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Academics

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St. Catherine's Academy offers an outstanding academic program guided by the Common Core standards. We are especially proud of our commitment to technology, individualized learning, and boy-centered academics.

Why is SCA Unique?

Do you want the best for your son?

So do we! As the oldest private school in Orange County, St. Catherine’s Academy has been educating boys for lifelong success since 1889.

Academics Focused on Boys

Despite having so many private schools in Orange County, St. Catherine’s Academy is the only all-boys school for students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Because of our all-boys program, SCA is uniquely qualified to focus on the specific learning needs of your son. Our teachers understand that boys learn differently from girls, especially in the early stages of education. Guided by research-based best practices, teachers create lessons that will help your son actively experience knowledge, including hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and field trips.

Individual Attention & Caring Faculty

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1 and average class size of 13, your son will benefit from individual attention. Our caring faculty extends every effort to ensure that each student meets his potential. As our partners in your son’s education, you can expect excellent communication with teachers and administration.

Stellar Academics: The Core Subjects & Beyond!

SCA's academic program exceeds California state standards in all core subjects while also offering a variety of enrichment classes and extracurricular activities. 

Your son will enjoy enrichment classes in music, physical education, Spanish, and art. If you choose, your son can also participate in extracurricular activities like sports, peer leadership, piano, guitar, and competitive drill team. St. Catherine’s Academy is the only TK-8 academy to offer marching band among Orange County private schools.

More Than A School

At SCA, we believe that academics are important. But there is more to education than textbooks and classroom instruction. Our unique program focuses on the whole child.  

St. Catherine’s unique format as an independent Catholic school with a military tradition sets us apart from other Orange County private schools.  As a Catholic school, we encourage each child, regardless of his faith, to grow in his spirituality and relationship with God. Our military tradition offers a unique approach to leadership and character development while creating a structured environment that motivates boys to be their best.

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High School Enrollment of Recent Graduates:

  • Servite High School
  • Mater Dei High School
  • J Serra Catholic High School
  • Damien High School
  • St. Michael's Prep
  • Villanova Prep
  • Southwestern Academy
  • New Mexico Military Institute
  • Maranatha High School
  • Bishop Amat
  • Eastside Christian
  • Whittier Christian
  • Troy High School/Troy Tech

College Enrollment of Recent Graduates:

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Georgetown University
  • USC
  • Marine Maritime Academy
  • University of Chicago
  • Dartmouth University
  • Pepperdine
  • UC Irvine
  • Air Force Academy
  • CSU, Fullerton
  • UC Berkeley
  • Naval Academy (Annapolis)
  • Boston College
  • Coast Guard Academy
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey Mexico

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