School Spotlight: Salpointe Catholic High School


Salpointe Catholic High School, established in 1950, is a co-educational, college-preporatory institution in the Carmelite tradition. A Carmelite high school desires to attract students from various economic levels, academic abilities, racial communities, and ethnic backgrounds.

From the website: "Working in concert with parents, we offer our students a holistic education which inspires the pursuit of excellence, affirms the dignity of individuals, encourages faith and commitment to service, and develops an awareness of the world community."

High school graduation requirements include 4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 4 years of Theology, 3 years of Social Studies, 3 years of Science, 2 years of World Languages (choose between Spanish, French, and Latin), 1 year of Fine Arts, 0.5 years of Exercise Science, and o.5 years of Career/Technology courses - plus electives. All academic courses are college-preporatory.

A full spread of AP courses are offered across the disciplines - Art History, Biology, Calculus, Latin, Spanish Literature, Statistics, and World History, to name a few.

Although students do not have to be Catholic to attend, Salpointe is a religious high school and spiritual development is regarded as a primary educational goal. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, are required to take classes in the Theology Department and are expected to attend school worship services. Salpointe also has a four year retreat program, which is Christ based. The Days of Recollection provide time for praying, thinking, sharing, and reflecting. 77% of the student body is Catholic.

Because of the rigorous nature of the curriculum, 99% of Salpointe graduates attend college. More specifically, 88% of the class of 2013 matriculated to 4-year institutions (including Ivy Leagues!), 12% to two-year institutions.Clubs include Art Club, Book Club, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Statesmen of America, Model UN, Outdoor Adventure Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Salpointe Cancer Research Awareness Program, and more.The campus is currently in the middle of a $12M capital campaign, which includes a brand new Student Center (including cafeteria, library/digital information center, career counseling, and a small chapel), the creation of a Science Technology Engineering Mathematics STEM Center, and renovations of current classrooms + infrastructure. Completion date is set for January 2015.Courses in the new STEM Center will include Engineering Fundamentals, Engineering 102, Intermediate Robotics, Mechanical Engineering and Design, Advanced Robotics, Biotechnology, and Environmental Engineering. Tools in the STEM Center will include a 3D Printer, Saw Shop, Laser Cutter, and VEX Robots.Interested in enrolling your child(ren) for the 2014-15 school year? Applications for the upcoming academic year are currently being accepted.* Note that students with a "very low academic ability" and/or "a history of behavior problems" should "seek a more specialized learning environment."

Salpointe Catholic High School AT A GLANCE

Type of School: private, Grades 9-12

Accreditation: Western Catholic Education Association and North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (AdvancED)

Location: 1545 East Copper Street, Tucson

Number of students: 1038

Student/Teacher ratio: 22:1

Graduation Rate: 100%

% of Students who attend college: 99%


  • HUMANITIES PROGRAM - integrates literature, history, theology, and art history in a rigorous, cross-disciplinary curriculum
  • DIVERSE STUDENT BODY - 74% White, 48% Hispanic/Latino, 16% Unreported, 6% Native American, 5% Asian, 4% African American. Due to multiple responses, total percent exceeds 100.

Tuition: Annual tuition rates are as follows -

  • 2014-15 school year: $8,400

Financial aid, scholarships, and tax credits are available to help with funding. 

Uniforms: No - Salpointe polos are required

Bus service: No

Cafeteria: Students bring their own lunch or can purchase a hot lunch.

Foreign language: Two year requirement. Students choose between Spanish, French, or Latin.

Sports: 48 men's and women's athletic teams. Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Football (Div II State Champions!), Cross Country, Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Dance, Spirit Line.

Teachers: All teachers are certified by the State of Arizona. 61% have Masters degrees; 3 have PhDs. 20% are Salpointe alumni.

School Hours: 8:10am - 3:05pm

Social Media: Salpointe Catholic High School on Facebook and Salpointe Catholic High School on Twitter

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