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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.

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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.

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Concord, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Carondelet High School kicked off its 2017 Lenten Project today with an all-school assembly featuring guest speakers Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, an alumna of Carondelet, and Tiffany LaVoie of 3Strands Global Foundation, who spoke to students about human trafficking and its prevalence in the Bay Area and throughout the United States.

"The young women of our Spiritual Life Council selected the topic of human trafficking because they recognize this issue as a tragic injustice that must be addressed," said Carondelet's Director of Campus Ministry Lacy Matthews. "Our faith teaches us that all people have dignity and deserve the right to live safe and flourishing lives."

Today's assembly was the first step in educating students about what human trafficking is, who is affected by it and how to recognize the signs of perpetrators and victims.

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery," said LaVoie, Director of Education for 3Strands Global, whose mission is to mobilize communities to combat human trafficking through prevention education and reintegration programs. "We want to raise modern-day abolitionists."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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On March 17, three students and one teacher at Carondelet were honored with Jefferson Awards for their outstanding community service.

This year's recipient of the Continuous Service Award was Joanne Magano '17. Since her freshman year, Joanne has tutored children in grades K-8 every week at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord. She has also dedicated additional time to volunteering at St. Anthony's Dining Room.

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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."

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Concord, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Carondelet High School honored its student athletes today in a special ceremony where four members of the school's varsity soccer team signed letters of intent to play collegiate soccer. The varsity team is enjoying an outstanding season, ranked No. 1 in the East Bay and recently as high as No. 3 in the nation*.

"These student athletes exemplify our program's core values: character, excellence, citizenship and pride," said Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson '05. "We thank them for their dedication to the Carondelet Cougars and we wish them well as they prepare to take their sport to the next level."

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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."

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In honor of its 50th anniversary, Carondelet High School has published a book celebrating its history and the many religious and lay women and men who founded the school and have kept it thriving since 1965.

Written by Sister Eleanor Eagan, CSJ, and featuring nearly 300 photos, Valiant Women shares the history of Carondelet's founding and captures stories of sisterhood, faith and community. The book also highlights the teachers, administrators and students who have made Carondelet the vibrant learning environment that it is.

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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.
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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.
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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."

Carondelet is also proud to announce the appointment of Kellie Elliott, who will serve as a special advisor to our Athletics Department.

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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
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