss in its performance next month

Center Stage Theater in downtown Santa Barbara will host Anacapa School’s rendition of “Seussical the Musical.”

April 23, 2014 — Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anacapa School’s performing arts department will present “Seussical the Musical” with performances on May 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm at the Center Stage Theater in Paseo Nuevo shopping center in downtown Santa Barbara.

Tony Award-winning musicians Lynn Ahrens … Read more


Sculptor and Designer Evan Lewis to Speak at Anacapa

Renowned sculptor and designer Evan Lewis’s pieces can be found around the world, including in the office of former White House Chief of Staff and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (EvanLewisInc.com photo)

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 … Read more