Santa Catalina School
|Santa Catalina School|
|1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, California, (Monterey County) 93940
|Type||Private, day and boarding school|
|Motto||Motto: Veritas (Truth)|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||1850 (original school)
|Founder||Sister Margaret Thompson|
|Head of school||Margaret K. Bradley|
|Campus size||36 acres|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Slogan||Do well. Do good.|
|Athletics conference||CIF – Central Coast Section|
California Association of Independent Schools
|Publication||Mosaic (literary magazine)|
|Head of Upper School||Kassandra Thompson Brenot ’87, Ph.D.|
|Lower and Middle School Division Head||Christy Pollacci|
Santa Catalina School is a private school in California founded by Sister Margaret Thompson and the Dominican Order in 1950. Situated on 36-acre hacienda-style campus, the Upper School is an all-girls boarding school which also accepts local students. The Lower School serves both boys and girls (preschool through 8th grade). Students in both the Upper and Lower schools are required to wear uniforms. The school emphasizes building a sense of community that challenges its students mentally and spiritually. Santa Catalina is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the school is associated with the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of Boarding Schools, National Catholic Educational Association, and the National Coalition of Girls' Schools.
- 1 History
- 2 Current statistics
- 3 Education and academics
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable alumnae
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Ranch beginnings and religious background
The original Santa Catalina Convent was founded by Sister Marie Geomaere, a Dominican sister, in what is now downtown Monterey in 1850, when Monterey was the capital of California. With the help of Rev. Joseph Alemany, O.P., Bishop of Monterey, she created the first Catholic school in California, excluding mission schools. Student were predominantly daughters of local town residents and of nearby Spanish landowners and classes were taught in Castilian Spanish. In 1854 the school was moved to Benicia, the new state capital, where it was renamed St. Catherine's Academy.
In 1950, Sister Margaret Thompson, Mother General of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, California, decided to reestablish Santa Catalina in Monterey. After buying the 36-acre campus from a local cattle rancher, Col. Harold Mack, the school opened in the fall of 1950, with Sister Mary Kieran as the first principal. When Sister Kieran died in 1965, Sister Carlotta became principal, a title she held for 35 years. As principal, Sister Carlotta's goal was to "educate the whole child... by guiding young people toward intellectual attainment and social, physical, and spiritual well-being."
Transition to co-education and new leadership
Sister Claire, after serving as Head of Upper School since 1982, became Head of School in 2002. Sister Claire, Sister Christine and Sister Jean are the only Dominican nuns who still reside on campus. Sister Claire and Sister Christine both hold administrative positions but no longer teach.
Lower and Middle Schools
There are 257 students in the Lower and Middle Schools; 61 percent are girls and 39 percent are boys.
Class size and student-teacher ratio
Class sizes are generally small, but vary by grade level as follows:
|Grade level||Students||Teachers||Student-teacher ratio|
|Grades 1 & 2||24||2||12:1|
|Grades 3-5||24||1 teacher and 1 assistant||12:1|
|Grades 6 - 8||18 per section, 2 sections per grade||1 teacher per subject||5:1|
Tuition varies by grade level, and the school offers need-based financial aid. Below is tuition and financial aid information for the 2010-2011 school year.
- Pre-K: $11,500
- Kindergarten: $17,650
- Grades 1-8: $20,800
- 32 percent of students receive financial aid.
Enrollment, class size, and student-teacher ratio
As of August 2016, there were 233 girls enrolled at Santa Catalina: 116 were boarding students and 117 were day students. International students made up 16% of the student body. The average class size was 12 students, and the student-teacher ratio was 8:1.
Upper School tuition varies between resident and day students, and both need and merit-based financial aid are offered.
- Boarding: $48,800 for the 2014-15 school year
- Day: $31,800 for the 2014-15 school year
- 43% of students received financial aid for the 2014-15 school year.
- Incoming freshmen and sophomores are offered a chance to apply for the Merit Scholarship, which covers 20% of tuition.
Education and academics
Santa Catalina Lower School "encourage[s] each boy and girl to work effectively, to communicate articulately, [and] to approach life with a sense of purpose and competence" and prepares students for secondary schooling.
Santa Catalina Upper School aims to "combine a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, modern educational technology, and solid Christian principles" to prepare its students for college and beyond. The single-sex environment, Catholic background, and college preparatory courses are emphasized to "teach the importance of becoming leaders in our communities by serving others." The school attempts to develop each girl's abilities and emphasizes balancing intellectual growth with spiritual awareness. Santa Catalina also seeks diversity in order to enhance a student's sense of responsibility to her community and herself.
- 4 years of English, religious studies, and the arts
- 3 years of math, foreign language, and lab sciences
- Extracurricular activities are required for each of the three athletic seasons. Students have a choice each season between sports, performing arts (theater, dance, and music), and physical education. Juniors and seniors are not required to take part in extracurricular activities during the winter season.
Santa Catalina accepts students on the basis of academic achievement and personal qualification "without regard to race, creed, color, or national and ethnic origins." The admissions office requires a questionnaire and writing sample, school transcript, teacher recommendations, parent statements, SSAT scores, an interview, and an optional personal recommendation. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL.
Academics are divided among the following departments: Art, Drama, English, Foreign Language (including French, Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese), History, Math, Music, Religion, and Science.
Honors and AP opportunities
Santa Catalina School offers 18 AP (Advanced Placement) and 13 Honors courses.
College counseling and acceptance
The school has a college counselor on campus who works closely with seniors and assists with students' college applications and SAT and ACT registration. In addition, the school has an online resource for students called Family Connection, which provides further college counseling. In addition, approximately 65 colleges and universities from within the United States and abroad send representatives to Catalina to discuss their schools with students throughout the academic year. The average SAT score of students is 1732. 100% of graduates attend college and within the past five years the most-attended colleges were UC Davis (20 students), UCLA (11 students), Boston University (11 students), New York University(9 students), and Loyola Marymount University (9 students). Out of the 2010 graduating class, 6 students attended UCLA, 4 students attended University of California, Berkeley, and 3 students went to UC Santa Barbara and University of the Redlands.
Lower and Middle School academics
From kindergarten to fifth grade, students take courses in art, computer studies, language arts, math, music, physical education, religion, science, and social science. Spanish classes are introduced in the 4th grade. In grades 6 – 8, students take classes in art, computer science, English, foreign language (Latin or Spanish), history, math, music, physical education, religion, and science.
Faculty and administrators
- Head of School - Margaret K. "Meg" Bradley
- Assistant Head of School - John Aime
- Assistant Head of School for Advancement - Rich Patterson
- Assistant Head of School for Mission and Identity - John Murphy, Ph.D.
- Head of Upper School - Kassandra Thompson Brenot ’87, Ph.D.
- Head of Lower and Middle School, PreK–Grade 8 - Christy Pollacci
The Upper School is ranked among the top 20 boarding schools for faculty education because a high percentage of the faculty has advanced degrees.
- Aquatic center
In 2003 a new outdoor aquatic center was completed, featuring a 25 yard by 30 meter pool that is connected to the gym's locker rooms. This 10 lane pool is used for physical education classes and the Upper School's swimming and diving and water polo teams.
- Bedford Family Gymnasium Complex
Located next to the pool, the gym houses basketball and volleyball courts, bleachers, and dressing room facilities. PE classes and Upper and Lower School basketball and volleyball teams use the facility. The gym overlooks the pool and a regulation size softball and soccer field, which is encircled by an all-weather track. In addition, the gym is adjacent to 6 regulation size tennis courts, including one lighted court with stadium seating.
Resident students live in one of three dorms in either a single or double room, with faculty members living on each floor. Each room has a bed, desk, drawers, and lockable closet and there are common bathrooms for each floor. The dorms also come equipped with wireless internet, laundry facilities, and vending machines.
Thompson Dormitory — This dorm is used primarily for freshman and some sophomores, and also has faculty housing.
Hills Hall — For juniors, seniors, and faculty.
Greer Family Dormitory — This is the newest dorm and houses sophomores, juniors, and faculty.
- The Hacienda
- Mary L Johnson Music Center
- Rosary Chapel
The chapel is located in the center of campus and was built in 1954 as a donation from by Mrs. Marcia Ferrell Hart. San Francisco architect Germano Milono was commissioned to design the building. One of the most notable features is the chapel's stained glass windows. Today the chapel is used for daily morning prayer offered for students and faculty, weekly masses for resident students, on campus faculty, and the public, as well as special events.
- Santo Domingo Hall
This building includes the student health center and the dining hall. The school uses Bon Appétit food services, who were the winners of the National Resource Defense Council's 2009 Growing Green Award for their commitment to sustainable food. Their menus often feature locally grown foods and leftovers are composted.
- Sister Mary Kieran Memorial Library
Finished in 1967, the library holds about 34,000 volumes, 40 in-house periodicals, 500 media items, online databases, and 30 computers for students and teachers. It is used by both Upper and Lower Schools.
- Sister Carlotta Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center is a 500-seat, state of the art theater that is used for Lower School Spring and Christmas concerts, various recitals, and three Upper School performances every academic year.
- Study Hall
Upper School assembly is conducted every morning in this building. Desks are provided for every student and are arranged by class. There are also a limited number of lockers available for student use.
Competitive sports are offered, but not required, for students in grades 6 - 8. Teams compete by grade level with other public and private schools in the area.
|Track and field|
Students can choose to participate in one sport per season. Teams compete in the Mission Trail Athletics League (MTAL) and the CIF / Central Coast Section (CCS). The volleyball, basketball, tennis, soccer, water polo, lacrosse, field hockey, and softball teams compete at both the varsity and junior varsity levels.
|Volleyball||Basketball||Swimming and diving||Equestrian|
|Tennis||Soccer||Track and field|
Students may also participate in theatre or dance, rather than athletic teams, after school.
- Theatre: In addition to offering drama classes, the school presents two musicals and one drama each year, which students can choose to participate in.
- Dance: Dance classes are offered in ballet technique, jazz, contemporary, and musical-theater tap.
- Music: In addition to the required extracurricular athletics or performing arts, private musical and vocal lessons are available to students. There are also school-wide recitals and a school choir.
- Upper School - Each class has a day designated for mandatory community service. Students choose between the following sites: Dorothy's Place, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Salvation Army Youth Center, Ave Maria Convalescent Center, Ag Against Hunger, Gateway Center, Harbor Project, STAR Riders, and Food Bank of Monterey County. Certain sites are also offered for students two afternoons each week.
- Lower School - The entire Lower School is involved in one community service project each month.
|Academic / School support||Activism||Entertainment||Sports / outdoors||Social||Student government (all students are elected to these positions)|
|El Club de Espanol (Spanish Club)||Amnesty International||Accents (advanced dance club)||Fencing Club||Back to Basics (cooking and sewing club)||Student / Faculty Senate|
|French Club||Community Service Club||ecco! (A Capella Group)||Fit Club||Dumbledore's Army (Harry Potter enthusiasts)||Resident Council|
|PEMDAS (Math Club and Peer Tutoring)||Operation Smile||Lamplighter (student newspaper issued 7 times a year)||Journey: Jump Outside Until Real Nature Experiences You (outdoor club)||Fashion Club||Day Student Council|
|Admission Tour Guides and Class Guides||Pax Christi||MOSAIC (literary magazine)||Scuba Club||Great Indulgences (art, literature, and film club)||Prefects|
|Big / Little Sisters (seniors who help freshman ease into their first year)||R4: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore (environmental club)||Reverb (singing and songwriting club)||Geocachers||Knit Wits (knitting club)|
|Catalinan (Yearbook)||Model UN / UN Student Alliance||Tokyo Drift (Japanese club)|
|STAR (Student - alumni organization)||Animal Welfare|
- Pamela Anderson-Brule, founder and president of Anderson Brule Architects, Inc.
- Teresa Barger, CEO of Cartica Capital
- Kathleen Brown, 1994 California Gubernatorial candidate; daughter of former Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown; sister of current California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.
- Pamela Butler, Superior Court judge, Monterey County
- Marie Cantin, film producer
- Leslie Cockburn, journalist, producer, director, writer; co-producer of The Peacemaker with George Clooney
- Claire Coffee, actress, star of NBC's Grimm
- Dr. Cynara Coomer, surgeon, anchors a health segment on Fox News
- Claudia de la Fuente, Human Rights Officer, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Wendy Clark Duffy, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth District
- Abigail Folger, coffee heiress, civil rights activist
- Sharon Gless, actress, best known for 1980s crime drama Cagney and Lacey
- Jennifer Grant, actress, daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon
- Lindsay Hatton, author of Monterey Bay
- Patricia Hearst, newspaper heiress, former member of Symbionese Liberation Army
- Dakota Johnson, actress, model, star of Fifty Shades of Grey
- Queena Kim, Senior Reporter, Tech at APM: Marketplace
- Pamela (Parker) Krasney, Buddhist social justice activist; board member Dalai Lama Fellows, Death Penalty Focus, Marin AIDS Project, Naropa University, Prison Mindfulness Institute
- Monica C. Lozano, publisher and CEO of the Spanish language La Opinión newspaper in Los Angeles
- Maria Imelda Marcos, class Valedictorian; Filipino congresswoman; daughter of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos
- Lauren Meek, associate producer of the Sherlock Holmes (2009 film) directed by Guy Ritchie
- Chrissy Barnett Miller, Emmy-award winning television producer
- Kate Mitchell, CEO and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners; chairman of the National Venture Capital Association
- Jackie Russell, international businesswoman turned veterinarian
- Catie Ryan, sustainable infrastructure research; senior analyst, Terrapin Bright Green
- Kathleen Sullivan, first woman anchor at CNN
- Yolanda Mitchell West, award-winning soprano opera singer
- Terry Durkin Wilkinson, Council Member, Texas Health and Human Services
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- Boarding School Review, "Santa Catalina", "http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/121", October 15, 2010
- Owens, Tom and Melanie Bellon Chatfield, (June 1st, 2004). "Insider's Guide to Monterey Peninsula", Insider's Guide Publications
- "School History". Santa Catalina School. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
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- Santa Catalina School, "Tuition and Affordability", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Tuition_Assistance/", October 15, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Lower School Our Mission", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Lower_Mission/", October 15, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Upper School", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_School/", October 15, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Academics", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Academics/", October 15, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Applying to SCS", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Applying/", October 15, 2010
- Family Connection
- Santa Catalina School, "College Counseling", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_College_Counseling/", November 1, 2010
- The Association of Boarding Schools, "Santa Catalina School", "http://www.boardingschools.com/school-profile.aspx?schoolid=936", October 15, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Administrator", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Lower_School/", November 1, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Lower School", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/School_Administration/", September 7, 2012
- Parsons, Larry, "Tomato king Scott Salyer a man of his past", "http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_15652886?nclick_check=1", December 9, 2010
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- Santa Catalina School, "Our Campus", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/About_Campus_Facilities/", December 9, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Rosary Chapel History", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Rosary_Chapel_History/", December 10, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "About Rosary Chapel", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Rosary_Chapel_About/", December 10, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Sustainability", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/About_Sustainability/", December 10, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Library", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Library/", December 10, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Grade 6 - Grade 8 Sports", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Lower_G68_Sports/", November 1, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Upper School Athletics", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Athletics/", November 1, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Performing Arts", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Performing_Arts/", November 1, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Community Service", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Student_Life_Community_Service/", December 10, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Community Service", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Lower_Community_Service/", December 10, 2010
- Santa Catalina School, "Clubs and Organizations", "http://www.santacatalina.org/index.cfm/Upper_Student_Life_Activities/", December 10, 2010
- Pamela Anderson-Brule
- Teresa Barger
- Pamela Butler
- Marie Cantin
- Dr. Cynara Coomer
- Chrissy Barnett Miller
- Kate Mitchell
- Catie Ryan
- Yolanda Mitchell West
- Terry Durkin Wilkinson
- Texas Health and Human Services