Mission, Vision & Philosophy
A Renewed Mission
In September 2014, as part of Carondelet's strategic planning process, Carondelet's Leadership Team and Board of Directors assembled a group to examine how to better integrate Carondelet's mission into everything we do. This group, comprised of Sisters, board members and faculty and staff, quickly realized that in order for our mission to come to life and be actionable, it would first need to be refreshed to be simplified and easier to remember. Thus, the project of mission integration took a bit of a different path, starting not at integration but instead by looking at reworking the language in the mission itself. The group's aim was to reinforce the original spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet while making the mission clear, actionable and easy to remember, so that it could provide direction for all we do as we take our school forward.
After much prayerful reflection and months of work to get the language and feel "just right," the group presented the renewed mission to the Board and to the Sisters of the L.A. Province for final approval - which was given at the end of March 2015.
Carondelet High School inspires excellence by preparing young women to live with heart, faith and courage in the Catholic tradition and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
A Carondelet graduate is empowered by her Catholic, college-preparatory education and is known as a woman who responds to the needs of the times and makes a positive difference.
As a shared endeavor with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Carondelet High School community undertakes to enrich significantly the lives of young persons entrusted to them through education based on the following beliefs:
- We believe that education is a religious activity as stated in the Catholic tradition, and we seek to open students to a knowledge that they are children of God and bear responsibilities as members of the human community.
- We believe in the development within the school of a Christian community which enriches the lives of our students, promotes their spiritual growth, and fosters their concern for the global community.
- We believe in the pursuit of educational excellence, the encouragement of creativity, and the support of intellectual curiosity, inquiry, and integrity.
- We believe in the dignity of the individual, the value of diversity, and the need for reconciliation and mutual respect.
- We believe in an environment which nurtures personal well-being and healthy lifestyles.
- We believe that we are called to challenge our students to be good citizens, capable of leadership and responsive to the needs of others.
Mission Statement History
The year was 1965! Carondelet High School opened its doors for the first time. The mission was living in the hearts of the Sisters of St. Joseph who envisioned our school and in six women of faith and courage who put their vision into practice.
The year was 1991! As part of our school's strategic planning process, a committee was gathered to formulate and proclaim a written Mission Statement. The wisdom of these words have guided and inspired us for the past 24 years. We are grateful.
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. (Mission Statement 1991)
Vision Statement: Carondelet High School, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, will serve those seeking to become all of which woman is capable through a curriculum that integrates intellectual, moral, physical, psychological, social and spiritual development.
Carondelet High School will model collaboration among students, faculty, parents, alumnae, Board, and the greater community.
Integrating a counter-cultural stance based on gospel values, the School will nurture an environment of risk-taking that enables each person to assume roles of leadership and service to the dear neighbor.
Graduates of Carondelet High School will know their responsibility to reflect the CSJ charism of unity and reconciliation in their personal and professional lives.