SMA Celebrates 15 Years Since Opening Its Doors

15 years ago, the Pasadena Star News published an article about how “several local parents…have banded together to form a school that meets their standards.”

“The result is St. Monica Academy,” the article continues, “a fledgling private school with an enrollment of just 44 students from 22 families. Classes started Sept. 5 in three classrooms at Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. School headmaster David Burroughs describes the curriculum as challenging and academically rigorous. Students wear uniforms and read classic literature, learn languages including Spanish and Latin, memorize poetry, speeches and scripture passages, and study art, music, science and public speaking skills.” (Click here to read the full article.)

15 years later St. Monica Academy has 248 students in grades 1-12, is fully accredited by WASC and WCEA, has been recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as a Top 50 Catholic high school in the nation, and boasts numerous local and national awards in poetry, science, latin, history, writing, service, leadership, SAT scores, athletics, and more.

To learn more about what’s new at SMA, go here to read the 15th Anniversary edition of the Seraph. The issue features Archbishop Gomez’s commencement address, profiles of the Senior Class of 2016, a history of SMA’s founding accompanied by photos from the first year, an inside look at SMA’s baseball program, and the success story of the 15th Anniversary Auction Gala.