Student Life

Live your best life. Truly.

Produce a podcast. Try paddleboarding. Go a little crazy during the Spirit Week scavenger hunt. There’s more to do than you can possibly fit in a day (or a week, or a month). Catalina students still find time to lend a hand in their community, however, from helping out at the Monterey Food Bank to spending time with local seniors.


For boarding students, the Catalina experience goes way beyond learning. This is where they live their lives. So get ready to sit down for a homecooked meal with your favorite teacher, sing karaoke with your hallmates, get your hands dirty in our organic garden. It all happens here.


Our student-athletes are playing to win on the courts, fields, and in the water. From softball to swimming and tennis to track, we have a robust athletics program that fosters confidence, camaraderie, and healthy competition.


Photography, painting, sculpture, theatre, chorus, and more. Catalina students have access to unparalleled arts programs with top-notch facilities in a location that was formerly host to an artist community including none other than Salvador Dali.


Robotics. Mock Trial. Movie Club. Model UN. Student Senate. TEDx. There are countless clubs and activities for our students to get involved in. This is where they develop close bonds, learn to lead, and discover their passions.


Spend a day on our campus and it’ll become clear just how close our students are. They’re more than classmates. Their support, care, and encouragement for each other cultivate a true sisterhood.

Ring Week

Ring Week is three straight days of costumes, scavenger hunts, entertainment, and pictures. Lots of pictures. Topped off by a final dinner. And then, the big moment: senior Ring Sisters present juniors with class rings.


When students are in the classroom or studying on campus, they venture out to explore all that Monterey and Carmel have to offer. Cannery Row, made famous by author John Steinbeck, is a popular spot.


Not many schools can claim gorgeous seascapes as their backyard. We’re sure to take full advantage. Beach bonfires, surfing, paddleboarding, and seaside reading are all common activities for the Catalina community.

More to Explore

Boarding Blog

Boarding students are living the Catalina life 24/7. Get the inside scoop on life as a boarding student straight from the source: our boarding student blog, Boarders Without Borders.

Read the Blog


The Catalina sisterhood runs deep. You'll take part in traditions that will turn into memories you'll never forget – traditions like senior rafting trip, Ring Week, and Big Sister/Little Sister.

Discover Traditions


When you're not in class or deep into clubs and activities, you can explore all that this amazing area has to offer. From the art galleries and fantastic eateries in Carmel to the beaches and forests of Big Sur, we make the most of it.

Explore Monterey

I chose to come to Santa Catalina because it is such a well-rounded school. Not only does Catalina have challenging academics, successful sports, and an amazing theater program, but there are long-lasting traditions that build a tight-knit community.
Madison, Boarding Student

Campus Tour

On the scenic Monterey Peninsula, a short walk from downtown Monterey, the Santa Catalina School campus comprises 36 acres of flowering gardens along with traditional and modern buildings that house spaces for learning and living.