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St. Catherine's Academy

 215 N Harbor Blvd
 Anaheim, CA 92805
[P] (714) 7721363 x 104
[F] (714) 7723004
[email protected]
Sister Johnellen Turner
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Organization DBA St. Catherine's Academy
Former Names St. Catherine's Military Academy (2004)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 53-0196617 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

St. Catherine's Academy, a Catholic school with a military tradition, builds withing young men a foundation for success, through a formation program,rooted in the Dominican Charism, which emphasizes faith, leadership, academics, and service.

Mission Statement

St. Catherine's Academy, a Catholic school with a military tradition, builds withing young men a foundation for success, through a formation program,rooted in the Dominican Charism, which emphasizes faith, leadership, academics, and service.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $4,899,292.00
Projected Revenue $4,899,480.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Mother Pia Scholarship Program

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Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

St. Catherine's Academy, a Catholic school with a military tradition, builds withing young men a foundation for success, through a formation program,rooted in the Dominican Charism, which emphasizes faith, leadership, academics, and service.

Background Statement

When the Reverend Peter Stoetters became rector of St. Boniface Church in Anaheim, California, in 1887, his one regret was that the children of the parish had not the blessing of a Catholic education. He placed the problem before Mother Pia Backes, the foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, and with full confidence, knowing of Mother Pia's zeal for souls and her love for children; he invited Mother Pia to open an academy in Anaheim. In response to his invitation, Mother Pia, accompanied by Sister Hyacinth, came to Anaheim in the spring of 1888.

By March 19, 1889, the new "St. Catherine's School" was dedicated. Six girls from San Francisco and five from Los Angeles would accompany the Dominican Sisters to Anaheim. They would become the first boarders at St. Catherine's School, which was intended to be an academy for girls and a parochial school for local families.

On March 25, 1889, St. Catherine's opened its doors with only eleven residents and nineteen day students; however, by August 1889, the regular school term opened with an enrollment of sixty students consisting of thirteen residents and forty-seven day students from Anaheim and Fullerton. Unfortunately, with this number of students the school would not be able to survive financially. Mother Pia suggested that the Sisters leave, but Father John Caballeria did not agree with this move and advised the Superior to consider orphans. Mother Pia embraced his suggestion, and in 1890, two large rooms were turned into sleeping quarters for the orphan boys until an orphanage could be built. The first thirty-two orphans arrived at St. Catherine's in July, 1894.

With the decrease of orphans in 1916, the sisters began a campaign for more resident students. They decided to employ male teachers for the older boys, as this would provide students with positive role models. After extensive research, a military officer was hired. In October 1923, Captain D.M. Healy was introduced as St. Catherine's first Commandant of Cadets. In 1925, St. Catherine's formally became St. Catherine's Military School.

The earthquake of 1933, and other natural disasters through the years, left their mark on the school; however, the indoor swimming pool, dormitory and infirmary survived them all. These buildings date as far back as 1919. During a tour of the campus, the history and the success of the mission from so long ago is ever present.

The Dominican Sisters continue to be a presence on campus. Today, Sisters hold positions in administration, resident care, and teaching. The commitment and dedication started so long ago by Mother Pia, has never wavered. St. Catherine's continues to provide a safe and nurturing environment for boys in Kindergarten through Eighth grade.

In August of 2010, St. Catherine's began using the DBA, St. Catherine's Academy. The legal name of the school remain St. Catherine's Military Academy.

Impact Statement

St. Catherine’s Academy, a private resident/day school, builds within young men a faith -filled foundation for success, rooted in the Catholic, Dominican tradition. Academics are based on curriculum standards and are focused on the unique learning styles of boys. Opportunities for service to the community, and a military tradition dedicated to leadership, honor, and self-discipline create a well rounded approach. St. Catherine’s Academy strives to partner with parents while offering a strong academic program suited for the individuals through the differentiated approach in grades kindergarten through eighth. 

Top Accomplishments 2017-2018 school year:
  • Gained accreditation from WCEA -Western Catholic Educational Association
  • Gained accreditation from WASC- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • enhanced and expanded the Dominican Formation Program which provides students with opportunities to grow in spiritually,academics,leadership,and service
  • addition to the building is the new Robotics and Coding room,its a new program to enhance the learning for the students,as well as challenging curricular opportunities.
  • increased enrollment with 176 students, 40 percent residents, and 60 percent day students
  • attained superior student test scores
  • provided scholarship tuition to 14 under served boys in the Anaheim area, 100% funded by local businesses,foundations,and individual donors
  • strengthened and diversified our Board of Directors
  • added a full time position in the Advancement and Admissions Department
  • maintained a balanced budget for the past 5 years

Needs Statement

Immediate needs:
  1.  Scholarship funding for the Mother Pia program of $210,000
  2. Scholarship for students in need $100,000
  3. Playground with variety of elements for existing students $100,000
  4. Generator for use of back up $25,000
  5. Air conditioned units for Administrative and other buildings $50,000

CEO Statement

Dear Friends of St. Catherine’s,


To Praise, To Bless, To Preach


These words were given to us by St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order, over 800 years ago. The words that I shared with you are on the wall beneath the statue of St. Dominic. We live by these words at St. Catherine’s and the boys were excited to be present in this Chapel.


It is my hope that you will feel the presence of God and love of God in your lives each day. We are all called to take “pause” moments in our days to remember that we are loved. Visiting a Chapel is a good reminder, but just standing still can call us to God’s presence.


Did you know that St. Catherine’s Academy is beginning its 130th birthday year? Our actual birthday is the feast of St. Joseph, March 19. We will be celebrating on a weekend around that date.


We are very blessed by so many who continue to connect with us and respond to the needs of our school. Each day you are remembered in special prayers as we thank God for your “part of the heart” of our family, and for being the pulse of the life of St. Catherine’s.


Lots is happening at St. Catherine’s and we would love to show off the “newness” that is taking place. We invite you to come visit. We will always welcome you “Home”!


Please keep our boys and entire school family in your prayers….we pray for you each day!


May our good and gracious God surround you with joy and peace as we continue our life’s journey!


With a loving and grateful heart-


Sister Johnellen Turner, OP


St. Catherine’s Academy

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

All in kind, and monetary donations are welcomed.Donations can be mailed to St. Catherine's Academy at 215. N Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805 We are always happy to accept Volunteers, after completion of interview, and background check. We can accept donations via email at [email protected]

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
We have been serving Orange County, and its surrounding cities for over 129 years. We are in Anaheim, California. St. Catherine's was the first Catholic school in Orange County. We continue to serve as an all boys private Catholic school with a military tradition. We are a day and international boarding school. We have boys from all over the word, many from Mexico, South Africa, Vietnam, Canada, Tonga, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, UK, and Nigeria.  SCA's international program first began in 1936, and consisted of students from Mexico who wanted to learn English, and experience life in America. Our tradition of Mexican cadets remain very strong with many "legacy" students following in the footsteps of their fathers, and grandfathers who attended SCA decades earlier.   St. Catherine's Academy offers an English Language Learners (ELL) program for students whose native language is not English.  

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. Religion- Related - Roman Catholic
  3. Education - Alumni Associations



Mother Pia Scholarship Program

In 1889, Mother Pia founded St. Catherine’s Academy with the guiding mission of aiding the young, the poor, and the vulnerable. The Mother Pia Boys Scholarship continues her vision by providing full scholarships to the most at-risk youth in our community.

Working with The Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim, St. Catherine’s Academy identifies at-risk youth living in motels, foster care, Section 8 housing, and priority neighborhoods where drug abuse and gang violence are most prevalent.

Students are offered full tuition scholarships beginning in the lower grades and full five-day resident scholarships beginning in 4th grade (when SCA’s boarding program begins).

As weekday residents, these students can escape the gangs, drug abuse, and other crime that plague their neighborhoods to focus on school, make lasting friendships, join sports teams, and more – in other words, to just be kids. On weekends, they can return home to spend time with their families who love and care for them so deeply.

Budget  207,200
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Males At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  To fulfill our mission of  St. Catherine's Academy, to build within young men a foundation for success through a formation program rooted in the Dominican Charism. Our boys are actively involved in Community Service. They have chosen 4 non profits charities, such as The Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim, Grandmas House of Hope (a safe house for trafficked and abused women and children) La Palma Mercy Center (for the homeless),and St. Vincent De Paul kitchen at St. Boniface Parish. The boys each can choose to bring extra candy especially around holidays, toiletries, snacks, canned foods and misc items to donate and give back to their community. Our boys are learning how important it is to give back to those that are less fortunate.
Program Long-Term Success 

 St. Catherine’s Academy is in a unique position to help the under served &  motel kids in a very significant way.  The Mother Pia Boys Scholarship program welcomes under served boys  as day and weekday boarding students at no cost to their families.  At SCA, motel kids can be just kids.  Rather than worrying about having enough to eat, dodging gangs, and avoiding drugs, students have the chance to focus on school, make lasting friendships, join sports teams, and more, all in a safe and loving environment.  They receive an excellent education with the individualized attention needed to catch up and excel.  

    Lawrence is a fifth grader who has attended St. Catherine’s Academy since first grade. He and his mother, a single parent,     love St. Catherine’s Academy for many reasons, including the positive male role models of the military

department. Lawrence is a model student; he was recently named Cadet of the Month for his success in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. His teacher says, “Lawrence is a great leader and is respected by his fellow cadets. He has good work ethic. He is always respectful and courteous to others.” Lawrence gives back to SCA by serving as a student ambassador, providing tours for prospective families and other guests. His mother also donates many, many hours volunteering for various events on campus.

Program Success Monitored By  Mother Pia scholarship program  measures its success by graduating students. Our increased numbers in scholarships opportunities. In 2016, we had 8 boys at 100% fully funded scholarship. Now in 2018, we currently have 14 boys being fully sponsored  by foundations, community businesses, supporters, and private donors. 
Examples of Program Success  Our program is growing every year with new boys being offered the Mother Pia Scholar Program. Currently 100% of our members are expected to complete high school, and continue to a 4 year college. 


CEO/Executive Director Sister Johnellen Turner OP
CEO Term Start Aug 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Sister Johnellen Turner, OP. is the Administrator/Principal of St. Catherine’s Academy. Since 2007, she has been responsible for the daily operations and instructional leadership of SCA. Her goal is to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe Catholic learning environment that meets the school’s mission and philosophy.  Sister Johnellen believes that each child brings his/her own gifts and challenges and we help each child to be the person they were meant to be and to be proud of that.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Immaculate Conception Academy and Servite High School.  Sister Johnellen is a huge fan of the Dodgers and was blessed with a beautiful family. 

"I live in gratitude each day for God’s love and direction."
- Sister Johnellen Turner, OP

Expertise Areas: History, Theology, Education, Administration

Degrees: Masters in Pastoral Theology from Notre Dame University in Belmont, CA.;Bachelor of Arts in History from Holy Names College, Oakland;Certification or Masters Certification in Religion: Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange, Archdiocese of San Francisco, Diocese of Oakland

Awards: Distinguished Principal of the Year Award - National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

Experience: Principal/Adminstrator: St. Catherine's Academy- Anaheim, CA;Principal: St. Edward- Newark, CA;Principal: St. Anthony- San Francisco, CA;Principal: Our Lady of Mount Carmel- Montecito, CA;Principal: St. Callistus- Garden Grove, CA;Teacher: St. Ignatius- Los Angeles, CA;Principal: St. Callistus- Garden Grove, CA;Principal: St. Elizabeth- Oakland, CA;Associate Superintendent: Diocese of Oakland, CA;Director of Sponsored Schools: Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose- Fremont, CA

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Sister JoAnn Ashburn OP Vice Principal

Sister JoAnn Ashburn, OP graduated from the prestigious Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA.  She majored in Mathematics and double minored in Philosophy and Theology.  Sister JoAnn has taught for more than 35 years grades 1 -12 with the majority of the years spent teaching junior high level.  In addition to teaching, Sister JoAnn has also coached several sports including: volleyball, basketball, softball and track. She is even in the CYO Coaches Hall of Fame.

Sister JoAnn has been teaching at St. Catherine’s Academy since 2005 and has enjoyed every minute of it. 

During her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping and indulging in a good mystery book.

Expertise Areas: Mathematics, Philosophy and Theology

Year Started: 2005

Degrees: Major: Mathematics;Minor: Philosophy; Minor: Theology

Professional Interests: Teaching

Experience: St. Catherine's Academy 2005-present

Colonel Barry Bizzell Commandant

Colonel Bizzell is a California native who attended high school and college in Southern California.  After receiving his bachelor's degree Colonel Bizzell received a commission in the United States Marine Corps and became a Marine Corps aviator.  His 30-year military career took him to nearly all parts of the world and the United States.  His assignments while in the military spanned all facets of the military to include assignment as a commanding officer of his own aviation squadrons.  Colonel Bizzell retired from the Marine Corps while assigned to duty in Norfolk, Virginia after which he returned to his home state of California.  Upon his return he was hired by St. Catherine’s Academy as its new commandant; a position in which he still honorably serves.  After two years with St. Catherine’s Academy, Colonel Bizzell added to his duties by becoming a social studies teacher.

What inspired me to teach?

Some of the numerous assignments I had while serving in the Marine Corps were instructor tours.  Besides the command tours I was privileged to receive, my instructor (teaching) tours of duty were the most fulfilling.  For this reason I felt teaching would be an outstanding second career.

Degrees: Masters, Military History;Masters, Strategic Studies;Bachelor of Science, Zoology

Awards: Marine Corps Aviation Association 1994 Marine Naval Flight Officer of the Year;NATO Medal;Southwest Asia Medal;Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal;Saudi Arabia Medal for Kuwait Liberation;Kuwait Liberation Medal;Korean Service Medal;Marine Corps Commendation Medal;Joint Meritorious Service Medal;3 Meritorious Service Medals;Defense Meritorious Service Medal;Air Medal;Defense Superior Service Medal

Mrs. Katherine Borrelli Chief Financial Officer

Katherine Borrelli is the Chief Financial Officer of St. Catherine’s Academy.  Since 2005, she has been responsible for all school financial operations and reporting.  She also oversees the human resources administration and is a point of contact for risk management and IT services.

Katherine appreciates the opportunity to make a positive difference at St. Catherine’s and enjoys helping everyone from staff, Sisters, students, and parents.   She currently sits on St. Catherine’s Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Facilities Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and sits as a staff member on the Board of Directors.

She is a member of NBOA (National Business Officers Association) and CSUF Alumni Association.

Katherine, and her husband, William, enjoy traveling, gardening, and spending family time with their adult children, Mark (Rosie) and Britney (Luke), and new granddaughter, Aria.

Expertise Areas: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources

Degrees: Master of Business Administration-Concentration in Finance - California State University Fullerton;Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration -Concentration in Accounting California State University Fullerton

Experience: Chief Financial Officer, St. Catherine’s Academy 2005 to present;Chief Financial Officer, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce 2000 to 2005;Accounting Manager, Superior Group Industries 1990-2000


Award Awarding Organization Year
Accreditation for 6 YEARS Western Catholic Educational Association 2018
Accreditation for 6 YEARS Western Association of Schools and Colleges 2018
Excellence Program for Food Facilities County of Orange 2018
Placed as Honorable Mention AMSCUS 2018
Sweepstakes Award Katella High School Rookie Drill Meet 2018
Unwavering Support Award City of Anaheim Fire & Police Department 2017
Institutional Property Award City of Anaheim 2016
Non Profit Business of the Year Award Anaheim Chamber of Commerce 2013


Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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We currently collaborate with the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club with retention of cadets for our Mother Pia Scholarship program in which provides full scholarship to the under served, low income children living in section 8 housing, motels, overcrowded apartments. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 52
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 96%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 34
Hispanic/Latino: 28
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 41
Male: 23
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Peter Ganahl
Board Chair Company Affiliation President of Ganahl Lumber
Board Chair Term Aug 2008 - July 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Becky Areias Hilgenfeld Mortuary CEO Voting
Mr. Peter Bowen President of Servite High School Voting
Sister Mary Liam Brock O.P Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Voting
Mr. Seamus Crowley Orange County District Attorney Voting
Mr. Peter Ganahl President of Ganahl Lumber Voting
Mr. Jim Grass Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Mobilitie Voting
Mrs. Maria Hoffman Retired Educator Voting
Mr. Patrick Imburgia President/Owner of Mission Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Voting
Mr. Tim LeVecke Chairman of Levecke Foundation Voting
Mr. Gary Masciel Realtor/Owner of Masciel Real Estate Company Voting
Sister Carolyn Marie Monahan O.P Coordinator of Affiliate Schools Program for Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Voting
Mrs. Wendy Munua Gray Premier Banking Manager for Pacific Western Bank Voting
Mr. Daniel Sanford Consultant for NewCap Partners Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 98%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Administration
  • Board Governance
  • Campus Planning and Development
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Marketing
  • Scholarship
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2018 to July 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,899,480.00
Projected Expenses $4,899,292.00
Form 990s

2017 SCA Audit

2016 SCA Audit

2015 SCA Audit

Audit Documents

2017 SCA Audit

2016 SCA Audit

2015 SCA Audit

2014 SCA Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $4,758,138 $4,651,620 $4,224,546
Total Expenses $4,623,311 $4,655,888 $4,316,959

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$51,467 $230,750 $10,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $754,673 $614,652 $826,855
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,645,699 $3,526,317 $3,168,415
Investment Income, Net of Losses $39,949 $62,808 $69,263
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $222,350 $176,693 $110,013
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $44,000 $40,400 $40,000

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $3,832,459 $3,890,304 $3,592,330
Administration Expense $688,857 $659,177 $631,647
Fundraising Expense $101,995 $106,407 $92,982
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.00 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 84% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 10% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $3,219,316 $2,749,451 $2,381,681
Current Assets $3,097,096 $2,628,175 $2,207,483
Long-Term Liabilities $2,281,665 $2,281,665 $2,281,665
Current Liabilities $1,546,866 $1,330,054 $914,170
Total Net Assets $-609,215 $-862,268 $-814,154

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.00 1.98 2.41

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 71% 83% 96%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

St. Catherine's Academy is a fiscally sponsored project by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). USCCB is not required to file a 990. Financials are specific to St. Catherine's Academy. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with the organization.


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