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Academics Overview

Students enjoy and are challenged by Laguna Blanca’s renowned academic program, which has been a hallmark of the school since its inception. From EK to twelfth grade, students receive an education tailored to maximize learning and foster an inquisitive mindset. Faculty members are highly qualified professionals who challenge students while also supporting them on an individual level. Laguna Blanca’s most distinguishing feature is the close connection established between students and faculty. This connection leads to a campus filled with enthusiasm, energy, and a love for the learning process. This atmosphere becomes apparent immediately when one steps into a Laguna Blanca classroom in action.

At Laguna, we believe that a “Project-Based Learning” (PBL) culture leads to deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for all of our students. This dynamic classroom approach allows students to actively explore real-world problems and challenges, while fostering curiosity, openness, creativity, critical thinking, empathy, and personal responsibility. It also makes learning more memorable, meaningful, and FUN – for students and teachers alike. Our unique eight-day rotation schedule in the Middle and Upper Schools is especially ideal for an increased emphasis on active PBL learning.

FEATURED PROGRAMS

• TEDx Project-Based Leadership, an Upper School elective allowing students to develop organizational leadership skills while working in a collaborative team environment to create and produce the school's annual TEDx event. LEARN MORE
 
 Swooper Citizens, a Grades K & 1 service learning and character development program that allows students to discuss different values like caring, patience and compassion in depth before participating in related service projects throughout the community. READ MORE

 Mission to Mars, a joint project in English and science, six teams of eighth graders contended for ways to reach the Red Planet and pioneer the first human settlement. They present their findings to a fictitious group of investors—faculty, administrators, and select students—who challenge the teams with unexpected crisis scenarios. READ MORE

 Library Dances, a project in which our Upper School students perform a choreographed dance of a novel they are reading in their English course with the State Street Ballet Company. The performance ensures that every Laguna student participates in at least one live theater performance before graduating from Laguna. READ MORE

 Sock Institute, an urban outreach project where students take on the issue of homelessness in Santa Barbara, gathering socks and coats for those in need, and tackling the concept of “social responsibility” hands-on. READ MORE

 Urban adventures, where students learn about the culture of a certain city (London, New York, New Orleans, Paris) through works of modern literature and then visit that city to experience it first-hand, tackling issues like homelessness, poverty, and racism through 1:1 interviews, analytical research, and exploration.

 Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where students work in teams to solve real problems faced by local business owners then pitch their own products in a real-life “Shark Tank” to gain real-world business skills like data analysis, marketing, collaboration, and public speaking. READ MORE