Santa Catalina School

Monterey, California, USA view map
All Girls, Roman Catholic

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Since 1950, Santa Catalina has been a leader in education for young women. We know that inside each student there is a purpose waiting to be fulfilled. At Santa Catalina, our students already have a head start.

It’s a fact that girls’ school graduates have a significant edge in the world over their coed peers, and the advantages of Santa Catalina reach far beyond statistics. You’ll have a safe place to focus and explore your passions. You’ll have a beautiful campus on which to make lasting friendships and feel comfortable with your place in the world.

Santa Catalina is a place where you can take risks, knowing people here will support you. You’ll discover talents, interests, and skills you never knew existed within yourself. You’ll be engaged – intellectually, creatively, athletically, and spiritually – to help you see things in new ways. Join one of our interscholastic athletic teams or maybe the hip-hop dance group. Run for a Student Senate position, become a member of Amnesty International, or help in the organic garden. The extracurricular opportunities are limited only by your imagination.

Our curriculum will encourage you to discover DaVinci, explore environmental issues, and debate everything from poetry to political issues to celebrity pop culture. Your class options will be diverse and innovative, and could include Global Conflict and Resolution in the 21st Century, Peace and Justice, World Literature, or Mandarin Chinese. Engaged learning can include a satellite news broadcast in French, or a guest scientist from Stanford University. The curriculum will expand your mind and stimulate your curiosity.

We teach the way girls learn most effectively, often with open discussion and group projects. Our faculty is available, involved, and interested in you. They know the point of school is not so much what you learn, as what learning allows you to accomplish in the world when you leave.

Your personal and academic journey will include preparation for life beyond our campus. Our college counseling program will support your journey, and your college decisions will be informed by your academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular experiences. When you take that next step, you join generations of young women who began inventing their futures at Santa Catalina and are now realizing their dreams.

If you’re looking for a school that helps you discover the person you are meant to become – Santa Catalina is the place to begin.

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, California, USA 93940

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Director of Admission: Jamie Buffington Browne '85
Admissions Phone:831-655-9356Fax:831-655-7535
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  • Application Deadline: February 01
  • Application Fee: $75
  • International Application Fee: $150
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1950
  • Campus Size: 36 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: WASC, CAIS/CA
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     117 145 262
Boys     0 0 0
Total     117 145 262

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $47,400
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $30,800
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 40.00%
  • Average Awarded: $26,000

Department Director: John Murphy

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 35

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 77.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 18

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Global Issues & Social Justice; African American
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Honors
  • The Bible
  • Faith
  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
  • Peace & Justice; Women of Faith
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Micro & Macro
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Marine Biology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Conceptual Physics; Quantitativ e Physics; Honors
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Nature of Math; Pre-Calculus
Computer Studies:
  • Multimedia
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Theory
  • Choir; Ensemble
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Jazz Dance; Musical Theatre Tap
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Advising Program

AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Latin Literature
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

Department Director: Kristi McLaughlin

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 3

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Uniform

Student Life


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • FCA
  • Fencing
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Gardening
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Knitting Club, Dance, Singing

Arts Department Director: Michelle Avery

Athletics Department Director: Paul Elliott

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Choir
Interscholastic Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
Recreational Sports
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Rafting
  • Weight Lifting

Department Director: Colleen Murray

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

University of California, Davis 20 graduates
University of California, Los Angeles 11 graduates
Boston University 11 graduates
New York University 9 graduates
Loyola Marymount 9 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Summer at Santa Catalina is a place filled with play, joy, and learning. From arts and athletics to yoga and marine biology, we offer attention-grabbing classes that spark curiosity and build confidence and independence. Our teachers and counselors are committed to the growth of every camper and dedicated to the values of honesty, respect, and kindness. We provide a safe laughter-filled haven where girls can sing, dance, paint, swim, write, take photos, play sports, and most importantly, build friendships that last a lifetime. One of the unique aspects of Summer at Santa Catalina is that each camper chooses all of her classes. This allows each girl to develop a program tailored to her particular interests and goals. We offer classes in the following areas of interest: athletics, enrichment, performing arts, visual arts, cooking, and more!

Department Director: Julie Yurkovich Forrest '78

Summer at Santa Catalina

June 24, 2013 to July 27, 2013

Registration Deadline: April 01, 2013
Financial Aid Available:  No
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