All of our fall sports teams are now up and running as cross country gets its first race this week.
Year by the Sea, from first-time director Alexander Janko '83 LS and executive producer Cressey Belden Janko '87, gets nationwide release.
In the first couple weeks of school, projects have included gleaning, Harvey relief, Alzheimer's walk.
Volleyball and water polo are off to strong starts, while field hockey, golf, and tennis open their seasons.
Cloudy skies couldn't dampen teachers' enthusiasm for the big event.
The Upper School gains a science teacher, a college counselor, a dean of academics, and our first director of Health and Wellness.
Looking for inspiration for your next meal? Try a recipe from one of these Santa Catalina alumnae.
From reefs to rainforests, students explore the island during a summer expedition.
Natalie Burke '99 returns a book she had checked out from the library in 1997!
“In an all-girls school, we have the freedom to voice our opinions, because there’s room in the class to do it and we feel so comfortable doing it.”
"Journey is about bringing each class closer together, learning how to work in a group setting, learning more about who you are, and helping you to be ahead of the game when it comes to college applications."
“Coming to an all-girls school has really encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and speak up. Before coming to Catalina, I would never answer a question in class unless I was 100% sure I was right. Now, I'm not afraid to make a mistake and I speak up a lot!”
“Catalina is a place to make long lasting friendships, to go farther than you thought you could, and to really get to know yourself.”
Q: What is one thing you think people should know about Catalina?
A: Catalina allows girls to grow into confident, capable women. The school invests so much into the well being of each student and teaches them lifelong lessons. Although we are only here for four years, the memories we make will last a lifetime.
Q: What has been your most challenging Catalina moment?A: Dealing with homesickness during my freshman year. It can be challenging to be so far from home, but there is always someone here to talk to. Whether it's a friend or a resident faculty member on duty in the dorms, I always feel better after talking to someone who understands what I am going through.
Q: What is life like as a boarding student?
A: Being a boarder at Catalina has an experience I will remember forever. The friendships I have made with other students are ones I will keep forever.
- Hillsborough, Ca
- Mock Trial
- Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center
Q: What is Journey all about?
A: Journey is an advising program here at Catalina. It helps each student understand her strengths, weaknesses, and develop leadership skills. We have a POINTS Portfolio and it helps us navigate our way from high school to college.
Q: What is the one thing you think people should know about Catalina?
A: There is no other place you would want your daughter to be than at Catalina. The experience here is hard to explain in a short period of time, such as a visit day. Once you are here everyday, you experience the special moments inside and outside the classroom that make Catalina such a great learning environment.
Q: What is the relationship like between boarding and day students?
A: I love that Catalina is a boarding school. It is an amazing experience to learn a foreign language in the classroom and then go to the dorms and talk with someone from that country. There are so many opportunities to hang out with boarding students.
- Seaside, Ca
- Lady Rhythmics (student performance group)
- Study Hall
Q: What is your favorite class at Catalina?
A: My favorite class is Philosophy. I enjoy the way we study different points of view on what life means.
Q: What makes Catalina special?
A: The all-girl environment has allowed me to explore my potential and discover things I didn't know about myself. I feel I'm a more confident, better version of myself because of my time here.
Q: What has been your proudest Catalina moment?
A: My proudest Catalina moment was when I realized how much I've grown in the time I've been here.
- Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Smile Train
- Photography dark room. I feel a sense of peace and tranquility when I'm there and I love the suprise when I seem my pictures developed for the first time.
Q: How would you describe going to an all-girls school to a prospective family?
A: Coming to an all-girls school has been an amazing experience that pulled me out of my shell, showed me my potential, and has prepared me to go into the world with a strong sense of self.
Q: What makes Catalina special?
A: Catalina is my second home. The way students are welcomed with open arms and the amazing alumnae network really give Catalina a sense of sisterhood. It is a special thing to know that I will always have Catalina to return to.
Q: What is your favorite Catalina tradition?
A: Ring Week! The festivity and the anticipation of 'earning' your class ring is so much fun. It is a memorable milestone in every girl's Catalina career. The feeling of sisterhood is strong between ring sisters, and it really brings the school community together with smiles and laughter.
- Sonoma, Ca
- Water Polo
- Theatre Tech Crew
- Peace and Justice Club
- Rosary Chapel and the rooftop deck of the Math and Science Center