Who We Are

Santa Catalina School is an independent, Catholic, all girls boarding and day school for grades 9-12 in Monterey, California. We empower girls to ask deeper questions, take braver chances, become bolder leaders, and embrace their most authentic selves.

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Our Mission

Santa Catalina exists to develop in each student a striving for excellence, a maturing awareness of moral and spiritual values, a sense of responsible purpose, and a determination to serve the world with courage, grace, and compassion.






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Santa Catalina School is a transformational experience for every student.Dr. Barbara Ostos, Head of School


Catalina at a Glance


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students from
9 countries
and 10 states


teachers with advanced degrees


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Did you know?

Santa Catalina School has the largest all-girls boarding program west of the Mississippi.

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of students get into their first-choice college or university


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True Sisterhood

Relationships are everything at Catalina. When you’re surrounded by a group of multifaceted, multitalented young women who lift each other up, it’s easy to make friends for life.

Why all girls?



Santa Catalina School girls climb over rocks on the ocean shore. A teahcer addresses two of them with his feet in the water.

Signature Programs



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Student Life

  • Student athletes compete on 12 teams—and regularly win titles.
  • 100% of students take a class in the arts.
  • Our theatre program stages three full-scale productions each year.
  • Students stay busy with 50+ clubs and community service activities.
  • From Ring Week to Cake Auction, traditions are huge here.



Five Santa Catalina School girls pose in front of the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.

Our Location

As they say, the West Coast is the best coast. And it doesn’t get much better than Monterey. At Catalina you’re 1 mile from the ocean, 45 minutes from the unmatched glory of Big Sur, and just two hours from San Francisco.


Memberships and Accreditations

International Coalition of Girls' Schools
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Parents League of New York: A Century of Bringing Families & Schools Together