The Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center represents a new era of secondary education for young women – one shaped by breakthrough integration and global capabilities. Carondelet High School is poised to transform the intellectual and physical landscape of its campus, and the lives of its students, for generations to come. By creating its own future, Carondelet is redefining and advancing its institutional mission in innovative ways.
Carondelet diver Courtney Klausen '19 was featured on KTVU Fox 2's "That Kid's Got Game!" on June 3! Courtney has taken first place at the North Coast Section Diving Championships two consecutive years, in 2017 and 2018.
Carondelet High School will induct its first-ever hall of fame class next month, recognizing the athletic and professional accomplishments of alumnae who attended the Concord-based girls' school between 1993 and 2006. Carondelet Principal Kevin Cushing and Director of Athletics Caitlin Main '05 today announced the members of the inaugural class:
● Jayne Appel Marinelli '06, Basketball
● Natalie Coughlin Hall '00, Swimming
● Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak '95, Soccer
● The 1996 Cross-Country Team
Carondelet High School today dedicated its state-of-the-art aquatics facility, named for alumna and three-time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Natalie Coughlin Hall, who graduated from the school in 2000. The Natalie Coughlin Aquatic Center is a featured part of the school's brand new, six-acre, Walnut Creek-based Carondelet Athletics Complex.
"Today, we usher in a new era at Carondelet that will open new doors of opportunity for all of our young women – now and for generations to come," said President Bonnie Cotter.
Carondelet High School proudly announces the naming of its state-of-the-art aquatics center for three-time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Natalie Coughlin Hall, who graduated from the school in 2000. The Natalie Coughlin Aquatics Center is a featured part of the school's brand new, six-acre, Walnut Creek-based Carondelet Athletics Complex, expected to open in early 2018.
Coughlin, who has earned 12 Olympic medals in her career, will be featured prominently at the new athletics complex, with a larger-than-life image of her diving into the pool at the 2008 Beijing Olympics depicted on the wall adjacent to the entrance of the aquatics center. Her image and athletic accomplishments will also be displayed in Carondelet's Hall of Fame, to be unveiled in spring 2018.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
"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."
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.
"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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- 50 Years of Carondelet History - Valiant Women
- Approximately 800 female students
- Grades 9-12
- Founded in 1965 by Sisters of St. Joseph
- 99.5% of the Class of 2017 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