Mission and Philosophy

Mission and Beliefs


The mission of Canyon Heights Academy is to provide the highest quality education to our students and contribute to their integral (intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic) formation as Catholic Christian leaders. Through them, we seek to contribute to social renewal in light of the Gospel. Canyon Heights students should be young people of integrity and character who command a knowledge of their faith, the humanities, and the sciences. Students should display a critical discernment and possess a disposition toward service.


At  Canyon  Heights Academy,  we are led by six root beliefs that guide our mission.

GOD IN ALL THINGS.  Christ is the Teacher.  Alongside him, we recognize  God’s presence in creation, in  ourselves, in one another, and in  daily life. Most of all, we encounter  God in the Sacraments.

EVERY CHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD.  “Father, they are your gift to  me.” Jn 17:24. Every member of our  school community is endowed with talents  to be discovered, encouraged, and shared,  for the sake of achieving our purpose alongside  others.

INTEGRAL FORMATION IS THE CORE OF FUTURE LEADERS.  Catholic-­Christian leadership is paramount to  the future of Silicon Valley. In a successful leader,  the intellect, heart, and body work and grow together as  one, nourished and rooted in absolute values and timeless truths.  

EDUCATION IS  A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TEACHERS, PARENTS AND PRIESTS.  Parents are the primary educators of their children.  Our school is a partnership to help parents and teachers  achieve their best in the integral formation of their children.

CATHOLIC VALUES GUIDE OUR LIVES.  Faith, conscience, and religious  practice are core to our humanity,  not subjects separate from everything else  we do. We are both unapologetically Catholic  and unequivocally loving of all people.

WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF GOD’S CHILDREN.  We are never done growing.  Humility  allows us to grow together and is essential  achieve great things. Humility is not to think  less of yourself, it is to think less about yourself, and more about others.

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