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
Motto Called to be Light, Sent Forth to Shine
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1965
Founder Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
President Bonnie Cotter
Dean Julie Perry
Principal Kevin Cushing
Grades 9-12
Campus size 19 acres (77,000 m2)
Color(s) Red, white, and gold               
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section
Mascot Cougar
Nickname Cougars
Publication Carondeletter
Yearbook Kaleidoscope

Carondelet High School is an all-girls private Catholic high school in Concord, California, United States. Carondelet High School was founded in 1965 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The school enrolls about 800 students. It shares some resources with the all-boys 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.


Carondelet was founded in 1965, by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet.[1] as suggested by the first Bishop of Oakland, California, 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, and was 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 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]

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.[3] Only 4% of the student population is African American.


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 levels, provide a co-educational experience while maintaining individual school identity.

In 2013 Carondelet implemented a successful 1:1 iPad program, which will continue with the Class of 2020.

Extracurricular activities include 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; Animal Care Club; Martial Arts Club; Asian Music Club; Math Club; Badminton Club; Model United Nations; Black Student Union (BSU); National Honor Society (NHS); CSF (California Scholarship Federation); Newspaper; Dance Club; Not for Sale; Equestrian Club; Photography Club; Fashion Club; TECC - The Engineering Club @ Carondelet; French Honor Society; Rock Climbing Club; Gavaliers Club (Public Speaking); S (Soroptimist) Club; Girls Who Code; Sisters Helping Sisters; Interact; Spanish Honor Society; Intramurals Tahitian Club; Jefferson Awards; The Body Posture Club; Love for Life

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Carondelet High School: About CHS » History". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ "De La Salle High School: About Us » Our Mission". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ Black history lunch
  4. ^ "Carondelet High School: Student Life » Athletics » Teams & Schedules". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Player Bio: Sara Dukes". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Division I Women's Volleyball Championship History". NCAA. 
  7. ^ "Sara Dukes". Beach Volleyball Database. Archived from the original on 2012-10-31. 

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