Juniors learned how to change a tire during their Journey class while displaying Catalina's culture of encouragement and eagerness to try new things.
The Journey Program
The mission of Journey, our comprehensive advisory program, is to impart Santa Catalina culture to our students, advance their leadership skills, and ensure them excellent college placement. The program consists of:
- Grade-level weekly Journey classes
- Small weekly advisee groups
- Biweekly dorm meetings for boarders
- Individualized one-on-one monthly advising
- Quarterly Journey Days focusing on topics such as health and wellness, leadership, college and career planning, service, and philanthropy
Students learn the importance of organization and dependability, conflict resolution and diplomacy, how to delegate and problem solve. They also learn practical skills such as writing a proposal, creating an agenda, running a meeting, working with different personality types, and drawing on the strengths of group members to maximize a group’s potential.
POINTS = Personal Objectives in Navigating Toward Success
Through the Journey program, students create personal values statements. They learn the importance of having a personal mission and a long-term vision for themselves. They create an action plan.
The POINTS Portfolio, something unique to Catalina, is the tool our students use to map out and reflect upon their journey to college and beyond. They record their academic plans, save important self-reflections, log their activities and achievements, and archive examples of their best work.
The choices and achievements our students make while at Santa Catalina have long-lasting effects—not only on their college possibilities but also on their career paths. Beginning in grade 10, our Journey program paves the way for a smooth college application process by senior year. We believe that the more fully each student knows herself and understands her deeper purpose in life, the better equipped she is for college.
A well-developed POINTS Portfolio allows each senior to enter the college application process fully organized, confident, and able to pinpoint which colleges and universities are the best match for her.
For new students, Catalina enculturation is an important piece of Journey. The newest members of our community learn about our school culture, history, traditions, and standards to ensure their smooth transition into Santa Catalina. We believe that our core values of excellence, responsibility, service, and spirituality should be at the heart of every interaction.