Marymount of Santa Barbara, an impartial day faculty for kids in junior-kindergarten by way of eighth grade, is The Riviera Ridge School starting in the 2021-2022 faculty 12 months.
The title change aligns with the strategic imaginative and prescient and goal of the college positioned at 2130 Mission Ridge Street in Santa Barbara, and is essential in clarifying the college’s identification, officers mentioned.
The “Marymount” title had historic connections to a Catholic custom of training, which was creating confusion amongst potential households and others, officers mentioned.
A reputation change will assist make clear confusion and disassociate from connection to a model title the college is now not affiliated with, in keeping with the college’s web site.
The varsity on the Riviera has advanced over the previous a number of a long time to be inclusive of all ethical and moral teachings, in addition to religious beliefs, in keeping with Head of Faculty Christina Broderick.
“All the fantastic issues we’ve continued to do and we’ve carried out for 83 years will stay the identical, however now the title displays a reputation that doesn’t present confusion for individuals,” Head of Faculty Christina Broderick instructed Noozhawk Monday.
In 1938, Marymount of Santa Barbara was established as a non-public all-girls Catholic Faculty.
The title — “Marymount” — comes from the community of personal Catholic colleges based by the Non secular of the Sacred Coronary heart of Mary in France in 1849, in keeping with the college.
The title has been affiliated with different Catholic colleges throughout the nation and world, Broderick mentioned.
The varsity was privately purchased from the Sisters of the RSHM practically 50 years in the past, and was established as an impartial faculty, run by a board of trustees, in keeping with the college’s web site.
The varsity was formally designated as a coeducational day faculty in 1976.
The brand new title embodies the college’s tutorial applications, notably its Kaleidoscope program that prioritizes the examine of historic, cultural, moral and ethical views by way of a reflective view of world religions.
“This faculty, because it has advanced through the years, 90% of our present inhabitants usually are not Catholic college students and don’t select our college for Catholicism,” Broderick mentioned. “However they do select us for our world religions and comparative religions program known as Kaleidoscope, and our social and emotional studying part, which has been right here since 2007.”
Presently, officers usually are not contemplating adjustments to the college colours of blue and white, or adjustments to the mascot, the Mustangs, Broderick mentioned.
“Our intent was to maintain all the pieces the identical, in order that the youngsters, households and alumni really feel supported that the neighborhood and the guts and soul of the academic expertise at our college stays equivalent to what we’ve been doing for a few years,” Broderick mentioned.
The varsity’s Board of Trustees, administration members and tutorial leaders launched into a 10-year strategic plan after incomes a seven-year accreditation from the California Association of Independent Schools in 2018.
With the completion of the strategic plan, the trustees decided it was time to make clear the college’s identification, President of the Board of Trustees Alexis Weaver mentioned in a press release.
“This title change represents the pure development of the college’s evolution,” Weaver mentioned. “The Riviera Ridge Faculty title displays its idyllic location on the Santa Barbara Riviera, and speaks to the love of our local people.
“And, most significantly, whereas the title of the college is altering, the college itself stays unchanged. It’s the similar unbelievable school, employees and college neighborhood which have at all times been the guts of the college.”
The Board of Trustees chosen the brand new title — The Riviera Ridge Faculty.
The varsity adopted its new mission, imaginative and prescient and values in 2020 to “replicate the significance of personalised studying, philanthropic research, and instilling the significance of in search of a ‘goal past self’ in all that they do and be taught,” in keeping with a information assertion.