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There is truth in everything we do.

VERITAS. It’s the Santa Catalina motto and our modus operandi.
We seek truth and self-knowledge at every turn.

Who you are today holds the key to unlocking who you will be tomorrow. So speak your mind. Own your ideas. Follow your dreams, and don’t ever stop going after what you want. Because this is about you: the person you are now and the even more amazing person you’re about to become.


Meet Our Students


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.


Sophomore boarding student

Being at Catalina, away from home, it is up to me to push myself daily to be the best person I can be. This fosters my creativity in that I need to find ways every day to improve myself in various aspects of my life: studying, my room, friends, family, health.


Hometown: Biel-Benken, Switzerland
Activities: Last year, I took part in tennis and robotics. This year, I chose to have more time for my artwork and have enjoyed yoga and strength training.
Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus is the front lawn when it is dry and the sun is out. You can lay on the warm grass, look up and see the clouds moving by. It is beautiful.

How would you describe Santa Catalina's art program?
I like the art department because it offers classes that allow students to explore varied art forms. The teachers are helpful and supportive throughout our art projects by guiding us along the way. I also very much appreciate that the art facilities are open during off hours so we can utilize the space and the art supplies.


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.