Campus Layout

St. Catherine’s

Home to our counseling offices, Registrar, school nurse, and of course Pilot Café! At OLP, your assigned counselor stays with you for all four years allowing you both the opportunity to really know each other. This counselor will not only help you adjust to life at OLP, but will also guide you through the course selection process each year and culminate in walking you through the college application process.

Our food provider, The French Gourmet, serves up a multitude of offerings each day in Pilot Café. From a full hot entree with sides to grab and go flat bread pizzas, a well appointed salad bar and soup of the day, there is something for everyone. The French Gourmet also runs our phenomenal coffee cart, Common Grounds, located on Lower Plaza.

Circle Drive

It’s not just the place where you greet your friends every morning at drop off, it’s also somewhere to enjoy your French Gourmet lunch, take an outdoor study break, and catch up with friends.

North Terrace

While North Terrace is not in the center of our campus, it is certainly the heart of it. The iconic space is where graduation takes place and offers a breathtaking view of the valley below. It is where we socialize during on-campus school dances, welcome alumnae back for reunions, and where you can often find students lounging on picnic blankets during their lunches and breaks.

Holy Family Event Center

Home of OLP Pilot Athletics as well as where we gather for mass, assemblies, and guest speakers. The Event Center is often a hub of activity bringing all 750 students, faculty, and staff together to celebrate the big and the small moments together as a community. 

Just outside the Event Center, you can take in the beauty of the Martha McRoskey Place of Peace, home to a replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà. The space also houses The Butterfly Project, which was founded by educator Jan Landau and artist Cheryl Rattner Price in 2006 at the San Diego Jewish Academy. OLP students have been participating in the project through the course “Examining the Holocaust Through Literature.” This artistic and educational project memorializes the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and honors the survivors. The Martha McRoskey Place of Peace serves as an interfaith sacred space in honor of the work of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet that continues still today.

The Point

The only spot on campus where you can catch an ocean view, the Point can serve as a space to get away from it all for a minute. It also serves as a sports court with a putting green and plenty of space for PE classes and athletic teams to practice. Oftentimes, you can find the archery team out there honing their skills. 

Carondelet

Along with North Terrace, Carondelet is the heart and home of OLP. Having been a family home prior to the sisters purchasing the property, you get a true sense of belonging, family, and history when you walk through the doors of this historic building. It is currently home to many administrative offices, but is a space where students, faculty, and staff use for a multitude of purposes.

Chapel & Chapel Garden

The OLP Chapel is home to masses and choir performances. Outside is our beautiful garden, a centrally located space on campus to study, visit with friends, catch up with teachers, and just enjoy a quiet moment. 

Navarra Hall

Newly renovated in 2020, Navarra Hall is the perfect blend of OLP’s historical presence and OLP’s future. Named for the mother of Ann Navarra ’63, the Esther Sanfilippo Navarra Hall showcases our CSJ heritage and our Catholic faith. Within the walls of Navarra Hall are the Le Puy en Velay, France (where the CSJ were founded) and Downtown San Diego Murals, which were lovingly preserved from the original building; the CSJ Wall: Uncommon Women for an Uncommon Time; the St. Teresa of Calcutta Mosaic and Relic; and the lace panels woven throughout the building. 

You won’t want to miss the PTV Studio, also known as Pilot Productions. PTV now has the space to match their high-caliber program. If you have any interest in broadcast journalism, video editing, or production, then you may very well find a home at OLP in PTV. With a full sound and editing room as well as state of the art technology, PTV is able to broadcast to our full school community daily and produce high quality videos for student learning and promotional use.

Shiley Center for Science and Innovation

Newly renovated in 2020, the Shiley Center for Science and Innovation is home to OLP STEM. The Maker’s Space with indoor/outdoor learning species is equipped with power tools, 3D printers, and moveable work benches. Robotics students could not be more pleased with the resources now available at their fingertips! Additionally, Shiley Hall boasts six, brand new, state of the art science labs.

Aquinas Amphitheater

Not only is the amphitheater a great place to sit and enjoy time with your friends, it is also where you can marvel at your sisters talents during Wacky Wednesday activities or take in a school play as it has been used for past performing arts productions such as Hamlet in fall 2019. 

Lower Plaza

Home to Common Grounds, Lower Plaza is definitely an extension of St. Joseph’s Plaza. Grab a coffee, boba, or smoothie to go along with the delicious pastry that was calling your name at break!

St. Cecilia’s

Home to the OLP Library, Mrs. Hooper’s office, the Business Office, the music room, and Mrs. Devereaux’s iconic classroom! St. Cecilia’s was originally the Carriage House and Observatory for the Van Druff Estate.

Qualiato

Formerly known as St. Margaret’s, Qualiato was built while Mother St. Catherine Beavers was the Principal of OLP. It is not certain for which St. Margaret our building was named since there are a number of Catholic saints named Margaret. In 1996, the building was renovated and renamed Qualiato. This name is the maiden name of the major donor for the building, who named it in honor of her parents.

St. Joseph’s Plaza

Definitely the hub of campus activity. You will most likely find your friends on St. Joseph Plaza during break, enjoying their Common Ground smoothie and chocolate chip cookie!