Saturday, November 8, 2008

Santa Catalina School

In 1850, Dominican sisters founded a school near Custom House in Monterey, which was the foundation stone for the current Santa Catalina School, an independent Catholic school in Monterey, established in 1950. It is named for St. Catherine of Siena (1347-80), a great Catholic visionary. Santa Catalina's Upper School serves girls in grades 9-12, while the Lower School (preK-8) is coed. The Upper School has both boarding and local students. Fifty percent of the student body is Catholic; admission is open to all, with 30% of Upper School students receiving financial aid. The school is especially proud of its performing and visual arts programs, advanced academic curriculum, and an athletics program that won five league championships in 2006-07. Among the distinguished alumni: Kathleen Brown, former California Secretary of State, and Beth Hope, who founded Hope House to aid homeless women. Celebrity attendees have included Sharon Gless, Kathleen Sullivan, and Dakota Johnson.

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