See and Hear Why MAD is Such a Special Place For Students
to Navigate their High School Experience
MAD students and story-tellers speak up and explain in their voice what makes MAD so meaningful to them
The MAD Academy DifferenceHere are the top reasons MAD students and parents rave about their experience:
Key Questions / Answers
What is the ideal student MAD seeks to serve?Just as there is no one typical Santa Barbara resident, there is no one typical ideal MAD student. MAD is a diverse community filled with many voices and many backgrounds. MAD Students, however are strivers and thrivers – they look to persevere and excel not only within the classroom but within the broader community. They are eager to find their voice to share their stories and to pursue some level of excellence after they graduate – whether that’s at a university, a community college, art school or directly at work.
What makes the MAD Academy experience better than other academies within Santa Barbara?Parents & students considering any academy experience within the greater Santa Barbara area should do their research to understand the pros and cons of each option. We believe the MAD Academy is the best academy experience for many of the reasons listed above. It is a comprehensive, integrated 4 year program that focuses on not just academic prowess but also valuable professional and social skills development. Our students are well prepared for their next challenge whether that be excelling at a top university or producing media in Hollywood. Truly, however, the biggest difference between the MAD Academy and academies at other schools in Santa Barbara is the fact that MAD is part and parcel of Santa Barbara High School. In addition to its long and storied history, Santa Barbara High School is a microcosm of what makes Santa Barbara so great – many voices and many backgrounds coming together as one in a beautiful setting.
What’s makes the MAD Academy experience different / better than traditional SBHS experience?
Once a Don, Always a Don – which means all MAD Students first and foremost are deeply proud members of Santa Barbara High School. The MAD Academy and its programs, per se, are not better than other programs offered at SBHS. Rather, it’s different. For those students who are interested in becoming digital storytellers, MAD is likely for you.
Is MAD free? Or are there additional fees required for a student to attend?
MAD is completely free. We want amazing kids regardless of their socio-economic background. In fact we actively seek ethnic, economic, and all types of diversity to ensure a more interesting and wider set of student voices. However, because we offer a range of additional trips, services, supplemental AV equipment and facilities that our state and local funding don’t cover, we rely on those who can afford to contribute to donate generously. And, like most programs at SBHS those who can give, do, and those who can’t, often volunteer their time. What we do ask is for parent involvement in the program to ensure all students get the absolute most out of their academy experience.
MAD Academy Facilities
Dean DePhillippoFilm Production email@example.com
KC ThomasPhotography firstname.lastname@example.org
Maren LambeDigital Imaging email@example.com
Christine FeldmanDigital Imaging firstname.lastname@example.org
Carole DemachkieDigital Drawing email@example.com
Brett QueenerPresident firstname.lastname@example.org
George TharakanTreasurer email@example.com
Mark FloresSecretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve BerkusDistrict & Facilities email@example.com
Kim ClarkMarketing firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela SiemensAlumni Outreach email@example.com
James WahlbergIndustry & Colleges firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob TellMarketing email@example.com
Carola NicholsonDiversity firstname.lastname@example.org
Lizzie PeusFundraising email@example.com
- Kirsten Bennett
- Barbara Hage
- Kristi Gordnier firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melissa Miller email@example.com
- Shae Obando firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cara Chiarappa
- Doreen Sales
- Kirsten Bennett
MAD Academy Gala
- Chair – Jennifer Caesar email@example.com
- Co-Chair –Allison Marcillac firstname.lastname@example.org