Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Dr, Monterey, CA 93940

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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 Religions, World Literature, or Mandarin Chinese. At Santa Catalina, it’s not uncommon for small groups of girls to have animated discussions about women pilots of World War II, or the themes of Angela’s Ashes. 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. Today our graduates are thriving in the widest imaginable array of occupations including doctors, executives, scientists, actors, novelists, mothers, and entrepreneurs.

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.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Girls Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address1500 Mark Thomas Dr, Monterey, CA 93940
Year Established1950
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$47,400; estimated extras $1000
Day Tuition$30,800; estimated extras $700
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded108

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionTutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, English, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French, Latin, Music Theory, Physics, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Studio Art, US History
Summer SessionGrades 3-9. Enrichment Recreational. Tuition Boarding $2350-5250. Tuition Day $1250-3000. 2-5 weeks
Accredited ByCLS, WASC
Interscholastic Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Water Polo

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School46
Most Common Graduate DestinationsSanta Clara 3, Boston U 2, U of OR 2, SMU 2, U of San Francisco 2, MIT 1
Average Math SAT600
Average Critical Reading SAT595
Average Writing SAT598


Applications DueFebruary
Application Fee$75
New Students78
Percentage of Applicants Accepted56
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)60
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorSr. Claire Barone
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2002
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Univ of San Francisco
Director(s) of AdmissionsJamie Buffington Browne, Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment258
Boarding Students120
Day Students138
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)258
Percentage of International Students16
Average Class Size13
Student-Faculty Ratio8:1
Dress CodeUniform
Teaching Faculty32
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)84
Male Teaching Faculty16
Female Teaching Faculty16
Faculty EthnicityWhite 99%, Latino 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage36
Buildings on Campus21
Endowment Value$24,000,000
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