The Legacy Campaign

The Legacy Campaign offers the opportunity to make a gift of a lifetime, either through multi-year pledges, bequests, or one-time gifts. To have a conversation about which option works best for your family, and to learn more about opportunities within the Legacy Campaign, please contact the Development Office.

Help us reach our goal by June 30, 2020!


The Veritas Challenge

In June 2019, a group of anonymous donors joined together to pledge $5 million to rally the Santa Catalina community to finish the Legacy Campaign by June 30, 2020. The pledge, known as The Veritas Challenge, is for the school’s tuition assistance endowment.

Legacy Campaign donors who pledge $25,000 or more to the tuition assistance endowment will be matched 1:1, with Veritas funds going directly to the tuition assistance endowment. Donors will be acknowledged for their gift amount, plus the matching gift amount.


Investments and Outcomes

The Legacy Campaign commenced in 2011. It includes strategic investments in the campus and the endowment to ensure Santa Catalina’s position as a leader in education now and in the future.

Lower and Middle School

Goal: Create a campus as dynamic as our students and teachers and as impressive as their work.


  • Multipurpose Building (Completed September 2013)
  • Middle School classrooms (Completed February 2014)
  • Faculty room (Completed February 2014)
  • Expansion of Grades 1-3 classrooms (Completed September 2017)


  • A home for Lower and Middle School community gatherings and the Compass program
  • Increased hands-on learning and experimentation, particularly in math and science
  • A library, music room, and art room for students to explore more opportunities in arts and literature
  • A middle school experience that appeals to young people and readies them for high school
  • Faculty and staff who have the tools, technology, and space to do their best work

Upper School

Goal: Create an intellectual and social hub at the center of campus, with math and science as its cornerstone.


  • Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center (Completed January 2016)


  • A home for the marine science program
  • Increased learning opportunities at the intersection of math, science and technology
  • A social and academic hub for the Santa Catalina community


Goal: Continue to attract the most talented students and faculty and ensure a stable financial foundation for the future of the school.


  • The Santa Catalina Endowment
  • Carol Ann Read Head of School House (Completed July 2016)


  • A larger endowment to serve as the financial backbone for Santa Catalina and meet the school’s highest aspirations now and in the future
  • Highly competitive salaries and benefits for teachers
  • Flexibility to enroll the most talented, mission-appropriate students
  • Resources to attract top candidates for school leadership
  • Sister Claire and Sister Christine Endowment for Health and Wellness

Endowment Giving Opportunities

Endowment for Promising Students

Since the school’s founding in 1950, Santa Catalina has aimed to educate deserving, talented students, regardless of their ability to pay full tuition. Our commitment to tuition assistance ensures that our community represents the greater world in which our graduates will study, work, and raise families. With your help, we can support students who show strong potential to thrive in our community and who are eager to contribute to life at school.

  • Tuition Assistance for Lower School
  • Tuition Assistance for Upper School, Boarding and Day
  • Tuition Assistance for Middle School
  • Tuition Assistance for student travel programs

Endowment for Exemplary Faculty

Ask any graduate what she values most about Santa Catalina, and the answer is inevitably “the teachers.” Santa Catalina is committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining excellent faculty. To attract and compete for top teaching talent, we must offer market compensation and career opportunities. When you invest in endowment, you help us achieve that goal.

  • Professional Development
  • Endowed Teaching Position
  • Faculty Support
  • Coaches Support
  • Faculty Recruitment

Endowment for Distinguished Programs

Program lies at the intersection of excellent teachers and promising students. It is how we impart learning to our students and strengthen relationships within our community. A well-resourced program ensures that Santa Catalina holds firm to the values, traditions, and standards that make our school the great institution we know and love, while enabling the leadership to adopt innovations in education and adapt to changes in the marketplace of ideas. With your gift to endowment, Santa Catalina will remain important in an ever-changing world.

  • Arts Program
  • Athletic Program
  • Marine Ecology Research Program
  • College Counseling Program
  • Leadership and Character Development Program

The Sister Claire and Sister Christine Endowment for Health and Wellness

In this increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, Santa Catalina is aware of the ongoing need to provide and continually enhance services for students of all ages and for the faculty and staff who support them. As Santa Catalina considers its goal to inspire positive growth of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual person, there is no requisite more compelling than that of balance.

In keeping with Santa Catalina’s ongoing efforts to provide balance in the lives of students, the school now looks to expand the education and support currently offered through the Office of Student Services, advisory programs, and the Health Center. This expansion will occur through a curricular and co-curricular program and will be enabled, in part, by the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Endowment for Health and Wellness.

With your gift to endowment, you support the growth and development of a comprehensive, forward-thinking health and wellness program for students and faculty at Santa Catalina School. Learn more about the fund’s rationale, goals, and proposed outcomes.


The Legacy Campaign invites gifts to endowment through bequest intentions, trusts, and other estate planning options. Qualifying donors may be eligible to fully fund a named endowment through an estate gift. To discuss options, please contact Gretchen Mueller Burke '83, '79 LS, Director of Leadership and Legacy Giving, at 831.655.9392 or It’s a wonderful way to maximize your future gift, while offering flexibility and potential tax benefits now.

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