School Profile

Mission Statement

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.

School Characteristics

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 Community

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.

Financial Aid

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. 

Grading System

GPA: Grades are weighted for honors and AP classes.
Class rank: Carondelet does not rank.  A deciles system is used.

A 94-100 C 74-76
A- 90-93 C- 70-73
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 84-86 D 64-66
B- 80-83 D- 60-63
C+ 77-79 F 59 or below


 Printable version of School Profile & College Matriculation

Student Services
Director of Admissions Kathy Harris
College Counselor (A-F) Linda Breazeale
College Counselor (G-O) Lisa Sciacca
College Counselor (P-Z) Neville Susich
Registrar Joanne Missaggia
2013 SAT Reasoning (93% of class tested)
  CHS avg National avg*
Critical reading 561 494
Math 531 499
Writing 570 493
2013 ACT Reasoning (77% of class tested)
Composite score 24.3 21.7
* Represents National Mean for Females
College Matriculation 2013
Four year college 89%
Two year college 10%
Total matriculation 99%
Statistics: Class of 2013
AP: 103 students completed 274 exams

80% of the scores earned were 3, 4 or 5

AP scholar 18
AP Scholar w/Honor 12
AP Scholar w/Distinction 9
National Merit: Commended Students 6
Hispanic Recognition Scholar 1

Accreditation & Membership

  • Western Association of Schools & Colleges
  • Western Catholic Education Association
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
Ethnicity Report 2013-2014
African American  2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4%
Caucasian 61%
East Indian 1/2%
Filipina 7%
Hispanic/Latina 14%
Multi-Racial 10%
Native American 1/2%
Other 1/2%
Unknown 1/2%