St. John the Baptist Catholic School has a legacy of academic tradition. Located in the beautiful Napa Valley about 50 miles north of San Francisco and 60 miles east of Sacramento, Napa is the county seat and home to premier wine producers, restaurants, resorts, spas, beautiful scenery and approximately 68,000 people. Napa has thriving tourism, retail, trade services, agriculture, government and manufacturing industries that provide abundant employment opportunities.
Invited by Fr. Joseph Byrne, the pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, the Dominican Sisters opened the doors to St. John the Baptist Catholic School in 1912, and it became the first Catholic school in Napa Valley. Those 120 students in grades 1 -6 began our commitment to academic excellence and the continued pursuit of the Catholic faith, teachings and values. Since its founding, St. John’s has been blessed with generations of alumni, many of whom remain in the area and recall their roots in our corridors.
Our school building is located in downtown Napa and houses the school office, classrooms, a science lab, computer lab, library, extended care room and art room. The St. John's Hall is located onsite and includes meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room and a kitchen. St. John The Baptist Catholic Church is located next to the school and serves approximately 3,500 families and has over 35 ministries.
Today, St. John's is a thriving learning community thanks to the investment from hundreds of mission-dedicated stakeholders. We educate about 160 students each year in grades from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade. Within a safe and secure learning environment, we encourage and value a child’s individual character and their contributions as a vital part of our Catholic faith community.
St. John's is dually accredited by both the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our core curriculum is based on California State Standards and Common Core State Standards. St. John’s rigorous academic programs, extra-curricular opportunities and dedication to the whole child results in graduates who are well-rounded and well-prepared for high school, solid in their academic education.