La Reina History
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, an order 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 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 and 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 increased the maximum enrollment from 400 to approximately 620.
La Reina opened a junior high school 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 the wide variety of co-curricular activities available, the athletics, forensics and Mock Trial programs have gained local and state recognition.
La Reina is fully accredited through 2022 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.