The Journey Program

The mission of Journey, our comprehensive advisory program, is to impart Santa Catalina culture to our students, advance their leadership skills, and ensure them excellent college placement. The program includes grade-level weekly Journey classes, individualized one-on-one monthly advising, and Journey Days focusing on topics such as leadership, college counseling, career exploration, service, and philanthropy.

Key components

Girls building cardboard boat by pool

Freshmen build a cardboard boat during Journey Day, learning leadership skills through collaboration.


The development of exemplary leadership skills is one of the most important components of our Journey program. Students learn about leadership through myriad activities and lessons, giving them opportunities to practice important skills such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and cultural knowledge and sensitivity.

Students learn the importance of organization and dependability, conflict resolution and diplomacy, how to delegate and problem solve. They also learn practical skills such as writing a proposal, creating an agenda, running a meeting, working with different personality types, and drawing on the strengths of group members to maximize a group’s potential.



The POINTS Portfolio
POINTS = Personal Objectives in Navigating Toward Success

Through the Journey program, students create personal values statements. They learn the importance of having a personal mission and a long-term vision for themselves. They create an action plan.

The POINTS Portfolio, something unique to Catalina, is the tool our students use to map out and reflect upon their journey to college and beyond. They record their academic plans, save important self-reflections, log their activities and achievements, and archive examples of their best work.

Girls discuss something in class

Sophomores engage in self-reflection as they discuss a personality quiz that identified their strengths and weaknesses.

By developing their POINTS under the guidance of a trained advisor, our students develop greater responsibility for their personal growth and development and steadily prepare for the college application process.


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Seniors work on college applications.

College Counseling

The choices and achievements our students make while at Santa Catalina have long-lasting effects—not only on their college possibilities but also on their career paths. Beginning in grade 10, our Journey program paves the way for a smooth college application process by senior year. We believe that the more fully each student knows herself and understands her deeper purpose in life, the better equipped she is for college.

A well-developed POINTS Portfolio allows each senior to enter the college application process fully organized, confident, and able to pinpoint which colleges and universities are the best match for her.

Learn more about our College Counseling program.


Catalina Culture

For new students, Catalina enculturation is an important piece of Journey. The newest members of our community learn about our school culture, history, traditions, and standards to ensure their smooth transition into Santa Catalina. We believe that our core values of excellence, responsibility, service, and spirituality should be at the heart of every interaction.

Juniors learned how to change a tire during their Journey class while displaying Catalina's culture of encouragement and eagerness to try new things.