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Garden Street Academy

  • (805) 687-3717
  • 2300 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA


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Garden Street Academy is committed to providing and education which enables and empowers a diverse group of students to develop their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical gifts, and to understand and respect the similarities and differences among themselves and others in their local and world communities.

The Lower School offers a nurturing, multi-age learning environment where each child receives careful attention to their individual learning style. Our programs and facilitators focus on a child-centered, hands-on curriculum that allows students to participate in meaningful activities designed to facilitate the development of values, self-esteem, and a respect for themselves and others. Our workshop format in reading, writing and mathematics allows authentic engagement, promotes intellectual development and fosters a love of learning. The Lower School staff includes specialists in art, dance, music, sciences, physical education and global language. Children are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities.

In Middle School, students experience a wide variety of academic and co-curricular subjects, and enjoy opportunities to participate fully in sports, culinary arts, drama, film and the visual arts. The program prepares all students for high school, focusing on academic excellence and discovery, while developing the ability to communicate, collaborate and build community. Students follow a weekly schedule in which all subjects are facilitated by a specialist, as in the Upper School. Students participate in a number of experiential learning trips throughout the year, enabling them to make connections to the community and gain a global perspective. A variety of sports and physical education opportunities including golf, soccer, volleyball and basketball allow students to reach their potential through competition with other area teams.

The Upper School curriculum is divided into four integrated areas: Humanities, Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, and Math/Science. Our goal is to provide the knowledge and skills students need for college success. Classes are taught in a seminar format with 15 students or less, and the use of project-based learning allows individuals to delve deeply into the subject and demonstrate unique approaches and learning styles. Graduation requirements exceed those of most schools as well as the admission requirements for University of California campuses and other colleges. Most students fulfill 3 or more years of each subject area, including art, performance or music.

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