Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Tel: 831-655-9356
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 246 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 
2014 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 1909
Campus Size 36 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 246 students 295 students
% Students of Color 33% 19%
% International Students 16% 20%
% Students Boarding 45% 68%
Average SAT Score 1792 * 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 84% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $28 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,800 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$31,800 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


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

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
Art History AP Biology AP
Calculus AB Calculus BC
Chemistry AP English Language AP
English Literature AP Environmental Science AP
French Language AP Human Geography AP
Latin AP Mandarin Chinese 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 13
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), Fencing, 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), Senate (Student Council), Senior Prefects, Spanish Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2012-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of San Diego 8
Boston University 6
University of California, Santa Barbara 5
University of San Francisco 5
Univsersity of Southern California 5
Santa Clara University 4
University of California, Davis 4
New York University 3
University of California, Los Angeles 3
Wellesley College 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
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Dr. Cynara Coomer - A surgeon who anchors a health segment on Fox News
    • Monica C. Lozano - Publisher and CEO of the Spanish language La Opinión newspaper in Los Angeles
    • Kate Mitchell - CEO and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association
    • Maria Imelda Marcos - Filipino congresswoman
    • Wendy Clark Duffy - Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth District
    • Pamela Butler - Superior Court judge, Monterey County
    • Catie Ryan - Sustainable Infrastructure Research; Analyst, Terrapin Bright Green
    • Teresa Barger - CEO, Cartica Capital
    • Terry Durkin Wilkinson - Council Member, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
    • Abigail Folger - Civil rights activist, coffee heiress

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Stevenson School (4.4 miles away)
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  • Pebble BeachStevenson School
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    4.4 mi | 728 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • WatsonvilleMonte Vista Christian School
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    831-722-8178 x. 194
    27.6 mi | 1060 students | Gr. 6-12
  • CampbellValley International Academy
    1 West Campbell Avenue, B-20
    CampbellCA 95008
    48.3 mi | 15 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Portola ValleyWoodside Priory School (Priory)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    57.4 mi | 350 students | Gr. 6-12
  • DanvilleThe Athenian School
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    86 mi | 300 students | Gr. 6-12
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