St. John Vianney High School St. Louis Top 100 Places to Work 2016

Quick Facts


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.
  • Vianney was named a National School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society for its academics, civic education and its educational focus on Catholic identity.
  • We have a student/teacher ratio of 13-to-1.
  • Tuition for the 2017 - 2018 school year is $14,300. This includes everything except for textbooks.
  • About 30 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

  • About two-thirds of the seniors in the Class of 2017 received scholarship awards.
  • Vianney uses a two-semester, college style schedule, with four, 90-minute classes per day. This is a schedule that closely resembles a typical collegiate schedule. A daily 30-minute "Encore" period allows students to work ahead, attend co-curricular meetings or seek assistance from teachers or counselors.
  • 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's college-style, two-semester schedule is much more than the mere restructuring of time. Learning within the block is a shift in the methodology of education.

In this 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 thatprovides 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 students participate in the art club, chess team, campus ministry, pep band, language honor societies, math club, mock trial team, newspaper staff, photo club, student council and bocce club, among many others.
  • Students are encouraged to initiate new clubs with the assistance of a faculty adviser.Kyle Markway
  • Griffin Theatre offers three full-scale productions each year.
  • In 2016, our varsity football team won the Missouri Class 5 State Football Championship.
  • In 2017, our varsity baseball team finished third overall in Missouri's Class 5 division.
  • In 2017, our varsity volleyball team advanced to the Final Four in Missouri.
  • 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.
  • Our volleyball team has earned 17 state championships, with the most recent title in 2013. Our soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball teams all won district titles.
  • Vianney has been recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as having one of the top athletic programs in the metro area.

Notable Alumni

  • Bob Cassilly, artist and founder of the St. Louis City Museum
  • Trent Green, Super Bowl Champion, former Rams and Chiefs Quarterback
  • Dan Harbaugh, president, Ronald McDonald House
  • Larry Jehling, O.D., owner of Clarkson Eyecare
  • Mark Klose, local radio personality
  • Mark Lamping, past president of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
  • Dan McLaughlin, local sportscaster
  • Dr. Joe Ojile, CEO Clayotn Sleep Institute
  • Cliff Politte, World Series Champion, former Cardinals and White Sox Pitcher
  • Scott Touzinsky, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, volleyball
  • Alex Donley, owner of Gioia's Deli, winner of a national 2017 James Beard Award for culinary excellence.