The following are testimonials from past and present Garden Street Academy student and parents:
By facilitating our daughter’s child-directed learning and growth, Garden Street Academy has helped make poise, courage and confidence an integral part of her persona. These fine character attributes will continue to serve her well no matter where her life’s journey takes her. Many thanks, team!
-Jeff, GSA Parent
Our daughter is loving school so much and she spends at least an hour each night telling me everything. I just love it and couldn’t be more grateful for everything you all have done for us! Praise God, for you, John, and everyone at Garden Street Academy who has played a part in making such a BIG difference in her (and my) life!!
-Katherine, GSA Parent
Thanks for all you and your staff have done over the years to foster Finn’s love of learning. Wonderful facilitators have nurtured his intellectual and creative personality and have prepared him for the opportunities ahead. FInn will blossom and thrive because of the enriched environment offered by Garden Street Academy. Thanks again for your commitment to offering an alternative educational method.
Great news! Micah was accepted by UC Berkeley! Thank you so much, all of you, for helping him achieve this! He’s a little overwhelmed right now – lots of decisions to make – but all good ones! I am one very proud mom!
-Juliet, GSA Parent
Garden Street Academy will always be a special place for me where I grew, learned, explored, took chances, was challenged, and enjoyed myself for the five years I attended. I have you and the rest of the school to thank for that.
As parents we are thrilled at the education she has received from GSA and the dynamic young woman she is turning out to be as a result of its unique environment and the wonderful teachers and administrators.
-Lex, GSA Parent
We would like to express our appreciation to you and the faculty and staff at Garden Street Academy. We are most grateful for the way you embraced our daughter, engaged her intellectually and emotionally, created an environment where she could succeed… surrounded her with fun and safety, and delighted her with school and its challenges and rewards.
-Kathryn, GSA Parent
We just have to share this moment with all of you who have worked so hard with our son – with dedication, compassion, humor and perseverance. It is a relaxing Saturday afternoon – can’t go out to play because it is raining. Can’t shoot hoops in the driveway. Can’t climb trees. He already checked out the rapid waters of the creek and took his bike out for a fine spin in the mud. So what’s a boy like our son to do on a rainy afternoon? He’s on the couch – reading a book! Unbelievable! We never dreamed it would happen! Could happen. Thank you to all of you.
In the EIGHT wonderful years we have shared with you, and everyone who has been associated with GSA through those years (including parents)…. I have seen Malaya flourish academically, grow emotionally, and find an educational sanctuary of care and understanding. She has grown from a happy and curious little child… to a dedicated and gifted learner… and now has become a passionate student, a critical thinker and a very creative writer/artist. The people of GSA have been a very integral part of her growth. She has become a wonderful, loving, and sincere young teen… who is ready to tackles the challenges of becoming a young woman. We also want to make mention and thank Garden Street Academy for the generous academic scholarships through the years, the wonderful facilities/resources provided, the awesome educational field/travel trips. Our educational experience at Garden Street Academy has been the most nurturing, most supportive and most endearing experience any parent could ask for.
-Herb, GSA Parent
Garden Street Academy was the best thing about our Santa Barbara experience. We feel so blessed that our son was able to start his school journey in such a positive atmosphere, with such terrific teachers, staff and students.
-Tracie, GSA Parent
Kapil has made some lifelong friends and he has gained so much insight into himself and confidence in himself with the support of his interesting and compassionate facilitators and tolerant and unique classmates. Your vision of a place where kids can grow safely and feel accepted for who they are where they can discover and begin to love themselves has come true for Kapil and our family. You have given us so much and we will always be grateful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
-The Dawson Family, GSA Parents
I never imagined I could be in a place like this, having so much fun while learning and growing as an individual. I have had so many experiences that I will forever remember. We have gone on annual camping trips to Carpinteria, we have been to Catalina, White Mountain, Mammoth, Big Sur and Paris. I have learned so many different things that I will carry through life. Being at Garden Street we have been given many opportunities that we would not have been given at any other school. I can say that this place has become a second home for me. All of my teachers have been great; they always seem to really have the students’ best interests at heart. This school has such an unbelievable sense of community, I have never experienced a community like it before. I am forever grateful to all of the people that have shared great memories with me over the last four years.
-Sarafina, GSA Alumna