Notice from the President & Principal

The safety of our students, their families and our staff is our first concern.  Please FOLLOW THIS LINK to read the Public Response | “Setting the Record Straight” presented by Rev William Donahue, Pastor & President and Principal Patrick W. Daly presented on August 1, 2020.  


More than a College Preparatory School.

With college admissions becoming increasingly competitive today, students need a competitive edge. Academics alone won’t get them accepted into the college or university of their choice. They need more.

Giving students the academic edge they need…

For motivated students and parents with aspirations for their children, St. Vincent’s is the school that delivers the most academically challenging yet personally engaging experience.

With a 100+ year tradition of excellence, we deliver a rigorous academic program that features the highest graduation requirements in Sonoma and Marin counties. SVHS graduates consistently earn exceptional academic outcomes.

Our 2019 graduates will be attending Yale University, UC Berkeley, Harvey Mudd College, Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, Reed College and other well-known institutions.

Learn about the SVHS Academics program >

…And an amazing array of extracurricular opportunities and resources

The support we provide goes way beyond traditional academics. Our students join a nationally-ranked debate team, participate in our renowned Division 5 sports program, play in the jazz band, write for the school newspaper and engage with Catholic values and ideals.

They are surrounded by teachers and coaches who have chosen to work intensely with students in our small school atmosphere along with aspiring peers from 20+ Catholic, private and public schools.

We teach creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and global awareness. SVHS sets high expectations, and our students strive for excellence in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the community.

Apply for Admission

St. Vincent’s is the best preparation for admission to a competitive college and for lifelong success beyond academics. SVHS is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 and mid-year transfers.

SVHS educates students through a college preparatory curriculum that develops their spiritual, academic and social potential. Our goal is for students to become compassionate, responsible and active members of their communities. Start the process, and…

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Notable Facts About SVHS Graduates

Attend College
National Honor Society
At Least One Scholarship
Multiple Grants & Scholarships
Community Service Award

Students Talk about St. Vincent’s

“When I transferred into St. Vincent’s from a public school, this close-knit community welcomed me from my first day. Today, it would be very challenging to be successful in college without the structure, organization and accountability I learned at St. Vincent’s.”

Nico Lamaison, SVHS ‘15, 4th year student in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University

“Despite an extensive training schedule outside of school, I still felt connected and have formed friendships to last a lifetime. St. Vincent’s is a place where you walk down the hallways and see a friendly face…it feels like home.”

Caroline Velez, SVHS ‘18, 2nd year student with the School of Dance at The University of Arizona

“At St. Vincent’s, the unique emphasis on quality writing was a critical foundation. I learned to organize my arguments and clearly convey my ideas which set me apart from my peers in college and now graduate school.”

Josh Martin, SVHS ‘13, UC Berkeley ‘17 B.A. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science PhD Student in Linguistics and Presidential Scholar at Harvard University

“The environment at St. Vincent’s provided me the opportunity to play three sports while at the same time having a good balance in my life for academics social activities. Our golf coach really helped me to move up to the next level and play in college.”

Graham Gilles, SVHS ‘18, 2nd year student in Business and member of The University of La Verne golf team

Spotlight on the People at SVHS

Tom Bonfigli | Legendary Coach, Impactful Teacher

April 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Tom Bonfigli | Legendary Coach, Impactful Teacher

St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma is proud to announce Tom Bonfigli as the Varsity Head Coach for Men’s Basketball.  Coach Bonfigli is the most accomplished basketball coach in the North Bay. In [...]

Ken Blake | Taking Debate to the Next Level

March 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Ken Blake | Taking Debate to the Next Level

In high school, debate teams build the reasoning and argumentation skills needed to be effective in the real world.  Persuasion, argumentation or trial are useful methods that our society utilizes to resolve conflict.  Enter Kenneth [...]