Your Gifts At Work
Your contributions to Santa Catalina translate into educational opportunities that inspire students to reach their full potential. From the science classroom to the art studio, the athletic field to the performance stage, your gifts provide enhancements to the programs and people that set Santa Catalina apart.
Faculty Professional Development
Each academic year our faculty and staff are afforded a myriad of professional development opportunities. Some of the workshops attended recently include: Data Science Course through Coursera and Johns Hopkins University, the iTeach 2014 technology conference, that Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, "the School of Lost Borders" summer program, and the Bay Area Teacher Development Collective "Classroom Cultures of Thinking." Such advanced training translates into new and creative approaches to teaching that benefit each student.
Our students have their choice of 13 different interscholastic sports including basketball, cross-country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo.Our young women excel on the courts, the fields, and in the pool, regularly winning league championships. Sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, personal bests, and a positive attitude are what Catalina sports are all about.
The foundation of a Santa Catalina education is our commitment to excellence and the cornerstone is our exceptional academic curriculum. With 18 Advanced Placement classes offered and an average class size of 12 students, our students are allowed to discover their academic potential and foster their individual talents.
Journey, our comprehensive advising program, is designed to develop each student’s highest potential, advance her leadership skills, and ensure her excellent college placement. Guided by our outstanding faculty, 82 percent of whom hold advanced degrees, our young women develop the leadership and life skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world.
Sister Carlotta Endowment for Educational Excellence
The Sister Carlotta Endowment for Educational Excellence was established in 2002 in honor of Sister Carlotta O'Donnell, who was Santa Catalina’s Head of School from 1965 to 2002. As a component of this endowment, the Sister Carlotta Distinguished Service Award is presented to a faculty or staff member whose teaching, either inside or outside of the classroom, epitomizes the school's mission and has enriched the hearts and minds of students at Santa Catalina School.
In 2015, Janet Luksik, Director of Tuition Assistance and Director of Admission for Lower and Middle School, was honored with the award. As Sister Carlotta once said: "Each of us must engage joyfully in all dimensions of education at Santa Catalina. Bear in mind our duty to teach beyond our subject matter to the dimensions of self-discipline, behavior, citizenship, and above all, our devotional and spiritual life. This teaching takes place everywhere: in the classroom, in Assembly, in Chapel, in the theater, in the dining room, on our playing fields, and in our dormitories." Janet exemplifies the values and vision that Sister Carlotta held as the standard for Santa Catalina's faculty and staff.