President | SEARCH PROSPECTUS POSITION BEGINS JULY 2020
St. John Vianney High School ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI WWW.VIANNEY.COM
History of the School Community Growing and changing for 60 years.
Mission Statement St. John Vianney High School is dedicated to forming young men for spiritual, academic and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition.
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St. John Vianney High School is situated on over 37 peaceful acres in St. Louis’ innerring suburb of Kirkwood. It’s a safe, attractive and welcoming campus that includes leading academic, spiritual and co-curricular amenities that sets it apart from other schools. Rooted in its Marianist traditions and Catholic values, the Vianney family has built a respected reputation as a place where young men are formed and prepared to face the challenges of our pluralistic society. Vianney students find more than an experience, they can find themselves. Vianney was founded in 1960 when St. Louis Archbishop Joseph Ritter proposed a new private, Catholic high school for boys in south St. Louis County to satisfy the migrating Catholic families. At the request of the Archbishop, the Society of Mary, an order of priests and brothers known as Marianists, agreed to sponsor the school. St. John Vianney High School has continued to blend old and new as they have expanded through the years. In 1986, the school was incorporated and a board of directors was established to provide additional guidance and governing structure. The board immediately developed a master plan that upgraded sports facilities, renovated the student cafeteria, and improved traffic flow on campus. In 2007, following an intensive capital campaign, the school opened the doors to an impressive new main entrance, commons area, media center, administrative offices and new state-of-the-art classrooms. In 2013, more change came to the school by updating the HVAC systems and installing new windows to enhance the classroom learning experience and bring the building up-to-date. In 2014, work was completed on a major renovation of Don Heeb Field, which was updated to include a new synthetic turf playing surface, construction of a fan plaza area, and the resurfacing of the track. Later in the fall of 2014, thanks to the generosity of Emerson executive Pat Sly, a 1968 Vianney graduate, and his wife, Peggy, the school embarked on a $1 million upgrade to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) labs. With four technologyrich learning environments, students develop the necessary skills to succeed in today’s global economy. In 2016, a $1.5 million construction project was completed on the renovations of the school’s baseball field which includes a full synthetic turf field, new dugouts, a fan plaza, concession stand, restrooms and a renovated locker room. The Chapel was renovated in 2017 to address the needs of its faith community. In 2018, a new Arts Center was created that includes state-of-the-art band and art rooms.
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The St. John Vianney High School Heritage The Society of Mary, through serious dialogues and collaboration with lay and religious educators, have developed five characteristics of a Marianist education. These characteristics are:
Educate for formation in faith. Vianney will help students to bear witness with a personal and committed faith that touches the heart. We will help promote a faith-and-culture dialogue and form students in the gospel’s values and Christian attitudes. In addition, we will pledge to educate in a free and responsible style which elicits a personal response to faith and we will make present the example and influence of Mary as the first disciple.
Provide an integral, quality education. Vianney will promote quality education of the whole person, providing a coherent curricula and a well-formed professional staff and administration. We will develop respect for the dignity of the person who has interior spirit and self-knowledge. In addition, we will develop in the students a concern for global and local issues of culture, ecology, and technology and will foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student body while continuing to offer Mary as a model of integrity.
Educate in family spirit. Vianney will create a favorable environment for education by helping to cultivate interpersonal relationships characterized by openness, respect, integrity, and dialogue. We will form an educational community characterized by collaborative structures and processes. In addition, we will influence others by exhibiting the Marian traits of openness, hospitality, graciousness and faith.
Educate for service, justice, and peace. Vianney will promote a missionary spirit and educate for solidarity as well as justice and peace. We will attend to the poor, promote the dignity and rights of women, encourage the formation of Christian service groups, announce justice and denounce oppression.
Educate for adaptation and change. Vianney will educate to shape the future. We will educate students to accept and respect differences in a pluralistic society by helping them develop critical thinking skills and by teaching them to be open and adaptable to local and global contexts. Finally, we will embrace Mary’s fiat, “Do whatever He tells you”.
82% Percentage of Faculty with Master’s degree or Higher
College attendance rate
Average ACT Score:
24.2 Top 25% Average:
members of Class of 2019 received Bright Flight Scholars status by achieving a 31 or higher on ACT
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Graduates are attending these universities American University Aurora University Avila University Ball State University Bellarmine University Belmont University Benedictine University Bradley University Butler University Carnegie Mellon University Catholic University Chaminade University-Honolulu Chicago State University Christian Brothers University Clemson University DePaul University Dominican University Embry-Riddle University Fontbonne University Franciscan University Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology Illinois Wesleyan University Indiana University Harding University John Carroll University Johnson and Wales University Kansas City Art institute Kansas State University Kenrick Seminary Kettering University Lindenwood University Loyola University-Chicago Marquette University Mars Hall College Maryville University Miami University-Ohio Milliken University Missouri Baptist University Missouri State University Missouri University of Science and Technology Murray State University Northwestern University Quincy University Richmond University. London, U.K. Rockhurst University Saint Louis University Seton Hall University Southeast Missouri State St. Ambrose University St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Mary’s University-San Antonio Texas A&M university Texas Christian University Truman State University U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Coast Guard Academy U.S. Military Academy-West Point U.S. Naval Academy University of Alabama University of Arkansas University of Chicago University of Dayton University of Illinois University of Illinois-Edwardsville University of Kansas University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of Miami, Florida University of Mississippi University of Missouri University of Nebraska University of Notre Dame University of Wisconsin, Madison Vanderbilt University Valparaiso University Washington University, St. Louis Webster University Westminster College Wheeling Jesuit University Wittenberg University Xavier University
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The Position The president’s primary role is to be a faith-based leader for the school community. The president is responsible for overall operation of the school by serving as the Chief Executive Officer. The president is directly responsible to the Society of Mary and appointed by and reports to the Board of Directors. The president is also responsible for the following: • Insure, articulate and strengthen our Catholic, Marianist traditions • Live and lead the Mission, vision and philosophy of the school • Implement policies and procedures of the board • Advancement and fund raising • Financial planning and budgeting • Strategic planning • Marketing and communications • Facilities maintenance and improvements • Legal issues • Community Relations including civil and ecclesiastical forums The president’s direct reports include the Principal, Director of Advancement with a 4-member team, Director of Finances and Facilities with a 7-member team, Director of Admissions with a 3-member team, and Director of Strategic Marketing with a 3-member team.
The School Community St. John Vianney High School is a prestigious, Society of Mary sponsored and independent Catholic, all boys, college preparatory school that exudes a sense of family spirit throughout its campus. Faith-filled and Christ-centered, the school not only encourages deep knowledge and real accomplishment, but also forms leaders prepared for life. For families who want to give their sons the best opportunity to grow, Vianney transforms boys into exceptional men of knowledge, character and accomplishment in the Marianist tradition. Blessed with gifted, dedicated and passionate educators, Vianney’s faculty tenure is higher
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than national averages. By investing heavily in faculty recruitment, retention, professional development, and technology rich teaching and learning environments, the school consistently maintains its high academic standards. Additionally, more than 80% of its faculty have earned their Master’s degree or higher-with many receiving local, state and national teaching excellence recognition. It’s easy to understand why the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has named St. John Vianney High School one of its Top Workplaces, based on feedback from faculty, staff and other employees. In 2014, the school was recognized with the honor of being named a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society, a recognition reserved for the Top 50 Catholic schools in the nation. The designation acknowledges St. John Vianney High School’s commitment to maintaining a rigorous academic program that teaches the importance of its Catholic identity while educating students on current issues of civic responsibility and social justice. In addition, the school achieved Model School designation by the Gurian Institute, the nation’s foremost authority on gender-based education. In receiving this award, the community satisfied a series of stringent 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.
The College Structure and Academic Programs St. John Vianney High School leaders looked to brain-based research and college schedule structures to develop their unique program to teach in the ways young men learn best. Understanding that young men need to be physically active and learn differently, their innovative approach allows its students more movement and competition, while providing an engaging and challenging academic environment that helps students to learn and succeed. Unlike traditional or modified block schedules, their school year is divided into two unique semesters. With 85 minutes per class, this model provides its students more time with their teachers, additional time to dive deeper into each subject, gives them more academic freedom and helps students to stay organized and focused on their studies. Each semester-long class covers the same material as traditional, year-long courses. That’s true for their extensive offering of 11 Honors, 17 Advanced College Credit, and 8 Advanced Placement classes. With its two-semester, college-style format, students complete the full course credit in one semester. For students wishing to excel academically, this structure allows them to earn up to six credits of a given core subject in four years of school. The school’s popular and respected STEM curriculum, combined with its exceptional teaching staff, helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed in today’s global economy. As a recognized school by Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of STEM programming, curriculum design and instructional support, the school’s faculty create dynamic learning experiences while transforming their students. Their science curriculum emphasizes the process of scientific inquiry so students can discover and interpret scientific knowledge and develop interests and appreciation for the sciences. In the area of technology, the faculty at Vianney employs technology in the classroom as a way to enhance lessons, assignments, and assessments. Also, their Engineering/Architecture courses help students build technical skills and mechanical aptitude, as well as personal skills that serve students well throughout their lives. In 2019, a Cybersecurity course was added to the curriculum. In its
Students per teacher ratio
Class of 2019 college scholarship offers
State Championships in Athletics
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Academic Fast Facts • Vianney’s college-style calendar allows students to take four courses per semester and graduate with 32 credits, among the highest in the Midwest. • Over 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 “teacherdeployed 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. • 99 percent of Vianney seniors go on to college, with over 70% of them receiving scholarship offers.
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mathematics curriculum, students of all academic levels develop the ability to reason logically in the world of numbers, to apply reasoning in problem solving, and to learn the mathematics language as a requisite for a continuously growing understanding of mathematics in their careers and lives. Vianney’s methodology also allows its teachers the freedom to be creative. Time and again, its teaching style and academic structure makes for more engaged students with more motivation, better interpersonal skills, heightened critical thinking, and stronger problemsolving skills. One 30-minute daily “Encore” period provides students time to seek extra help, work ahead, participate in a co-curricular activity or attend a communion service. Imagine a classroom of students working together to solve real-world problems – students who are disappointed to hear the bell ring because they’re so engaged in their work. Imagine a teacher who can focus more time and energy on inspiring students. This is what happens every day in Vianney classrooms and STEM labs.
Campus Ministry and Guidance Counseling St. John Vianney High School’s Faith Formation Program is integral throughout its curriculum. Fostering spiritual and reflective growth, students engage in active liturgy, prayer, retreat and community service programs on their faith journey. While promoting faith and culture dialogue, its young men develop the gospel values and Christian attitudes that will serve them throughout their lives. With a vibrant campus ministry department, its students are afforded extensive opportunities to express their faith and help those less fortunate. The schools Guidance and Counseling department believes it is important for each student to recognize and appreciate his abilities and potential. Believing that the more its young men develop academically, spiritually, socially, and physically-the more likely they are to live a fuller life and able to share their gifts with others. Counselors support students in developing study skills, designing class schedules, understanding and resolving relationship issues, and preparing for college decisions. As independent advocates, they insure academic success is achieved by acting as a liaison with parents and teachers.
Clubs, Activities and Athletics At the heart of this ambitious community of life-long learners lies the goal to help each student find his own voice. This spirit extends well beyond the classroom. With over 50 clubs, organizations and field teams to choose from, students have extensive options to participate more fully in the St. John Vianney High School experience. The community is proud to have been named a Leadership School by MSHSAA, the Missouri High School Activities Association. By obtaining this distinction, school leaders have demonstrated that they believe in and emphasize things like sportsmanship, citizenship, leadership and respect in its activity programs and championship-caliber athletic teams. Whether an athlete or a fan, students have plenty of opportunity to get in the game. And if a young man can’t find a club or team that matches his interests, he can make it happen. Allowing students to create their own club has led to some of Vianney’s most popular activities, such as remote controlled cars, fishing and BBQ clubs. There are no bounds to what is discoverable. Young men find themselves here.
Challenges and Opportunities The success and sustainability challenges we face as Catholic school administrators are similar throughout most of the nation. Long considered one of our country’s most competitive Catholic school markets, discerning St. Louis students and families have an expansive network of independent and archdiocesan college preparatory schools from which to choose. The region ranks nationally for having one of the largest percentages of enrollment in Catholic schools, as measured by the number of its registered Catholics. School leadership must consistently and strategically plan their mission, and execute with visionary zeal, in order to insure they are delivering an exceptional Christ-centered educational experience which is valued by their students and families. St. John Vianney High School is fortunate to hold a distinguished market leadership position amongst its peers, as evidenced by its recognition as a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society. Steeped in its 60-year traditions, the school community has been forming young men into leaders prepared for life. Young men of exceptional knowledge, character and accomplishment. Together with its Christ-centered foundation and faith-filled spirit, awardwinning faculty, state of the art educational and athletic facilities, and an enthusiastic base of parent, alumni and philanthropic supporters, the school now finds itself at a promising juncture with minimal debt, a growing endowment, and a talented and supportive Board of Directors. The next president will be expected to bring the energy, charisma and leadership skills necessary for this school community to build on its considerable strengths while delivering St. Louis’ best value in a Catholic college preparatory education. Together, you and the entire Vianney family will continue to soar!
Desired Qualities and Qualifications of the next President • Faith-filled and Christ-centered servant leader who embraces and models the community’s rich Marianist traditions, Catholic values and welcoming family spirit • Strong practicing Catholic with a passion for Catholic education • Values brain-based research and education models as it relates to single gender, all-boys, teaching and learning environments • Ability to develop and implement a strategic plan in an ultra-competitive Catholic college preparatory environment, familiarity with the St. Louis market preferred • Skilled at identifying, attracting, developing and retaining high-quality staff with a commitment and passion for delivering a transformational Catholic educational experience • Proven leadership in business management with the skills for long-term financial planning and budgeting • Familiar with managing the challenges and opportunities of a growing and diverse enrollment with the ability to raise funds and market the benefits of the school • Exceptional communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, with a proven track record in business development and leading change • Must be able to establish rapport and trust with students, faculty, staff, parent and alumni communities • Master’s degree in business, education, organizational leadership, or related field with extensive experience in leading an organization
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About St. Louis
Goals Of Vianney’s STEM Program 1. Enhance student learning in the STEM areas. 2. Enhance ACT test scores by placing more emphasis on the STEM curriculum. 3. Create more opportunities to develop strong critical thinking skills. 4. Increase interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 5. Expose our students to high demand, high-paying careers. 6. Position Vianney as a leader in STEM education in the St. Louis area and beyond. STEM Clubs Available at Vianney Robotics Media Club Griffin Roar-Video Production Mu Alpha Theta Science Honor Society Technology Avionics Remote Controlled Cars Cyber Patriots
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It’s not just that St. Louis boasts the kind of cultural treasures you’d expect to see only in the very biggest American cities. It’s not just that it boasts terrific recreational opportunities, from the MLB Cardinals and NHL Blues, to spectacular parks and golf courses to beautiful hiking and canoeing nearby. It’s that you can do these things in St. Louis. It’s that nothing is out of reach - in price, in location, in access. A community with a remarkably low cost of living for all of the comforts and attractions it affords, St. Louis is a big city with the convenience and sense of connectedness of a smaller one. Visiting the city’s nationally acclaimed Zoo costs -- nothing (thanks to the taxpayers and philanthropists). The Art Museum, the History Museum, the Science Center cost -- nothing. The charges for the Symphony and the Missouri Botanical Garden are all reasonable. Not only is the price right - you can get there. St. Louis is a “20-minute city,” where most of the attractions are within a reasonable distance from most of the people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Greater St. Louis has been consistently below the national average commute time to work. Availability, accessibility and family focused - these are characteristics of the region in general. St. Louis is open, in the broadest sense of the word. Whatever role you want to play here -- in work, civic affairs or any other aspect of life -- you’ll get a friendly, appreciative welcome. Overall, St. Louis has a sanity about it that’s increasingly difficult to find. St. Louis has a balance and degree of comfort that are absolutely exceptional among cities that also offer the kind of world-class assets this community features. There is a sense of community, a connectedness among its people, which arises from its Midwestern personality, manageable scale, and deep history. Perhaps that’s why St. Louis is consistently ranked among the most philanthropic cities in the Country - People care about one another and their community.
The Vianney Difference Spiritual Excellence • Our Catholic, Marianist tradition and values
To Apply Please visit www.vianney.com/presidentsearch to submit your materials. • Cover letter that expresses your interest and qualifications for leading St. John Vianney High School
• Family Spirit making all members of our community feel welcome and connected • Unique opportunities and programs that replace the “have to” of service with a real passion for helping others
• Current resume with all appropriate dates included
President assumes full responsibilities beginning July 1, 2020.
• The proven and effective two-semester, college-style schedule • A research-based understanding and approach of how boys learn best in the classroom
Brand Positioning Statement To families who want to give their sons the best opportunity to grow, St. John Vianney High School is the Catholic, college-preparatory high school that transforms boys into exceptional men of knowledge, character, and accomplishment. That’s because Vianney offers a two-semester, college-style schedule, taught in the Marianist tradition of humility and acceptance, that focuses on leadership in a welcoming, family environment.
• A hands on, caring and engaging faculty that foster a positive learning environment • Innovative classroom setting and campus for a supportive learning experience
Personal excellence • Strong emphasis on leadership, confidence and character development both within the curriculum and out • Vast array of distinct cocurricular opportunities • Griffin pride and accomplishment
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The prospectus invites you to learn about serving as President of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Published on Aug 20, 2019
The prospectus invites you to learn about serving as President of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Missouri.