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At SHC, it is our mission to provide a rigorous, Catholic education to students of all economic backgrounds. In 2011-2012, we distributed $2.35 million to approximately 300 families.
Throughout their four years at SHC, the Class of 2012 served as excellent leaders who leave with much to be admired. Guiding the student body as extraordinarily gifted scholars, leaders and student-athletes, 100% of our graduates will attend the college or university of their choice. More than 326 colleges and universities nationwide offered acceptance to our students, including UC Berkeley, Stanford and Georgetown.
In the Classroom
Our 75-minute block schedule immerses students in project-based, collaborative learning while facilitating students’ self-direction, problem solving skills, and effective use of technology. SHC faculty design lessons which prompt creativity and critical thinking, and which result in authentic and relevant assessment.
Approximately 100 lay teachers, plus three Christian Brothers and one Daughter of Charity, comprise the professional staff. In addition to bachelor’s degrees and teaching credentials, five faculty members hold doctorates and 80 hold master’s degrees.
Our students are actively involved in 29 clubs that engage them to serve in our local community as well as internationally. Club members have the opportunity to travel to Italy, London, Japan, Costa Rica and other locations. Other trips involve service immersion where students rebuild homes, plant crops and clean neighborhoods in locations such as New Orleans, Salinas, Mexico and Montana. Students prepare for such service by attending retreats and prayer services, where they learn how to connect with themselves and God.
Over 650 student-athletes compete each year on 52 teams in 22 different sports. In the past seven years, 112 student-athletes received scholarships to the college of their choice and 29 students received full athletic scholarships. The Fightin' Irish have won more league, section, Northern California and state titles in the last decade than in the previous three decades combined, including a school record of five CCS titles in 2011-2012.
Featuring more than 50 machines and benches, including treadmills, DanceDanceRevolution, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, Wii Fit, stair-climbers, rowers, weight benches, free weights and a whole range of other fitness and exercise equipment—many of which are equipped with personal cable TVs—the Fitness Center has everything our community members need to pursue their fitness goals. The spacious Fitness Center sprawls over 4,500 square feet, including the Timothy Baptista ’99 Strength Training Area, and an 800-square-foot dance studio complete with hardwood floors, mirrored walls and barres.
Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater
The Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater’s multipurpose design accommodates drama productions, instrumental music, choral performances and audiovisual presentations. With a ceiling height of 33 feet, the space provides performers and technical crew with an above-stage tension grid, catwalks and a professional sound and lighting control room. There are dressing rooms, storage space and a workshop for building and transporting sets. The generous, light-filled William D. Spencer ’65 & Claire Spencer Lobby also serves as a gallery to display student artwork and photography.