Who We Are

Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School is an independent Catholic school in Monterey for boys and girls in PreKindergarten to Grade 8.

Through neuron-firing academics, off-campus explorations, and endless opportunities to create, move, lead, and serve, we guide each child along their path of self-discovery.

Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School fifth-graders pose on the athletic field with rockets they made.

Our Mission

Santa Catalina exists to develop in each student a striving for excellence, a maturing awareness of moral and spiritual values, a sense of responsible purpose, and a determination to serve the world with courage, grace, and compassion.








Santa Catalina School Head of School Barbara Ostos wearing a Santa Catalina zip-up sweater in the Hacienda Courtyard.

Santa Catalina School is a transformational experience for every student.Dr. Barbara Ostos, Head of School

Our Program

Kindergartners look through toilet paper roll binoculars


Our well-regarded PreK program lays a strong foundation for students’ academic and personal growth. With a student-teacher ratio of 7:1 and specialized instruction in reading, writing, and math, our littlest Cougars experience the perfect balance of guidance and free exploration.

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Lower School
Kindergarten–Grade 5

Lower School students cement their love of learning through programs that tap into their full potential. Students start to learn Spanish, dig deeper into technology, enjoy their first overnight field trip, and so much more.

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Three girls hold up their underwater ROV at the pool

Middle School
Grades 6–8

Middle School is major. These years are about growing as teammates, leaders, and people of compassion. Our rigorous academics teach students to ask the tough questions, setting them up for success in high school and beyond.

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When our students leave here, we know that they have become who they were meant to be.Christy Pollacci, Head of Lower and Middle School


Memberships and Accreditations