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.
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
- COMPETITIVE ATHLETICS
- HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED FINE ARTS
- FAITH-STRENGTHENING RELIGIOUS PROGRAM
- SPIRITED CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
- 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