SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
LAGUNA BLANCA SCHOOL

Welcome to Middle School 

Students undergo tremendous cognitive, affective, physical and social changes in the years between fourth and ninth grades. Our goal at Laguna is to create a Middle School experience in which grades five through eight are each taught in accordance with the differing needs of their development and to ensure smooth transition from year to year. 
 
During the first two years in the Middle School, for instance, students maintain the security of homerooms. In seventh and eighth grade, grades are fully departmentalized, with the mentor role played by an advisor. That safe sense of development and exploration continues throughout the Middle School experience, be it in grade-specific social events, gender and age-based advisory groups, outdoor adventure programs, or community service events.
 
I hope you enjoy learning more about our Middle School programs, and the myriad ways we strive to support every child's total development. 
 
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