Ramona Convent Secondary School
|Ramona Convent Secondary School|
|1701 West Ramona Road
Alhambra, California, (Los Angeles County), 91803
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Joan of Arc|
|President||Sr. Kathleen Callaway|
|Enrollment||430  (2008-2009)|
|Campus size||19 acres (77,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||White and Gold|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges |
|Alumni||over 5,600 |
|Associate Principal Curriculum||Halina Szymanski|
|Associate Principal Student Life||Judy Alvarez|
|Admissions Director||Veronica Puente-Smith|
|Athletic Director||Deborah Drury|
|Director of Student Services||Valerie Green|
Ramona Convent Secondary School is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for girls grades 7-12, located in Alhambra, California. Established in 1889 by the Sisters of the Holy Names, Ramona is one of the oldest continually operating schools in the same location in California and has graduated over 8,300 students. Today, more than 5,600 alumnae located throughout the world serve their communities both professionally and personally. Ramona is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and was a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence recipient in 1993 and 1998. 99-100% of Ramona graduates enter college directly after graduation.
Ramona's mission, as a Catholic school sponsored by the teaching order Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, is to provide an educational program that results in graduates who are well-rounded young women characterized by academic excellence, spiritual depth, moral strength, and personal grace, open to the wisdom of other cultures and traditions, and prepared for leadership in the twenty-first century.
High school program
Ramona offers a wide variety of activities to its students - academic, service, and cultural. The challenging academic program includes 25 Honors and Advanced Placement classes. Its campus ministry involves the students in social action through Christian service to the community. The school offers a wide range of co-curricular activities and sports. Ramona high school students compete in eight sports: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming,tennis, track & field, tennis, and volleyball, in the Sunshine League of the CIF, under the California Interscholastic Federation and the Catholic Athletic Association.
Junior high school program
The junior high program features small class sizes, and the early opportunity for advanced placement in foreign languages and mathematics for qualified students. Junior high students may participate in three sports. 
Ramona Convent Secondary School's first building was dedicated at Ramona Acres, on January 29, 1890 on the expansive property that was later called Shorb, and is now part of the City of Alhambra. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary came from Oakland, California at the request of several prominent San Gabriel Valley families interested in the Catholic education of their daughters. The James de Barth Shorb Family donated 15 acres (6.1 ha) of the 31.5 acres (12.7 ha) of the original property. The first building to be built was a four-story red brick building on the knoll that dominated the Convent grounds. The dedication ceremony was presided over by the Right Reverend Bishop Mora of Los Angeles on January 29, 1890. The first commencement exercises were held on June 23, 1891.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the major part of the school, took place April 18, 1910. Three years later the new chapel was dedicated by the Right Reverend Bishop Conaty of Los Angeles. In the years that followed, several additions were made, including the boarding school housing, gymnasium, Junior Living Room, swimming pool, English Wing, Science Building, Sisters' Residence and the stables.
In 1967 a Master building plan was developed and implemented, first adding the library with computer and language labs in 1967. Approximately 4 acres (1.6 ha) of the southwestern section of Ramona's property were sold In 1979 in order to help fund further implementation of the Master Plan. Additions to the Plan included the 16-classroom Dufresne Building and the multi-purpose gymnasium. Those buildings were dedicated in February 1981.
Because of extensive damage caused by the October 1, 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, the main buildings built between 1889-1912 were demolished. A building to house administrative offices, kitchen and dining facilities, and a chapel was dedicated on November 12, 1989, the beginning of Ramona's second century. Ramona received Blue Ribbon School of Excellence status from the U.S. Department of Education in 1983 and again in 1998.
Ramona offers an extensive variety of co-curricular activities to its students. Ramona’s Campus Ministry involves the students in social action through Christian service to the greater community. Options for student travel led by teachers during the last three years have been London/Dublin, Italy, Paris/Madrid, and Quebec. In 2007-2008 our students traveled to Italy/Sicily and Japan. Students are encouraged to audition and perform in Ramona’s productions. The music department presents two choral concerts and offers a spring concert tour. Other clubs include Student Council and the American Technology Honors Society. Ramona’s Robotics team, sponsored by the Margaret Hall Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and FSC International, just competed in its sixth FIRST Robotics Competition at the San Diego Regional Competition. Ramona students compete in eight sports in the Sunshine League of the CIF.
Ethnic enrollment (approx.): 70.0% Hispanic, 15.0% Asian, 4.0% Non-Hispanic Caucasian, 10.0% Multi-Ethnic, 1.0% African-American. Religious Affiliation: 88.0% Catholic, 12.0% other faiths
Notes and references
- WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.