Our Middle School students benefit from a rich array of local historical and natural resources located in Santa Barbara and its environs. We are adjacent to the Old Mission and its surrounding park that includes two reservoirs, sections of aqueducts and ruins of a pottery and tanning vats. A dam, dating back to 1807, is located at the Botanic Garden, one mile up Mission Canyon. Across the creek is the Natural History Museum, home to three million artifacts and specimens in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, biology, geology and paleontology. These and other local sites of interest form our extended learning environment, as we maximize experiential opportunities by heading out on excursions and field trips. We visit and partner with museums, galleries, libraries and theaters. Further afield we have camped in the Santa Ynez Valley and toured Yellowstone. City trips include Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Our field trips guide students towards increasing independence and self-reliance, instill confidence and are above all educational and fun.
Our Middle School students are always active and moving, especially inside the studio. Our daily outdoor physical education is an integral part of the education program in which students learn how their bodies move and how to perform a variety of physical activities. They learn the health-related benefits of regular physical activity and develop the skills to adopt a physically active, healthy lifestyle. We promote learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of students; students become confident, independent, self-controlled, and resilient. They develop positive social skills, learn to cooperate with others and understand the connections between the performance of physical activity and psychological/sociological concepts.