Get to know Santa Catalina

Like nowhere else.

It’s all here: an unparalleled campus experience, inspiring faculty, and sisterhood that runs deep. At Santa Catalina School, your opportunities will be exponential. And in an all-girls environment, every opportunity, resource, and leadership role is geared toward you and your goals.

Here, you’ll dream up big ideas and be ready to make them a reality. This is your moment to truly explore. We won’t let anything stand in your way.

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Student Life

Boarding school bonds

Santa Catalina is enriched by our unique blend of an all-girls, boarding school environment. When girls feel comfortable and connected with peers from around the world, that’s where the fun begins.

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Amy Azevedo Mulgrew '02

From: Livermore, CA

Degrees: B.A., applied mathematics, UC Berkeley
M.S., applied mathematics, CSU Long Beach

Mrs. Mulgrew's ties to Catalina began when she was a boarding student. “I am still inspired by the teachers I had here. They showed me that I could do anything, and that support carried me through much of the rest of my education.” After graduating in 2002, she attended UC Berkeley and California State University Long Beach, where she also taught math. She enjoys crafts, swimming, and playing with her three young children.

California Living

Beauty and possibility

It doesn’t get much better than Monterey, which boasts one of the most scenic coastlines in the country. Santa Catalina takes full advantage of our location by the sea, from our marine ecology program to art gallery field trips to beach hangouts.

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Claire Lerner

From: New York City

Degrees: B.F.A. and M.F.A., State University of New York

Ms. Lerner is an award-winning photographer and painter who has taught at Catalina for more than 20 years. Prior to coming here, she was a member of the photography faculty at Monterey Peninsula College. Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally and has been collected by a broad range of private and public institutions.

Stellar Academics

High standards. Unlimited support.

Guided by expert faculty, students are challenged and encouraged at every step in their academic journey to dig deeper and find meaning. The result? Graduates who are truly prepared to take college by storm.

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Blake Riley

From: St. Louis, Missouri

Degrees: B.A., political science and religious studies, Saint Louis University

Mr. Riley began teaching at Santa Catalina in 2006. He and his wife live on campus with their two daughters. Mr. Riley loves the collaborative nature of the Religious Studies department, where teachers work together on service projects, spiritual retreats, and weekly chapel services. “We want students to feel comfortable and confident to reflect on faith, and we want them to be open to the spiritual and God,” he says.

College Ready

One measure of success? The Class of 2023 was accepted into four Ivy League colleges.

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Santa Catalina provides a safe, confidence-building community where the girls learn to respect one another, and most importantly, learn who they are and become comfortable with that.

Meet Our Students

Our Admission Ambassadors share their personal stories about living and studying at Catalina and answer any questions you might have about life on campus.

Study Hall Stories

Our student blog gives you a peek inside student life at an all-girls boarding and day school, and offers some advice along the way!


Get a lift to school! Learn more about our routes from the Salinas and Santa Cruz areas.



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