"Being a Jewish girl in a Catholic, all-girls' school required some acclimation on my part.... It took me awhile to adjust to religion classes. Being in a Catholic school, of course, the first thing we learned about was Catholicism. Coming from a Jewish background I had to distinguish between my own religion and Catholicism. After I became exposed to the teachings of Catholicism, I really enjoyed learning about religions other than my own. The experience helped me be more compassionate to others who have different beliefs. During my junior year, we studied Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Their teachings are completely different from those of Judaism and Catholicism, but after learning about them, I became very interested in other religions and their different beliefs. Compassion is a very hard thing to develop. Studying at La Reina has taught me to never judge others based on their race or religion. We are all equal human beings who should accept and love others unconditionally."
~Alexa Johnson '12
"I am constantly reminded of my time at La Reina, and about everything it taught me regarding meeting deadlines, organization, communication and leadership. Over and above even that, I think back to what it taught me to be Catholic, to work toward social justice, and always strive to do the morally just thing. For all those things I am constantly grateful."
~Heather Hardy '02
University of Southern California '05
American University, Washington School of Law '08
Assistant State Attorney, Montgomery County, Maryland
"The personalized attention from La Reina's outstanding teachers is instrumental in transforming students into confident young women who eagerly take on challenging leadership roles in all fields. By emphasizing creativity, sensitivity, and collaborative work projects, La Reina's teachers excel at providing students with the tools they need to succeed in any career of their choice."
~Sandhya Ramadas '99
B.A. (Social Studies), Harvard University '03
M.A. (Political Science), University of Paris '04
Juris Doctor, Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley '09
"Our family moved to Thousand Oaks in 2007 just prior to our eldest daughter's entry into seventh grade. Our initial introduction to the school was through the website which spoke volumes to us about the unique and special nature of a La Reina education. We are now in our fourth year at La Reina and we have two daughters attending the school - both are happy, hardworking and confident young women. They are receiving the moral and education foundation that will carry them through life's challenges. We chose La Reina for our daughters - but the truth is our daughters chose La Reina for themselves through the passion and enthusiasm they bring to their school experience. It is the perfect balance of fun and hard work with ample opportunity for growth: spiritual, academic and social. We are ever thankful for the day on which we stumbled upon the La Reina website!"
~Bernadette Larratt, Mother of Megan '15 and Stephanie '13
"You don't have to worry about fitting in, because you just do!"
~Krista Thomas '15
“La Reina provided a wonderful, nurturing environment for me. Teachers took time to recognize gifts that I didn’t see in myself, while also pushing and challenging me to grow and try new things. The foundation in serving others that was nurtured at La Reina carried me on to Virginia Tech (whose motto is “Ut Prosim” – That I May Serve) and led me to a career in the non-profit sector. While I now live in Florida, La Reina will always be close to my heart.”
~Laura Darling ’88
B.A. (Urban Affairs), Virginia Tech, 1992
M.P.A. (Public Administration), Virginia Tech, 1993