Welcome from the Head of School

Since 1938, we have been welcoming families to our extraordinary campus from all over Santa Barbara and the central coast region.  Surrounded by passionate and experienced faculty and staff, we focus on the different ways children learn; on what knowledge, skills, and experiences they gain; on how they feel about themselves and others; and on how to act as responsible young people concerned not just about their own growth, but about the well-being of others.  From Junior Kindergarten through the Middle School years, we partner with families to provide an education that nurtures every student’s academic, social, ethical, and creative potential. 

Today, over 80 years since our founding, the faculty, staff, and families of The Riviera Ridge School have stayed vitally committed to these important values.  Our world-class faculty and staff believe in and are responsible for modeling ethical behavior, staying attune to teachable moments, and encouraging our students to define their choices with kindness and empathy in all of their interactions with others. We foster a progressive educational model with an emphasis on the development of a child's talents and capitalize on emerging technologies to create learning experiences that connect students to each other and the global community. Our signature learning programs promote academic excellence with relevant, research-based curriculum, and taught through engaging and innovative methods.

The Riviera Ridge School provides a balanced and inclusive educational opportunity for the whole child, in an open, respectful, and supportive environment which gives rise to informed, compassionate, and intellectually curious students prepared to face the next phase of their journey with a uniquely diverse and global perspective. The Riviera Ridge School is a place where every opportunity is realized, every dream has potential, and every student matters.

I invite you to journey up to the Riviera and witness for yourself the Everyday Amazing that is The Riviera Ridge School.  


Christina K. Broderick, M.S.Ed
Head of School