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Leadership Transition at Anacapa School

Dr. Dylan Minor (left) and founding Anacapa Headmaster, Gordon Sichi (right).

May 8, 2018: On Sunday, in front of a joyful crowd of Anacapa School supporters, Gordon Sichi, founding Anacapa Headmaster, announced that Dr. Dylan Minor will lead Anacapa “into the future.” After 37 years, Sichi is passing the torch to Dr. Minor, who has served as Chairman of the Anacapa Board for the past academic year.

Dr. Minor is a successful entrepreneur, with a PhD and Masters of Science … Read more

Meet Samantha Eve, Anacapa School’s Alumni Success Story for February 2018.

Samantha Eve (Anacapa Class of 2003) is the founder of the Out of the Box Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, CA. Samantha attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama with a focus in musical theatre.

“Going from Anacapa to an extremely large school in one of the biggest cities in the country might seem like a culture shock, but I believe Anacapa gave me the tools to adapt to my surroundings at New … Read more

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 Alumni Success Stories & Open House Announcement for January 10th, 2018

Bin Ligon Anacapa Alumni Success Stories December 2017

Meet Ben Ligon, Anacapa School’s Alumni Success Story for December 2017.

Ben Ligon (Anacapa Class of 2007) is a Process Engineering Specialist at L&L Products, Inc. in Romeo, Michigan. Ben attended California State University Channel Islands and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

“Size. Size. Size. At Anacapa you are given the opportunity to be yourself and find a learning style that works for you. Its size allows almost every opportunity to be hands on and immersive, which is Read more

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.

2017 Synthesis Unit immerses students in

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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.

August 26, 2014 — Santa Barbara, Calif.… Read more

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