BEYOND ACADEMICS - STUDENT LIFE

At Marymount, there’s the academic curriculum, and then there’s an eclectic array of programs that exist just outside the curriculum that are designed to tap students’ evolving interests and talents. Here’s a list, from A to… well, almost to Z.

• Arts – From Lower School projects exploring color and shape to sophisticated, multiphase Middle School creations, Marymount students have a wide range of ways to express themselves. Student artwork is on full display at the annual Marymount Art Show, and students also participate in the Museum of Natural History’s Annual Artwalk.

• Athletics – Our Mustangs compete on 24 competitive sports teams in seven sports (basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball). A no-cut philosophy ensures everybody plays.

• Buddies – Every student has a big or little buddy. Our Junior Kindergarteners are matched with 4th graders, Kindergarteners with 5th graders, and on up.  The older buddy is a role model, a resource person, someone to look up to, and most importantly, a friend. 

• Drama and Music – Marymount’s young thespians learn theater skills, attend local performances, and stage plays known for their quality and popularity. Vocal and instrumental music begin in the early grades, and student ensembles hit the high notes at holiday concerts and other school events.

• Fall trips – Beginning in 4th grade, all students take part in overnight outings (from one night to a more than a week) that introduce them to new places and ideas while helping them form strong bonds with each other and with their teachers. Fall trips include Tall Ships (4th), Astro Camp (5th), Catalina Island Marine Institute-CIMI (6th), and the Sierra Nevada mountains (7th), culminating with an 8th grade trip to Iceland.

• Maker – Students in our Maker elective deploy design-thinking strategies as they… well, make things. What kinds of things? Everything from laser-cut World Series decorations to actual steamboats. An annual Maker Fair showcases their creations.

• Robotics – Eager inventors hone tech skills as they design and build computer-driven robots.

• Service learning – Students sell snow cones for hurricane relief, hold food drives for the hungry, make visits to retirement homes, and engage in other projects to give back to the community.

• Spanish – California’s Spanish heritage surrounds us. Beginning with Kindergarten, we help children move toward fluency and appreciate the richness of Spanish and Latin American culture. 

• Swimming – We’re the only school around with a pool, so we’re also the only school that offers swimming during Phys. Ed and after school sports.

• Surfing – This is Santa Barbara. Shouldn’t kids have an opportunity to learn how to surf? We think so. 

• Technology – Learn keyboarding, coding, and programming; how to build apps and websites; and other tech skills.

• Yoga, cooking …    The list goes on. And continues to grow—as new interests emerge, we find ways to explore those, too.

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