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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 »

“High Pressure and High Anxiety” – April 12

April 6, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Events, High School, Middle School
“High Pressure and High Anxiety” – April 12

  Matt Long is Providence’s academic dean and a trained sports psychologist. His Providence Presents talk will be of great interest to all parents of children and teens who become anxious under pressure or obsess over test scores and grades. Matt is passionate about helping students develop a well-rounded skill set in order to reach… read more »

Providence Opens Enrollment to International Students

March 23, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, High School, Student Life
Providence Opens Enrollment to International Students

Students from around the world are invited to attend Providence, a Santa Barbara Christian School, an award-winning college preparatory high school. Providence is an approved Student and Visitor Exchange Program (SEVP)  issuing the I-20 to students in grades 9-12  (F-1 Visa holders only).  Learn more about the Providence International Student Program.  Students interested in the Providence International Student… read more »

Providence Seniors Win Art Scholarship Awards

March 23, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Arts, High School, Uncategorized
Providence Seniors Win Art Scholarship Awards

Seniors Evan Boger and Mikaela Torres were awarded scholarships in the 39th annual art contest sponsored by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Both have studied with Providence art teacher James Daly throughout their high school years. In an award ceremony at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on March 8, Evan was awarded the… read more »

A Historic Moment: City of Goleta Approves Providence Upper School Campus Proposal

March 7, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Articles, Engineering Academy, General Information, High School, Middle School
A Historic Moment: City of Goleta Approves Providence Upper School Campus Proposal

This is a historic moment for Providence. After two years of dedicated and focused board and administrative leadership, our change-of-use request for the Pacific Technology Center has been approved by the City of Goleta. Once renovated, the current research and development facility, a 21,408-square-foot building at 5385 Hollister Avenue, just west of Goleta Cottage Hospital, would be a… read more »

Providence Junior Jake Yonally Authors Published Article and Wins Writing Award

February 14, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Articles, High School, Libertas Scholars
Providence Junior Jake Yonally Authors Published Article and Wins Writing Award

Jake Yonally, a Providence junior and elite soccer player, recently had an article on Calvin Coolidge published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), a national economics and liberty think tank, and was recognized with a major writing award for a critical essay on The Rat Pack and the rise of equality of opportunity in… read more »

Providence Presents: John Stonestreet on March 15

February 13, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events, Head of School
Providence Presents: John Stonestreet on March 15

Providence has invited John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview to speak on Thursday, March 15 at 8:15 am. The event is free and open to the public. “We are delighted to present an honest, practical, and wise speaker on helping the next generation navigate today’s world,” says Dr. Scott Lisea, head of… read more »

Why Bother with Christian Education?

February 12, 2018 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Head of School, Recess and Rhetoric
Why Bother with Christian Education?

I recently watched a movie where Ray Romano plays a disheveled and depressed dad. During a conversation, his character blurts out, “Sorry. Sometimes I just keep talking hoping that something smart will come out.” I know that feeling. Sometimes you just keep going in the hopes that something intelligent will stick. In that spirit, I… read more »

Four Guns, A Fire, and a Mudslide

January 19, 2018 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Articles, Head of School, Recess and Rhetoric
Four Guns, A Fire, and a Mudslide

  Recently, my wife, Jamie, was clearing unwanted clothing from her side of our closet and she uncovered four guns. Yes, guns. No, Jamie is not a hunter, nor is she a gun enthusiast. No NRA stickers on her Toyota. Jamie is the mother of three boys, and over the years if she didn’t like… read more »

Providence Opens Classrooms to Evacuees – Free for one month

January 16, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Elementary School, General Information, In the Press, Middle School, Preschool
Providence Opens Classrooms to Evacuees – Free for one month

In an effort to support families with children currently enrolled in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools in the areas impacted by the Montecito mudflows, Providence is opening all classrooms with available space free of charge for a month. For more information, please contact Angie West, Director of Preschool and Lower School Admission (ages 3… read more »

Dr. Lisea Addresses the Community Regarding the Impact of the Mudslide Disaster

January 12, 2018 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Head of School
Dr. Lisea Addresses the Community Regarding the Impact of the Mudslide Disaster

Dear Providence Community My heart grieves for our entire community, particularly for each family who has suffered a loss in this week’s tragic natural disaster. Some of us lost a family member or a friend. Homes have washed away. The mountains literally fell into the sea…You may be safe but isolated in a community without… read more »

“Make Up” Winter Concert – CANCELED

January 10, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Arts, Events, Student Life
“Make Up” Winter Concert – CANCELED

Due to the disruption of the tragic mudslides in Montecito, the Winter Concert originally scheduled for Friday, January 12, has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.   

School Closed until January 3

December 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: General Information, Uncategorized
School Closed until January 3

UPDATE – Providence is closed until January 3 due to compromised air quality as a result of the Thomas Fire and the scheduled Christmas Break. All activities, including the Service of Lessons and Carols, are canceled. “We have been monitoring air quality, and conferring with fire department officials, and, just as SB Unified School District… read more »

A Wicked Heart? Without God, #metoo

November 17, 2017 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Articles, Head of School
A Wicked Heart? Without God, #metoo

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) Is there a more offensive message to the human ego than this blunt revelation that we are deceitful and wicked? Not just ordinarily wicked—we are desperately wicked.  People fall into two camps: those who resist this message as offensive… read more »

Students Hit the Streets in Community Service

November 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Elementary School, Events, High School, Middle School, Student Life
Students Hit the Streets in Community Service

Wednesday, November 8, is Philia Project Day. Every year, the entire Providence School dedicates a day to community service. This event is called the Philia Project. Philia is one of four Greek words for “love” and this project allows students, Grades K –12, to demonstrate both their love for their school and for their community. According… read more »

Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

November 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Elementary School, Events, Student Life
Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

Thursday, November 9, Providence Lower School students (grades K-6) will honor our nation’s veterans at an annual Veterans Day Assembly. Students will serve attending veterans refreshments at 12:30 pm and the assembly will begin  at 12:45 pm in Luther Hall (3723 Modoc Road), adjacent to the Providence Lower School campus.  During the assembly, students will perform a delightful medley… read more »

ONEderful Night Returns

October 25, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events
ONEderful Night Returns

ONEderful Night, a celebration of Providence’s past, present, and future, is planned for Thursday, November 16, at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion. “God is on the move at Providence,” says Dr. Scott Lisea, head of school, “and this event gives the members of our Providence family an opportunity to share how their lives have been shaped… read more »

Kylie Brown Named National Merit Commended

October 13, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Athletics, High School, In the Press, Student Life
Kylie Brown Named National Merit Commended

Senior Kylie Brown has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among the top three percent of scorers throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. A student at Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School since kindergarten, Kylie is planning a career in either electrical or… read more »

Providence Co-Hosting QCommons – October 26

October 12, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events
Providence Co-Hosting QCommons – October 26

Providence is partnering with Oceanhills Church to co-sponsor Q Commons on Thursday, October 26. This event is the brain child of Gabe Lyons (Providence Forum speaker from last spring) and provides people around the country (and the globe) to gather and engage with important topics.    This event’s national speakers, appearing by live video, are David… read more »



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