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 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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2018 School Data
Santa CatalinaBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationCatholicNon-denominational
Year Founded19501910
Campus Size36 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment244 students310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1340* 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 Offered2117
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$28.7 million$19 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$22,730
(The average boarding financial aid grant is $22730)
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

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2117
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 Offered1415
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations2824
ExtracurricularsBig/Little Siblings, British Lit, Lady Rhythmics, Mosaic (Literary Magazine), National History Society, Operation Smile, Peace and Justice, Pi Math Club, R4 (Environmental Club), Santa Catalina Children's Fund, Senate (Student Council), Senior Prefects, Spiritual Life Committee, STAR, The Lamplighter (Student Newspaper)

Club or Organization:
Accents (Dance), Amnesty International Club, Asian Club, BURRITO (improv group), Catalinan (Yearbook), Community Service Club, ECCO (a capella), French Club, Model UN, Peer Tutoring, Spanish Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ballet, Jazz Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201510 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University9
University of San Diego9
University of San Francisco9
New York University6
Santa Clara University6
Calif. State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo5
University of California, Santa Barbara5
University of Southern California5
University of California, Davis3
University of California, Los Angeles3

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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