Challenge Success

Cathedral Catholic has partnered with Challenge Success, a non-profit, school reform organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Our partnership will help Cathedral Catholic implement practical, research-based tools and strategies to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for all students.

73% of students listed academic stress as their number one reason for using drugs, yet only 7% of parents believe teens might use drugs to deal with stress.


Why Challenge Success?

Cathedral Catholic’s WCEA/WASC self-study process for school accreditation affirmed the need for a deeper-dive in the hard work of school improvement, despite the fact that we have a really good school with really good people. 

Over the past few years, the spiritual and emotional health, well-being, and academic engagement of our students has been a growing concern.  The school anticipates an increase in student struggles this year, given the on-going pandemic and the social unrest over the past few months.  Furthermore, school administrators seek to commit to and sustain a culture of balance and well-being for adults in our community. We want all constituents to be explicitly taught strategies to promote emotional and physical well-being, as well as skills to cope with stress and worry.

This is hard work, but we believe there has never been a better time to start the change process to challenge success.  We want our school to have an openness to a change process that allows us to put students and the support of students at the center, valuing them and their diverse learning needs, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Challenge Success believes the change process happens over three years.  Our goals for the 2020-2021 school year include challenging school and teacher expectations that contribute to a lack of student well-being, and evaluating student mental health challenges, including extreme emotions and negative coping mechanisms.

High-achieving private high school students average 3.07 hours of homework each night.

Challenge Success Resources

To learn more about a healthy approach to college admissions, check out these resources:

Challenge Success Website
High School Research
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The basis for healthy emotional development is a sense of being lovable. Make sure your children know that they are loved for who they are, not only for how well they perform. Value the uniqueness of each child.

Challenge Success Leadership Team

Christy Bailleul, Academic Dean
Kevin Calkins, Principal
Chad Colden ‘88, Parent, Alumnus, Teacher
Colette Cope, College Counselor
Eric Duarte, Teacher
Sydney Jourdain ‘22, Current Student
Evan Martinez ‘22, Current Student
Kim McHugh, Teacher
Kathy McIntosh ‘92, Parent and Alum
Therren Wilburn, Assistant Athletic Director
*Challenge Success Leadership Coach, Laura Easley