Admission to SVHS

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. Our goal is for students to become compassionate, responsible and active members of their communities.

In the 2008 WASC report, our school was described as the “Friendliest School in America.”

With the most rigorous graduation requirements in the Northbay, we have high expectations!

A small school with a big tradition — a 100 year legacy of success with a 17/1 student-to-teacher ratio.

St. Vincent de Paul High School is the private school with the longest history in Sonoma County and the oldest Catholic school on the West Coast north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s 12-acre campus is located is on the west side of Petaluma, serving students from Sonoma and Marin counties representing 22 different partner schools.

The best way for you to learn more is to visit our campus. Meet our students, their teachers, our faculty and coaches…see what it’s like here for yourself. You can register here for the Open House , to schedule a shadow day for your student or arrange for a parent tour.

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Parent Tours:
Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec 2018

Open House:
October 14, 2018

Student Shadow:
Oct-Nov-Dec 2018

Placement Test:
January 12, 2019

Jan-Feb 2019

March 22, 2019

March 25-29

For over 100 years, St. Vincent de Paul High School has made the difference in lives of its students. Impressive test scores and 100% college acceptance don’t tell the full story…

So, how did the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Schools make a difference in your life?

“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


“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
1st year student with the School of Dance at The University of Arizona



“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


“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
1st year student in Business and member of
The University of La Verne golf team

We look forward to hosting you on our campus. Come visit us, meet our students, faculty and staff…see the difference for yourself. You can register here for the Open House , to schedule a shadow day for your student or arrange for a parent tour.

We appreciate that you have included St. Vincent de Paul High School in your school selection process. We encourage you to contact us directly for a more detailed discussion.

Patrick W. Daly

Michael Crandell
Director of Admissions