Truly Transformational

At Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School, the learning goes deep.

From PreK through middle school, students get hands-on experience to create
fundamental connections. They learn to ask powerful questions, make important
mistakes, and learn valuable lessons. Our creative and energetic faculty are there
through the entire journey, helping them become enthusiastic learners and
compassionate human beings.

Character First

A values-based education

Santa Catalina believes in educating the whole child—developing strong values and upstanding character in each of our students. Compass, our character education program, brings students together across grades to promote leadership, social connections, and service.

Experiential Learning

More than 50 field trips a year

Starting in PreK, students venture off campus to see their lessons brought to life and to engage with their community. As students get older, field trips include overnight stays, allowing for personal growth and independence.

Space to Grow

A 36-acre campus in Monterey

Our campus lets students explore every interest. Roomy, adaptable classrooms, creativity spaces, a competition-size pool, and a performing arts center mean there’s plenty of room for students to discover what excites them.

Meet Our Students

Open. Honest. Joyful. Genuine. True.

A PreK girl gives a big smile in her classroom.



Today I ...
Learned how to write the number 6
Drummed out patterns with Boomwhackers
Practiced K and P sounds
Played shop during choice time
Read a book to my teacher


The PreKindergarten program at Santa Catalina finds that crucial balance between guided instruction and active play, inspiring a love of learning and fostering a culture of support and self-reliance. With intentionally small class settings, our teachers can really focus on the basics to make sure each student leaves PreK with a strong foundation.

A boy smiles on an athletic field


Grade 4

Today I …
Finished a project in science where we dissolved fake rocks to see what was inside. We didn’t know! We found salt, aquarium rocks, food coloring, and sand.

Lower School (K-5)

At Santa Catalina, who students become is just as crucial as what they learn. Our specialized programs tap into students’ potential not only in academics, but in art, music, physical education, and technology. And at the heart of everything is a focus on character.

A middle school boy sits at an art table


Grade 7

Today I …
Acted out a story we’ve been reading in history class
Made a taco sculpture out of clay for my art project
Stopped a goal in my soccer game

Middle School

In Middle School, academic rigor is supported by overnight field trips, after-school sports, and countless opportunities to lead. By the time they graduate, our students are well-rounded, conscientious individuals who have all the tools they need to thrive in high school and beyond—academically, emotionally, and socially.

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    Santa Catalina School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sex in the administration of its educational and employment policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.