Thank you for your interest in Santa Catalina School. We look forward to getting to know you better.

Our regular admission season begins on October 1 and closes on February 1. If you are interested in receiving our viewbook and curriculum guide, click on "Request Information" below. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 831.655.9356 or

How to Apply

Step 1: Submit the Request Information Form

All prospective students who would like to receive our school viewbook and curriculum guide, receive invitations to our open houses and regional receptions, and apply to Santa Catalina must submit this form.

Step 2: Register for Standardized Testing

Applicants must complete the required standardized testing during the current academic year and prior to the February 1 deadline.

For applicants to grades 9, 10, and 11
1) The SSAT exam is preferred, though the ISEE is also acceptable. It is important to register in advance at or Applicants applying to grade 11 have the option of submitting PSAT or SAT scores.

2) All applicants are now required to take the SSAT Character Skills Snapshot. For test takers who are registered to take the SSAT, this assessment is free of charge. If not registered to take the SSAT, the cost is $25. This assessment is online and taken when and where convenient for the applicant. For more information, please visit the Character Skills Snapshot section of the SSAT website.

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International students
In addition to submitting the standardized testing listed above, nonnative English speakers are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Note: Santa Catalina does not accept SLEP, TOEFL Junior, or any other English-proficiency evaluation during the regular admission season. We use Duolingo English Test (DET) during the rolling admission season on a case by case basis and as a supporting piece of English proficiency documentation.

School Testing Codes
Please use the following codes when registering for a test in order to have your results sent directly to Santa Catalina:

SSAT: 7132
ISEE: 054087
PSAT: 052045
SAT: 052045
TOEFL: 8102

Note: Santa Catalina accepts the submission of multiple tests taken in the same academic year and will consider the highest composite score.

Step 3: Schedule Your Admission Visit and Interview

All applicants and their parent(s) or guardian(s) are required to visit Santa Catalina for an interview (parent and applicant), a class visit, all-school assembly, and a campus tour. The Admission Office is open Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 831.655.9356.

Note: Visits are personalized for each family and require advance planning. If you need to cancel or change your visit, please give the Admission Office 48 hours notice if possible.

Step 4: Create Your Application Account

Once you have decided to apply to Santa Catalina, set up an account by clicking here or the "Apply for Admission" button above to create an account. Doing so will allow you to work on your application throughout the admission season, save your work as you go, and track which application materials the Admission Office has received.

The items that will be submitted through the online application are the Applicant Information Form (includes application fee and an optional photo), Applicant Questionnaire, Recommendations, and Parent Questionnaire.

In addition to Santa Catalina's online application, we accept the following alternatives: SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) application, and Application for Bay Area Independent High Schools. Those who submit one of these applications will also receive an application account.

Step 5: Request Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations

It is important to give your school and teachers sufficient notice (a minimum of 2 weeks) regarding your request to have recommendations sent to the Santa Catalina School Admission Office by February 1. Teacher recommendation forms can be submitted electronically via the Santa Catalina online application or you may download the forms below and distribute them accordingly, with a stamped envelope addressed to:

Santa Catalina School
Admission Office
1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Download or submit via online application:
School Recommendation (head of school or school counselor)
English Recommendation (current teacher only)
Mathematics Recommendation (current teacher only)
Personal Recommendation (optional)

Recommendations are confidential and should not be submitted to Santa Catalina by the applicant or her family.

Requesting Transcripts
At minimum, we require transcripts from your current year’s semester or trimester and all grades from the prior academic school year. In order to have your records released to our school, submit a Transcript Release Form to your current school’s registrar. Please make sure that the form has been signed by a parent or legal guardian before giving it to your registrar. Transcripts must be sent to us directly from your school.

Note: Transfer students will need to submit all high school records. Where there are multiple schools involved, a Transcript Release Form will need to be submitted to each school’s registrar. Please give each school ample notification prior to the February 1 deadline.

Transcript Release Form

Step 6: Submit Your Completed Application by February 1

During the application process, we get to know each family well so we can maximize each student's potential success. We look forward to reviewing your completed application and learning more about your life's journey, your interests, and your dreams for the future.

All application materials are due by February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a rolling admission basis after March 10 and are dependent upon space availability.

Other Accepted Applications

SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) application
Application for Bay Area Independent High Schools