The Community Service program weaves through the academic, social, athletic, and spiritual life of the students and faculty at Carondelet High School. In every segment of the school, service opportunities are presented to all the members of the Carondelet Community. The response from students, faculty and staff to these opportunities is immediate, eager, and generous. The opportunities range from fundraising for various causes such as the Get On The Bus Foundation or “Women for Women,” to food drives, tutoring elementary school children, visiting the elderly, providing companionship for severely handicapped teens to providing a Halloween Party for disadvantaged children.
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet sponsors Carondelet High School. Taking inspiration from the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondelet High School has deeply embedded Community Service in the curriculum, co-curricular program, religious practice, and in our tradition. Community Service is a multi-pronged program.
A caption under a portrait of Mother St. John Fontbonne, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph, reads, "Woman of Heart, Woman of Courage, Woman of Faith." Carondelet students seek to emulate the Foundress in their commitment to service.
It is worth noting that Carondelet High School does not have a community service requirement for graduation. A requirement is not necessary for young women of heart, courage and faith. Well over ninety percent of Carondelet students perform community service from their hearts.
Numerous service clipboards line the wall above the counter in the Community Service Office. Students may come in and sign up for special events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer's to support the Alzheimer's Association. There are multiple opportunities for students to be of service to the dear neighbor after school and on weekends.
In the senior year, students may choose to earn five of the ten units required for Religious Studies by going off campus during their Religious Studies class period to serve the dear neighbor at one of the many approved sites near the campus. This class is entitled “Gospels in Action.”
These students are supervised and evaluated by the staff at their service sites. The Community Service Coordinator visits the students at their service sites once a quarter.
The academic requirements as well as other pertinent information can be found in the Course Catalog.