School Profile

Our Mission

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.

Our School

St. Vincent de Paul High School, founded in 1916, 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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Academic Achievement Class of 2020 (51 students)

The average Weighted GPA in the class of 2020 was 3.54, with a high GPA of 4.40.

From the class of 51 students
12 earned above…..….4.0
19 earned……………….3.5 – 3.99
13 earned……………….3.0 – 3.49
7 earned….……….……2.5 – 2.99
0 earned below 2.5

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.8 and above are granted the distinction of honors, and those who achieve above a 4.0 are granted highest honors at graduation. Of the graduating seniors in 2020, 27 out of 50 students received one of these diplomas.   

Honors and AP Classes 

Eight Honors classes are offered:
Honors World Literature, Honors English 9, Honors Spanish II, III, Honors Algebra II, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors World History and Honors Chemistry.

Ten AP Classes are offered:
AP Spanish IV, AP French Language and Culture, AP Literature & Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP US History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP 2-D Design.

Advanced Placement Results

In May 2020, a total of 68 AP Exams were taken in 11 subject areas. Forty-one (41) students (10th, 11th, and 12th grades) participated in the testing process. 56% of the AP Exams taken received scores of 3 or higher.

**In spite of Distance Learning, students were eager to participate and challenge their mastery in each subject area.

College Placement

For the past 11 years, 95% of our graduating class attended college. The class of 2020 were accepted to 126 different colleges and universities.

77%………………………………………4-Year College
22%………………………………………2-Year College
1%………………………………………Alternative Schools/Plans

Class of 2020 College Attendance

4%………………………University of California
16%………………..California State University
33%………………………………Public Out of State
25%…………………………………….Private College
22%………………………………..Two-Year College

2020 Standardized Test Results 

In 2020 our Mean SAT Score was: 1188

In 2020 our average ACT Score was: 26

All scores are above the state and national average

GRADING SYSTEM

Each student’s GPA is computed two ways each semester: unweighted and weighted.

An unweighted GPA includes all grades 9-12 and is calculated on a 4.0 system. A weighted GPA includes all grades 9-12 and adds an additional point for each Honor/AP course. D grade is passing.

GRADE DISTRIBUTION FOR THE CLASS OF 2019
We do not rank our students. Grade Distribution for the Class of 2020 is based on cumulative weighted GPA after eight semesters – 51 Seniors.

Upper Quintile………..Top 20% – 4.11 – 4.42 (Avg. 4.287)
Second Quintile………Top 40% – 3.7 – 4.09 (Avg. 3.853
Third Quintile…………Top 60% – 3.51 – 3.66 (Avg. 3.572)
Fourth Quintile……….Top 80% – 3.16 – 3.5 (Avg. 3.326)
Fifth Quintile………….Top 100% – 2.5 – 3.13 (Avg. 2.89)

Average GPA …3.59

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must earn a minimum of 260 credits to graduate, including required courses in:
English……………………………………………40 credits
Social Science, incl. Gov. and Econ.……30 credits
Math ………………………………………………30 credits
Science……………………………………………30 credits
Theology…………………………………………35 credits
Physical Education…………………………..10 credits
Visual & Performing Arts………………….10 credits

Scholarships and Awards

The class of 2019 (57 students) earned over $2.5 million in scholarships and grants.

59% of our graduates earned at least one scholarship.
55% of our graduates earned multiples scholarships and grants.
51% of our graduates were California Scholarship Federation Seal Bearers.
72% of our graduates were members of the National Honor Society.

Christian Community Service- The Legacy Program

Our Legacy Program approaches Christian Community Service thematically, placing assignments into the curriculum of the Theology/English Departments. Students keep a community service portfolio throughout their four years at SVHS. This portfolio will exemplify students’ progression and personal growth in the area of Christian Community Service.

Assignments are given with the intention of broadening the students’ awareness of service opportunities within their school, parish, clubs, sports and community, locally and beyond, providing ways to involve oneself with hands-on direct service experience. The mission is to have the students Explore, Expand, Embrace & Engage in their Christian Community Service leaving SVHS with a personal legacy of service upon their graduation.

Community Service Awards

Students at St. Vincent de Paul High School are required to complete 25 hours per year of community service. Many of our students (33% in 2020), achieved between 200-500 hours of community service.

Athletics 

Many of our students choose to participate in athletics. On an average, 73% of our students participate in sports at least once in their time here, with many participating in one or more sports every year.

Transcript Legend

Eng 9/Lit Comp………………………English 9 Literature and Composition
Eng 9/Hon Lit Comp……………… Honors English 9 Literature and Composition
Eng 10/ Am Lit ………………………English 10/American Literature
Eng 11/Brit Lit………………………..English 11/British Literature
Eng 11/Hon Brit Lit…………………Honors English 11/British Literature
Eng 12/ Mod Lit……………………..English 12/Modern World Literature
AP Eng. Lit. Comp……………………AP Literature and Composition
Conc. Physics…………………………..Conceptual Physics
The Catholic Church……………….The Catholic Church: Meaning, Story & Celebration
Expos Writing…………………………Expository Writing
Pce/Justice……………………………..Peace and Justice, Third World Cultures
Yearbook – PJ…………………………..Yearbook/Photo Journalism

H………Honors
P……….College Preparatory
M…….. Medical excuse
W………Withdrawal

Grading Scale:
A=90-100
B=80-89
C=70-79
D=60-69
F=below 60
Weighted GPA: additional point given for Honors and AP courses

SPIRITUAL

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.

ACADEMIC

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.

SOCIAL

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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