Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Laguna Blanca! 

As you explore our site, you will find that Laguna's commitment to our core values of scholarship, character, balance, and community is present in all that we do. This commitment ensures that we provide a broad and diverse array of options for our students at every level of the school. From the nest of early kindergarten to the soaring heights of senior year, we strive to nurture the talents of all our owls in an environment that will help them flourish in the world beyond campus.

By encouraging students to take risks, adapt, and think deeply, we pay tribute to Laguna’s rich history as an incubator for confident problem solvers who are not only equipped to find their own way, but can serve as a source of illumination for others. Here, in our shared nest, it is important that we nudge one another out of our comfort zones. We encourage students to step out and do something different and to hone their vision while exploring their own selves and their world.
Before we grow too focused on how high we can fly and how far we can see, it is important for all owls to remember that their days in the nest are few and precious. If 85 years of school history teach us anything, it is the importance of balancing rigorous learning with the ability to have fun in the moment.

I am confident that you will be drawn to Laguna just as my family has been. Because the human element is so essential to our identity as a school, I hope you understand that our website cannot fully capture life at Laguna Blanca. Please take the time to visit us and see the magic of our school. Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Rob Hereford
Head of School
Laguna Blanca is Santa Barbara’s premier private, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in Early Kindergarten through Grade 12.