Santa Catalina School

  • Set against the scenic backdrop of Monterey, Santa Catalina School is an independent, Catholic, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 with a diverse student body and strong local roots. We challenge students to achieve excellence in every arena, from rigorous academics - including a marine ecology program that takes advantage of access to Monterey Bay - to competitive athletics in 13 sports to an arts program with professional-quality facilities.
  • In a warm community that values spirituality and service, Catalina girls become confident young women prepared to achieve greatness with grace.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1950

Student Body

Total Students419 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Santa Catalina School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size11 students
Number of AP Courses15 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Human Geography, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Music Theory, Physics C, Physics I, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1
Tuition NotesDay - $35,000; Resident - $53,500
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorJamie Buffington Browne '85
Admissions AssociateAla Milani '87
Endowment Size$30 million


Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyGolf,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Admission Tour Guides, Amnesty International, ecco! - a cappella Singing Group, Knit Wits - Knitting Club, Lanuage Clubs, Model UN Club, Operation Smile, Peace & Justice Club, Peer Mentors, PEMDAS - Math Club, Prefects, R4 - Reduce, STAR - Student Alumnae Organization, Student Literary Magazine, Student Newspaper, Student Senate, TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Chamber Ensemble
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Monterey
    San Carlos School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 297 students
    1.3 miles
    450 Church St
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-1324
    1.3 K-8
  • Seaside
    Grades: PK-8 | 115 students
    1.7 miles
    1184 Hilby Ave
    Seaside, CA 93955
    (831) 899-2060
    1.7 PK-8
  • Monterey
    York School
    York School Photo - Exceptional academics, welcoming community, full range of sports, clubs, and extracurriculars. Be you. Be York.
    Grades: 8-12 | 204 students
    4.5 miles
    9501 York Road
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 372-7338
    4.5 8-12
  • Carmel
    Grades: NS-8 | 210 students
    4.8 miles
    8060 Carmel Valley Road
    Carmel, CA 93923
    (831) 624-9171
    4.8 NS-8
  • Carmel By The Sea
    Grades: PK-8 | 244 students
    4.5 miles
    24800 Dolores St
    Carmel By The Sea, CA 93921
    (813) 574-4600
    4.5 PK-8

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