About Vianney


Mission

St. John Vianney High School is dedicated to forming young men for spiritual, academic and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

Overview

  • Vianney is a private, all-boys, Catholic college preparatory high school serving grades nine through 12.
  • Our current enrollment is 585, representing 70 ZIP codes and Graduation`50 grade schools and parishes. Vianney draws students from across St. Louis city and county, from Jefferson and Franklin counties, and from the Metro East.
  • We have a student/teacher ratio of 13-to-1.
  • Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $15,400. This includes everything except for textbooks.
  • More than 60 percent of students receive some form of tuition assistance.
  • Christian service is integral to the Vianney experience. Service opportunities abound, and all students log at least 100 service hours during their time with us.
  • Vianney is conveniently located in Kirkwood at the intersection of Highway 44 and Lindbergh Boulevard.
  • Recent expansion provides additional classrooms, a media center, field house, student commons, bookstore, turfed stadium, STEM labs, a new turfed baseball/athletic complex and more.
  • Vianney is sponsored by the Society of Mary, an international religious order of priests and brothers known as Marianists.

Academics

  • The Class of 2019 earned a total of $16,247,453 in college scholarships.
  • Students take four courses per semester and graduate with 32 credits, among the highest in the Midwest.
  • About half of Vianney juniors and seniors earn college credits offered through Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. 
  • About 95 percent of Vianney graduates complete four or more math courses and three or more science courses.
  • Vianney has a wireless campus and a "teacher-deployed technology plan," which emphasizes use of technology as a tool in educating the entire person. Laptops are readily available, with one computer for every two students.
  • About 99 percent of Vianney seniors go on to college, with about half of them receiving scholarship offers.

Our college-style, two-semester schedule

Vianney uses a schedule that closely resembles a typical collegiate schedule. Learning within the block is a shift in the methodology of education. In our schedule, a student takes more control of his education by being actively involved in the learning process. The environment fosters better interpersonal relationships, heightened critical thinking and stronger problem-solving skills, and allows students time for reflection. The schedule is designed to reduce some of the obstacles that interfere with student achievement, such as insufficient time for in-depth thought, high stress levels, and fragmented instruction.

Key Features:

  • Four 85-minute academic periods provide time for in-depth focus and exploration.
  • One 30-minute daily "encore" period provides students time to seek extra help, work ahead, participate in a co-curricular activity or or attend a communion service.
  • Teachers can give more personal attention to each student, because they have fewer students each semester.
  • Extended class time enables teachers the opportunity to develop lessons that offer more variety and in-depth thought.
  • Students take eight courses per year (four per semester) and graduate with 32 credits, among the highest in the Midwest.
  • The 32-credit requirement means that provides the opportunity to include an array of Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced College Credit (ACC) and Honors courses in the student's schedule.
  • As part of a college preparatory school, this schedule is better suited to a college and university format.
  • By using a college-style semester format, students complete full core credits in one semester. Therefore, students wishing to excel academically can fit up to 5 or 6 years of a given core subject into four years of school.

Class periods are long enough to allow for quality learning experiences that are less likely to occur in a shortened period. Activities are usually alternated within a class period for variety:

  • Debates
  • Student presentations
  • In-depth laboratory experiments
  • Concentrated writing projects
  • Practice time for difficult concepts
  • Guest speakers
  • Teacher directed learning activities
  • Exam-like testing conditions
  • Time for meaningful research simulations
  • Cooperative learning
  • Role playing

Co-Curriculars and Athletics

  • Vianney offers more than 70 clubs and activities with students able to start new clubs with the support of a faculty adviser.
  • In 2019, Vianney's World Quest Team won the St. Louis-area competition and represented the region in national competition. 
  • Vianney's chess team placed second in the nation in 2019, winning the national championship in 2011 and 2013.
  • In 2019, Vianney's Aviation Team competed to receive the "Best Creative Design" award from Boeing.
  • Vianney band students qualify annually for state competition.
  • Griffin Theatre offers three full-scale productions each year.  
  • Vianney sports include cross country, football, soccer, swimming, basketball, bowling, ice hockey, inline hockey, racquetball, wrestling, baseball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball.
  • In 2016 and 2018, our football team won the Missouri Class 5 championship.
  • In 2018, our baseball team won the Missouri Class 5 championship.
  • Our volleyball team has won 17 state championships, with the most recent title in 2013. 
  • Vianney has been recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as having one of the top athletic programs in the metro area.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr. Charlie Callison, neurosurgeon
  • Bob Cassilly, artist and founder of the St. Louis City Museum
  • Alex Donley, owner of Gioia's Deli, winner of a national 2017 James Beard Award for culinary excellence.
  • Trent Green, Super Bowl Champion, former Rams and Chiefs Quarterback
  • Dan Harbaugh, president, Ronald McDonald House
  • Charlie Hoffman, Dean of the Business School, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Larry Jehling, O.D., owner of Clarkson Eyecare
  • Mark Klose, local radio personality
  • Joe Koenig, President, World Wide Technology
  • Mark Lamping, past president of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
  • J Lee, actor, The Orville
  • Dan McLaughlin, local sportscaster
  • Dr. Joe Ojile, CEO Clayton Sleep Institute
  • Cliff Politte, World Series Champion, former Cardinals and White Sox Pitcher
  • Mark Segbers, professional soccer player
  • Patrick Sly, former Executive Vice President, Emerson
  • Scott Touzinsky, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, volleyball