Alverno Heights Academy is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems.

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  • 12:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  • 100% of Alverno graduates go on to college
  • 96% of faculty have advanced degrees
  • 25 AP and Honors Courses for grades 9-12 

Thanks to the support and encouragement I received at Alverno, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and pursue an advanced art class. Then, in sophomore year, I decided to become a part of the Hair and Makeup crew for the plays and musicals. Thanks to Alverno, I was able to discover my creative side.

Alicia L. '17
December 6, 2019 @ 11:13 am

Bill Nye has got nothin' on us! Today (12/6) is Alverno's third annual Science Night! Featuring our *famous* dry ice gelato (a cold evening deserves a cold treat!), student-led experiments for guests of all ages, and Caltech representatives on-hand... this is an exceptionally fun night for all. And please, bring the kids! There will be lots to do, lots to see, and lots to celebrate as our Science Club and Science National Honor Society host this great event. #sciencenight

December 4, 2019 @ 7:08 pm

Today we had the pleasure of hearing Amanda McDonough speak! @amanda_mcdonough is an actress, speaker, advocate and published author of the autobiography “Ready to Be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice.” Amanda was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 4, her hearing steadily declined but despite facing these challenges she succeeded in school and extracurriculars. One day in college she awoke to discover her hearing was completely gone. She shared with us her journey of finding herself, overcoming obstacles and discovering her passion for acting that led her to the show Switched at Birth. It was inspiring and empowering to hear her story. All of our American Sign Language (ASL) students read her book as a part of their class and were excited to see her! #alvernoheights #inspiring #amandamcdonough

November 22, 2019 @ 12:57 am

November 21, 2019 @ 11:38 pm

Lights, Camera, ACTION!! What an amazing day visiting ABC Studios in Los Angeles. Students in the Media Production class were guests of a past parent whose daughter graduated in 2017! They took part an exclusive tour of the set of General Hospital, visited the Executive Producer in his office, walked onto the GH set while they were filming a live scene and checked out wardrobe & hair/make up! Students were able (and very excited!) to take a photo with Chad Duell, who plays Michael Corinthos on General Hospital. This was followed up by a visit to post-production offices, editing rooms, finishing rooms and a fun experience with audio engineers who were recording promos. All those we visited were in the middle of their work days so we were able to see them working on real time shows or promos! It was inspiring experience. The grand finale of the day was running into @greysabc star @therealkmckidd (Kevin McKidd) who plays Owen Hunt on Grey’s Anatomy! He chatted with the students and even filmed a selfie video with them that was posted on the @greysabc Instagram page! What a sweet ending to an already epic day!

November 20, 2019 @ 8:03 pm

It’s the perfect evening for a warm and cozy night of music in the villa! 'Fall’ into a night of beautiful music at our annual Harvestfest Concert! The show starts at 7! Alverno Singers will be presenting selections like “What A Wonderful World” and “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. The Musical Theater Class will be presenting selections from “Wicked”, “Grease”, and “A Chorus Line”. Some of our instrumentalists featured will be playing viola, piano, guitar, drums, flute and Guzheng. There will be a reception following the concert with refreshments and drinks. #alvernosingers #harvestfestconcert #myalverno

November 14, 2019 @ 11:07 pm

Why Alverno? Discover your WHY. Alverno's Open House | Saturday, Nov 16 | 1pm - 4pm This video was inspired by an assignment in Alverno's Media Production class. Thank you to senior Denisse Recinos for editing such a beautiful video!

November 14, 2019 @ 1:57 am

Selfie with the Archbishop? Why not! Here Precious Perlas ‘19 (Currently attending USD) snapped a photo with Archbishop Gomez after she received the Archdiocesan Christian Service Award for her dedication to her community. With over 500 service hours completed and endless hours spent being involved at Alverno, it was beautiful to see her honored at a special mass. Service is embedded into the school’s foundation and practiced everyday. It is deeply rooted in our traditions and in every aspect of our school. Students who are of service to others are rewarded at the end of their four years at Alverno. Any senior who tripled their service hours each year, graduates with the beloved Golden Tassel! #whyalverno #myalverno

November 13, 2019 @ 2:31 pm

When you choose a high school, you are choosing a place to grow up. You are choosing a place that will help you thrive and encourage you to be your best. You are choosing a place that will feel like home, a place where the people around you become family. You are choosing people who will shape you and motivate you and believe in you. You are choosing a place that will allow you to explore all the things that interest you. You are choosing teachers who will become your mentors. You are choosing a place to become who you imagine. You are choosing much more than a high school. Why Alverno? Because it feels like home. #whyalverno #alvernoheights #myalverno

November 13, 2019 @ 11:59 am

Why Alverno? Join us Saturday for Open House and you may find our Science program the reason ‘WHY’ you choose Alverno! With foundational classes like Biology, Physics and Chemistry and innovative classes like Forensics, Public Health, Neuroscience and Independent Research - our science program is out of this world! Students are also encouraged to join their fellow students for Science Night where Cal Tech representatives share in a night of science with the community. Another special science experience is the Costa Rica trip where students explore the landscapes and ecosystem of Central America! Join us Saturday to find out more! #whyalverno #myalverno #science

November 12, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

Why Alverno? Lifelong Friendships. Academic Rigor. Teachers who care about you. Finding your voice. Discover your WHY at open house this Saturday! Click link in bio for more info. Alumnae - why did you pick Alverno? Share your answers to inspire the next generation of Alverno women!

October 29, 2019 @ 11:21 pm

It’s time for the Fall Play! Tickets are now on sale online and in the front office for Alverno’s fall play production of Tom Stoppard’s play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Performances take place Nov 7th through the 9th at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. About Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two confused minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage. As the young duo stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. Come see and support our amazing Alverno actors!!!! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE ONLINE(link in bio)or at the front desk at Alverno! Tickets may be on sale the day of the show at the Sierra Madre Playhouse (if the show has not sold out.) To secure your ticket please purchase prior to the day of the show!

October 23, 2019 @ 11:16 am

It is an 8th Grade Visiting Day!! We are excited to welcome over 20 visitors today from a variety of schools! Alumnae and current students - what message or advice do you have for visitors? What do you love most about Alverno? Our mornings for visiting days always start with check-ins and photos! Enjoy our morning recap and stay tuned for coverage of the day on our instastory! #alvernoheights #gojaguars

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