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Class of 2023 gathered on outdoor stage

Cardinal Newman offers a Catholic faith-based college preparatory curriculum with the purpose of educating students to become people of values as well as scholars. Our focus on outstanding achievement ensures that our students become knowledgeable and skillful in areas of moral and ethical decision-making, critical thinking, accountability, technology and adaptability. Our co-curricular programs enhance the academic and spiritual dimensions of our school by providing influential activities that foster community, leadership, creativity and sportsmanship.

Portrait of a Cardinal Newman Graduate


Self discipline, responsibility, respect, and healthy habits

  • Demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility for one’s actions while respecting oneself and others through individual and group interactions.
  • Possess healthy physical habits and skills through participation in the Arts, Athletics, Sciences and Human Performance classes as well as extracurricular offerings.


Academic challenge, critical and analytical thinking, empowerment, and positive contributions

  • Be prepared for academic challenges of university life by demonstrating mastery of fundamental academic skills, effective analytical and critical thinking skills, and possess responsibility for one’s own learning 
  • Understand one’s role in local and global communities and feel empowered to contribute positively by applying one’s God-given skills and talents in service to others.


Defined values, moral reasoning, and spiritual growth

  • Have knowledge and understanding of Catholic doctrines, practices and values while having grown in faith through participation in prayer, retreats, Christian Service,and community building experiences.
  • Have a developing understanding of the Gospel values expressed by Jesus and living out those values while developing strong moral reasoning skills.

Advanced Placement and Honors Programs

The Cardinal Newman AP curriculum is based on a rigorous college preparatory program preparing high level, qualified students for the AP test and college credit.


  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Capstone: Seminar & Research
  • Composition
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Government & Politics
  • Latin
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • United States History


  • Spanish II
  • English 9
  • Physics


  • Trigonometry / Pre-Calculus
  • Yearbook
  • Chemistry
  • English 10
  • Spanish III
  • World History
  • Latin III
  • Algebra II
  • Dance III

Unique STEM Offerings:

  • Biology & Sustainable Agriculture
  • Chemistry & Agriscience
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Physiology & Sports Medicine

Visual and Performing Arts

Cardinal Newman High School's Art Program is committed to providing students with an encouraging environment where they are given the opportunity to grow and excel as artists. We strive to deliver the highest quality of music, fine art, and dance training, while nurturing each student’s unique gift of talent and creativity. We wish to encourage our students to achieve their fullest potential – to support them as they grow artistically and academically, and develop into well-rounded individuals – nourished in body, mind and soul.

Visual Arts

  • Intro to Music
  • Modern Band
  • Guitar
  • Intro to Art 
  • Studio Art 1-2
  • AP Studio Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Media
  • Yearbook/Honors Yearbook


Performing Arts

  • Dance 1-3
  • Honors Dance 3
  • Dramatic Arts


About Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Newman is located in heart of Sonoma County. Santa Rosa is 50 miles north of San Francisco and has a population of approximately 175,000. Our close-knit community draws from public, private, and Catholic schools throughout the North Bay and encompasses students of all faiths. Need-based tuition assistance is available. Our mission calls us at Cardinal Newman to create a diverse cultural environment that promotes learning and service in the community.


Highest GPA: 4.52
Mean GPA: 3.73
Median GPA: 3.87

77% of CN's Class of 2023 proudly wore the CSF Life Member cords at graduation.

Statistics and Grading


550 Students, Grades 9–12


25 Students
12:1 Student to Faculty Ratio


47 Teaching Faculty
3 Certified School Counselors
2 Certified College Counselors


A 90-100 | 4.00
B 80-89 | 3.00 
C 70-79 | 2.00
D 60-69 | 1.00
F Below 60 | 0.00

View 2023-2024 Course Catalog

View Graduation Requirements

Senior Christian Service Project

The aim of Christian Service is to help the students grow in the love of God and neighbor through concrete acts of service done for the love of God. In this spirit, each student will spend a minimum of 25 hours per year serving others in the greater community. 

Christian Service formation
culminates in a Senior Christian Service Project conceived and implemented by the individual student in which the student responds to a specific community need in a spirit of Christian service.

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Clubs and Extracuriculars


(Offerings vary each year):

  • Baking/Cooking
  • Campus Ministry
  • Culture Club
  • Dance
  • French
  • Engineering
  • Library
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skateboarding
  • Sneaker Club


  • Arts Alive
  • FFA
  • Mock Trial / Speech and Debate
  • Model UN
  • Student Government (ASB)

Student Life

  • Grade Level Retreats
  • All-School Dances and Junior/Senior Prom
  • College and Service Fairs
  • Spirit Rallies for Arts, Academics, and Athletics
  • Newman News - filmed and produced by ASB
  • Lunchtime and Advisory
  • Activities sponsored by the Office of Student Life
  • Coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks in the Cardinal Café

Athletics at Cardinal Newman

With 26 sports teams, Cardinal Newman scholar athletes consistently and successfully compete at a high level. In 2015 and 2017 Cardinal Newman was honored to receive the Elmer Brown Award from the North Coast Section CIF, an award for ranking first among 170 Northern California schools whose students have excelled both on the field and in the classroom. 

Approximately 80% of Cardinal Newman students participate in athletics. 


Approximately 50% of Faculty/Staff also serve as a coach in our Athletics Department. 

Cardinal Newman baseball player taking a swing


  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball Club
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football Club
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball