For 85 years, Laguna Blanca School has inspired student success through outstanding academics, a celebrated arts program, and competitive athletics. Students tackle a challenging curriculum and meet high standards thanks to dedicated faculty and staff who pride themselves in providing unmatched support of student achievement. Set on two charming campuses in Santa Barbara, small class sizes and individual attention give students in grades EK-12 a safe, nurturing environment that fosters academic excellence. Laguna Blanca graduates leave the tight-knit community to attend the nation’s most selective colleges and universities. Committed to diversity, Laguna Blanca School offers a substantial need-based financial aid program.
Opening its doors in the idyllic Santa Barbara alcove of Hope Ranch in 1933, Laguna Blanca’s initial student body consisted of 40 boys taught by six faculty members on a quiet six-acre campus. The school has since grown into two campuses — 35 acres in Hope Ranch and three in Montecito — to host a co-educational student body of approximately 375 students. Founded by pioneering headmaster Edward Selden Spaulding and three enterprising colleagues, the school became co-educational in 1942 and grew steadily until the end of the century, when expansion facilitated the purchase of the second campus in Montecito to house grades K-4. An Early Kindergarten program was successfully launched in 2014, and both campuses continue to expand and adapt, hosting state-of-the-art technology while maintaining the quaint, classic setting historically enjoyed by students.