Santa Catalina School

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, 16 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 (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 209 students
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
209 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Santa Catalina School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size
11 students
Number of AP Courses
11 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art 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. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1
Tuition Notes
Day - $38,250; Resident - $59,000
% on Financial Aid
41%
Admissions Director
Jamie Buffington Browne '85
Admissions Associate
Ala Milani '87
Endowment Size
$44.2 million

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Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
40 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Accents (Dance Group), Admission Tour Guides, BURRITO (Improv Group), Chemistry Club, Chinese Culture Club, ecco! (A Cappella Singing Group), French Culture Club, Health and Wellness Committee, Jewish Culture Club, Korean Culture Club, Lady Rhythmics (Body Percussion Group), Math Tutoring Center, Mock Trial, Model UN Club, National Honor Society, Peace & Justice Club, Prefects, R4 (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew), Reverb (Music Group), Robtics, Safe Space, Spanish Culture Club, STAR - Student Alumnae Organization, Student Literary Magazine, Student Newspaper, Student Senate, Students of Color Affinity Group, TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Ballet (Pointe), Chamber Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Contemporary Dance, Digital Media, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, Photography (Darkroom), Private Music Lessons, Tap Dance

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Rugby Club

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 3-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 the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS).
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 209 students
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1

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The average private school tuition in Monterey County, CA is $16,307 for elementary schools and $22,651 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Monterey County, CA is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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