Award Year: 2013

La Reina High School

106 W. Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360-3327

(805) 495-6494

Shannon Gomez, Principal at time of Nomination

Los Angeles Archdiocese

School Website


To provide a nurturing Catholic environment of educational excellence that helps young women become moral leaders who work for the transformation of individuals and society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 76%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 8%

Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame and governed by a Board of Trustees, La Reina High School is a private, financially independent, Catholic college preparatory junior and senior high school for young women. Founded in 1964, it currently serves 558 students in grades 7 through 12. The curriculum is aligned with the standards for admission to the University of California.

Nurturing the spiritual life of the students is central to a La Reina education. The religion curriculum, community outreach programs, the comprehensive six year Christian Service program, retreats, and liturgies offer students many ways to grow spiritually.

Recognized both nationally and locally for academic excellence, La Reina is a place where all college bound students can thrive. College counseling is provided for each student and her parents. The academic program is tailored to individual needs and supports 21st century learning. The one-to-one iPad program is schoolwide and every classroom is equipped with up-to-date technology.

A comprehensive, sequential, six year writing program is used across the curriculum. The program, which has been in place for over 20 years, reflects the Common Core State Standards in writing. The effectiveness of the program has contributed to high scores in the writing portions of the SAT and the ACT. Almost 60% of the students take an AP course; 93% of those students pass an AP exam.

The freedom of a single gender environment has given students unprecedented opportunities to develop into moral leaders who use their God-given talents to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

The success of its alumnae serves as testimony to the quality of a La Reina education.