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Mary Star of the Sea High School
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“Challenging students to reach their full human potential through a living faith in God”
Mary Star of the Sea High School, located in San Pedro, California, serves the Los Angeles Harbor and surrounding communities. The school is operated by Mary Star of the Sea Parish under the supervision of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The school focuses on the fundamentals of a quality education interwoven with strong Catholic principles. The curriculum is grounded in a college preparatory program with a four-year honor track option. This is enhanced by an average class size of 21 and a committed, quality faculty.
Guided by the Norbertine Fathers, Mary Star promotes growth in self-discipline and responsibility through leadership, athletic, and service opportunities. In the context of a small community environment based on mutual respect, Mary Star of the Sea High School focuses its attention on four principal goals for each student: nourishing the soul (Catholicism), cultivating personal integrity (Character), challenging the mind (Curriculum) and fostering social responsibility (Community). None of these goals can be viewed in isolation from the others; without any one of them, the end result of a truly Catholic education cannot be attained.

Throughout the centuries of her existence, the Catholic Church has sponsored institutions of learning to challenge the human mind in the pursuit of knowledge, truth and wisdom. While serving a wide variety of academic abilities and gifts, Mary Star of the Sea High School challenges every student in a focused and disciplined educational environment, which integrates the Catholic faith across the curriculum. Mary Star students are genuine thinkers who possess a solid foundation in the core curriculum and are prepared for the challenges of higher education and the workplace.
A student of Mary Star of the Sea High School must successfully achieve a minimum of 240 academic units to graduate; each course completed with a passing grade is equivalent to 5 units per semester. In addition to their academic requirements, students must accumulate a minimum 80 hours of Christian service prior to graduation.
  • English 4 years / 40 units
  • Science 2.5 years / 25 units
  • Religion 4 years / 40 units
  • Language 2 years / 20 units
  • Social Studies 3.5 years / 35 units
  • P.E./Health 1 year / 10 units
  • Mathematics  3 years / 30 units
  • Fine Arts 1 year / 10 units
  • Electives 3 years / 30 units
  • Service 4 years / 80 hours 
Mary Star of the Sea High School offers 18 Advanced Placement and Honors courses to academically eligible students. Honors classes cross all four grade levels including Honors English 9 and Honors British Literature; Honors World History; Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry; Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, and Honors Trigonometry/Pre Calculus. Advanced Placement courses challenge students in AP Calculus, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Government, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, and AP U.S. History. Mary Star offers exceptional students the opportunity to take additional Advanced Placement exams based on independent preparation. In 2017, 77.5% of Mary Star who took AP Exams earned scores of 3+ (3, 4, or 5) which exceeds both the California (62%) and Global (60%) percentages. Additionally, many students took multiple AP Exams as 97 different students took an exam, but the school submitted a total of 172 exams.
Mary Star of the Sea High School provides for the needs of both the college bound and non-college bound student. The school’s curriculum meets all state, archdiocesan and college requirements, particularly entrance requirements into the University of California and the California State University systems. Mary Star teachers use the following Grading Scale to compute assignments, tests and report cards:
  • A 100-95             
  • A- 94-90            
  • B+ 89-87                       
  • B 86-83      
  • B- 82-80
  • C+ 79-77
  • C 76-73
  • C- 72-70      
  • D+  69-67
  • D 66-63
  • D- 62-60
  • F 59 and below
Honor roll status for Mary Star of the Sea High School students is based on the previous semester’s grades. Mary Star uses unweighted and weighted (when applicable) GPAs in the selection process of valedictorian and salutatorian, undergraduate awards, honor rolls, class rank and other award societies. Students earning a GPA of 3.80 and above receive the Principal's Honor Roll, and between 3.50 and 3.79 obtain Honor Roll; those between 3.49 and 3.00 are placed on the Blue and Gold Achievement List. Mary Star of the Sea High School hosts 10 Honor Societies on campus including Mu Alpha Theta (for Junior and Senior math students), National Art Honor Society (all grades), Science National Honor Society (for Junior and Senior science students), National English Honor Society (all grades), National Beta Club for student service (all grades), National Latin Society, Sociedad De Amistad, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, California Scholarship Federation, and National Honor Society.

  • Arizona State University Golden State Scholarship
  • Benedictine College Academic Scholarship
  • Biola University Dean’s Scholarship
  • California State University, Chico Honors Program
  • California State University, Fullerton Accepted with Honors
  • Creighton University Founder’s Award
  • Fordham University Dean's Scholarship
  • George Fox University Stevens Scholar Award
  • Grand Canyon University President’s Scholarship
  • Hendrix College Academic Scholarship
  • Hendrix College Odyssey Award
  • Johnson and Wales University California Scholarship
  • Johnson and Wales University Campus Award
  • Loyola Marymount University Academic Merit Scholarship
  • Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award
  • Loyola Marymount University Arrupe Scholarship
  • Loyola Marymount University Early Action Award
  • Loyola Marymount University Leavey Family Scholarship
  • Loyola University, Chicago, Presidential Scholarship
  • Marian University Trustee Scholarship
  • Mount St. Mary's University Founders Scholarship
  • Mount St. Mary's University President's Award
  • Northern Arizona University Accepted with Honors
  • Northern Arizona University Founder’s Scholarship Blue Award
  • Northern Arizona University Founder’s Scholarship Gold Award
  •  Regis University Leadership Award
  • Saint Mary’s College Presidential Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • Seton Hall University Scholarship
  • Seton Hall University Summer Scholarship
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • St. John’s University Academic Award Scholarship
  • St. John’s University Catholic High School Award
  • St. John’s University Hugh L. Carey Award
  • St. John’s University St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship
  • St. Leo University Academic Merit Scholarship
  • St. Mary's College Dean's Scholarship
  • Texas Christian University Chancellor’s Scholarship
  • Tulane University Chancellor’s Scholarship
  • University of Arizona Academic Award Scholarship
  • University of Arizona Excellence Award
  • University of California, Santa Barbara Promise Scholar
  • University of Iowa ROTC Academic Scholarship
  • University of Mary Sister Thomas Welder Scholarship
  • University of Montana Western States Scholarship
  • University of Notre Dame Provost's Scholarship
  • University of Notre Dame University Scholarship
  • University of San Francisco Scholar Award
  • Weber State University Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Scholarship
  • Wichita State University Academic Scholarship
S.A.T. SCORES – Class of 2021
Ninety-eight percent of the graduating class sought higher education; one Military Enlistment. The average College Bound SAT score for Mary Star students, using the new SAT format, was 1222 while the national mean was only 1057. The following represents the scoring range achieved on the SAT for the students who took the test with Mary Star students outshining the national mean score:
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) Math
MSHS Mean Score 2021: 584 MSHS Mean Score 2021: 638
National Score 2020: 528 National Score 2020: 523

Mary Star of the Sea High School is proud of the diversity of college and university acceptances reflected by the Class of 2021. Ninety-eight percent of the class plans to attend the college or university of their choice while one student chose to enter the military. The Class of 2021 was accepted into the following colleges and universities:

American University

Arizona State University

Benedictine College

Boise State University

California Lutheran University

California Polytechnic State University

California State Polytechnic University Pomona

California State University Channel Islands

California State University Dominguez Hills Mount St. Mary’s University

California State University Fullerton

California State University Long Beach

California State University Long Beach

California State University Los Angeles

California State University Monterey Bay

California State University Northridge

California State University Sacramento

California State University San Bernardino

California State University San Marcos

California State University Sonoma

Cañada College

Case Western Reserve University

Charles Drew University

Concordia University Irvine

Creighton University

Dean College

Delta Community College

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Eastern Gateway Community College

El Camino College

El Camino College - LMU Transfer Pathway Program

E.I. School of Professional Makeup

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Franciscan University of Steubenville

George Mason University

Greystone Preparatory School

Harbor Occupational Center

Illinois State University

Indiana University

Iowa State University

Irvine Valley College

Long Beach City College

Los Angeles Harbor College

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Marquette University

Marymount California University

Miami Culinary Institute

Miami University

Michigan State

Michigan State University

Montana State University

Mount St. Mary’s University

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Orange Coast College

Oregon State University

Pasadena City College

Pennsylvania State University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rutgers University

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Clara University

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College - Honors Program

Santa Monica College - Scholars Program

Schreiner University

Seattle University

Sonoma State University

Southern California Regional Occupational Center

Southwestern Oregon Community College

St. Edward’s University

St. John’s University

Universal Technical Institute

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Merced

University of California Riverside

University of California San Diego

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Kansas

University of La Verne

University of Mary

University of Oregon

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of the Pacific

University of Washington

University of Wyoming

Virginia Tech University

Walsh University

Washington State University

West Coast University

Whittier College

Wilmington Skills Center

Woodbury University