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Saint Monica Catholic High School

Private | 9-12 | 545 students


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Posted August 9, 2014

St. Monica is actually one of the best coed schools. It feels like your second home. Some teachers are nice enough to let you turn in your homework late, but it's rare. Mrs. Evans is the best and chilliest staff, Ms. K Janson is the best English teacher , & Mr. Rodriguez is very caring.

Posted April 26, 2014

St. Monica is a lovely Catholic high school for students to grow and thrive. Although the community is small and tight-knit, there are ample opportunities for students to develop their strengths and interests (academic decathlon, AP/Honors classes, athletics, campus ministry, performing arts, student clubs/government).

Posted February 7, 2014

I am very happy with this school...I can't sy enough good things about it. There is a strong sense of community, and the faculty genuinely care for the students and their well-being. It is a tough school and the students have to work hard, but the students will be well prepared for college. I can say this first-hand as I am an alumni from St. Monica.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2013

Honestly, don't send your child here. So many of the students here are forced to go because of their parents. If you ask the students, "do you like this school?" majority will say no. PROS of the school:- great location, no bullies, the retreats are nice, clean, beautiful bathrooms and classrooms, small class size, you don't have to worry about what to wear, tutoring is available for almost every class, the school is pretty high tech which is nice, CONS:- MOST but not all faculty members seem like they hate their jobs, it feels like a jail--> they care too much about dress-code and drug checks which causes distrust and a terrible relationship between the faculty and students. TOO strict--you can get a saturday school for not wearing the correct tie on mass day. Academically: it's nice that the transcripts weigh the AP and honors classes BUT there are many periods that conflict so you're limited to which classes you want to take. Also students are forced to take summer school to cover the requirements of this school (even if you're smart) and if you're coming as a freshman they may REQUIRE you to RETAKE a math class that you've already taken.

Posted August 5, 2013

I was discriminated and harassed because of my race everyday by students, teachers and the principal. Everyday at lunch people threw food at me. No one helped me.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 26, 2013

St. Monica has been a second home to our kids. The student body and faculty truly are like a family. Most teachers are willing to help students reach their potential whether it is in honors and AP's or regular college prep classes. Students can be as involved as they want. Sports teams are doing well especially the Girls Basketball team that won their division and went to State. The one area that needs to be addressed is the college counseling. Not enough attention to it early on and too much pushing for out of state and private schools. That said, it is being worked on and I see improvement. I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2013

SMCH is becoming a great school. Our football team, soccer team, boys basketball, and girls basketball all made it to the playoffs. Not to mention the girls won CIF champion. The academic is lacking, but a responsible student shouldn't always rely on the teacher (real talk).
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 15, 2011

Some of the colleges that the class of 2011 were accepted to-U Penn, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, USC and the US Naval Academy. Whatever your student wants to achieve, this school will help them reach their goals (at 1/4 the cost of most private schools on the Westside).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 4, 2011

Great teachers! Diverse student body! A vast variety of activities available on and off campus! Great location, near the beach!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 5, 2009

We love the community and spirit of St. Monica's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2009

saint monica's is a great school and I love it! it has clubs that are outstanding and a great academic program and awesome teachers and since I go to church there it is easy to do community service and church service while I attend school there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 4, 2009

This school was the worst High School for my daughter. Better to save your money and send your child to public school. They gave No guidance whatsoever for college or college prep. or applications. The teachers are unqualified to teach and do not care about students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2009

Do not send your child here. It is a nightmare. With the exception of about 4 good teachers, the rest are horrible. So is the administration. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2008

low academic level. not enough supervision. ugly uniform. excellent location. all and all, not a good school. it is disappointing
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2007

Academic programs are competitive if your children have a balance of honor's courses and other challenging environments. The teachers are dedicated. Many are young and without a lot of experience but some are veterans. They all share a love for the children and are available to both students and parents. I get immediate response anytime I contact a teacher. It's a little slower from administration. Some of the religious teachings are medieval.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2006

The academic quality appears to be at the mercy of activities. There are too many extra-curricular activities without regard to the teaching of students
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 11, 2006

The priorities of this school are wrong. There is too much emphasis on non-essential things, such as strict adherence to an outdated dress code, and not enough emphasis on academics. The college counseling program was mediocre, but that may have improved with the new principal. The school does provide a drug-free atmosphere, and the students are good kids. The parent volunteer level is high, but the administration disdains constructive criticism from the parents. Parents are welcome as workers or donors, but they have no input into the running of the school. Your children will be safe at this school but I suggest you hire an outside consultant the beginning of the sophomore year to become involved in the college application process and that you enroll your child in an SAT prep class if getting into a top 4 year university is important.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted December 12, 2005

Overall a very disappointing school. The classroom atmosphere is almost like a public school, the kids are more focused on their social life than their academics. More graduates go to community colleges than to four year colleges.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 18, 2005

St. Monica's High School provides an enriched catholic education to students of all ethnic backgrounds. It allows teenagers to develop today's skills and their individuality...
—Submitted by a former student

Posted December 17, 2003

There is a basic lack of trust and respect. Much of the resources are spent on policing students: uniform violations, dogs sniffing for drugs, locker and backpack checks.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 52%
White 34% 26%
Black 9% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

  • Band

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  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Thom Gasper
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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  • Ultimate Frisbee

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  • Band
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1030 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 394-3701


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