Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, the Marymount of Santa Barbara School will be known as the Riviera Ridge School, the school announced earlier this month. 

The name change was prompted as part of the school’s 10-year strategic plan, according to a press release sent out by the school. 

“The Trustees determined the first major action item to address was the school’s identity: revising its mission, vision and values; policies for diversity, equity and inclusion; and reviewing the “Marymount” name itself, which is affiliated and committed exclusively to the global network of Religious of Sacred Heart of Mary schools, and is not an accurate representation of the school as it is today,” the press release said. 

Christina Broderick, head of school, said the school has evolved since its founding to “be inclusive of all moral and ethical teachings as well as spiritual beliefs,” thus the name change. 

“Our former name has been a large source of confusion among prospective families and the community at large for many years. It was critical we address this deliberately and decisively. We will, as The Riviera Ridge School, continue to be the home of academic excellence, where we provide an environment that balances the social, emotional, and ethical dimensions of teaching and learning to create a future-proofed skill set,” Broderick said. 

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