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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.

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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. ( 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

World Record-Setting Aviator to Speak at Anacapa

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

Julian Nott worked with NASA in 2007 to observe meteors associated with Comet Kiess’ close encounter with Earth. (NASA photo)

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 … 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

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

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, … 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