About Us

Santa Lucia School is an independent school serving children in grades 1-8. The campus sits on five natural acres in rural Templeton, California. The school’s innovative program celebrates its natural setting, which includes an oak grove, a seasonal creek, pastures, an orchard of fruit trees, fountains and gardens. The fundamental ecological principles of cooperation, interdependence and diversity, which are best observed through the workings of nature, are joyfully explored as part of the school’s interdisciplinary curriculum.


Santa Lucia School is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 private school. Santa Lucia was founded in September 1985 by Jan Thompquist.

Our Program

What is true education?

True education is much more than simply imparting information.

Love. Awe. Devotion. Compassion. Trust. The ability to recognize beauty; to discriminate between right and wrong; to carry out a chosen course of action. These are the qualities consciously cultivated at Santa Lucia School from early childhood through adolescence.

Santa Lucia’s well-rounded academic curriculum, enlivened by the arts, music, movement, and world languages, provides a learning environment that fosters creativity and healthy social interactions. As you explore the many facets of this rich curriculum, you will see that the experiences at Santa Lucia are about transformation – the gradual unfolding of faculties and capacities which take the individual beyond tradition and the conventions of our time.

Today’s students will become tomorrow’s initiators of cultural progress. We believe that a lifelong love of learning and a curiosity to ask deep questions are vital to this process. Our graduates leave school with clear, independent thinking; feelings of empathy and creative activity; and ultimately a strength of will that propels them toward moral courage and social responsibility.

The program is dedicated to fostering creative thinkers. By nurturing a sense of wonder, reverence for life and personal responsibility, Santa Lucia School helps each student reach his or her highest potential. This is the ultimate goal of a progressive peace education.