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Monterey Bay Academy

Private Boarding School – Watsonville , California

Monterey Bay Academy prepares students for higher education with a curriculum based on the entrance requirements set by the prestigious University of California system. The school practices the Seventh-day Adventist faith, and the cafeteria serves unique healthy vegetarian food.

Monterey Bay Academy’s 380-acre beachfront campus boasts its own mile-long privatebeach. Facilities include a gymnasium, ball fields, a pool, a vegetarian cafeteria, and modern academic buildings with dedicated wings for different disciplines. There’s a private airstrip for pilots as well as aviation courses.

Monterey Bay Academy offers varsity programs in flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball. The beachfront location allows for unique athletic activities such as SCUBA diving and surfing.
Monterey Bay Academy’s internationally recognized music and drama groups have performed around the country and abroad. Art and music each have their own academic wing.

Monterey Bay Academy is part of the second-largest school system in the world and has been steadily outperforming the national average across all demographics.

Students live two to a room in traditional dormitories with full-time “house parents” and fully-equipped kitchens. 

Dorm rooms come equipped with a bed, sink and mirror, closest space and a chest of drawers. The dorm buildings have music rooms, technology rooms, TV rooms, workout rooms and kitchens. Students can bring a stereo (as long as they keep the volume down), a computer, a small refrigerator and snacks. Students are not allowed to bring a television, microwave oven, space heater, candles or incense, or anything else that might be a fire hazard.

Students typically get up for breakfast, which runs from 6:30 to 7:30am and then either go to work or class. Lunch runs from Noon to 1:25pm, and then students are back to class or work, depending on their schedule. Supper starts at 5pm and goes until 6pm. Varsity teams practice until 6:30pm and then the gym, ballfields (and sometimes the pool) are open until 7:40pm for open recreation. There’s a short worship in the dorms each evening at 8pm, then two hours of study hall (when the dorm is supposed to be quiet) and lights go out at 10:30pm.

Famous Alumni
  • Jose Rojas – Member of the Advisory Committee to President Clinton
  • Heidi Nelson Cruz – Wife of Ted Cruz. Economic Director for the Western Hemisphere for President George W. Bush.
  • Yuko Kida – PhD Candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Marnie Breckenridge-Loomis – Opera Singer/Actress/Recording Artist
  • Mayu Suzuki – Works at the United Nations
  • Fred Cline – Art Director/Storyboard Artist for Disney Studios, Paramount, Warner Bros.

MBA is located on 379 coastal acres about 15 miles south of Santa Cruz, California, in a small community called La Selva Beach. The campus includes a private beach on central California’s beautiful Monterey Bay, which is also a national marine preserve, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Area Population: 52,500
Area Website: City of Watsonville

Estimated Fall Start Date: Mid-August
Estimated Fall End Date: Mid-December

Estimated Spring Start Date: Early January
Estimated Spring End Date: Early May

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Campus Size

380 Acres

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SAT Average (1600)


Foreign Languages

  • Spanish

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  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Graphic and Media Design
  • Photography

AP Courses

  • Calculus AB
  • English Literature and Composition
  • United States History


  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Aviation
  • Horsemanship
  • International
  • Photography
  • Running
  • Scuba
  • Surfing

School Location

Partial List of College and Univeristy Acceptances

Amherst College, Andrews University, Belmont University, Columbia College - Chicago, Mount Holyoke College, University of Arizona, University of California - Davis, University of
California - Riverside, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California - Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, Williams College

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Closest International and Local Airports: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) / San Jose International Airport (SJC)
For Details Visit Website: Monterey Bay Academy

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