Our Campus

For boarders as well as day students, Santa Catalina School is a home away from home.

Architectural Digest named Santa Catalina the most beautiful private high school in California. It's easy to see why. With 36 acres of flowering plants, native trees, and architecture that reflects Monterey's Spanish roots, our campus is a spectacular setting for young women looking to be challenged, inspired, and connected.

Scroll through the slideshow below to explore the places where our students learn, bond, and grow.

Aerial view of Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.

Our Campus

Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens, and native tree groves are defining features of Santa Catalina’s 36-acre campus.

Front view of Santa Catalina School's Hacienda and iconic arch.

The Hacienda

The Hacienda is perhaps the most iconic building on campus. It houses the Head of School office, parlors, a small dining room, and administrative offices. Students and alumnae love taking their photos under the “Santa Catalina” arch.

View from the back of Santa Catalina School's Study Hall filled with students in desks.

Study Hall

The entire Catalina community gathers here four days a week for morning Assemblies, where students make announcements, celebrate birthdays, and cheer for their classmates.

Santa Catalina School girls wearing class colors chat in small groups in Study Hall.

Study Hall

Study Hall is the center of student life on campus. It’s a great spot to hang out with friends or catch up on classwork.

Santa Catalina School girls line up outside the Rosary Chapel.

Rosary Chapel

The Catalina community comes together every Wednesday for a chapel service.

Looking toward the altar in Santa Catalina School's Rosary Chapel.

Rosary Chapel

Our weekly chapel services usually include hymns, readings from scripture, communal prayers, a time for meditation, and an opportunity for a student or faculty member to share an experience or reflection. This is a wonderful way for our community to celebrate our diverse thoughts and backgrounds.

A Santa Catalina School teachers talks with a group of four girls in class.


Our classrooms allow for collaboration with students and teachers.

Santa Catalina School girls paint birds.

Art Studio

Guided by teachers who are also working artists, students explore all mediums in this bright and open space.

Santa Catalina School girls walk into the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center

Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center

The newest building on campus, known lovingly as C2, was designed by a Catalina alumna.

A Santa Catalina School teacher talks to two students in front of large fish tanks.


Aquaria allow students in the Marine Ecology Research Program to house live organisms for research and experiments.

Santa Catalina School girls lounge on the upper deck of the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center


The upper deck of C2 provides stunning views of surrounding forests and the Pacific Ocean. It’s an awesome location to take a break between classes.

Santa Catalina School girls work on a building a robot.

Robotics Lab

Members of our robotics team, Nuns-N-Bolts, tinker and build in this fully stocked workspace.

Overhead view of Santa Catalina School girls studying in the library.

Sister Mary Kieran Library

The library is a cozy spot for studying alone or in small groups.

Two Santa Catalina School girls carry a unicorn cake while a third girl tosses candy into a crowd of students.

Sullivan Court

At the center of campus, in between the library and Study Hall, Sullivan Court is the site of special events like Cake Auction and graduation.

Two Santa Catalina School girls walk by roses.

Rose Gardens

Rose gardens are scattered throughout campus, enhancing any walk between classes.

A Santa Catalina School girl lies reading under two big trees.

Front Lawn

On sunny days, the expansive front lawn is a favorite spot for students during lunch or study periods.

Four Santa Catalina School girls talk at a table in a full dining room.

Dining Room

Students enjoy sustainably focused, locally sourced meals morning, noon, and night. On Mondays, boarding students come together with resident faculty members for Community Dinners, which may highlight world cuisines or feature performances from student groups.

Santa Catalina School girls play kickball on a softball field.

Athletic Complex

Our outdoor athletes compete on a playing field, all-weather track, and six tennis courts. The field is also home to our annual junior-senior kickball game during Spirit Day.

A view of the Santa Catalina School pool.

Aquatic Center

Our competition-size outdoor pool is used not only for our swimming and water polo teams, but also for lifeguard training, class experiments, free swims, and more.

Santa Catalina School volleyball players compete in the gym with a crowd in the background.

Bedford Gymnasium

The gym is home to our volleyball and basketball teams, and an annual relay competition during Cougar Day.

Four Santa Catalina School ballet dancers do a pose.

Mary Johnson Dance Studio

Students explore six dance styles in this spacious studio with a mirrored wall and spring-loaded floor.

A Santa Catalina School student stands on stage with an audience in the foreground.

Mary Johnson Recital Hall

More intimate than our Performing Arts Center, this 150-seat theater is used for private music lesson recitals, chamber ensemble and choir rehearsals, and special events such as the annual TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool.

Sister Carlotta Performing Arts Center

This 500-seat venue hosts three full-scale theatre productions each year, plus concerts, guest speakers, and the annual sophomore Shakespeare Festival.

Three Santa Catalina School girls walk out of Greer Family Dormitory.


Boarding students live in three dorms at the top of campus: Thompson, for freshmen; Greer, for sophomores and juniors; and Hills, for seniors.

Four Santa Catalina School girls talk in a dorm room.


For boarding students, learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. Within the dorms, friends and teachers alike are right there to support student growth.

Santa Catalina School girls carve pumpkins outside.

Greer Patio

Greer Patio is a central hub for all three dorms. Pumpkin carving, bonfires, picnics, and more give students opportunities to spend time with each other and with resident faculty.

A fountain at Santa Catalina School framed by fall foliage.

Alumnae Garden

Architectural Digest named Santa Catalina the most beautiful private high school in California.