School Profile

School Characteristics

School Characteristics

Carondelet High School is a four-year Catholic high school that offers young women a transformative educational experience in an encouraging and caring environment. Since its founding in 1965, Carondelet has combined academic excellence and a recognition of the unique gifts of each of its students.

The school’s focus is a woman-centered, comprehensive educational program designed to help young women build confidence and prepare for leadership and service in the 21st century. At the junior and senior grade levels, the combined course options of Carondelet and De La Salle, an adjacent Catholic boys’ high school, offer opportunities for those who seek a co-educational experience.

Co-curricular offerings include: Spiritual Life Council, Drama, Honor Societies, Community Service, Photography, Student Government, Yearbook, Concert Choir, Band, Special Interest Clubs, and Inter­scholastic & Intramural Sports. Trained peer counselors assist with freshman orientation. Peer counselors and other student leaders assist with retreats, under the direction of Campus Ministry.

The Community

The Community

The campus is located 30 miles east of San Francisco, making it accessible to many cultural highlights and experiences. Students commute from an area that includes nearly 40 support schools. Carondelet's student population of approximately 800 reflects the cultural, ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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One of the learning expectations for Carondelet students is “service to the dear neighbor.” From the class of 2017, 66 seniors received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing at least 100 hours of community service during their senior year, even though community service is not a graduation requirement. Carondelet was honored in 2010 as National Recipient of the Silver Medallion for Outstanding Service by a High School, by the National Jefferson Award Selection Committee.

Graduation Requirements


Students must complete 240 credits for graduation. Requirements include:
40 credits - English
40 credits - Religious Studies
30 credits - Mathematics
30 credits - Social Studies
30 credits - Laboratory Science
20 credits - Modern Language
15 credits - Kinesiology: activity classes (10); health (5)
15 credits - Visual and Performing Arts
20 credits - Electives

For AP and honors classes students must meet GPA or course requirements and are limited to the number they take each year.

  • Advanced placement classes are offered in the following subjects:
    • Biology; Environmental Science; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; French; Government and Politics; Italian; Latin; Physics 1; Physics C; Psychology; Spanish; Statistics; Studio Art: Drawing, 2-D, 3-D; U.S. History.
  • Honors courses include:
    • Algebra 1; Algebra 2 w/Trigonometry; Chemistry; Concert Choir; English 2; French 3; Geometry; Italian 2, 3; Spanish 3.

Grading System

Grading System

GPA: Grades are weighted for honors and AP classes.
Class rank: Carondelet does not rank. A deciles system is used.

C+77-79F59 or below

SAT Statistics

SAT StatisticsMathevidence-based
Reading & Writing
Carondelet (2018)550610
National Averages (2017)527533

ACT Statistics

ACT StatisticsEnglishMathReadingScienceComposite
Carondelet (2018)24.524.127.525.526.0
National Averages (2017)16.417.817.918.121.1

Mission Statement
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.

College Matriculation 2018
Four year college 89.2%
Two year college 10.3%

Ethnicity Report 2018-19
African American 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7%
Caucasian 55%
Hispanic 12%
Multiracial 10%
Other 5%

Financial Aid
Approximately 25% of Carondelet students receive financial aid, including $1.3 million in need-based grants.

College & Career
Liz Paz-Rumore, JD
Director of College & Career

Ginger Jessop
College & Career Counselor

Colleen Lim
College & Career Counselor

Lisa Sciacca
College & Career Counselor

Michelle San Miguel
Assistant Counselor

Accreditation & Membership

  • Western Association of Schools & Colleges
  • Western Catholic Education Association
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association of Independent Schools