Virtual Admission Hub

At Santa Catalina, relationships and community are at the core of our educational mission. While we aren’t able to experience this in person right now, we have a number of ways for you to connect virtually with our community.

(un)Commonly Catalina: An Open House Series

A Santa Catalina School girl laughs in class

During these uncommon times, we invite you to join us for an uncommon virtual experience from January 9-21. We have a variety of live events where you can learn more about Catalina and start the journey to discover the true you. Registration coming soon!
 


Featured Live Events:

  • Virtual Campus Tour — January 9
  • Truly Catalina: Meet our Students — January 12
  • Chart Your True Course: Catalina’s Curriculum — January 17
  • Truly Catalina: Meet our Parents — January 19
  • Truly Learning: In the Classroom — January 21


Tours and Interviews

We can’t wait to meet you and introduce you to all things Catalina! To get to know each other better, a campus tour and interview are required components of the application process. Each applicant should schedule a tour of campus and an applicant interview, which will be conducted virtually via Zoom or Skype.

Virtual student tour
Get the true Catalina experience by taking a virtual tour of campus with one of our student ambassadors. The tour is personalized and includes applicants and their parents. This is a required part of the application process and should be scheduled before the interview.

Virtual interview
The virtual interview includes applicants and their parents. It is a great time to have your questions answered and for us to get to know you better. At the end of the interview, there will be a 15-minute writing sample conducted within the Zoom platform.

On-campus tour (optional)
If you are coming to Monterey or live locally and want to see the campus in person, contact us to schedule a tour! In-person tours are conducted on Mondays and Fridays and require scheduling three business days in advance. Tours are no more than one hour and follow our county safety protocols, which will be communicated to you in an email prior to visiting campus. Available times are 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. and are dependent upon space availability. We are permitted to accommodate one family per time slot. The in-person tour is not a required element of the application and is not a substitute for the required virtual student tour or interview with admission representatives.

Virtual tours and interviews are available at a variety of times. The tour and interview are each one hour long and are scheduled separately. Call or email your admission representative to schedule a time that works best for you. Please schedule appointments a week in advance. (Note: It is not a requirement to submit an application prior to touring or interviewing.)
 



Student Corner

Watch the videos below to get students' views on the all girls experience, community at Catalina, and more.

Meet Cailin '22
Day student

Meet Olivia '22
Day student

Meet Kaly '22
Boarding student from Mexico

Meet Jane '21
Boarding student from the San Francisco Bay Area



Admission Blog

Applying to an independent school can feel overwhelming sometimes. Let Santa Catalina School's admission team be your guide. In this blog, we share advice on everything from how to start your high school search to finding the right fit to nailing your application.

Read the Blog



Explore Our Campus

Scroll through the slideshow to see how we use our beautiful spaces.

Aerial view of Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.


Our Campus

Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens, and native tree groves are defining features of Santa Catalina’s 36-acre campus.

Front view of Santa Catalina School's Hacienda and iconic arch.


The Hacienda

The Hacienda is perhaps the most iconic building on campus. It houses the Head of School office, parlors, a small dining room, and administrative offices. Students and alumnae love taking their photos under the “Santa Catalina” arch.

View from the back of Santa Catalina School's Study Hall filled with students in desks.


Study Hall

The entire Catalina community gathers here four days a week for morning Assemblies, where students make announcements, celebrate birthdays, and cheer for their classmates.

Santa Catalina School girls wearing class colors chat in small groups in Study Hall.


Study Hall

Study Hall is the center of student life on campus. It’s a great spot to hang out with friends or catch up on classwork.

Santa Catalina School girls line up outside the Rosary Chapel.


Rosary Chapel

The Catalina community comes together every Wednesday for a chapel service.

Looking toward the altar in Santa Catalina School's Rosary Chapel.


Rosary Chapel

Our weekly chapel services usually include hymns, readings from scripture, communal prayers, a time for meditation, and an opportunity for a student or faculty member to share an experience or reflection. This is a wonderful way for our community to celebrate our diverse thoughts and backgrounds.

A Santa Catalina School teachers talks with a group of four girls in class.


Classrooms

Our classrooms allow for collaboration with students and teachers.

Santa Catalina School girls paint birds.


Art Studio

Guided by teachers who are also working artists, students explore all mediums in this bright and open space.

Santa Catalina School girls walk into the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center


Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center

The newest building on campus, known lovingly as C2, was designed by a Catalina alumna.

A Santa Catalina School teacher talks to two students in front of large fish tanks.


C2

Aquaria allow students in the Marine Ecology Research Program to house live organisms for research and experiments.

Santa Catalina School girls lounge on the upper deck of the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center


C2

The upper deck of C2 provides stunning views of surrounding forests and the Pacific Ocean. It’s an awesome location to take a break between classes.

Santa Catalina School girls work on a building a robot.


Robotics Lab

Members of our robotics team, Nuns-N-Bolts, tinker and build in this fully stocked workspace.

Overhead view of Santa Catalina School girls studying in the library.


Sister Mary Kieran Library

The library is a cozy spot for studying alone or in small groups.

Two Santa Catalina School girls carry a unicorn cake while a third girl tosses candy into a crowd of students.


Sullivan Court

At the center of campus, in between the library and Study Hall, Sullivan Court is the site of special events like Cake Auction and graduation.

Two Santa Catalina School girls walk by roses.


Rose Gardens

Rose gardens are scattered throughout campus, enhancing any walk between classes.

A Santa Catalina School girl lies reading under two big trees.


Front Lawn

On sunny days, the expansive front lawn is a favorite spot for students during lunch or study periods.

Four Santa Catalina School girls talk at a table in a full dining room.


Dining Room

Students enjoy sustainably focused, locally sourced meals morning, noon, and night. On Mondays, boarding students come together with resident faculty members for Community Dinners, which may highlight world cuisines or feature performances from student groups.

Santa Catalina School girls play kickball on a softball field.


Athletic Complex

Our outdoor athletes compete on a playing field, all-weather track, and six tennis courts. The field is also home to our annual junior-senior kickball game during Spirit Day.

A view of the Santa Catalina School pool.


Aquatic Center

Our competition-size outdoor pool is used not only for our swimming and water polo teams, but also for lifeguard training, class experiments, free swims, and more.

Santa Catalina School volleyball players compete in the gym with a crowd in the background.


Bedford Gymnasium

The gym is home to our volleyball and basketball teams, and an annual relay competition during Cougar Day.

Four Santa Catalina School ballet dancers do a pose.


Mary Johnson Dance Studio

Students explore six dance styles in this spacious studio with a mirrored wall and spring-loaded floor.

A Santa Catalina School student stands on stage with an audience in the foreground.


Mary Johnson Recital Hall

More intimate than our Performing Arts Center, this 150-seat theater is used for private music lesson recitals, chamber ensemble and choir rehearsals, and special events such as the annual TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool.


Sister Carlotta Performing Arts Center

This 500-seat venue hosts three full-scale theatre productions each year, plus concerts, guest speakers, and the annual sophomore Shakespeare Festival.

Three Santa Catalina School girls walk out of Greer Family Dormitory.


Dorms

Boarding students live in three dorms at the top of campus: Thompson, for freshmen; Greer, for sophomores and juniors; and Hills, for seniors.

Four Santa Catalina School girls talk in a dorm room.


Dorms

For boarding students, learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. Within the dorms, friends and teachers alike are right there to support student growth.

Santa Catalina School girls carve pumpkins outside.


Greer Patio

Greer Patio is a central hub for all three dorms. Pumpkin carving, bonfires, picnics, and more give students opportunities to spend time with each other and with resident faculty.

A fountain at Santa Catalina School framed by fall foliage.


Alumnae Garden

Architectural Digest named Santa Catalina the most beautiful private high school in California.

 



Connect with us

Email a member of our admission team for region-specific questions, or email admission@santacatalina.org for general inquiries. Our team is also happy to set up virtual meetings via Zoom.

Jamie Buffington Browne '85

Jamie Buffington Browne '85

Director of Admission
Stephanie Hill

Stephanie Hill

Associate Director of Admission
Territory: Western U.S.
Sarah Kline

Sarah Kline

Associate Director of Admission
Territory: Eastern U.S. and Monterey Bay Area
Ala Milani '87

Ala Milani '87

Associate Director of Admission
Territory: International

Catalina Admission Portal

The Catalina Admission Portal is available for anyone who has filled out our Request Information form.

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