St. Vincent de Paul High School

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St.Vincent de Paul High School, founded in 1916, is a small, coeducational Roman Catholic, college preparatory parish high school located in Petaluma, California. Average number of students in attendance is under 300. Most students come from southern Sonoma County and northern Marin representing 22 different partner schools. SVHS is a part of the Diocese of Santa Rosa and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). SVHS has a strong sense of community and support among its students, faculty and staff. A previous WASC reported SVHS as the ?Friendliest School in America."

This is an exciting time to be in education for both teachers and students. Information is not the same as knowledge. The St. Vincent de Paul High School experience is intended to bridge that divide.

St. Vincent de Paul High school is an intentional learning community. The curricular program is guided by the mission statement of St. Vincent de Paul High School. It is college preparatory; most of our offerings have been approved of by the University of California as preparing the way for students to undertake a rigorous college experience. We offer Advanced Placement and Honors level classes across the spectrum of our course catalog. These classes provide an opportunity for college credit and college level academic experiences while still in high school. The balance between a student being challenged and frustrated is carefully monitored in partnership with parents, students, teachers and our counseling staff. SV is a value based environment. Every student will engage in a community based service project that is not viewed as an extra-curricular experience, but as a co-curricular experience that enriches their religion classes and gives real world relevancy to the positive potentials that each of our students has to help work for a better world. This focused direction is not exclusive to the classroom. Athletics, debate and drama are all aligned to the fulfillment of the mission statement of the school. The learning community is designed to provide access to excellence.

849 Keokuk Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Mission Statement: 

The mission of St. Vincent de Paul High School is to educate students through a college preparatory curriculum that develops their spiritual, academic, and social potential. As a Catholic school, we teach Gospel values and ideals and provide opportunities for our students to experience and grow in their faith. Our goal is for students to become compassionate, responsible and active members of their communities.

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