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Santa Catalina is built on relationships. Whether we’re on campus or at home, we are committed to maintaining the strength and vibrancy of our community while also ensuring everyone’s health and safety. While we are unable to open schools in Monterey County, Catalina is prepared to open for in-person learning with our adapted protocols and guidelines once permission is granted. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$38,250
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$59,000
Received Financial Aid
41%
Average Financial Aid
From Santa Catalina School

Set against the scenic California coast in Monterey, Santa Catalina School is where you can discover the true you. Our all-girls boarding and day school is where inspired, powerful, active learning happens—in the classroom, on the field or the stage, and in the dorms. Catalina girls take ownership of their academics—including a marine ecology program that takes advantage of Monterey Bay—and they pursue their passions. The Catalina experience is about asking deeper questions, taking braver chances, and making bolder mistakes; it’s about our students becoming leaders that impact their communities and the world around them. True sisterhood creates a Catalina community that is fueled by curiosity, kindness, and confidence.

Santa Catalina School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1310
79 responses
Average ACT
28
71 responses

Marine Ecology Research Program at Catalina

Sitting just two miles from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, our signature program allows students to take full advantage of our location and its great educational value. With an emphasis on experiential learning, students will be in and around the ocean, doing research, learning by observation, testing hypotheses, and experimenting in the very environment they are studying.

Culture & Safety

Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 61 responses
  • Cake auction
    23%
  • Kris Kringles
    23%
  • Ring week
    23%
  • Father Daughter Weekend
    15%
  • Insane informal dances
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    49%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland
    International Boarding Students
    20%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    209
    82%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
    82%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
    94%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    89%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
    Poll
    94%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
    Poll
    89%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

    Santa Catalina School Reviews

    82 reviews
    All Categories
    The academics are strong, the teachers and staff are supportive and provide a lot of guidance. This high school is great for young girls who need guidance and are not quite at the maturity level to follow their own path, and navigate themselves through high school. It is quite a pretentious school, and most of the girls that attend are immature. The school will constantly be asking for more money outside of tuition, asking to donate to the fund and help raise money all the time. If you’re daughter is even the slightest bit mature for her age then she will feel trapped in this school! Track and field team is great, along with the water polo and swim team!
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    It's an amazing school with a beautiful campus. The academics can feel like a lot, but there's tons of places to get help. It's very easy to make friends here, and due to all of the different contexts of boarding life, you're never stuck with just one friend group. Some of my best friends are students from different grades who I met in my extracurricular! Boarding students have a lot of freedom, although it can feel kind of mandated at times - there's only a few places to go on the weekends, you have to write a form weeks in advance if you're staying overnight with your parents, and if you're sick you stay in a hot room for 9 hours with nobody checking on you. Not to mention church every Sunday, signing into dinner every night, and singing practice every Wednesday. At least our uniforms have some freedom! Of course, all of these events are still enjoyable, and there's nothing that brings people together like complaining. I love Catalina - it's my home! And I wouldn't go anywhere else.
    This school is a gift to young women. The education is excellent, the community is supportive, empowering, and extremely caring for each individual. You will be challenged there because whatever your strengths are, the teachers recognize them and help you grow further in that aspect and also help you develop in the areas that challenge you. As a boarder, you are surrounded by good people who are there for you, and students who are growing with you. It felt like a home away from home when I was there. I also feel that different types of people come to the school so you have an opportunity to meet various cultures, as well as people who came from different family backgrounds so you are always learning about people and how to live in community, even as a day student. When I started there, I was independent, confident, and studious and grew even more through my time there. Anyone who doesn't feel that way in my opinion is a person who didn't try and totally missed out on an opportunity.