Located in the heart of historic Santa Barbara, close to downtown, the ocean and the mountains, Garden Street Academy is surrounded by a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Our goal is to maximize experiential opportunities by heading out as frequently as possible on trips that are planned to take advantage of these treasures. Close to home we visit museums, galleries, libraries, theaters, as well as outdoor venues such as hiking trails and beaches, Lake Cachuma, Ellwood Butterfly Preserve, the Santa Barbara Zoo, among others. Our field trips guide students towards increasing independence and self-reliance, instill confidence and are above all educational and fun.
The Lower School technology program attempts to give young students opportunities for hands-on learning to discover, create, collaborate, publish, and to think creatively and critically using technology. The emphasis is not upon the technology itself, but on using technology in the context of learning. Whether it is a kindergarten student learning to use the mouse to draw and paint pictures, or students learning to create slide shows, animations, movies or write their own music, students enjoy using technology to express themselves and “publish” work for others. Students are involved in online research, simulations, mapping and activities that stretch problem-solving and critical thinking skills.Our technology lab is one place for technology learning, but students also use iPads or Chromebooks in their classrooms. In addition, students are exposed to 3D printing, laser cutter technology and the Lego WeDo system to build beginning understandings of engineering and programing. Technology is viewed and used as a tool for learning.