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Providence Names Sophie Troya Director of College Counseling & Student Life

February 11, 2019 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, High School, Student Life
Providence Names Sophie Troya Director of College Counseling & Student Life

Sophie Troya, who has served for six months as associate director of student life, will increase her role at Providence School by directing the college counseling program and the student life program. Prior to joining Providence, Troya worked in the admission department at Westmont College. In that role she gained valuable firsthand knowledge of what… read more »

Two Providence Seniors Sign on National Intercollegiate Athletics Signing Day

February 6, 2019 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Uncategorized
Two Providence Seniors Sign on National Intercollegiate Athletics Signing Day

In a ceremony in the campus courtyard, Providence School seniors Ethan Banez and Jake Yonally signed letters of intent to play on intercollegiate soccer teams next year. Banez will play for the Westmont Warriors (NAIA) and Yonally will join the University of Chicago Maroons (NCAA Division III). When introducing the two young men, Providence athletic… read more »

Providence Students Four for Four in Scholarship Foundation Art Competition

January 30, 2019 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Arts, High School, In the Press
Providence Students Four for Four in Scholarship Foundation Art Competition

Trevor English, Gabriel Farhadian, Eva Kilpper, and Jenna Peterson, all members of the Class of 2019, recently were honored by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and awarded $2500 college scholarships for their submissions to the Scholarship Foundation’s 2019 Art Scholarship Competition. Their artwork was on display at the Santa Barbara Art Museum for the… read more »

A New Doctor in the House

December 17, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, High School, Middle School
A New Doctor in the House

Matthew Roy, Providence Director of Performing Arts, was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Musicology by the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Alumnus Gabe Clark, ’16, Named to Stanford University Fellowship Program

November 16, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Alumni, Engineering Academy, Libertas Scholars
Alumnus Gabe Clark, ’16, Named to Stanford University Fellowship Program

Gabe Clark, Providence Class of 2016, has been named a University Fellow by Stanford University’s d.school program. A mechanical engineering major at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, Gabe was selected to join the University Innovation Fellows, a global program that empowers student leaders in 16 countries to create new opportunities for their peers to… read more »

Dessert Theater Launches Performing Arts Season

October 31, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Arts, Elementary School, Events, High School, Middle School
Dessert Theater Launches Performing Arts Season

The musical revue “A Night at the Movies,” held October 19, was the first Providence performing arts event under the direction of Matthew Roy. The Laudate Choir (3rd through 6th graders), Middle School Chorus, and High School Chorale—almost 75 students—presented an evening of choreographed group choruses, ensemble pieces, and solo numbers. For this year’s theme,… read more »

Philia Week Food Drive

October 22, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Student Life
Philia Week Food Drive

Providence Presents Opens with Paul Angone, Voice to and for Millennials

October 11, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events, High School, Middle School
Providence Presents Opens with Paul Angone, Voice to and for Millennials

Paul Angone, former college (Westmont) and graduate school admissions counselor, best-selling author, and a corporate consultant with a masters degree in organizational leadership, opens the 2018-2019 Providence Presents season with a lively and insightful conversation on the questions students need to be asking themselves right now to understand their identity and calling and to be… read more »

Leila Melody Joins Providence as CFO

September 24, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: General Information, Head of School
Leila Melody Joins Providence as CFO

Leila Melody joined the Providence administrative team on September 24, filling a new chief financial officer (CFO) position. Melody has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles in finance, operations, and business administration at both for­-profit and not­-for­-profit organizations. She has led accounting, finance, human resources, facilities, technology, and visitor experience, instituting best practices… read more »

Providence Senior Eva Kilpper Invited to ACE Architecture Camp

August 29, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Engineering Academy, High School, In the Press
Providence Senior Eva Kilpper Invited to ACE Architecture Camp

In partnership with the ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) Mentor Program, the College of Architecture and Planning at University of Colorado Denver hosted an architecture camp for 26 rising junior and senior high school students this summer. The creators of this immersive program invited Providence senior Eva Kilpper and peers from six western states to participate… read more »

School Year Opens with Convocation Ceremony

August 22, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, General Information
School Year Opens with Convocation Ceremony

Providence, incorporating the former El Montecito School and the former Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School, opened the 2018-2019 academic year with a convocation ceremony on Tuesday evening, August 21, at First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara.   Attendees witnessed a procession of all faculty and seventh- through twelfth-grade students. They heard welcome messages… read more »

Sophomore Valeria Avila Awarded Full Scholarship to Study Abroad

June 14, 2018 by Admin | Posted In: Academics, High School
Sophomore Valeria Avila Awarded Full Scholarship to Study Abroad

Rising sophomore Valeria Avila has been awarded a full scholarship to participate in a four-week study abroad program in Seville, Spain this summer.  The award from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) sends high school students such as Valeria to study the Spanish language and culture while being fully immersed in a vibrant community… read more »

Valedictorian Evan Boger Awarded Cox and Koch Scholarships

June 8, 2018 by Admin | Posted In: Academics, High School, Libertas Scholars, Student Life
Valedictorian Evan Boger Awarded Cox and Koch Scholarships

Evan Boger, Class of 2018, is one of four Cox Scholars named for Santa Barbara County. Cox Charities awards college scholarships to students who are enrolling full-time in an accredited two or four-year university, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate active involvement in extracurriculars, community service, or work experience. The average award is between… read more »

God’s Doing a New Thing

June 8, 2018 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Head of School, Recess and Rhetoric
God’s Doing a New Thing

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting since January 3, 1983. The past four weeks have been some of the most exciting to watch as the constant effusive eruption has become an explosive eruption, complete with spectacular lava flows, molten geysers, and stunning nighttime aerial shots of dramatic glowing transformed landscapes. I have been obsessed with… read more »

Petraitis-Robles Wins DAR Award

May 31, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Middle School, Uncategorized
Petraitis-Robles Wins DAR Award

The Mission Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented 8th-grade student Isabela Petraitis-Robles with the DAR Youth Citizenship Award.  The award is presented annually to a local 8th-grade student displaying honor, service, courage, leadership, and American patriotism.  Middle school humanities teacher Carri Svoboda presented the award on May 30, 2018. Providence congratulates Isabela on this well-deserved honor.

Providence Faculty and Students Awarded Summer Study Fellowships

May 18, 2018 by Admin | Posted In: Academics, High School
Providence Faculty and Students Awarded Summer Study Fellowships

Three Providence upper school teachers, Rodney Meadth (Engineering), Bruce Rottman (Humanities), and Susan Isaac (Spiritual Life), received fellowships to attend the June 19-22 Acton University program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, based on their teaching merit displayed this past year. Meadth and Rottman received the Hansen Fellowship and Isaac was awarded the First Time Teacher for… read more »

Scott Lisea Joining Westmont as Campus Pastor

April 24, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Head of School
Scott Lisea Joining Westmont as Campus Pastor

Dr. Scott Lisea, Providence head of school, has accepted the offer to serve as campus pastor and assistant to the president for community and church relations at Westmont College, effective July 1, 2018. A month ago, Dr. Lisea informed the Providence board of directors that he would not be returning after the close of this… read more »

Science Expo: Experience the Human Machine Debuts April 25

April 23, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Elementary School, Engineering Academy, Middle School
Science Expo:  Experience the Human Machine Debuts April 25

Rodney Meadth, director of the Providence Engineering Academy, and his middle school students have put together a hands-on science expo aimed at elementary-aged students, called “Experience the Human Machine.”  All are invited to Upper Campus (630 E. Canon Perdido Street) for this annual event, taking place Wednesday, April 25, from 3 pm – 5 pm. … read more »

Better Together:  Providence and ELMO Merge for Sustainable Greatness in Christian Education

April 19, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Elementary School, General Information, High School, In the Press, Middle School, Preschool
Better Together:  Providence and ELMO Merge for Sustainable Greatness in Christian Education

Some things simply are better together: peanut butter and jelly, chips and salsa, movies and popcorn, and Batman and Robin, to name just a few. While great on their own, in combination they enhance each other, becoming better for being together. By a unanimous vote on Monday, April 16, the boards of directors of El… read more »

Spring Choral Concert Is Dedicated to Those Affected by Fire and Mudflow 

April 13, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Arts, Elementary School, Events, High School, Middle School
Spring Choral Concert Is Dedicated to Those Affected by Fire and Mudflow 

The Providence spring choral concert features the high school Chorale and Chamber Singers, the middle school Chorus, and the youth ensemble, Laudate, which includes children from grades 3-6. This year’s concert is dedicated to the families who were affected by the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides and debris flow. The stone walls of the beautiful… read more »



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