Crespi Carmelite High School is a well-regarded university-preparatory School in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. The school, which caters exclusively to young high school-age men, was founded by the Carmelite order in 1959 to provide Encino-area boys with a holistic education preparing them for entry into some of the top universities & colleges in the United States.
Crespi Carmelite High School is one of the premier all-boys Roman Catholic schools in the Los Angeles area with a particularly strong reputation for its athletics programs. Indeed the school has seen many alumni plying their trades in the major leagues in a multitude of sports including basketball, football, and baseball.
The school was established in 1959 by Fr. Gus Carter of the Carmelite Order and was named for Friar Juan Crespi who was an early Franciscan explorer and missionary in the Southern California area who was a pivotal figure in the development of the community that would become Encino.
Now more than sixty years old, Crespi has educated several generations of young men including legacy applicants whose own fathers had attended the school. For more than forty of those years, boys were taught English by Mr John King who has become something of a seminal and celebrated character associated with the school.
Now well into the school’s seventh decade, Crespi has finely tuned its proprietary educational philosophy, referred to as the “Crespi Way” in order to develop the “Crespi Man”. In a nutshell, the Crespi Way is a code of conduct and standard of behaviour that demonstrates environmental and social awareness, a keenness for problem-solving, and the character to take on challenges when they are presented.
Crespi offers a rigorous academic program that prepares students for college and beyond. Boys attending high school are able to pursue a wide range of AP courses and take advantage of a number of co-curricular initiatives and programmes. Such programmes include a dedicated flagship advanced robotics course, a leading visual and performing arts integrated school, and, uniquely, a Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble. The many clubs and societies administered under the school’s umbrella offer pupils a broad mix of experiences and potential extra credits to enhance their college applications. Many of Crespi’s activities take place with the young women of Louisville High School, including the annual Frosh Box Social (freshmen’s ball); Homecoming; Prom; Formals; Grad Night; and Exchange Day. The school has its own unique customs too, including the celebration of Fr. Juan Crespi’s birthday each year. Pupils also celebrate Muckey Day in memory of long-time coach, Scott Muckey, with a day of games and sporting pursuits. The student body also celebrates Crespi Carmelite Day. Crespi organises an annual fundraising drive, often with a variety of events and dedicated themes under the banner, CAPER. Another uniquely Crespi tradition is Zelo Weekend, bringing together incoming Freshmen for a weekend of getting to know one another with characteristic Crespi zeal.
Crespi’s broad academic and athletic programmes have seen many pupils excelling and entering some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country upon graduation.
Furthermore, Crespi Carmelite High School is a community of faith and service. The school’s mission is to “form men of character in the image of Christ” and faith plays an important role in the daily lives of the school community. The school has a dedicated Campus Ministry programme and seeks to enrich pupils with a holistic Service Program. Both of these come under the school’s IMPACT initiative which includes dedicated IMPACT weeks for each class and are core aspects of the Crespi Way. Pupils may embark on an annual retreat known as Kairos (translated to “The Lord’s Time” to make time for spiritual reflection.
Even with excellent academics and extra-curricular programmes, Crespi Carmelite High School is best known as an athletic powerhouse. The school offers a host of varsity sports including: Association Football (Soccer); Athletics (Track & Field); Baseball; Basketball; Cross Country; Esports; Football (Gridiron); Golf; Lacrosse; Swimming; Tennis; Volleyball; Water Polo; and Wrestling. Crespi competes in the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section, specifically against other private and faith-based schools in the region including Chaminade College Preparatory, Harvard-Westlake, and Loyola High in the Mission League. The school’s teams have won numerous championships, and its athletes have gone on to play at the collegiate and professional levels. Crespi also offers access to and instruction in sports science, medicine, and nutrition to augment the student-athlete experience.
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Campus and Facilities
Crespi Carmelite is located in the affluent Encino neighburhood of Los Angeles, in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The school’s campus includes a performing arts theatre where events with Louisville High School are often co-performed. The school has excellent athletic facilities to support the successful athletics programmes on offer, including outdoor multi-lane swimming pools, an all-weather synthetic running track, a dedicated football field, and an all-weather basketball court.
The school is located close to Van Nuys Airport (VNY) (5 miles away) and is an hour’s drive from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (21 miles away).
Pupils are admitted to the school on a day basis but international students are welcomed and the school can help facilitate homestay boarding options with host families. Whilst the school maintains a strong Roman Catholic ethos and Carmelite character, pupils of all faiths and none are welcomed.
Crespi has a number of celebrated Celts, many of whom have achieved great success, especially in Major League sports such as the NFL, NBA, MLS, and CFL. The school has also produced professional tennis players, successful actors and performers, and senior business figures.
Crespi Carmelite alumni are invited to maintain their relationship with the school long after they have graduated. The school maintains a dedicated engagement officer who works to organise reunions, events, and fundraisers bringing together Celts both past and present.
Old boys of Crespi Carmelite are a part of the Crespi Family that are known as Celts. Crespi alumni are invited to maintain their relationship with the school long after they have graduated. The school maintains a dedicated engagement officer who works to organise reunions, events, and fundraisers bringing together Celts both past and present.
Accreditations and Affiliations
Crespi is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC); the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA); and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). The school is also affiliated with The Gurian Institute as a model school.
CRESPI CARMELITE HIGH SCHOOL
CCHS / CELTS / CRESPI
14 – 18
9 – 12
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST, REVIEW OF TRANSCRIPTS AND INTERVIEW
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
IN LINE WITH STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDS
AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WITH HONORS
WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
FAITH / ETHOS
ROMAN CATHOLIC (CARMELITE)
PEDAGOGY / PHILOSOPHY
SUBURBAN / URBAN
JUNIOR STATESMEN OF AMERICA
NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETIES
VARIOUS ACADEMIC SOCIETIES AND SOCIAL CLUBS
ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL (SOCCER)
ATHLETICS (TRACK & FIELD)
SWIMMING & DIVING
ORDER OF THE BROTHERS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE CARMELITES)
PATRON / VISITOR
DR. KENNETH FOERSCH
HEAD OF SCHOOL
DR. LIAM JOYCE (PRINCIPAL)
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
USD $23,100 PER ANNUM
SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES & FINANCIAL AID
FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE ON MEANS-TESTED BASIS
A NUMBER OF FAITH-BASED, LEADERSHIP AND SPORTING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
BOAT CLUB COLOURS
ACCREDITATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
ATHLETIC CONFERENCES & SPORTS LEAGUES
SISTER SCHOOLS & PARTNER SCHOOLS
ZELO ZELATUS SUM PRO DOMINO DEO EXERCITUUM (WITH ZEAL I HAVE BEEN ZEALOUS FOR THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS)
CELEBRATED ALUMNI & FACULTY
BRANDON “BABE” LAUFENBERG; JEFF SUPPAN; JOSEPH FAURIA; MARTIN DONOVAN; MICHAEL LANG; RICK DEMPSEY; STEPHEN AMITRAJ; TREVOR PLOUFFE
5031 ALONZO AVENUE
CCHS / CRESPI / CRESPI CARMELITE HIGH SCHOOL
5031 ALONZO AVENUE, ENCINO, CALIFORNIA 91316, UNITED STATES