Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Founded in 1950, 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, 17 Advanced Topics (AT) classes, and our signature marine ecology research program.
We also offer a wide range of visual and performing arts electives, including theatre, digital media, photography, 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.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 230 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $59,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,250
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Santa Catalina School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 289 schools) for:


School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Santa Catalina School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
36 acres
130 acres

Student Body

230 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
13 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$56.9 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
(Boarding average is $33,425/Day average is $21,060)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Director of Admissions
Jamie Buffington Browne '85
Associate Director of Admissions
Ala Milani ’87

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
AT: Dramatic Literature, AT: History Research Seminars (6), AT: Mandarin Chinese, AT: Marine Ecology Research 3, AT: Multivariable Calculus, AT: Physics w/ Tigonometry, AT: Physics w/Calculus, AT: Shakespeare, AT: Spanish Literature, AT: Statistics, 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, US History AP



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Accents (Dance), Alegria, BURRITO (improv group), Catalina Children's Fund, Catalinan (Yearbook), Chemistry Club, Chinese Culture Club, ECCO (a capella), French Culture Club, Health and Wellness Committee, Jewish Cultural Club, Korean Culture Club, Lady Rhythmics (body percussion), Lamplighter (Student Newspaper), Math Tutoring Center, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Mosaic (Literary Magazine), Movie Club, National Honor Society, Peace and Justice, R4 (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew), Reverb (Music Group), Robotics Team, Safe Space, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Student Senate, Students of Color Affinity Group, TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool, Thespian Society, Wildlife Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Ballet (Pointe), Choir, Contemporary Dance, Digital Media, Hip-Hop Dance, Instrumental Ensemble, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, Photography (Darkroom), Private music lessons, Tap Dance

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Rugby Club, Strength and Conditioning

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 2020
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Southern California
Chapman University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University of Oregon
Saint Mary's College of California
Boston University
Texas Christian University
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
Southern Methodist University

School Notes

  • The co-curricular advisory program, Journey, assists students in developing their highest personal, academic, and spiritual potential.
  • Introductory through advanced level courses are offered in art, photography, music, dance, and theatre.
  • Performance facilities include a professional-level 500-seat performing arts center, a 150-seat recital hall, and a dance studio.
  • Our signature marine ecology program is a three-year intensive focus on marine science for a select group of students beginning in their sophomore year. Students study in and around the ocean, doing research, learning by observation, testing hypotheses, and experimenting in the bay itself.
  • Our college counseling goal is to help each young woman find the right program that is the best academic, extracurricular, and personal fit for her.
  • Our strong alumnae base is comprised of more than 5,000 women with 15 domestic and 3 international alumnae association chapters.
  • Accreditations and memberships include Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS).
  • 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:
    • Cynara Coomer, M.D. ’87 - General surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital and a a medical contributor at Fox News
    • Monica C. Lozano ’74 - Publisher and CEO of the Spanish language newspaper, La Opinión, in Los Angeles
    • Kate Dentoni Mitchell ’76 - CEO and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association
    • Leslie Redlich Cockburn ’70 - Award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker
    • Jessica Koehne ’96 - Physical scientist, NASA Ames Center for Nanotechnology
    • Angelique Cabral ’97 - Actress, best known for her role on "Life in Pieces"
    • Brita Sigourney ’08 - Olympic bronze medalist, freestyle skiing
    • Teresa Barger ’73 - CEO, Cartica Capital
    • Priscilla McCarthy Barolo ’03 - Head of Communications, Zoom
    • Meghan Looram ’92 - Director of Photography, New York Times
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Santa Catalina School cost?
Santa Catalina School's tuition is approximately $59,000 for boarding students and $38,250 for day students.
Who are famous alumni from Santa Catalina School?
Santa Catalina School famous alumni include: Cynara Coomer, M.D. ’87, Monica C. Lozano ’74, Kate Dentoni Mitchell ’76, Leslie Redlich Cockburn ’70, Jessica Koehne ’96, Angelique Cabral ’97, Brita Sigourney ’08, Teresa Barger ’73, Priscilla McCarthy Barolo ’03 and Meghan Looram ’92.
What sports does Santa Catalina School offer?
Santa Catalina School offers 12 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Water Polo.
Does Santa Catalina School offer a summer program?
Yes, Santa Catalina School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Santa Catalina School's ranking?
Santa Catalina School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High # of AP/advanced courses offered.
When is the application deadline for Santa Catalina School?
The application deadline for Santa Catalina School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 230 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $59,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,250
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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