Campus, Dining & Dorm Life

The Santa Catalina School campus creates unique environments for both day and resident campers, and provides new ground in which lifelong friendships are rooted. 

Aerial view of Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.


Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens, and native trees are defining features of Santa Catalina’s 36-acre campus. Campers take classes, play games, and find community all while spending their days across this beautiful setting.

The Dining Room

Mealtime is not only a chance to eat fresh and flavorful foods, but also to get to know your fellow campers! Campers and staff alike love our food management company, Bon Appétit, and rave about the wonderful choices and great flavors.

Day campers enjoy lunch with their counselors, along with a morning and afternoon snack. All meals are provided for residential campers, along with a morning and afternoon snack. After full mornings and afternoons of classes and activities, campers dine and enjoy time with their cohorts and counselors. Many friendships blossom around the dinner table!

Summer at Santa Catalina dining
Summer at Santa Catalina campers laughing in the dorms

The Dorms for Resident Campers

Santa Catalina is home to three beautiful residential dorm buildings: Thompson, Greer, and Hills. Resident campers stay in our spacious dorms, where a full staff of counselors are always present and available.

Room furnishings for each room include a twin size bed and mattress, one dresser, a desk with a desk chair, open shelves above the desk, two double electrical outlets, and a large closet with open shelving. Additionally, each room includes a large self-healing board that campers can use to decorate and make their space feel even more like home!
Each dorm has two large communal bathrooms per floor, with individual shower stalls. We do not have en suite facilities, so campers should be sure to pack a shower caddy.

Dorms also have large common rooms where casual hangouts take place. During free time and evenings, the common rooms are abuzz with group meetings, games, bracelet making, music, and more! By living and learning together, each residential camper has a number of opportunities to build skills such as cooperation, empathy, and respect. The in-between moments and casual conversations within the dorms give each girl a chance to know and be known by their community of peers.