St. John Vianney School, an educational ministry of St. John Vianney Parish, was established in 1960. The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, part of the Order of Preachers, sent the school’s first principal in 1960. The Dominican Sisters served the school from its inception until 1972. The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael are committed to the mission of Dominic: to proclaim God’s Word in our world. St. Dominic was drawn to a ministry and style of life which mirrored that of Jesus and the apostles. For Dominic the ministry of preaching the good news of the gospel went hand in hand with a simple apostolic life.
The particular gift, or charism, of preaching, given to Dominic and his followers throughout the centuries, continues to be the core of the Dominican Sister’s lives and ministry. A preacher is someone entrusted with God’s Word for others, someone who is compelled to speak the words of truth, love, mercy and justice which they have received in Jesus Christ.
Many of the defining characteristics of Catholic schools are reflected in the Dominican Sister’s mission. The defining characteristics of Catholic school are: Centered on the Person of Jesus Christ; Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church; Distinguished by Excellence, Committed to Educate the Whole Child, Steeped in a Catholic Worldview; Sustained by Gospel Witness; Shaped by Communion and Community; Accessible to All Students; Established by the Expressed Authority of the Bishop. St. John Vianney School continues to benefit from the past ministry of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and deeply appreciates each sister’s service.
St. John Vianney School’s Mission and SLEs are based on the Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Study, Community, and Service.
St. John Vianney School is fully accredited through the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Visiting Team identified the following significant accomplishments during their time with us.