Education at The Howard School
Our relationship with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, has afforded us a very unique space with outstanding facilities. Our facility is surrounded by city parks and playing fields which enhance our own secured play area. Located in the Carpinteria foothills, we are easily accessible to families in the Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Ojai and Ventura areas.
Our facility includes a commercial kitchen and covered outdoor eating area. Thanks to our active parent volunteer group, our lunch program provides the option for a healthy organic lunch Monday through Wednesday for all families and faculty. Parent volunteers transform themselves into chefs and sous chefs to prepare and serve the daily lunch to the students. Periodically we invite local guest chefs who introduce unique foods and educate the students on what is fresh and as much as possible, locally sourced..
In following the philosophy of educating the whole child, we are committed to a daily physical education program. Our state-of-the-art gymnasium allows our students access to a large indoor space for volleyball, basketball and other physical activity regardless of the weather.
Beginning in Kindergarten, the students have access to our computer lab and begin learning age-appropriate use of Windows based computers. Starting with the basic skills of using a mouse they then learn typing and formatting skills. As their skills develop, students will begin utilizing document and spreadsheet preparation. Students in the middle and upper grades are able to use the computers for inquiry, research, and project completion.
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten
As a fully licensed and accredited preschool facility, we provide separate play and learning areas for these young explorers. The preschool area is equipped with toys, books and art supplies that enhance cooperative play, concepts for beginning learning, and small and large motor skills. Our preschool students also benefit from having occasioinal visits from 1st Grade readers, or special "big buddies" to help them enjoy school wide events.
Our Art Room is a large, open, creative space for our students as they change focus from their academic pursuits to entering a world they interpret and make come alive. Equipped with both indoor and outdoor space, there is ample room for painting, paper mache, sculpting and producing unique works of art.