Carondelet High School, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides quality Catholic education in a caring environment. Carondelet educates, challenges, and enables young women to integrate gospel values, to intelligently apply these values to their lives, and to reflect these values through leadership and service to the greater community.
Carondelet High School is a four-year Catholic high school serving young women of Contra Costa County. Since its founding in 1965, Carondelet has carried on a proud tradition of Christian community and academic excellence. Students are offered a full college preparatory curriculum. Our focus is a single-sex, comprehensive educational program designed to prepare women for leadership and service. On the junior and senior level, Carondelet and De La Salle, an adjacent Catholic boys' school, combine course offerings.
Co-curricular offerings include: A Cappella, animal rights club, biology club, book club, comedy club, creative writing club, history & politics club, honor societies, human life club, literary magazine, Model UN, multicultural club, peer counseling, peer tutoring, photography club, service clubs, student government, theater, yearbook, and interscholastic and intramural sports. Approximately 71% of the class of 2012 participated in at least one interscholastic sport in high school.
The campus is located thirty miles east of San Francisco, making it accessible to many cultural and educational facilities. The student population of about 800 provides a rich diversity reflecting the cultural, ethnic and socio-economic realities of the East Bay.
Serving the Community
One of the learning expectations for CHS students is “service to the dear neighbor.” From the class of 2012, eighty seniors received the President’s Lifetime Service Award for completing at least 100 hours of community service in their junior and senior years, even though community service is not a graduation requirement. Carondelet was honored in 2010 as National Recipient of the Silver Medallion for Outstanding School of Service, by the National Jefferson Award Selection Committee.
More than twenty-five percent of CHS students receive over one million dollars in tuition assistance. Carondelet funds both work grant programs and need-based scholarships.
Carondelet students must complete 240 credits for graduation. Requirements include: Religious Studies and English 40 credits, mathematics and social science 30 credits; laboratory science 25 credits; physical education/health 15 credits; visual and performing arts 15 credits.
For AP and honors classes students must meet GPA or course requirements and are limited to the number they take each year. Students are limited to the number taken each year.
Advanced placement classes are offered in the following subjects:
Calculus AB, Calculus BC; English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Government and Politics; Latin; Physics B; Psychology; Spanish; Studio Art: Drawing, 2-D, 3D; U.S. History.
- Honors courses include:
- Algebra 1, 2; Algebra w/Trigonometry; Biology; Chemistry; English 2; French 4; Geometry; Italian 2, 3; Physics; Pre-Calculus; Spanish 3.
GPA: Grades are weighted for honors and AP classes.
Class rank: Carondelet does not rank. A deciles system is used.
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