Your Gifts At Work
Your contributions to Santa Catalina translate into educational opportunities that inspire students to reach their full potential. From the science classroom to the art studio, the athletic field to the amphitheatre, your gifts provide enhancements to the programs and people that set Santa Catalina apart.
Professional Development for Faculty
Each academic year our faculty and staff are afforded a myriad of professional development opportunities. A few of the workshops attended recently include: Orton-Gillingham Reading Certification, American Choral Directors’ Summer Conference, the National Singapore Math Institute, the Community Works Institute on Service Learning, the Lucy Calkins Summer Writing Institute, Design Thinking Workshop for Educators, and a bioformatics workshop from the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers. This advanced training translates into new and creative approaches to teaching that benefit each student.
The foundation of a Santa Catalina education is our commitment to excellence, and the cornerstone is our exceptional academic curriculum. The Lower and Middle School students are offered state-of-the-art curriculum in the core subjects. Programs such as Singapore Math, Developmental Reading Assessment, and Words Their Way enable our students to graduate with a strong academic foundation that ensures their success in high school and beyond.
With a faculty that includes a literary specialist; two learning specialists; two Spanish instructors; and music, art, and computer classes, the Lower and Middle School education is designed to foster intellect and creativity. Through the development of leadership skills and community service activities, Compass builds core values and instills a firm foundation of good character. Our young students are guided to think deeply about themselves, their classmates, and the world around them.
Students in grades 6 through 8 compete in seven sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, flag football, tennis, golf, and track & field. Every Middle School student of every skill level is given the opportunity to play. Our young men and women excel on the courts, the fields, and in the pool, regularly winning league championships. Sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, personal bests, and a positive attitude are what Catalina sports are all about.
Sister Carlotta Endowment for Educational Excellence
The Sister Carlotta Endowment for Educational Excellence was established in 2002 in honor of Sister Carlotta O'Donnell, who was Santa Catalina’s Head of School from 1965 until 2002. As a component of this endowment, the Sister Carlotta Distinguished Service Award is presented to a faculty or staff member whose teaching, either inside or outside of the the classroom, epitomizes the school's mission and has enriched the hearts and minds of students at Santa Catalina School.
In 2015, Janet Luksik, Director of Tuition Assistance and Director of Admission for Lower and Middle School, was honored with the award. As Sister Carlotta once said: "Each of us must engage joyfully in all dimensions of education at Santa Catalina. Bear in mind our duty to teach beyond our subject matter to the dimensions of self-discipline, behavior, citizenship, and above all, our devotional and spiritual life. This teaching takes place everywhere: in the classroom, in Assembly, in Chapel, in the theater, in the dining room, on our playing fields, and in our dormitories." Janet exemplifies the values and vision that Sister Carlotta held as the standard for Santa Catalina's faculty and staff.