Grade 12 Experience

Seniors at Santa Catalina become leaders on campus and role models for younger classmates, serving as officers and captains for the clubs, sports, and organizations in which they’re involved. As they begin their college application process and prepare for life after Catalina, seniors hand down leadership responsibilities and act as mentors to ensure that their successors continue to lead boldly and gracefully.

Girls in college sweatshirts

Seniors hold a college fair each year to share information about their school of choice.



Highlights

Curriculum

English
Senior English Electives (semester courses, AT)

History
Art History
Senior Research Seminars (semester courses)

Mathematics
The Nature of Math (one semester)
Personal Finance (one semester)
Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AT: Multivariable Calculus
Computer Science & Technology

Science
Marine Biology (one semester)
Oceanography (one semester)
Natural Resources and Change (one semester)
Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation (one semester)
AP Biology
AT: Physics with Calculus
AT: Physics with Trigonometry
Marine Ecology Research 3 Honors Independent Study

World Languages
French: Level 1 through AP
Mandarin: Level 1 through AP
Spanish: Level 1 through AP
(Honors classes begin at Level 3)

Advising/Health & Wellness
Senior Journey

Electives
3-D Media
Photography
Studio Art Seminar
Rehearsal & Performance
AP Music Theory (offered through One Schoolhouse)
Chamber Choir
Chamber Ensemble (by audition)

*Intensive Advanced Topic (AT) courses are highly demanding and are intended to be the most academically challenging offerings in these departments, with syllabi and requirements equivalent to college coursework in the subject areas.

College

Between gathering recommendation letters and keeping up with application deadlines, senior year is a whirlwind of preparation and anticipation. Each senior works closely with the college counselor throughout the year to ensure that, come May, she’ll be ready to enroll in the right school for her.