High academic expectation. The Board of Trustees and administration are very open and approachable. Loads of parents show up to events. Happy kids. No complaints.
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Posted by a parent on 11/07/13
Stop basing any of your decisions on reviews, good or bad, on a website. Instead, do the following for each school you are considering: - Visit the school and observe some classes. Talk to the students and faculty if you can. - View the list of college acceptances from previous years. - Inquire about
... Read more test scores and AP offerings. - Investigate qualifications of the teachers via biographies on the school website. - Attend a varsity sports game. - View all of the school's facilities, including computer labs, library, classrooms and athletic facilities. - Check out student artwork and performances. - Have the prospective student visit for a day with a current student. Do all of these dutifully for each school you are considering or else you are not being a wise consumer. Do all of these dutifully, and you will see why Laguna Blanca has been one of the top college preparatory schools in the region for decades. No need for anonymity on this review, as we at Laguna truly stand by the strength of our school community and the education we provide. Stop by our newly renovated, state-of-the-art library and say hello over a cup of coffee! Blake Dorfman '02 Coordinator, Isham Library Read less
Posted by a teacher on 10/11/13
I have read the previous reviews - believe mine. When we started we were promised "that all classes are taught at GATE level". Not true. In fact, one lower school teacher confirmed that the curriculum is decided by the teacher - whatever that is. There is NO continuity between the grades and the
... Read more curriculum is quite boring. My child, who is extremely bright, was forced to sit through daily addition lessons (even though he was more advanced) - no matter how hard we tried to make this better; we were shut down. As for the upper school; we had one teacher publicly humiliate our older child and all he received was a "note" in his folder. If you think that by paying a lot of money and viewing the nice campus your child will receive a stellar education; you are mistaken. Don't be fooled. As for "College Prep" - 6 graduates this year are attending Junior College. The college counselor will direct your child NOT to the school in his/her best interest; but, rather to an "affiliate". Both of our "host" families left before us. Sadly, we should have listened and left; but, tried to hang on. Like many families who live close to this school; we send our children elsewhere. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/01/13
I am a parent of 3 Laguna Blanca students one of whom recently graduated and is prospering in a top University. Laguna Blanca provides a solid college preparatory educational foundation that is unmatched in other Santa Barbara schools. We are particularly impressed with Laguna's English and Literature
... Read more programs which provide the critical skills to read with comprehension and to write persuasively. Laguna also provides a safe environment for students to explore and to challenge themselves in whatever academic, artistic or athethlic pursuits that interest them. One of our children played 3 varsity sports in one yea. One of other children plays in a varisty sport and also enjoys the art programs. We were also impressed with the college preparation help that Laguna provides. Laguna Blanca has a terffific reputation with Colleges and Universities throughout the US and the faculty and staff provide much needed assistance in providing college application guidance and meaningful letters of recommendation. A visit to Laguna Blanca is the best way to form your own opinion. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/29/13
We had our son at Laguna for all of junior high and it is not as bad as some of the reviews say, but it is also not as good as the positive reviews would lead you to believe. We decided to pull our son out mainly because he became so uninspired. Laguna is good for a specific type of kid. Possibly a kid
... Read more who is very regimented, mathematical, and not too "outside the box" or inquisitive. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/27/13
A once great school is now reduced to a shell of its former glory. I am almuni and a parent of two children enrolled at Laguna. I had high hopes for my children since my education had been so good when I went there a million years ago. Over the last five years or so, Laguna Blanca has fired all their
... Read more best teachers (or they quit), eliminated all leadership, and now simply hope they will attract families from reputation alone. I am embarrassed that my beloved school has been reduced to a farce of a good education. I don't know how this has happened and I truly regret to have to write a negative review, but someone, somehow needs to bring Laguna Blanca back to what it once was. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/27/13
We love this school and more importantly so does our Daughter, we couldnt be happier, from teachers, overall leadership, caring for childrens well being to exciting and impressive new capital improvements, I cant think of another school that has this blend and we looked long and hard when moving to the
... Read more area. I was shocked to see a couple of negative views on this site and had to read them twice to make sure they were talking about the same school, not sure what happened in their particular instances but couldnt be further from our and hundreds of others expeariance. Our daughter has strugged in the past with keeping up and fully understanding what was being taught but all this became a thing of the past at Laguna, the safety net and support structure is amazing and keeps students on track when they 'slip' or get behind, and more importantly its done in a really suportive and caring way, year after year the graduates get in and excell in some of the countries finest Colleges, the stats are truly impressive...there are always Allum at the school or in the comunity and to a person they rave about how well they were prepared for college and their days on the Laguna campus. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/23/13
I don't normally write reviews on things but our experience with Laguna Blancta has been so bad that I felt the duty to inform other parents considering this school. I believe it used to be good but now it is terrible. They teachers are burned out and uninspired (except the art teachers), they are firing
... Read more the headmasters one after the next, teachers are running and quitting as fast as they can. All the best teachers are gone and now the secretary is teaching English! We pulled our child out of there as fast as we could. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/23/13
We moved to Santa Barbara from central California for one reason: LAGUNA! Please don't allow a few comments change your opinion! It is true some teachers have left: they were pregnant and wanted to be home! I can assure you the quality you seek is there as I have a son upper school and many friends
... Read more with kids in middle and lower school. Academics are first rate here . You will be surprised at how hard these teachers work with your child to help him/her have academic and social success in school. I'm friends with recent families who have graduated their kids off to some pretty amazing schools. These folks reminisce about their great Laguna experience and directly reflect on preparedness for college. Laguna is wonderful! We love it here! Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/22/13
I have been a parent in Laguna's high school for 7 years. It is the best college prep program in the region. The level of teaching and faculty/student engagement is like a small liberal arts college. Students are challenged academically in a very supportive environment. There is a wide range of extracurriculars
... Read more like sports, the arts, theater, music - students have the chance to be a part of so many things. The sports teams are consistently in the CIF playoffs, the student newspaper wins national awards, students films appear in the Film Festival, etc. Graduates face college prepared academically and knowing how to seek and secure help and support from faculty to manage they success. The School has had leadership change in the lower school but now has an excellent lower school head. The prior headmaster did much to move the school forward and now the school is seeking a new leader to take it further. The best way to measure the school is the success of its students - whether they attend K-12 or just lower, middle or high school. Ask parents of graduates and you'll hear praise. Don't make decisions based on rumor and gossip - visit the school and talk to students and faculty. Read less
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Santa Barbara schools — Laguna Blanca School is located at 4125 Paloma Dr, Santa Barbara CA 93110. 4125 Paloma Dr is in the 93110 ZIP code in Santa Barbara, CA Laguna Blanca School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 12.
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