FAQs

When should I begin the application process?

The application process begins in the fall before the anticipated year of entry. Family appointments are scheduled beginning in October. The application deadline is February 1.

How do I learn more about Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School?

The best way to learn more about Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School is to visit our campus. To schedule an appointment, please call 831.655.9351.

What grade levels have openings?

Each year, PreKindergarten has 20 spaces, Kindergarten has 3-4 spaces, and Grade 6 has 12 spaces available. All other grade levels accept new students based on availability.

At what age can students first apply to Santa Catalina Lower School?

Children must be four years old on or before July 15 to attend PreKindergarten.

What is your sibling policy?

Santa Catalina recognizes that, for many families, having all children enrolled at the same school is a priority. We value community and love that our campus becomes a home for many. However, we recognize that no school’s approach to learning is a perfect match for every child. If all things are equal, siblings will receive preferential consideration.

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes, tuition assistance is available. In 2015-2016, approximately 32 percent of students received tuition assistance based on need. We encourage families to apply if an education at Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School would not otherwise be affordable for their children.

How is tuition assistance calculated?

The Tuition Assistance Committee takes into consideration the needs of each family, including the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) criteria, family resources, individual circumstances, and fund availability. The FAST criteria is determined by:

- Income
- Assets
- Liabilities
- Unusual expenses
- Family size
- Retirement needs
- Number of children attending tuition-charging schools

Who is eligible for tuition assistance?

Qualified students who might not otherwise be able to attend are eligible for tuition assistance. All awards are granted on the basis of demonstrated family need and fund availability.

How long is tuition assistance available?

Awards are made for one year at a time. Awards are renewable each year that a family qualifies for aid. Santa Catalina does expect its tuition assistance recipients to maintain high academic and citizenship standards.

How do I apply for tuition assistance?

To apply for tuition assistance, please contact Janet Luksik, Director of Tuition Assistance, at 831.655.9382 or .

Do the students wear uniforms?

Yes, beginning in PreKindergarten, all students wear uniforms.

What is the religious affiliation of the school?

We are an independent Catholic school. We welcome students of all denominations. Currently, 50 percent of our students are Catholic and 50 percent are of other faiths.

How should I prepare my child for the admission test?

We strongly discourage applicants from taking test prep courses or being tutored in any way for the admission testing. For the best testing situation, we recommend that children get a good night's sleep and have breakfast before taking the test.

How do I get an application?

To request an application by mail, please call the Admission Office at 831.655.9351 or email .

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