La Reina High School is a private Catholic college preparatory junior and senior high school for girls sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame, founded in 1850 in Coesfeld, Germany. The Christian education of youth has always been the Congregation's principal apostolic activity. The integration of the instruction in Catholic truths and values with human knowledge in all aspects of the school program has as its purpose the formation of mature, Christian young women. Therefore, both the religious and lay faculty at La Reina High School endeavor to educate each student in such a way that she may reach her fullest spiritual and intellectual potential in an atmosphere of loving concern and religious commitment where quality and the individual count.
La Reina was established in the fall of 1964. The school campus is situated on a 40-acre parcel of land. The three original buildings were completed between 1964-1967. His Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre dedicated La Reina on October 15, 1967. The multi-purpose building, consisting of an auditorium-gym, cafeteria, five classrooms, a computer lab and nine offices was built in 1986. This building completed the campus, increasing the maximum enrollment from 400 to approximately 620.
La Reina opened a junior high division in the fall of 1973. Junior high students begin a college preparatory curriculum and have the advantage of accelerating into high school courses in foreign language and mathematics.
In 1984, the graduation requirements were revised to reflect the standards for admission to the University of California. The administration and faculty have developed a thorough college preparatory curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses in many disciplines. The great majority of graduates enroll in college, most attending a four-year institution. Among a variety of co-curricular activities available, the athletic, forensics and Mock Trial programs have gained local and state recognition.
La Reina is fully accredited through 2016 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Western Catholic Educational Association and holds membership in the National Catholic Education Association.
While most students are Catholic, students of other beliefs are welcome. The administration and faculty work in cooperation with the students' parents who bear the primary educational responsibility and with the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
La Reina High School is dedicated to providing a Catholic education, which strives to help every student realize her worth and find her place in God's plan. In the spirit of the Gospel, and according to the educational principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame, La Reina helps each young woman discover, develop, and share the unique gifts God has given her.
As a Notre Dame school that proclaims God's goodness, La Reina teaches the message of Christ, develops community and family spirit, and reaches out to those in need, both locally and universally. The curriculum is designed to prepare each student for a college education. It reflects the values of a traditional and classical education, and recognizes the demands of a technological world. La Reina helps students develop a global perspective, motivates their intellectual pursuits, nurtures their sensitivity and creativity, fosters their physical development, and prepares leaders who further goodness and justice in society.