In PreK, we build from the ground up. That might mean doing a dance to name new planets, or using magnetic letters to work through a challenging word. PreK students are motivated by curiosity and supported by the intentionally small class settings. PreK feels like a home—where goodness, kindness, and mindfulness all come in to play.
Learning that comes to life.
Whether our students are incubating beetle eggs, animating in Adobe Spark, or drafting a class constitution, we push for those lightbulb moments and strive for a balance of high touch/high tech: active, experiential learning combined with thoughtful integration of technology. All in an environment of safe risk-taking and caring support.
Learning to understand the stories of others is the hallmark of the humanities, as they confirm or clarify our own stories.
Title: Grade 7 English Teacher, Grade 8 History Teacher
Degrees: B.A., English, UCLA
A.L.M., Harvard University
I’m passionate about helping all of my students be the best they can be—emotionally, socially, and academically. I strive to meet each student where they are and guide them to stretch and learn, helping them realize their potential.
Title: Grade 3 Co-Teacher
From: Ontario, Canada
Degrees: B.A., liberal studies, CSU Northridge
M.A., education, Pepperdine University
I feel very privileged in my work here to be able to give our students what Santa Catalina offered me—the understanding that we are here to serve God by serving others. I also feel so blessed to work with others in such a collaborative and joyful way. Santa Catalina really is a community of love.
Titles: Grades K-4 Religion Teacher, Compass Coordinator
Degree: B.A., Yale University
Lower School students are fully, actively engaged in all they do. Plotting the life cycle of painted lady butterflies. Examining archetypes in contemporary literature. Puzzling out a complex math problem. In every scenario, students are encouraged to be fearless and adventurous learners.
Powerful questions are at the heart of the Middle School curriculum. By digging deep, asking and answering, students find meaning in complex concepts. Just as important, they learn to be responsible and self-aware. To think for themselves and be compassionate in their care of others.
Mrs. Clarkson's science class is my favorite. Everything we do is really exciting. We dissected a squid! I look forward to what we’ll do. And she’s really understanding—I know I can talk to her about anything.
—Middle School Student