School Profile

Our Mission

The mission of St. Vincent de Paul College Preparatory 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 and citizens of the world.

We are one community, with one vision, for all students. We are Better Together.

Our School

St. Vincent De Paul College Prep, founded in 1918, is a small, coeducational Roman Catholic, college preparatory parish high school.

We are located in Petaluma, California, one mile away from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and our partner elementary school.

Our school has a strong sense of community and support among our students, faculty and staff. In the 2008 WASC report, our school was described by the visiting team as the “Friendliest School in America.”

There are currently 200 students (grades 9-12) in attendance who come from southern Sonoma County and northern Marin representing 20+ different partner schools. We are a part of the Diocese of Santa Rosa and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).

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The St. Vincent De Paul graduate will…

…participate in various learning experiences and activities which seek to encourage ongoing development of their spirituality and a deeper understanding of their relationship with God in the context of the Roman Catholic tradition.

…demonstrate an understanding of an ethical approach to the world based upon the message of Jesus and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

…experience opportunities to discover their God given gifts and personal values.

…demonstrate an appreciation for the beauty and grace in God’s creation.


The St.Vincent de Paul graduate will…

…exhibit skills and knowledge consistent with a college preparatory curriculum. …demonstrate creative and critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies.

…demonstrate technological literacy and skill.

…understand the difference between information and knowledge by using analysis, synthesis, research, interpretation and evaluation.

…be able to make informed decisions leading to a mentally, emotionally and physically healthy lifestyle.

…demonstrate an appreciation through participation in the arts.


The St.Vincent de Paul graduate will…

…participate in and recognize the value of leadership in making a difference for good in the community.

…participate in and recognize the value of doing service for good in the community.

…demonstrate a positive self concept and respect for others by accepting challenges and responsibilities.

…show respect for others and understand the value of diversity.

…communicate, cooperate, and compromise to achieve productive goals.

…possess an understanding of global interdependence and how it is affected by such things as culture, political and economic systems, and the environment.

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