St. Catherine’s Academy
More Info about the School
St. Catherine’s Academy is a boarding school in California, but it also accepts day students. Boarding or resident students consist of grades 4 to 8 only while day students can be from kindergarten to the eighth grade. The academy only accepts boys and provides additional help for children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
As a school focused on junior boarding, St. Catherine’s believes that a Catholic school that uses military teaching structure can build young men who will grow up to be successful in their chosen careers with faith and leadership as their top qualities.
History of St. Catherine’s
The founder of the school was Mother Pia Backes who was also the one who established The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. At first, the school was an academy exclusively for girls. It also served as a parochial school for families within the vicinity. Then, it became an orphanage and also gave boys education. Soon enough, the school became dedicated to teaching small boys in the 1920s where the military tradition started. Before St. Catherine’s Academy’s name was given, it was first called St. Catherine’s Military School.
Faculty and Student Body
The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose remain an active part of the school. In fact, they hold administrative positions in the academy and some also teach children and provide resident care. There are around 150 students here, with the teacher to student ratio of 1:10. The average size of each class is 15 and the percentage of the faculty members with advanced degree is 64%.
There are no classes on Saturdays but everyone here is expected to dress formal when in class. The academy offers ESL courses, though, along with summer programs. Not all enrollees get to become a student here, but they do have 70% acceptance rate. Graciela Salvador serves as the Director of Admissions in this school.
Campus Facilities and Sports
The 8-acre campus is only two miles from Disneyland. The school has many facilities, including an administrative office, social hall, dining hall, swimming pool, playing field, and gymnasium. There is also an infirmary for children who get sick. In total, there are four dorms in the school for the students. Each room comes with a resident care provider, a theater, and a recreation room.
The school has a total of eight interscholastic sports offered, including basketball, golf, drill team, and soccer. The players use green and gold uniforms with the school’s mascot being the Knights.
The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Catholic Boarding Schools Associations, and the National Catholic Educational Association. They are also a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and International Boys’ Schools Coalition.