Alverno High School

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Alverno High School
Alverno Heights Academy
Alverno High School.jpg
200 North Michillinda Avenue

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United States
Coordinates34°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
TypePrivate, all-female
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Head of schoolJulia Fanara
Enrollment180 (2014-2015)
Average class size17
Student to teacher ratio12:1
Campus size13 acres (53,000 m2)
Color(s)Royal blue and White         
Athletics conferenceCatholic High School Athletic Association
SportsCross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Track and Field
Team nameJaguars
AccreditationNational Catholic Education Association, Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
PublicationCalliope (literary magazine)
AffiliationImmaculate Heart Community
Assistant Head of SchoolSara McCarthy '05
Dean of StudentsLisa Primero-Solano
Athletic DirectorKen 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 movies, also weddings.[7][8]


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 1982-83, the exterior shots for the NBC TV mini series "V" made use of the school and Villa for the Alien headquarters.

In 2016 Alverno High School changed its name back to its original name Alverno Heights Academy.[9] [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^, Alverno High School
  3. ^ Year book, Alverno High School
  4. ^, Alverno Heights Academy Girls Soccer
  5. ^, Alverno High School Welcomes New Director of College Guidance, July 6th, 2016
  6. ^ Alverno High School Presents "Our Town, "Our Story" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, November 4, 2015
  7. ^ Movies Filmed at Alverno High School
  8. ^, Villa del Sol d’Oro
  9. ^, About
  10. ^, History