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The Providence Crest

Note:  A thorough rebranding initiative will be conducted in this first year of the merger between Providence, SBCS and El Montecito School San Roque. While that is underway, we will continue to use this crest to represent Providence and all it embodies. (7/17/18)

SHAPE – The classic shield shape, commonly used in heraldry, represents the effort and discipline given to protecting and guarding the significant elements of the school mission contained within its borders.

COLORS – Blue is the color of the sky and sea. The color blue symbolizes integrity, loyalty, wisdom, knowledge, confidence, and intelligence. It is also associated with peace, calm, depth, stability, and harmony. For the Hebrews, the color blue represented holiness. In Christianity, the color blue resonates with the hope of Heaven and the pursuit of Truth. The red surrounding the crest symbolizes love and courage and reflects the deep passion for Christian schooling shaping our mission.



First Element of the Shield
The lion is known for its dauntless courage and impressive strength. In Christianity, the lion represents Jesus Christ. As stated in Proverbs, “[T]here are three things which are majestic in pace… a lion, which is mighty among beasts…” (Proverbs 30:29). The Lord is frequently likened to a lion, as in the passage from Amos claiming that the “Lord roars from Zion” (Amos 1:2). Finally, in Revelation, the Lord roars against Israel to take heed as the “lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5). The lion reminds us that our school is founded on Jesus Christ and from this foundation springs all faith and academic learning. It is also for this reason that the lion is placed at the foundation of the school’s crest.  We are reminded to be as bold as a lion, speaking the words of Christ, which are as powerful as a lion’s roar. 

Second Element of the Shield
The cross is a sign of the crucifixion, the great price Jesus paid for our salvation. This symbol reminds us of his sacrifice, his love, and our hope in him. As his redeemed people, we seek to deepen our understanding of the Christian faith and to develop an authentic Christian worldview.

Third Element of the Shield
The open book represents academic learning and scholarship. It clearly indicates the purpose of the school–to impart knowledge and to develop an understanding of all facets of God’s creation.

BANNER – The banner beneath the shield proudly commemorates the tradition of quality Christian schooling in Santa Barbara first established in 1959 by Santa Barbara Christian School, extended to high school by Providence Hall in 2007, and now continuing in the merged institution, Providence. It will be updated to reflect the 60-year tradition of Christian education in Santa Barbara, begun by El Montecito School in 1958.  (7/17/18)