Alverno High School

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Alverno High School
Alverno Heights Academy
Alverno High School.jpg
200 North Michillinda Avenue
Sierra Madre, California, (Los Angeles County) 91024
United States
Coordinates 34°9′57″N 118°4′0″W / 34.16583°N 118.06667°W / 34.16583; -118.06667Coordinates: 34°9′57″N 118°4′0″W / 34.16583°N 118.06667°W / 34.16583; -118.06667
Type Private, all-female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1960
Head of school Julia Fanara
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 180 (2014-2015)
Average class size 17
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus size 13 acres (53,000 m2)
Color(s) Royal blue and White         
Athletics conference Catholic High School Athletic Association
Sports Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Track and Field
Mascot Jaguar
Team name Jaguars
Accreditation National Catholic Education Association, Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication Calliope (literary magazine)
Affiliation Immaculate Heart Community
Assistant Head of School Cam Werley-Gonzales
Director of Admissions and Public Relations Sara McCarthy '05
Athletic Director Ken Berry

Alverno High School, also called, Alverno Heights Academy is an independent, Catholic, College-prep high school for girls located in Sierra Madre, California, near Pasadena, California in Los Angeles County, California of southern California. School is on the former Villa del Sol d’Oro estate.[2][3][4][5][6] Due to Alverno High's unique architecture and grounds the school has been used in many TV shows and moives, also weddings.[7][8] [9][10][11][12][13]


The school building and grounds, were part of Villa del Sol d’Oro, owned and built by Dr. Walter Jarvis Barlow and his wife Marion Brooks Barlow in 1924. Dr. Walter had architect Wallace Neff built the Italian Villa, completed in 1928. The Villa is a two-thirds scale replica of the 1534 Villa Collazzi near Florence, Italy.

1534 Villa Collazzi near Florence, Italy, inspiration for Villa del Sol d’Oro

The couple raise three children at the villa. Dr. Barlow was from New York and opened a tuberculosis sanatorium in Echo Park, Los Angeles in 1902, this later became the Barlow Respiratory Hospital. Dr. Barlow died in 1937 of tuberculosis. Five years after Walter died in 1942, Marion sold Villa del Sol d’Oro and its 13-acres to the Sisters of St. Francis, followers of St. Francis of Assisi. The Sisters hoped to use the Villa, now called "Provincial Center" as a convent. The convent wanted to provide education, childcare, and health care to the Catholic immigrant in and around Sierra Madre. The Sisters seeing a need for education for young women, started an all-girls high school originally called "Alverno Heights Academy". The Sisters started classes in 1960. The school added athletics and community service and other activities over the years. In 1978, the Sisters of St. Francis formally turned the school and property over to another religious order, the Board of the Immaculate Heart Community the current legal sponsors of Alverno. In 2016 Alverno High School changed its name back to its original name Alverno Heights Academy.[14] [15]

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