Santa Catalina School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
  • 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 a variety of academic offerings, including 11 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, 16 Advanced Topics classes, and our signature marine ecology research 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 12 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.
  • The Catalina experience is about asking deeper questions, taking braver chances, and making bolder mistakes-to become leaders that impact their communities and the world around them.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Santa CatalinaBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-127-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationCatholicNon-denominational
Year Founded19501907
Campus Size36 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment244 students306 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score28*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$44 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$33,425
(Boarding average is $33,425/Day average is $21,060)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Director of AdmissionsJamie Buffington Browne '85
Associate Director of AdmissionsAla Milani '87

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
CoursesAT: Dramatic Literature, AT: History Research Seminars (6), AT: Marine Ecology Research 3, AT: Multivariable Calculus, AT: Physics w/ Tigonometry, AT: Physics w/Calculus, AT: Shakespeare, AT: Short Stories and Fiction, AT: The Art of Memoir, AT: The Art of Rhetoric, Biology AP, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry AP, English Literature AP, French Language AP, Mandarin Chinese AP, Music Theory AP, Spanish Language AP, Spanish Literature AP, US History AP


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1716
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations2824
ExtracurricularsABC Club, Big/Little Siblings, British Lit, Dream Theater Club, European Car Club, Fantasy Book Club, Flash Animation Club, Green Key Society, Instrumental Ensemble, Interact (Community Service), Interactive Music, It Academic- trivia questions and tournaments of wit with other local schools, Jewish Cultural Club, Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Team- compete regionally and nationally in math and science, Visual Art

Club or Organization:
Accents (Dance), Amnesty International Club, Asian Club, BURRITO (improv group), Catalinan (Yearbook), Community Service Club, ECCO (a capella), Federation of Jewish Intellectuals, French Club, Gun Club, Kickboxing

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ballet, Literary Society and Symposium

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 202010 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Southern California11
Chapman University10
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo8
University of Oregon7
Saint Mary's College of California6
Boston University5
Texas Christian University5
University of California, Berkeley5
Carnegie Mellon University4
Southern Methodist University4
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
  • Santa Catalina 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

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