Schools & After-School
A community is only as good as its schools, and St. Helena’s many educational options are a point of pride. We have four excellent preschools, each with its own philosophy of teaching to offer the right fit for every child. And we have a Preschool for All program that provides financial support to ensure that every local child benefits from preschool education, which translates to better prepared students well into primary education and beyond.
Under 1,300 students are enrolled in our four public schools (primary, elementary, middle school, and high school). Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School and St. Helena High School rank in the 99th percentile for school environment and have some of the most rigorous graduation requirements among public schools state-wide. Of our high-school students, 99.59% graduate and 93% attend two- or four-year colleges or universities. We offer 12 sports, 11 Advanced Placement courses, an excellent dramatic arts program, and a wide variety of different clubs for student advancement. And our Career Technical Education program – aligned with Future Farmers of America (FFA) – provides industry-linked programs such as viticulture, agri-science, and culinary arts to enable our students to compete in the global marketplace.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga run programs Monday – Friday in the after school hours, all summer long and through community outreach.
The Clubs and programs are supervised, safe, FUN, accessible, affordable and guidance-oriented. There are three sites; St. Helena Club, Calistoga Club and Calistoga Teen Center for various age ranges.
Our B&G Club is a proud member and a chartered affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org). Find resources, programs, calendars and more here!
Still don’t see what you need? Within St. Helena we have three private schools offering everything from Montessori (two schools) to St. Helena Catholic. In Napa and Santa Rosa, there‘s a wide variety of private school choices for high schoolers.
Then there’s Napa Valley College – St. Helena Campus, which is not only a valuable two-year option for our high-school graduates but also an excellent resource for lifelong learning, with a catalogue offering everything from wine appreciation to small-business development. Its Napa Valley Cooking School, based in St. Helena, is a fully accredited academy that trains future culinary professionals as well as offering individual cooking classes for the food enthusiast.
The Culinary Institute of America has been home in St. Helena for over 20 years. Spanning two locations in the heart of Wine Country—the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena and the CIA at Copia in Napa—our California campus is a food lover’s paradise. Whether you’re a passionate home cook wanting to expand your skills, a fine wine enthusiast, a student seeking a culinary or baking and pastry arts degree, or an entrepreneur hoping to succeed in the thriving food business, you’ll find a wealth of inspiring programs here.