Carondelet High School

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Carondelet High School
1133 Winton Drive
Concord, California
United States
Coordinates 37°56′2″N 122°1′59″W / 37.93389°N 122.03306°W / 37.93389; -122.03306Coordinates: 37°56′2″N 122°1′59″W / 37.93389°N 122.03306°W / 37.93389; -122.03306
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1965
Founder Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
President Bonnie Cotter
Principal Kevin Cushing
Asst. Principal

Jessica (Smith) Mix '99

Pamela Seto
Grades 9-12
Campus size 19 acres (77,000 m2)
Color(s) Red, White, Gold               
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section
Mascot Cougar
Nickname CHS, Cougars
Publication Carondeletter
Yearbook Kaleidoscope

Carondelet High School is an all-girls private Catholic high school in Concord, California. Carondelet High School was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The school of about 800 students was founded in 1965. It shares some resources with the all-boys school, De La Salle High School, which is across a side-street that separates them. De La Salle High School was founded by the Christian Brothers. Students in their junior and senior years are able to take classes at the other school for four of the school's six class periods, and also as lowerclassmen for language and art. The school is located within the Diocese of Oakland.

Mission: Carondelet High School inspires excellence by preparing young women to live with heart, faith and courage in the Catholic tradition and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph. (2015)

Vision: A Carondelet graduate is empowered by her Catholic, college-preparatory education and is known as a woman who responds to the needs of the times and makes a positive difference. (2015)

Philosophy: As a shared endeavor with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Carondelet High School community undertakes to enrich significantly the lives of young persons entrusted to them through education based on the following beliefs:

  • We believe that education is a religious activity as stated in the Catholic tradition, and we seek to open students to a knowledge that they are children of God and bear responsibilities as members of the human community.
  • We believe in the development within the school of a Christian community which enriches the lives of our students, promotes their spiritual growth, and fosters their concern for the global community.
  • We believe in the pursuit of educational excellence, the encouragement of creativity, and the support of intellectual curiosity, inquiry, and integrity.
  • We believe in the dignity of the individual, the value of diversity, and the need for reconciliation and mutual respect.
  • We believe in an environment which nurtures personal well-being and healthy lifestyles.
  • We believe that we are called to challenge our students to be good citizens, capable of leadership and responsive to the needs of others.


Carondelet was founded in 1965, by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet.[1] as suggested by the first Bishop of Oakland, CA, Bishop Floyd Begin of Oakland.[1] At that time, Carondelet was the only Catholic high school for girls in Contra Costa County. It opened in September 1965 consisting of only six classrooms and six teachers, three sisters and three lay women.[1] The freshman class was of only 115 young women. The school was completed on October 22, 1966, being dedicated to Bishop Floyd Begin.

In September 1969, Carondelet established a cooperative academic program with De La Salle High School,[2] the all boys Roman Catholic campus which is located across the street.[1] Thus, Carondelet expanded their academics by allowing juniors and seniors from both schools to attend selected classes from either campus.[1]


Students are offered a challenging college preparatory curriculum including elective courses in art, music, physical education and computer science. AP and Honors courses in English, Math, Social Studies, Modern Languages, Science and Visual and Performing Arts are available as well as an Educational Resource Program for those students in need of academic support. The combined course offerings of Carondelet and De La Salle, an adjacent Catholic boys’ school, at the Junior and Senior level, provides a co-educational experience while maintaining individual school identity.

In 2013 Carondelet implemented a 1:1 iPad program with the Class of 2017 and plan to continue this program with the Class of 2018.

Extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, campus ministry, theater, honor societies, interscholastic sports, music, peer counseling, athletics, student government and yearbook.


Fall Winter Spring Year-round
Cross Country (JV, V) Soccer (F, JV, V) Track & Field Cheer (JV, V)
Water Polo (JV, V) Basketball (F, JV, V) Swimming (JV, V) Dance (JV, V)
Volleyball (F, JV, V) Diving (JV, V)
Cheer team Lacrosse (JV, V)
Golf Softball (JV, V)
Tennis (JV, V)


Clubs and councils[edit]

ASB Council; Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Councils; Spiritual Life Council; A-Team; E-Team; Speech and Debate Team; Activity Representatives; Amnesty International; Spanish Honor Society; Spanish Literature Club; French Club; Latin Club; Car Club; Yearbook; Japanese Animation Guild; Science Club; Model UN Club; Inkblot (literary magazine); Knitting Club; and many others.


In February 2014, the school announced it had stopped its plan to serve fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon in celebration of Black History Month after many found the idea offensive.[4] Only 1.8% of the student population is African American.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Carondelet High School: About CHS » History". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ "De La Salle High School: About Us » Our Mission". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Carondelet High School: Student Life » Athletics » Teams & Schedules". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  4. ^ Black history lunch
  5. ^ "Player Bio: Sara Dukes". Stanford University. 
  6. ^ "Division I Women's Volleyball Championship History". NCAA. 
  7. ^ "Sara Dukes". Beach Volleyball Database. 

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