Student Places First in Mountain Biking Finals

Seventh-grade Coastal Academy student Tavin Garcia placed first in his division, beating 36 competitors at the SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League hosted in Santa Barbara in late April. The course was challenging and featured some steep and long climbs. SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League was organized in 2008 to provide a well-defined race season for high school student-athletes and to promote the formation of teams at public and private high schools. Congratulations Tavin!

American Public Media’s Performance Today® Names CAHS Young Artist

Classical Academy High School junior and violinist Anais Feller was featured as an American Public Media’s Performance Today® Young Artist. Performance Today is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of radio stations across the country. Anais has also placed second in the Southern California Philharmonic Young Artist Competition in 2020 and received a gold medal at the Burgos International Festival Competition in Spain in 2019. Listen to Anais’ Performance Today interview here.

Program Specialist Awarded Special Education Grant

Classical Academy Vista Program Specialist Lora Josic was awarded a North Island Credit Union (NICU) grant of $500 to allow special needs students to express, regulate, and build self-esteem through art. Hundreds of teachers applied for the funding and Lora is honored to be one of the 20 teachers selected. With her art and special education background, she is passionate about ensuring all students have access to art. You can view the complete list of grant recipients here.

One Day for Education Raises Over $43,000

The North County Education Foundation’s One Day for Education fundraising campaign raised over $43,000 and fully funded three campus projects in April. Classical Academy High School funded a new van, The Classical Academy funded a new sound system and outdoor movie screen, and Classical Academy Vista supported a new playground. Work will begin on the installation of these projects this July. Although the other campuses did not reach their goals, they did raise enough to get their projects moving forward. The One Day for Education campaign annually identifies a project at each campus and fundraises to make that dream a reality. Thank you to everyone who donated and is making a difference for students!

Robotics Team Representing SoCal in International Tournament

Team MC² won the FIRST Lego League Challenge regional competition, a North County homeschool robotics team. Classical Academy students Chloe Raya, Jillian Smith, Bryce McCague, Eric McCague, and Konrad Sleipness tackled solving a cargo issue by creating an operational robotics system prototype to reduce plastic waste and dumping. Team MC² was awarded Overall SoCal Tournament Champion and will be competing at the Razorback Open Invitational, an international competition held at the University of Arkansas, May 19-22, 2022. Organizers expect attendance of more than 80 teams representing STEM students from throughout North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. First Lego League California Southern encompasses counties from San Diego to San Luis Obispo and presents teams with four challenges: Innovation Project, Robot Performance Game, Robot Design, and Core Values.

Ride Across California a 5th Grade Tradition

Two Classical Academy brothers, Eric snd Bryce McCague, completed a seven-day Ride Across California (RAC). The Ride Across California (RAC) is a journey for 5th graders and their parents, who ride bikes from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean over Spring Break. This 31-year tradition teaches students real-life lessons of hard work, grit, and determination and requires extensive training and planning. Bryce McCague completed the RAC in 5th grade and returned as an Alumni Volunteer this year. Bryce is a member of the CAHS Mountain Biking Team.”The Ride Across California teaches fifth-graders that, with proper planning and training, they can do something everyone agrees is hard to do.” – Dennis Bueker, Co-Founder