Chaminade College Preparatory School (California)

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Chaminade College Preparatory
High School Campus
7500 Chaminade Avenue
Los Angeles (West Hills), California 91304
United States
Coordinates 34°12′24″N 118°38′11″W / 34.20667°N 118.63639°W / 34.20667; -118.63639Coordinates: 34°12′24″N 118°38′11″W / 34.20667°N 118.63639°W / 34.20667; -118.63639
Type Private
Motto Per Matrem Ad Filium
(Through the Mother To the Son)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Established 1952
Oversight Archdiocese of Los Angeles
President Robert Webb
Principal Br. Tom Fahy
Faculty 103 (2014–15)
Teaching staff 99 (2014-15)
Grades 812
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1350 (2014-15)
Campus size 19.67 acres (7.96 ha)
Color(s) Orange and Navy Blue         
Athletics conference CIFSouthern Section
Mascot Eagle
Team name Eagles
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores 1721[2] (Nat'l Avg: 1500)
Average ACT scores 21 [3](Nat'l Avg:20-21)
Newspaper The Talon
Yearbook Aerie
Tuition $12,250 (2014–15)
Dean of Students Bryan Cantwell
Pamela Liceralde
Admissions Director Esther Bonino Bennett
Athletic Director Todd Borowski
Guidance & Counseling Director Juliana Gallant
Performing Arts Director Yvette Bishop
Middle School Campus
19800 Devonshire Street
Los Angeles (Chatsworth), California 91311
Coordinates 34°15′21″N 118°33′54″W / 34.25583°N 118.56500°W / 34.25583; -118.56500
Dean Michael Hart and Joe Norton
Principal Mike Valentine
Faculty 53 (2014–15)
Grades 68
Enrollment 682 (2014–15)
Campus size 16.82 acres (6.81 ha)
Accreditation WASC[1]
Newspaper The Screaming Eagle
Athletic Director Walt Stewart

Chaminade College Preparatory is a private Catholic preparatory school with two campuses in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Named after Society of Mary founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Chaminade College Preparatory consists of a middle school (encompassing grades 6–8) located in Chatsworth and a high school (encompassing grades 9–12) located in West Hills. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is a member of the approved Secondary Schools of the University of California.

Chaminade College Preparatory was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1998.


Originally called Chaminade High School for Boys, Chaminade College Preparatory was founded in 1952 on the former site of the Pacific Military Academy in West Los Angeles by members of the Marianist Province of the Pacific, who were seeking to expand their educational mission into Southern California. The school became nationally famous for the celebrity students who attended the school or came to its dances. The school's mascot name, the Eagles, can be traced to a tower at the school that featured an imposing Army Eagle emblem in tile, with the beak pointed toward the arrows as in wartime. The high school moved to its current location in West Hills (then part of Canoga Park) in 1961 after the brick buildings of the original campus were deemed unsound. A junior high school serving grades 7–9 was formed in 1967 when the former St. John's Military Academy in Chatsworth was leased by the school, expanding Chaminade's educational program from four to six years. A seventh year was added in 1989 with the addition of a 6th grade class to the junior high school; the ninth grade was moved to the high school campus that same year to accommodate the addition of the sixth grade to the junior high school, which would then become the middle school.

The school became co-educational in 1972, with the first female graduates in the Class of 1974. Chaminade's two campuses served as the primary locations for the 1976 film The Pom Pom Girls.[4]


Grading The school year is divided into two semesters and classes meet every other day for 87 minutes. Chaminade issues three progress grade reports per semester; however, only semester grades appear on the student’s permanent record at the end of each semester, in January and in June. It uses a 4.0 grading scale as follows: A = 90–100, B = 80–89, C = 70–79, D = 60–69, and F = 0–59.

Advanced Placement & HonorsThere are a total of 23 Advanced Placement and 18 Honors courses offered. In order to maintain a balanced course load, students are not allowed to take more than 8 year-long AP courses: 1 in 10th grade, 3 in 11th grade and 4 in 12th grade. In 2014, 473 Chaminade students took 911 AP examinations. Of the total exams taken 17% were a perfect score of 5, 22% were a score of 4, and 24% were a score of 3. With a score of 3 or higher, students may earn credit at many colleges and universities, it is also considered a passing score.[5]

Athletic Achievements[edit]

In 1997, the Chaminade Varsity girls' soccer team won its first of four consecutive CIF Championships.[citation needed]

In 1998, the boys' basketball team won its first of two consecutive CIF Championships.[citation needed]

In 2006, The Girls' Varsity Softball Team won its first of two consecutive CIF Championships

In 2010, The Boys' Golf team won CIF.[6]

In 2013, The Girls' soccer team won the CIF Southern Section Division I [7]

In 2013, a Chaminade Equestrian rode into 2nd place at Interscholastic Equestrian League [8]

In 2013, the Boys' Varsity Football team won the CIF Championship, CIF Regional Championship and CIF State Championship.[9][10]

In 2014, the Boys' Varsity Basketball team won the CIF state championship.3rd State Crown this season.[11]

In 2014, the Boys' Varsity Fencing team won the California State High School Fencing Championships.[12]

In 2014, the Chaminade Wrestling team won 4 medals at the Mission League Finals. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place.[13]

In 2015, the Girls' Basketball team won the CIF Southern Section Open Division championship.[14]

In 2015, the Men's Combined Fencing Team won the State Championships.[15]

Sports offered[edit]


  • Boys' Cross Country
  • Girls' Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls' Golf
  • Girls' Tennis
  • Girls' Field Hockey
  • Girls' Volleyball


  • Boys' Basketball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Wrestling


  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Girls' Lacrosse
  • Girls' Softball
  • Boys' Tennis
  • Boys' and Girls' (Coed) Track and Field
  • Boys' and Girls' Swimming
  • Boys' Volleyball


  • Fitness Program


  • Cheerleading
  • Coed Equestrian
  • Fencing

Clubs offered[edit]

For sports offered, see above section.

  • Ambassadors
  • Aerial Team
  • Armenian Cultural Studies Club
  • American Red Cross
  • Asian Cultural Studies
  • ATLAS Environmental Club
  • Band (Marching, Jazz, and Concert)
  • Black Cultural Studies
  • Blue Crew
  • Caring Hand for Children
  • Color/Winter Guard
  • Improvanade (Comedy Sportz)
  • Computer Programming Club
  • Chaminade Historical Society
  • Chaminade Model United Nations
  • Chaminade Music Collective
  • CSF (California Scholarship Federation)
  • Dance Team
  • Diversity Team & JDT (Junior Diversity Team)
  • Drama (Chaminade Players)
  • Eagle Business
  • Eagle Engineering (Robotics)
  • Film Club
  • HALT (Hunger Awareness)
  • Harmony Chorus
  • Healing Hands
  • High Sierra (Hiking)
  • International Culinary Club (ICC)
  • JAM (Joy through Art & Music)
  • JSA (Junior Statesmen of America)
  • Key Club International
  • L.I.F.E. Team
  • Link Crew
  • Lord's Chords
  • Material Girls (Quilting Club)
  • Mathletes
  • Mock Trial
  • My Name, My Story
  • National Art Honor Society (NAHS)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Operation Smile
  • PB&J (Peace, Beauty, and Justice Club)
  • Photography Club
  • Reach for the Starts
  • Reading Rainbow Book Club
  • Red Cross Club
  • Role Playing Club
  • Rocket Research Club
  • Science Club
  • Speech & Debate Society
  • Spiritones (Acapella Group)
  • Sport's Medicine
  • STRUT (Staying TRU Together)
  • Talon Newspaper
  • T.E.M.A Teens for Emergency Medical Aid
  • Team M-I-S-T
  • Water Project
  • Writers Block
  • W.W.F. (World Wildlife Club)
  • Yearbook
  • Young Artist Alliance

Notable alumni[edit]


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