Marymount of Santa Barbara is an independent school for children ages 3 through grade 8.

Marymount of Santa Barbara is an independent school for children ages 3 through grade 8.

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Marymount of Santa Barbara is welcoming families to visit its Riviera campus, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 11, to learn about the opportunities available to students. Those interested in junior kindergarten for 3-5 year-olds, as well as K-8th grades will get an in-depth look at what makes a Marymount education unique.

Tours will be led by current students, so visitors can learn about school life from those who live it each day. Parent and student panels will share their experiences and answer questions for prospective Marymount families.

“Open house is a great opportunity for families who are interested in learning more about Marymount,” said Molly Seguel, director of admission. “Come meet our incredible faculty, as well as talk to current parents and students. This a great way to get a feel for our community.”

As part of its mission to develop the whole child, Marymount implemented a new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and student wellness program this year. The SEL team, including Mario Bucio, director of Counseling and Student Wellness, and Anna Forterra, junior kindergarten-8th grade counselor, will discuss their program.

In addition to robust academics, Marymount students learn problem-solving skills, strategies for managing anxiety, and mindfulness activities critical to everyday life.

Faculty will talk about their core content areas as well as about the enhancements that make Marymount special. Features include electives such as Surfing and School of Rock; experiential learning through class trips (the 8th grade’s visit to Iceland); athletics; and performing arts opportunities, which plant students on the stage at the New Vic Theater.

“You will have individualized meet-and-greets with our experienced and passionate faculty, and our Marymount Spirit Ambassadors (students) will be leading tours and telling you why they love their school,” said Christina Broderick, head of school.

“In addition you will hear about our signature programs highlighting our social and emotional and service-learning curriculum, the Center for Creative Design and Engineering, arts, athletics, and upcoming summer camps that include our heated swimming pool,” she said.

The event is free, and there is no need to RSVP. Parking is available on 2130 Mission Ridge Road.

For more information, email or call 805-569-1811 ext. 131.

— Rebecca Horrigan for Marymount of Santa Barbara.