KIRKWOOD, MO (July 15, 2013) - St. John Vianney High School was recently recognized with the prestigious designation as a “Model School” by the Gurian Institute on July 15 at the 12th Annual Gurian Summer Institute at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, CO. Vianney leadership was presented with the award by Michael Gurian, a New York Times bestselling author, educator and a foremost expert in the development of boys.
"There are so many young men who need a school environment like Vianney” Gurian said. “Boys need movement to keep their brains active, and Vianney certainly provides this in its classrooms. The faculty serve as mentors and your leadership curriculum, rites of passage activities, and community service are all important in helping young men find their purpose."
St. John Vianney High School became only the 10th school to be recognized as a model school in the country and the first in the state of Missouri.
“This elite designation recognizes St. John Vianney High School’s excellence in teacher professional development and school-wide implementation of brain-based strategies to promote the well-being and development of young men,” says Kelley King, associate director of the Gurian Institute.
Vianney received the “Model School” designation by meeting a series of requirements including in-depth professional development for all staff members, educating and engaging the parent community and implementing a wide array of boy-friendly strategies throughout the school and classrooms.
Members of the faculty were presented a plaque which reads: “St. John Vianney High School has met all requirements and is herein designated a Gurian Institute Model School. Congratulations for your excellent work in providing an educational environment in which every boy is given the opportunity to fulfill his own individual potential.”
This is the second academic honor the school has received in the last two years. In the fall of 2012 Vianney was recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the Country for Academic Excellence.
Founded in 1996 by author and gender expert Michael Gurian, the Gurian Institute is committed to helping boys and girls reach their full potential by providing professional development that creates awareness on gender learning differences and trains teachers and parents about methods proven to increase student motivation, engagement, and achievement, teacher effectiveness and parent involvement.
Five of St. John Vianney’s faculty members are now certified trainers in brain based education.
St. John Vianney High School has been recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society on this year's Catholic School Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence.
Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in the areas of Catholic identity, Academic Excellence and Civic Education at Catholic high schools across the United States.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition as one of the top Catholic high schools in the country,’ said Mr. Mike Loyet, Presdient of St. John Vianney High School. “The real reward however is not the national ranking, it’s the confirmation that Vianney is doing an exceptional job of preparing all students for spiritual & academic success.”
“This achievement validates the tremendous work of our school community and will serve as extra motivation to continue to build a school of excellence for many years to come,” he added.
This year 71 schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.
The academic program at St. John Vianney High School has placed among the top 50 Catholic high schools nationally, earning an "Honor Roll" ranking based on a rigorous evaluation by the Cardinal Newman Society for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Top 50 Catholic High Schools are recognized for overall excellence in all three Honor Roll categories. Other schools, like Vianney, receive special recognition in a particular category by placing in the top 50 in that individual classification.
Vianney placed among the top 50 schools in the Academic Category.
The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created in 2004 to help parents evaluate the quality of Catholic high schools. It also serves to inspire these schools to pursue ever-higher levels of excellence through constructive competition.
Other areas examined as part of the evaluation include Catholic identity and civic education. Click here to learn more about the program.
Vianney offers an unusual academic program known as the intensive four-by-four block schedule. Students take four classes per semester, attend each class every day, and cover a year's worth of content in one semester. There are no study halls, and Vianney students graduate with 32 credits, among the highest in the Midwest.