Carondelet High School

Press Room

Concord, Calif. (June 19, 2017) – Carondelet High School was named "Best Private School" in the East Bay according to a recent poll of readers of the East Bay Times. In a special "Best in East" section that was published June 18, the newspaper announced the results of its survey, which solicited input from local residents.

"Carondelet is honored to be recognized for the excellent education that we provide young women," said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. "Through innovative and challenging academics along with the opportunities we provide our students to lead and develop their voices, we are preparing young women for success in college, careers and in life ahead."

Read more

Concord, Calif. (May 16, 2017) – Carondelet High School has welcomed Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan to the newly created position of Vice Principal for Mission and Community Development. In her new role, Dr. Dolan will lead the charge on mission integration, ensuring that Carondelet's school programs and policies reflect its mission and that of its founding order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

"Preparing young women to navigate and thrive in today's world requires both stellar academic programming and values-based education," said President Bonnie Cotter. "Lizette will help administer the school's mission-centered philosophy to ensure that our young women are empowered with significant opportunities for academic, personal and spiritual growth and the knowledge that they can change the world through leadership and service."

As a member of Carondelet's senior leadership team, Dr. Dolan will assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating school-wide programs and policies, and create outreach opportunities with other Sisters of St. Joseph schools around the country with the goal of creating stronger partnerships and a deeper understanding of best practices in Catholic Education.

Read more

Concord, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Carondelet High School recently named Angela (Varian) Schroeter its 2017 Alumna of the Year, recognizing her commitment to living the Carondelet mission.

"Angela is a woman of courage by standing up against the powerful farming industry to fight for clean water," said classmate Michelle Missaggia Daly '88, a member of the Alumnae Association Board, who presented the award.

"She is a woman of heart by doing it relentlessly because of her belief in protecting the voiceless. And she is a woman of faith by believing she was doing the right thing even when she may have questioned it. We are so proud to see her living the Carondelet mission and making meaningful changes in our world," Michelle said.

A member of the Carondelet class of 1988, Angela graduated from UC Davis with a double-major in Geology and Environmental Policy and Analysis. She continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, earning a Master's Degree in Hydrogeology and became a groundwater specialist who focuses on environmental justice and helping disadvantaged communities.

Read more

Concord, Calif. (May 1, 2017) -- Three Carondelet High School teachers have been selected to present at the University of California at Berkeley's "Teaching History in the 21st Century" conference on Friday, May 5. Social studies faculty at the East Bay girls' school were chosen from a prestigious group of more than 60 applicants from around the world.

This conference is part of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP), which helps teachers strengthen their instructional practices through a variety of programs and conferences.

"The history classroom is the perfect environment to challenge our students to be engaged critical thinkers," Miller said. "Just like professional historians, our students are learning how to use historical evidence to draw informed conclusions, while realizing that the story of our past can be both complex and multidimensional."

Read more

Carondelet High School is proud to announce that three student-athletes have signed commitment letters, to play collegiately beginning with the 2017-18 academic school year. Cross country and track and field runner Emma McCarthy signed with Saint Mary's College, volleyball player Shannon Stoller signed with Linfield College and Sarah Takahashi signed with Wesleyan University to play ice hockey.

Read more

Eight Carondelet Students Honored for Their Outstanding Community Service

Concord, Calif. (April 11, 2017) -- On April 6, Carondelet was pleased to honor eight amazing students with Jefferson Awards for their outstanding community service. Jefferson Awards is a national organization which supports, encourages, and recognizes high school students who perform extraordinary service.

Each year, Carondelet allows faculty, staff, students and parents to nominate a member of the community who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service. This year, eight impressive students were selected to receive the awards, and they truly live out the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to "serve the dear neighbor."

"The Jefferson Awards allow us to celebrate the vibrant culture of service at Carondelet. Our students have done amazing work and demonstrated such passion for serving the dear neighbor. We are extremely proud of all they have accomplished." said Carondelet Principal Kevin Cushing.

Read more

Receives $15 million pledge toward new $38 million capital campaign

(Walnut Creek, Feb. 6, 2017) – Carondelet High School broke ground Feb. 2 and is moving forward with its plans to construct a state-of-the-art athletics complex at the site of the former ClubSport Valley Vista Tennis and Swim Club. Just weeks after receiving city approval of its plans, the girls' school is converting the former tennis and swim club into an athletics complex that will be home to seven sports, including tennis, soccer, lacrosse, softball, swimming, diving and water polo.

"Today is the beginning of a new era for our school," said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. "Our girls finally will have facilities that match their amazing drive, spirit and talents and which will help them learn, excel and flourish in today's world." The school is on track to have this new facility open in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Read more

Concord, Calif. – Carondelet High School is proud to announce that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiately, beginning with the 2017-18 academic school year. Golfer Alexis Browne '17 has chosen to sign with Lehigh University, softball player Niaja Nolan signed with Howard University and swimmer Delaney Sprague has decided to sign with Xavier University.

Read more

Concord, Calif. (October 14, 2016)

In September, Carondelet High School's Jefferson Awards Students in Action team once again received the Gold Medal Award for service leadership. This past spring, the students presented their accomplishments from the 2015-2016 school year to a panel of Jefferson Awards Foundation representatives, and were given this award to honor their extraordinary commitment to serving their community. By winning this award, Carondelet was given a new banner and a small monetary prize to help fund the team's future service projects.


Read more

Concord, Calif. (June 8, 2016)—Hundreds of members of the Carondelet High School community, including alumnae, students, past principals, board members, supporters, faculty, and parents, as well as the school's founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, gathered on May 5 and 6 for special events to celebrate Carondelet's legacy and look towards its future as the school's 50th anniversary year comes to a close.

The two-day celebration began on Thursday, May 5, with a mass and dinner honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph, whose vision of educating young women for lives of leadership and service continues to infuse Carondelet's curriculum and spirit. During mass, President Bonnie Cotter spoke about the legacy the Sisters created at Carondelet. As she explained, "Through your work, Carondelet is thriving as a shining example of excellence in Catholic school education and it continues to build new generations of women who live out the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph – a sisterhood that is more than 9000 strong."

Read more



On the last day of the school's 50th anniversary year, Carondelet High School unveiled a brand new school logo and redesigned website that reflects both the forward-looking spirit and proud legacy of the school. The new logo incorporates in its design a variety of symbolic elements derived from the school's 50-year legacy, including a "C" for Carondelet drawn from the school's crest, as well as an embedded "CSJ," which is the acronym for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order that founded the school.

Read more

Concord, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – Carondelet High School honored its athletes today in a special ceremony that recognized the achievements of an exceptional group of graduating seniors who have chosen to continue their athletic careers in college. Every year, high school athletes who have decided to play collegiate sports are given the option of signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or a letter of commitment to play for that school. At the final ceremony of the year, Carondelet celebrated eight students who have committed to dance or play sports at the collegiate level.


Read more

Students to collect, donate baby carriers and relief packs

Concord, Calif. (March 11, 2016) – Students at Carondelet High School are taking this Lenten season to learn more about the plight of refugees around the world, and how teenagers can make a difference for refugee families.

Led by the school's Spiritual Life Council (SLC), a student group that plans spiritual activities for the campus community, Carondelet students chose to focus on the refugee crisis during Lent because they knew about it from the news but wanted to understand it more fully.

"This is a relevant issue politically and in our faith community, and many of the refugees who are fleeing their homes are people of faith," said Eva Bergman, a junior and SLC member. "Our Catholic teachings tell us to reach out and help. We decided to use this Lenten season to build greater empathy on campus toward refugees, to learn to see beyond the stereotypes and realize that they are often families just like our own."

Read more
Carondelet High School announced today that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire ClubSport Valley Vista from Leisure Sports, Inc. in an effort to support the school's students, most of whom participate on one or more of the school's athletic teams.

"We are incredibly excited to have taken this step in pursuing the highest priority of our campus master plan," said Carondelet High School President Bonnie Cotter. "This property will enable us to provide our young women and our school with high-quality outdoor athletic fields and enable us to expand our programming, community outreach and summer offerings."

Read more
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 "

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
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.
Read more

Press Contact

Jennifer Ortega
Director of Communications
jortega@carondeleths.org
925.686.5353 x190

Quick Links

School Profile
How to Say "Carondelet"
Faculty & Staff Directory

In the News

Carondelet introduces Lenten Project on human trafficking in the Bay Area (3/24/17)

Carondelet breaks ground on new athletics complex (3/20/17)

Good Neighbors: Carondelet’s ‘Rising’ empowerment of girls (2/10/17)

Carondelet breaks ground on complex to house 7 high school sports teams (2/10/17)

Former Walnut Creek sports club to become Carondelet athletic complex (12/6/16)


Fast Facts

  • 50 Years of Carondelet History - Valiant Women
  • Approximately 800 female students
  • Grades 9-12
  • Founded in 1965 by Sisters of St. Joseph
  • 100% of the Class of 2016 attended college
  • In 2014-2015, the student body completed over 53,000 community service hours
  • 25% of students receive tuition assistance
  • Over 60% of students participate in athletics
  • Accreditation & Memberships
    • Western Association of Schools & Colleges
    • Western Catholic Education Association
    • National Catholic Education Association
    • National Association for College Admission Counseling
    • National Association of Independent Schools
Powered by Finalsite