Winter 2016 Issue:  It is a remarkable time in the history of Carondelet High School! As we carry on the rich traditions given to us by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we also continue to grow, develop and change to best prepare our students to be women of heart, faith and courage today and in the future. We are excited to share with you, in the midst of our 50th anniversary, the extraordinary progress we are already making toward the goals of the Five-Year Strategic Plan our Board of Trustees approved just last year.

In this issue, you will discover how our mission, now as in 1965, reflects the values of our CSJ founders and inspires us to deliver a top-quality, holistic education for the young women entrusted to our care. You will learn how, under the confident leadership of new principal Kevin Cushing, we are expanding our academic programs to meet the evolving needs of our students. You will read about the ways we are ensuring, through the stewardship of new Director of Athletics Caitlin Lawson ‘05, that our athletic programs continue to thrive, producing not only top athletes but women who exemplify Carondelet’s values and spirit. You will note our dedication to renewing and strengthening our relationships with our amazing students, alumnae, families, friends and community partners. You will see how service to the community and to the world continues to be an integral part of the Carondelet spirit. And you will see our continual commitment to building an ever-stronger Board of Trustees, who protect and promote our mission through their vision, policy-making and fiduciary responsibilities. 

We hope you will enjoy these articles and updates, and I invite you to contact me anytime at 925.686.5353 with comments or questions, or to arrange to visit our school to see the incredible progress for yourself. Everyday, we feel blessed and thankful for friends and family like you, and for the honor of working with the young women who make Carondelet the dynamic and spirit-filled learning environment that it is.

- Bonnie A. Cotter, President 

(The Carondeletter is the Carondelet magazine. It is published semiannually.)

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Carondelet's History Book Published

Valiant Women

Carondelet High School -- The First Fifty Years 

Valiant Women tells the story of Carondelet's legacy of educating young women for leadership and service.

In 1965, six women of faith pioneered a venture in the walnut groves of Concord, California. Fifty years later, Carondelet High School's legacy of educating young women for leadership and service remains strong. Written by Sister Eleanor Eagan, CSJ, and featuring nearly 300 photos, Valiant Women tells the history of Carondelet's founding and captures stories of sisterhood, faith and community.

Books are only $15 each and can be ordered online or picked up in the Student Store.  $5 from every purchase will go toward the newly-created Sr. Eleanor Scholarship Fund for current students during the 2016-17 school year.

Follow this link to order your copy today!

Many The Gifts

This publication is a look back to fiscal year 2014-15 with the purpose of honoring the many individuals, businesses and foundations that have so generously supported Carondelet High School’s mission and work.