About Us

Saint Viator High School is often described as a place that feels like family by those who walk through its doors. Saint Viator exists as a welcoming and academically inspiring community in which students are valued and educated as whole people. Classes are small enough for students to get to know everyone, yet large enough to enable a competitive curriculum. Teachers and staff are dedicated to the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth of each student, providing the attention, nurturing, and support a successful academic career requires.

June 1, 2019, Board of Governors

Saint Viator High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory community of learning called to provide religious formation and an academic program of excellence to young men and women.

Apple Distinguished School

Saint Viator High School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025 for its ongoing commitment to innovation and the use of technology to enhance student learning. The school was also designated with the same recognition for 2015-2017, 2017-2019, and 2019-2022.


For the fourth consecutive year, Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights has been recognized with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. Given annually by the College Board, the award recognizes schools for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science courses, specifically AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles.

According to information provided by the College Board, Saint Viator was one of only 199 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in AP Computer Science A.

Blue Ribbon Award

2008 Blue Ribbon 2014 Blue Ribbon
Honored in 2008 and 2014, Saint Viator High School has been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. This is the highest national award that a school can receive. This marks two awards in a row for Saint Viator, as schools are only eligible every six years.

Top STEM School

Newsweek, with its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, partnered with STEM.org to rank America's Best STEM High Schools. They found schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students. We are proud to be recognized as one of Newsweek’s Top 5,000 STEM High Schools. 

Clerics of Saint Viator

St. Viator lived during the fourth century in the area of Lyon, France, and served as an aide to Bishop Just. He worked as a catechist helping young people develop their religious beliefs. By public acclamation, both St. Viator and Bishop Just were declared saints.

In 1831, Father Louis Querbes of Lyon established a religious community of young men to assist the clergy in their parish work, especially in the teaching of catechism to young men. This association of young men grew into a religious community. When Father Querbes looked for a model for his group, he remembered Viator, the Saint from his home city who carried out similar work centuries before.

For more than 160 years, Viatorians have proclaimed the Gospel as educators and ministering to a variety of needs. Today, that congregation includes around 800 priests, brothers, and lay associates who continue to serve as a community dedicated to education and spreading the mission initiated by their founder, Father Louis Querbes.
Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.