• Press Release: Carondelet Student Athletes Sign Letters of Commitment to Play Collegiate Sports

    Posted November 13, 2015

    Concord, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2015) – Carondelet High School honored its athletes today in a special ceremony that recognized the achievements of the school’s fall sports: golf, volleyball, tennis, water polo and cross country – all of which made it to the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs – and celebrated the accomplishments of six students who signed letters of commitment to play collegiate sports. WATCH THE VIDEO

    Athletics Letter of Intent Nov. 2015 Carondelet_9520.jpg

    “Our student athletes are incredibly dedicated,” said Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson ‘05. “They work hard both on the field and in the classroom, so it is no surprise that colleges want them in their program.”

    Every year high school athletes who commit to playing collegiate sports for a particular university have the option of signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for that school. At Carondelet’s celebration, six students signaled their intent to continue their athletic career in college.

    Read More
  • Model United Nations

    Posted November 9, 2015
    model UN.jpg

    Our Model United Nations students participated in the annual Model UN conference Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Diablo Valley College.

  • Open House Brings Hundreds of New Families to Campus

    Posted November 2, 2015
    Open House 2015 Collage 2.jpg

    Thank you for making our Open House on Sunday, Nov. 1, a wonderful experience for prospective families! Nearly 400 young women visited our campus with their family, and many told us how impressed they are with the Carondelet students, teachers and parents with whom they interacted!

    If you know someone who is planning to apply to Carondelet, please remind them that early bird applications are due Nov. 11, and the application deadline is Dec. 4. Thank you again for helping us demonstrate the spirit of Carondelet.

  • St. Marty's Party Success

    Posted November 2, 2015
    St. Marty's Collage.jpg

    What a fun and festive way to end October! Last Thursday, over 70 ghosts, goblins and fairytale princesses from St. Martin de Porres in Oakland and Building Blocks in Concord enjoyed an afternoon of costumes, pizza, Halloween candy, face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games and prizes at our annual St. Marty's Party. Seeing the children's faces light up when they arrived on campus and were greeted by their "buddy" and then given their very own costume and hand-sewn pillowcase for collecting all their treasures was priceless! Thank you - students, families and faculty - for making our annual St. Marty's Party possible!

  • A Celebration of Peace

    Posted September 22, 2015
    Prayer for Peace 2 Collage.jpg

    On the eve of Pope Francis' visit to the United States, our students participated in a moving "Prayer for Peace" Liturgy. Thank you to the four young women who shared powerful reflections about the injustices they see in our world and for reminding us of Pope Paul VI's advice: "If you want peace, work for justice."

  • 50 Years Ago - This Week!

    Posted September 9, 2015
    1965 Three Sisters Sepia.tif

    On September 7, 1965, Carondelet High School opened its doors to 120 eager freshman students. Sister Kathleen Francis taught English and history, Sister Margaret Alacoque taught Spanish and algebra and Sister Edward Mary taught Latin and social studies.

  • Joan Tracy Featured in Today's Catholic Teacher Magazine for her Expertise in Finding Credible Sources

    Posted May 1, 2015

    Joan Tracy Article.png

    Do you or your students need help figuring out if a source is credible or not? If so, we highly recommend you read this article from the April/May 2015 issue of Today's Catholic Teacher Magazine where Joan Tracy helps demystify which source to cite and which source to skip.

    Read the pdf article here, or visit Today's Catholic Teacher website to view the article online.

  • Celebrating Our 50th Day of School

    Posted October 27, 2015
    50th Day Collage.jpg

    In celebration of the 50th day of school on Oct. 26, students were treated to some fun surprises!

    At an impromptu assembly just before lunch, several students received gift cards for being the 50th student in each class (alphabetical order), the 50th car in line for drop-off, having lockers 50A and 50B, and having a parking spaces with a 50 in it. The girls in Cougar FAM #50 earned the right to wear jeans on Tuesday.

    The entire Carondelet family also enjoyed little bags of red-and-white candies, and got a sneak peek at the fun routine that our dancers will perform this week for our St. Marty's Party!

  • A Week of Celebration

    Posted September 14, 2015
    Welcome Back Week Collage.jpg

    Although only four days, last week was full of cheer, remembrance, and joy. So great to rejoice in 50 years of educating women of heart, faith, and courage with all members of our community, alumnae, and honorable guests connecting in celebration. Friday’s welcome rally captured the creativity and welcoming spirit of our special community…really awesome witnessing individual classes joining other classes in their dance and skits with reassurance, merriment, applause, and songs reflecting the previous 5 decades.

  • Press Release: Carondelet Cougar Roars to Life with Fresh New Look

    Posted August 5, 2015

    Athletics program kicks off the school year with new logo, mission, director and partnerships

    Varsity volleyball players Shaelyn McHugh ‘16, Sarah Hodson ‘16, and Dom Carpinello ‘16 show off Carondelet’s powerful new cougar, which is being released on the eve of the school’s 50th year.
    Varsity volleyball players Shaelyn McHugh ‘16, Sarah Hodson ‘16, and Dom Carpenello ‘16 show off Carondelet’s powerful new cougar, which is being released on the eve of the school’s 50th year.

    Concord, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Carondelet High School proudly released its new cougar today, which is leaping across the freshly painted gym floor and onto Carondelet’s new athletic uniforms and gear.

    “Strong, courageous, proud, and graceful, the cougar is the ideal mascot for Carondelet High School, whose student athletes embody these attributes as they engage in 26 teams, including 12 CIF-sanctioned sports,” said Carondelet’s new Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson ’05.

    Unveiled for the start of the 2015-16 school year, the new look of the mascot – a sleek, majestic, bounding cat – also demonstrates the forward movement, unlimited possibility, and power of Carondelet’s incredible community of students and alumnae. Since 1976, the cougar has been the Carondelet mascot – replacing, by popular student vote, the “conquistador,” the school’s original mascot. Now, as Carondelet begins the celebration of its 50th year, a new image of its cougar is moving the school forward.

    The new cougar pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of Carondelet’s student athletes, coaches and fans, and highlights the importance of women’s sports, which can increase girls’ confidence, teamwork, leadership skills and their commitment to academics.

    As part of Carondelet’s renewed commitment to its extensive and competitive athletics program, it has unveiled a new athletics mission statement, vision statement and core values that demonstrate the school’s appreciation for how sports positively impact athletes’ lives and experience in high school and beyond.

    Read More
  • Help Us Celebrate

    Posted July 3, 2015


    Carondelet High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary! To commemorate this special occasion, we are infusing the spirit of our mission and history into all of our activities throughout the 2015-16 school year, with events for every member of the Carondelet family and community - including a three-day Grand Reunion with De La Salle Sept. 11-13. Please click here to read more about what we have planned.

  • Press Release: Carondelet High School Appoints New Athletics Director

    Posted June 22, 2015
    Caitlin Headshot.jpg

    2005 Alumna to Head Athletics Program Featuring 500 Student Athletes

    Concord, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – Following a national search that generated more than 100 highly-qualified applicants from around the country, Caitlin Lawson, a 2005 alumna of Carondelet High School, has been appointed as the school’s new Director of Athletics.

    “Caitlin brings an intelligence, passion and enthusiasm for athletics, education and the tradition of Carondelet,” said President Bonnie Cotter. “As a student athlete who excelled both here at Carondelet and in collegiate sports, Caitlin understands the discipline it takes to be a true team player.”

    Caitlin was hired to replace retiring Athletics Director Gleam Green, who had served in this capacity since 2000. Prior to joining Carondelet, Caitlin worked as both a teacher and an administrator. She comes to Carondelet from Bentley School in Oakland, where she most recently served as the K-8 Athletics Director. Prior to Bentley, she worked at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles as the Assistant Athletics Director. Caitlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Journalism from Pepperdine University, where she played Division 1 volleyball. She also earned a Master's degree in Teaching/Social Studies from the University of Southern California.

    “I am honored to return to Carondelet to lead a department that features some of the most competitive girls’ sports teams in the region,” Lawson said.

    (for complete press release, follow the "read more" link below)

    Read More
  • School's Out for Summer

    Posted June 3, 2015

    As we celebrate the end of the school year, we want to thank you for your continued partnership and congratulate your daughters and their teachers for their hard work and dedication to excellence. It has been an amazing year!

    Over the summer, our work here will continue as we prepare for next year when we will welcome new principal Kevin Cushing and celebrate our 50th anniversary.

    We are so proud to have unveiled our renewed mission and vision statements this year and, as part of our new strategic plan, we are actively integrating these core statements into all that we do, in the relationships we continue to build, and in our communications to our families, alumnae, community partners, partner schools and the broader community. (follow the below link to read the full article)

    Read More
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate 365 Years!

    Posted October 15, 2015
    CSJ Seal.jpg

    Today, 365 years ago (in 1650) the Congregation of St. Joseph was formally constituted by the Bishop of LePuy as the first Sisters of St. Joseph. These six women, who began meeting in a tiny kitchen in war-ravaged LePuy France, had a common desire to grow in their love of God and serve the unmet needs of the desperately poor in the city around them, whom they called "the dear neighbors." Just as these six women saw a need and responded, so did a group of Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet in 1965 when they established Carondelet High School as the only Catholic secondary school for young women of Contra Costa County. We thank the six original founders and the many CSJ Sisters who have followed in their footsteps.

  • Carondelet Mourns the Loss of Catholic Education Champion

    Posted July 10, 2015
    Dedication of the Garaventa Center, October 23, 1998.
    Dedication of the Garaventa Center, October 23, 1998.

    With gratitude and respect, the Carondelet community mourns the loss of Mrs. Mary Candida Garaventa, who passed away June 29, 2015.

    Mrs. Garaventa was a faithful friend and generous benefactor who, along with her husband Silvio, was deeply committed to supporting quality Catholic education at Carondelet High School and schools throughout the Bay Area.

    Although she was not a graduate of our school, Mrs. Garaventa embodied the mission and spirit of a Carondelet woman – she lived her life with heart, faith and courage, caring for and serving her community in innumerable ways.

    Deeply devoted to her family and her faith, Mrs. Garaventa sent her three daughters to Carondelet High School, with her eldest, Cookie, among the first graduating class in 1969. Her six granddaughters also attended Carondelet.

    Among the many gifts she and her family bestowed upon the school, Mrs. Garaventa established scholarships for underserved young women who wanted to pursue a Catholic education.

    In 1998, Carondelet was honored to dedicate its multi-purpose building as the Garaventa Center, named in honor of their generous family. (pictured)

    We are grateful for Mrs. Garaventa’s long-standing support of our school and we send our deepest condolences and blessings to her family as we hold her memory close in our hearts.

  • Find Us, Follow Us, Like Us, Love Us!

    Posted June 9, 2015

    Stay up to date with what's happening with our students and alumnae by connecting with us on social media. If you have a story you think we'd like to share, send us an email at cditzel@carondeleths.org.

    Facebook - www.facebook.com/CarondeletHighSchool
    Instagram - instagram.com/carondelet_hs
    Twitter - @Carondelet_HS
    Athletics Twitter - @Go_Carondelet
    LinkedIn Alumnae Group

  • Congratulations Class of 2015!

    Posted May 26, 2015

    This past weekend was bittersweet for our Carondelet community as we sent another class of graduates off into the world. These young women have been such an integral part of our lives for the past four years as we helped to nurture and challenge them to discover and embrace their many unique talents and gifts.
    They are strong, capable women who have excelled in academics, leadership, service, artistic endeavors and athletic pursuits. They now have the opportunity to build on the foundation they have received from Carondelet as they strive to become all of which they are capable and continue to follow God’s light in serving all of His creation with equal love and equal care.

    Class of 2015 – Congratulations and God Bless all of you.

    Read More
  • 2015-2016 Department Chairs

    Posted May 19, 2015

    As we continue to move forward with our strategic vision to ensure continued innovation in our academic departments through the years ahead, we are pleased to announce the restructuring of our academic department chair positions, and the appointments made to fill these expanded roles.

    Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, our department chairs will be collaboratively engaged in leading curriculum innovation and teacher development to create a vision for their departments that inspires excellence in meeting the needs of our students. Their work will include researching best practices, visiting schools demonstrating excellence, and staying abreast of trends and opportunities in Catholic and women's education as part of a departmental audit and assessment.

    We are excited to announce the following appointments:

    English: Mrs. Hayley Shapland
    Kinesiology: Mrs. Stephanie Cline
    Math: Mrs. Lesley Schooler '96
    Modern Language: Mrs. Jennifer Mammola
    Religious Studies: Mrs. Jennifer Reinwald
    Science: Mrs. Merrilee Silveira '88
    Social Studies: Mr. Phil Miller
    Visual and Performing Arts: Mrs. Amy Way
    (follow this link to read the department chair bios)

    The new chairs have been provided with more time and flexibility to work within their departments and across all departments to facilitate successful student outcomes, and to focus on teacher observation and professional development. They will also gather and analyze data to prepare for our re-accreditation, and help ensure a dynamic educational environment that is meeting the needs of our students now and in the future.

    We are so pleased that after a regional search we found the best candidates from within our very own Carondelet faculty. We are proud that we have a strong group of educators who are so committed to the success of our students and our school and who are eager to lead the way for our exciting and dynamic future.

  • Golf Team Wins Poppy Ridge Classic

    Posted September 29, 2015
    Golf Poppy Ridge Classic.jpg

    Congratulations to the golf team who won the Poppy Ridge Classic Golf Tournament, led by Yealimi Noh '19, who shot a tournament low, 3-under-par, 67 to win the individual medal, and Angela Bagasbas '18 who shot a 3-over-par 75.

    Keep up to date with all our athletics news by following us on Twitter at @Go_Carondelet!

  • Serving the Dear Neighbor

    Posted April 27, 2015
    Mexico Easter Collage.jpg

    Representing Carondelet proudly, juniors, Abigail O'Connor, Brittany Bates, Chelsea Bailey and Angelina Brandt, as well as sophomores Catherine Lopez, Heather Scheibley and Noelle Mazolewski spent their spring break building houses and making a difference among very poor families living in northern Mexico. (Abigail and Brittany were part of the Amor Ministries group and the rest of the students were part of the St. Agnes trip.)

    These girls had an intense week of hard work, camp living, sun showers, spiritual focus, great conversations and unforgettable memories. While the houses they help to build are very simple in structure, students build the entire house from the ground up without the help of power tools! They level the ground, mix the concrete, pour the foundation, frame the walls and roof, install doors and windows, stucco the exterior, and tar the roof.

    Ladies, thank you for sharing your time as well as your heart, faith and courage to serve the dear neighbor. You make us proud!

1 2 >