Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Tel: 831-655-9356
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 244 students
Santa Catalina School is an independent, Catholic, day and boarding school for girls in California.
We are located on 36 acres in beautiful Monterey, a two-hour drive south of San Francisco.
Our students choose from variety of academic offerings, including 21 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, courses with the Online School for Girls, and our signature marine science program.
We also offer a wide range of visual and performing arts electives, including theatre, digital media, and dance.
Our students discover skills, talents, and interests they never knew existed within themselves – whether it`s playing one of 13 interscholastic sports, or leading a club, or serving the greater community.
Class sizes are small and are taught the way girls learn most effectively, often with open discussion and group projects.
We seek girls with intellectual curiosity and adventurous spirit, and select students who indicate they can succeed here, not only academically, but as contributing members of our community.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Santa Catalina Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 7-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1950 1910
Campus Size 36 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 244 students 300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1876 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $28 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$50,300 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,000 $28,400
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,730 $21,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Director of AdmissionsJamie Buffington Browne '85
Associate Director of AdmissionsAla Milani '87

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
CoursesArt History AP, Biology AP, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry AP, English Language AP, English Literature AP, French Language AP, Human Geography AP, Latin AP, Mandarin Chinese AP, Micro- and Macroeconomics AP, Music Theory AP, Physics C AP, Physics I AP, Spanish Language AP, Spanish Literature AP, Statistics AP, Studio Art AP, US History AP, World History AP


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations 28 24
ExtracurricularsAccents (Dance), Amnesty International, Asian Club, Ballet, Big / Little Sisters, British Lit, BURRITO (improv group), Catalinan (Yearbook), Community Service, ECCO (a capella), French Club, Jazz Dance, Lady Rhythmics, Model UN, Mosaic (Literary Magazine), National History Society, Operation Smile, Peace and Justice, Peer Tutoring, Pi Math Club, R4 (Environmental Club), Santa Catalina Children's Fund, Senate (Student Council), Senior Prefects, Spanish Club,

College Matriculation

Year:2011 - 2015 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University 9
University of San Diego 9
University of San Francisco 9
New York University 6
Santa Clara University 6
Calif. State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo 5
University of California, Santa Barbara 5
University of Southern California 5
University of California, Davis 3
University of California, Los Angeles 3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • Co-curricular advisory program, Journey, assists students in developing their highest personal, academic, and spiritual potential.
  • Introductory and advanced level courses in art, photography, music, dance, and theatre.
  • Professional-level 500-seat performing arts center
  • 150-seat recital hall and dance studio
  • Gymnasium, pool, tennis courts, track, and field
  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges; NAIS, CAIS, NCGS, TABS, CASE, CEEB, NACAC, WBSA, SSAT

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Stevenson School (4.4 miles away)
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