What is Santa Catalina looking for in applicants?

The admission staff is looking for girls with intellectual curiosity, strong character, motivation, extracurricular talent, and good citizenship. Our typical student has earned honor roll grades in middle school and has excellent teacher recommendations, good writing skills, and some sort of school or community involvement. Standardized testing is used to support academic credentials in the application. Each application is read by the admission staff to learn a girl's strengths and personality and to help determine whether this is a good match both for the school and for the student.

What is the deadline for applying for admission?

To be considered for priority admission, applications must be submitted online or postmarked by February 1. Admission decisions will be posted to applicants' online accounts on March 10 and mailed in mid-March. Following these deadlines, we will continue to accept applications based on space availability.

Is an interview required?

Yes, applicants and their parent(s) (or guardian) must visit our campus when school is in session for an interview with an admission representative, a campus tour, all-school assembly, and a class visit. This process lasts about four hours. Visits are conducted Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. To schedule a visit, please call the Upper School Admission Office at 831.655.9356.

What admission assessments are required?

For candidates applying for grades 9 or 10, the Admission Office prefers the SSAT but will accept the ISEE. Applicants to grade 11 may submit either the SSAT/ISEE, the PSAT, or the SAT. In addition, international applicants and applicants who are nonnative English speakers are expected to submit a TOEFL score. Santa Catalina does not offer any ESL support, and all students must be proficient in the English language.

What is the cost of tuition, room, and board?

The total cost for tuition, room, and board for the 2019–2020 academic year is $59,000 for boarding students. Tuition for day students is $38,250.

Are there any expenses in addition to tuition?

Tuition includes student accident insurance (not health insurance), all boarding students' meals, day students' lunch, technology network support/supplies, and most student activities (including transportation). It does not include a required laptop computer, textbooks (printed or electronic), spending money, supplies, uniforms, or travel to and from school. In addition, a deposit of $300 is required for bookstore items, which might include supplies for art and photography classes, some athletic uniforms and accessories, and other miscellaneous items. Certain payment plan options also require additional fees.

Does Santa Catalina offer tuition assistance?

Yes, Santa Catalina has a firm commitment to economic diversity and offers tuition assistance to approximately 40 percent of our student body. We do not offer tuition assistance to international students.

If an applicant applies for tuition assistance, will the school evaluate her application differently?

No, the admission decision is independent from the tuition assistance process. While a student might be admissible to the school, we may not be able to meet your financial need.

Is the Standard Application Online (SAO) the only application you accept?

No. Applicants interested in using the Application for Bay Area Independent High Schools should contact the Admission Office for more information.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend Santa Catalina?

No, it is not a requirement to be Catholic to attend our school. You can learn more about spiritual life at Santa Catalina here. About 40 percent of our student population self-identifies as Catholic.

Can I apply for my 12th grade year?

Typically, we do not accept students for grade 12. To receive the full benefit of our curriculum, we encourage students to commit to four years at Santa Catalina. We have a comprehensive advising program, Journey, that begins freshman year and gives students essential life skills and opportunities to design a plan to ensure their future academic and personal success. By their senior year, our students have developed a personalized plan that will guide them toward success in college and beyond. For more information about our application process, programs, and community, please continue to explore our website.

Do you have a revisit day for accepted students?

Santa Catalina adds a special twist to the traditional revisit day—a sleepover. We invite accepted day and boarding students to visit us and stay for a sleepover. Make friends, have fun, and get to know more about Santa Catalina School.