Spiritual Life

Santa Catalina School listens in Rosary Chapel
Three Santa Catalina School girls carry the cross and candles into the Rosary Chapel
Santa Catalina School girls sing from hymnals at pews in Rosary Chapel

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Santa Catalina

Our Core Values

As an independent Catholic school, Santa Catalina embraces a number of core values that serve to distinguish and differentiate us.

A Particular Academic Approach

The Catholic Intellectual tradition teaches that life has meaning and purpose, that there is a moral right and wrong, and that faith and reason are complementary in the search for truth. We believe that our approach to teaching provides an enriched academic experience for all of our students.


A spirit of welcome and openness is characteristic of Santa Catalina School. We embrace the true meaning of the word "catholicity" (from the Greek words kata and holos, meaning "inclusive of everyone") with an invitation and welcoming spirit to all of our students. With a grounding in the particularity of our Catholic heritage, we affirm and celebrate and embrace the rich religious diversity of our student body.


Students at Santa Catalina learn of their responsibility to serve others. We believe that service activities help raise the consciousness of our students to the plight of those less fortunate, with the impact of these efforts ultimately being realized in the school community and beyond.


At Santa Catalina, we believe that students learn and grow best in a loving and supportive community. This emphasis on the value of relationships has been Santa Catalina’s charism, or “special gift,” since the founding of the school. It has been one of our enduring strengths and it is what has made attending Santa Catalina such a special experience for so many.


Santa Catalina School girls leave the Rosary Chapel
Santa Catalina School girls stand at pews in the Rosary Chapel
Santa Catalina School students and family members leave the Rosary Chapel