Upper School Academics

Our academic curriculum exceeds requirements of the most selective universities in the country. But most important, our academic program is designed to expand your mind and inspire your curiosity and desire for lifelong learning.

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Teachers here will push you further than you thought you could go. Whether discussing the life of a cell or American foreign trade, our faculty will encourage you to think for yourself, to ask questions, to find answers. The classroom has no confines. Learning happens at the beach, on the sprawling front lawn, in the science lab, in the dining hall, on the playing field, and in the dorms.

We are fortunate to be located in an area rich with historic and scientific institutions such as the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Professors and scientists are often invited to campus for guest lectures. Santa Catalina’s library and science laboratories provide excellent learning environments for further study.

Our greatest wish is that by the time you leave Santa Catalina, you will be well educated. What this means for a Santa Catalina graduate is that she is able to think critically, communicate her thoughts, work with others in a collaborative manner, and find creative solutions to problems. Graduating from Santa Catalina, we believe you will be empowered to excel.