At A Glance


At A Glance

Canyon Heights Academy was established in 2000 as a private Catholic school, operated by the Legionaries of Christ and approved by the Catholic Church. Our mission is to provide the highest quality Catholic education along with discovering and nurturing each student’s strengths, interests and personality. Canyon Heights students graduate as strong leaders, confident in their thinking, able to recognize the gifts of others and prepared for the challenges of life.

Canyon Heights Academy serves preschool through eighth grade. We provide a strong academic curriculum, enrichment classes in the fine arts and foreign language, varied extra-curricular activities for all grades and opportunities to serve the community.

Our Approach
Our approach to education is designed to create students with a solid foundation of critical thinking, problem-solving, character, faith and social responsibility. Confidence is built through athletics, public speaking, mentoring and service to the community.

Canyon Heights Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). Canyon Heights is fully recognized as a Catholic school by and within the Diocese of San Jose.

After-School Activities and Extended Care
A wide-range of after-school activities, including athletics, science, art and music are available. Extended Care is also available to all students in preschool to eighth grade, 7:30am-6pm.

Hot Lunch
Hot lunch is available to all students through Choice Lunch.

Student Body
283 current enrollment – Preschool through 8th grade
Student: teacher ratios

  • Preschool/Kindergarten – 1:9
  • Lower School – 1:10
  • Middle School – 1:10

Our families come from all over the Silicon Valley, from the Peninsula to Morgan Hill.

Faculty Highlights

  • 28 full and part-time teachers
  • Average teaching experience – 10 years
  • Enrichment teachers in Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Latin and Technology
  • Education Support Specialist
  • 3 part-time librarians in Media Center


  • 1:1 Middle School iPad program for technology training and curriculum enrichment
  • 3:1 Lower School iPad program as part of learning centers
  • Interactive flat screen TV’s in all Lower and Middle School classrooms
  • Video and film instruction in Middle School with iMovie and Final Cut ProX

Students have twice-weekly PE classes. Athletic programs are available preschool through eighth grade. After school recreational athletics through fourth grade include soccer, volleyball, basketball and futsal. Grades 5-8 participate in flag football, volleyball, basketball and track as part of the Diocesan league.

Fine Arts
All students attend regular music and art classes. Canyon Heights offers an annual Christmas program in all grades, Lower School and Middle School Art and Music Fair, Lower School Spring Production and Middle School Film Festival.

Student Leadership Council
All Middle School students are invited to participate in the organized projects of the Student Leadership Council. Students must apply for SLC positions including an application, teacher recommendation and outside service hours.

Opportunities to serve the school and outside community are available to CHA students. Our students average over 30 hours/year in service which exceeds the service hour standard required in most high schools.

Contact List

To contact one of our school administrators, please call us at: (408) 370-6727 and request their extension below.

Dr. Margaret Richardson, Head of School
ext. 203

Mrs. Tiffannie Thom, Admissions Director
ext. 207

Ms. Melissa Ma, Business Manager
ext. 202

Fr. Timothy Lyons, Chaplain
ext. 208

Fr. Anthony Sortino, Assistant Chaplain

Ms. Carla Yanez, Vice Principal - Middle School; Director - After School Programs
ext. 254

Mrs. Estela Zeik, Vice Principal - Lower School
ext. 209

Mrs. Kathryn Sager, Marketing and Development Director
ext. 206

Alexky (Alex) Ramos, IT Manager
ext. 205