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Ramona Convent Secondary School

Private | 8-12 | 252 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $406,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,380.

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Posted March 21, 2014

This is my daughter's second year at Ramona. My experience is limited to the junior high but it does she some light on what I see as a creative and enlightened approach to challenges. Since the junior high enrollment was low, many of the co-curriculars and extra curricular activities were not available to our girls. What was available made all the difference. The girls became very close and worked together to help one another and more than half the eighth grade classes were high school classes with high school students. This was the best and most unique transition to high school I could have imagined. The academic bar is set high and it takes a lot of determination as well as personal responsibility to get there. Ms. Szymanski, Mr. Lee, Ms. Platz and Ms. Averill are amazing teachers and have prepared the 8th graders well for high school. The campus is beautiful, with the hills and trees. It's like another world. I am sorry the junior high will be discontinued but am also grateful my daughter was able to experience it. We look forward to the next four years at Ramona.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2013

My daughter and I enjoyed 4 years of this school. I am so thankful that this school helped to transform my little girl into a strong young woman. The teachers, such as Ms. Platz, Mr.Gray and Mrs. Barnheiser, are wonderful; however, after some changes happening in administration, we lost the presence of some of great teachers, Mr. Chung and Ms. Sevilla. Overall, this is great school. Great program, great teachers, and most of all, no bullies in the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2013

In my experience the principal is not at all approachable, and does not demonstrate empathy when it comes to your child being bullied.

Posted August 17, 2011

Our daughter was a Ramona student in grades 7-12. She had a great education from caring, supportive teachers who set high standards. About 6 months after she began college, our daughter phoned home to thank us for sending her to Ramona. She said she was the only student in her college dorm who did not hate high school. A big thank you to Ramona for instilling academic skills, strong values, and a positive attitude towards education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2011

My daughters attended Ramona a few years ago. I am very grateful for the outstanding education they received there. I like that the school offered academic opportunities that allowed them them to thrive in a rigorous yet caring safe wholesome environment. The school was very strict and enforced the rules beautifully. Ms. Platz was the best exponent of the school mission and I truly appreciated her efforts. My girls were well prepared for USC and UCLA. I applaud Ramona for all it did for my daughters especially for instilling the timeless Gospel values.

Posted October 29, 2009

I love Ramona so much that I have been active at Ramona for over 65 years. A wonderful place to work, study, visit, etc.

Posted October 29, 2009

The mission statement moves the administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents working together with a common goal: helping the whole student to grow and prepare to take their place in the world. Having taught there for ten years, there was much affirmation and encouragement to succeed. No matter what challenges these young woman come with at entry year, they graduate with more than what their expectations were. I have the highest regard for all those connected with Ramona Convent Seconday School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 27, 2009

Ramona is not a school I would send my daughter. I had to transfer her to another local girls' school which is so much more open to our needs. Ramona is quite stuffy, and the elitism it promotes amongst students is rather off putting. It lacks spirit, and in the promotion of its own agenda, speaks disdainfully of other Catholic schools in the area. Please do your homework before your send your daughter to Ramona - the buyers remorse is not fun; trust me, I've had it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2009

This school unfortunately is not for everyone. If your daughter is not a solid 'A' or 'B' student, we would not recommend this school. due to enrollment capacity they may accept your child even if your daughter doesn't score well on the entrance exams. But, after a year of attending Ramona, you may be asked not to return for her 10th year. The faculty at the school is good and their motto to empower women is great, until they fall behind or it takes an effort to guide and bring them up to speed. None of the teachers will take responsibility for the end result of what happened to your daughter. It all falls back on your daughter a bit too late. Avoid the pain, humiliation, disappointment of rejection and an expensive tuition. This school is great for 'A' and 'B' grade students. Those women are easier to empower.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2009

As I look back as an Alumni, I truly appreciate the education and experience I received here as a student. Ramona truly challenged me to be my own person and stick out among the crowd. On graduation day you will see that your daughter has become everything that Ramona Promised in it's mission statement. My daughters will surely be future Ramona girls!!

Posted December 17, 2008

I am a 2004 alumni of Ramona & have nothing but love, respect and total appreciation for this school. I had mixed feelings about Ramona while I was there, but looking back I am so extremely grateful that my parents struggled to get me through 6 years of tuition. I often find men telling me that is so rare to find a woman like me who truly is a 'complete package' and I just think that I could bring them a handful of my old Ramona girls and prove to them that they are out there! This school doesn't invest much of its money into the athletics department, this does irritate the student athletes at times. And if you expect your child to get an athletic scholarship for college, this is not the place to be recruited! As an athlete I wish this were different but my girls will be Ramona girls!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 21, 2008

I am an alumi of this school and although i HATED attending an all girls high school - now that i'm older, i definitely appreciate my parents for paying to get me into an exquiste school! The teachers were caring and the curriculum def. helped me when i was in college (i was ahead for once!). If i have a daughter, i would want her to attend ramona...
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 18, 2008

I am a senior at Ramona and I am very grateful to be in this school. It is an academically challenging school and I assure that you daughter will receive the best education possible. The environment is very gregarious and amiable that I know every girl here likes.It teaches responsibility, organization and time management. I reccomend this high school for anyone who wants to send their daughter there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 10, 2007

My daughter is a frosh @ Ramona. We have another who is currently a seventh grader and is headed for Ramona. We are very happy with her coursework and the level of difficulty of her classes at Ramona. If your daughter is looking to be challenged, this is the school. Beautiful campus and neighborhood, safe environment. We groomed our daughters to be Ramona Grads. Friends of ours who are grads of Ramona credit the school for their academic success in college. Well worth the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2007

I'm currently a student at Ramona Convent. The academics here are very challenging and are great for college prep. But if your daughter is highly involved in sports or drama. Ramona isn't the place to go. There aren't very many clubs and the student government isn't too great. Also be aware that Ramona is an all girls high school, girls tend to complain a lot about that, so be prepared. But if you're searching for great education, come to Ramona.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 16, 2007

My older daughter graduated from Ramona in 2000, and my younger daughter is now a senior there. They both enrolled beginning as seventh graders (their choice), and they both are happy with that decision. Ramona is a safe environment with a challenging, up-to-date curriculum; the atmosphere is friendly, respectful, and caring; the setting is peaceful and park-like. My daughters are very different, yet they both have made good solid friends and received the best education possible. Students come in with average to high standardized test scores and end up doing really well on Advanced Placement tests -- better than do the students at many schools that take only the top scorers. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2006

My oldest daughter graduated in 03, she is now on her fourth year in college. Majoring in biology, she has chosen a second major in english,writing. Thanks to her teachers at ramona convent she has been able to tackle a heavy load academically, while taking honors classes. Thank you teachers at ramona my daughter is s 'rising super star'. Watch out world. Also, my young daughter is now a ten grader at ramona convent. She is very happy there. I know that she is well taken care off. I can't say enough of the great staff. The beautiful campus. Safety has never been a problem. Security is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2006

Ramona Convent is on par with Saint Joseph as one of the best all-girls Catholic schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2006

I was not very impressed with the campus setting or staff. you seemed to be lost in this campus, not a very good neighborhood.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 6, 2006

Above average academic school specializing in the humanities and sciences. If your child is athletically inclined or greatly interested in Drama this wouldn't be the best fit. If you daughter enjoys science and freedom academically to pursue her own interests this is a perfect fit.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 52%
Two or more races 15% 3%
White 14% 26%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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  • Ms. Tina Bonacci
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  • All girls
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  • Roman catholic
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1701 West Ramona Road
Alhambra, CA 91803
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Phone: (626) 282-4151


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