What will you find at Catalina?

Adventurous academics; an open, inclusive setting;
and, above all, a caring community.

Veritas is our school motto, and we hold ourselves to that highest of standards. The learning goes deep. The connections are real. And our students learn to be not only fearless and enthusiastic scholars, but also compassionate and self-aware human beings.

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Meet Our Students

Open. Honest. Joyful. Genuine. True.


Sophomore boarding student

The Marine Ecology Research Program is a unique experience—we go into the field and work on projects that can help protect the marine ecosystem. Most high school students don't have this kind of opportunity.


Hometown: Jinan, Shandong province, China
Activities: Mock Trial, Model U.N., Student Senate, National Honor Society, Smile Fund, Mosaic, tennis, dance, musical theatre productions, and MERP. I am also a tour guide and volunteer at a local hospital.
Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place after school is the Hacienda, and my favorite place during the school day is the second floor of the Math and Science Center.
What is it about Catalina that encourages you to try new things?
Catalina is definitely a great place to pursue what you love because it provides students with many opportunities. What allows me to participate in different activities is the support from my friends and teachers. They encourage me to try new things and discover what I truly like to do, no matter if it’s just my interest or if it’s something that can help me to further develop my career path in the future.


Junior day student

Being a day student at a boarding school has been one of the most valuable and enriching parts of my Catalina experience. Meeting girls from around the world has broadened my perspective and helped me recognize the importance of celebrating diversity.


Hometown: Seaside, California
Activities: Golf, lacrosse, theatre, Lady Rhythmics (a body percussion club), B.U.R.R.I.T.O (improv group), TEDx, and the Health and Wellness Committee
Favorite Place on Campus: Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center

What have you learned by being a part of Catalina's athletics program?
Catalina's athletics program has allowed me to not only grow stronger as an athlete, but to witness how dedicated practice can pay off, whether in victories or in the camaraderie of a team. Additionally, the athletics program has allowed me to improve my time management skills as I balance my schoolwork and my other activities while practicing and competing regularly in sports.


Junior boarding student

My teachers are very supportive and attentive. They view me as an individual and meet me halfway to help me progress in their class.


Hometown: Manteca, California
Activities: Violin, track and field, Prom Committee, Senate, Mock Trial, Model U.N., Catalinan (yearbook), and Lamplighter (student newspaper)
Favorite Place on Campus: Sister Kieran Library

How would you describe the classroom experience?
It's fulfilling. The supportive environment encourages me to share my thoughts and ask clarifying questions during class, which allows me to gain a complete understanding of the topic.


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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.