The Journey Program
The mission of Journey, our comprehensive advisory program, is to impart Santa Catalina culture to our students, advance their leadership skills, and ensure them excellent college placement.
- Grade-level weekly Journey classes
- Small weekly advisee groups
- Biweekly dorm meetings for boarders
- Individualized one-on-one monthly advising
- Quarterly Journey Days focusing on topics such as health and wellness, leadership, college and career planning, service, and philanthropy
At Santa Catalina, we challenge every young woman to be a leader. We believe that leadership is a collaborative, relationship-building process guided by moral and spiritual values with the purpose of improving our world and the human condition. The development of exemplary leadership skills is one of the most important components of our Journey program. Through it, our students learn about leadership through a myriad of activities and lessons, which give our students opportunities to practice the following leadership skills in a nurturing environment: communication, organization, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, and cultural knowledge and sensitivity.
Through the Journey program, students create personal values statements. They learn the importance of having a personal life mission and a long-term vision for themselves. They create an action plan. They also learn the importance of organization and dependability, conflict resolution and diplomacy, how to delegate and problem solve, as well as practical skills such as writing a proposal, creating an agenda, running a meeting, taking minutes and notes, working with different personality types, and drawing on the strengths of group members in order to maximize a group’s potential.
The POINTS Portfolio, something unique to Catalina, is the tool our students use to map out and reflect upon their journey to college and beyond. They record their academic plans, save important self-reflections, log their activities and achievements, and archive examples of their best work. POINTS is an acronym for Personal Objectives In Navigating Toward Success. By developing their POINTS under the guidance of a trained advisor, our students develop greater responsibility for their personal growth and development and steadily prepare for the college application process. The main sections of each girl’s POINTS are: About Me, My Activities, Info and Links.
For new students, Catalina enculturation is an important piece of Journey. The newest members of our community learn about our school culture, history, traditions, and standards to ensure their smooth transition into Santa Catalina. We believe that our core values of excellence, responsibility, service, and spirituality should be at the heart of every interaction.
The choices and achievements our students make while at Santa Catalina have long-lasting effects — not only on their college possibilities but also on their career paths. Beginning in grade 10, our Journey program paves the way for a smooth college application process by senior year. We believe that the more fully each student knows herself and understands her deeper purpose in life, the better equipped she is for college. A well-developed POINTS Portfolio allows each senior to enter the college application process fully organized, confident, and able to pinpoint which colleges and universities are the best match for her.