WHO WE ARE
The Sisters of the Company of Mary is an international order founded by Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac in 1607 in Bordeaux, France. The mission of the Company of Mary from its earliest beginnings was the education of youth. The Order she founded over 400 years ago now extends to 26 countries. Saint Jeanne’s in Temecula is one of nearly 70 schools affiliated with the Sisters of the Company of Mary.
Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School is the only co-educational private Catholic school in the Temecula/Murrieta area. Saint Jeanne’s was founded in October 1993 by the Sisters of the Company of Mary as part of the Viña de Lestonnac Ministry Center. Initially the sisters established the school for preschool and kindergarten children only. During the 1997 school year a group of energetic parents approached the leadership of the sisters and asked them to expand the school to include grades preschool through eighth. The sisters accepted the challenge and began a search for a new location in earnest. In 1997, the property was secured and construction began.
In September 1999, the school moved to its present location. The first eighth grade class graduated in 2000.In September 2001, the construction of the new theater and gymnasium was completed. A special dedication Mass and blessing was officiated by Bishop Gerald Barnes. The school continues to grow and prosper under the direction of the Sisters of the Company of Mary and their dynamic lay collaborators.
The 2006-2007 was a special year. We celebrated the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Order by our foundress Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac. The approval of the Order dates to April 7, 1607. There were days of celebration and prayer, thanking God for this great grace.
Today we continue the mission to educate first given to Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac. Our faculty faithfully lives its mission to prepare youth to be life-long learners and compassionate Christians dedicated to service. Our students continue to be our pride and joy.
The Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac community’s shared Catholic vision is to guide and challenge our students through excellence in teaching. We strive to develop a sense of ownership in each of our students for their own life-long learning.Students can achieve their maximum potential to become faith-filled, literate, integrated, and contributing members of a multicultural society.
Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School brings together the faith, talent, gifts, and the dedicated lives of priests, women religious, and lay collaborators as educators who are committed to fostering, nurturing, and sustaining a Catholic Christian environment. The prevailing spirit of this school is focused on building a community of faith which invokes the positive formation and comprehensive education of each child in our care. This dynamic educational program is designed to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, and psychological growth, as well as the intellectual, aesthetic, and physical development of each child.
Together with the devoted parents who are the primary educators of their children, we unite in striving to build, strengthen, and incorporate our beliefs as Catholics, so that each child may develop a vibrant awareness of God’s presence in his/her daily life and experience a meaningful personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the dynamics of our Christ-centered community, the children will experience a sense of worth, belonging, and success.
Saint Jeanne’s School provides its families and students with a caring community and an educational environment in which academic scholarship and Christian citizenship flourish. The faculty aspires to meet the students at their respective levels of ability and achievement and endeavors to provide them with skills and encouragement where each child may grow to his/her full potential. In this affirming atmosphere, traditional values are cherished so that the child is challenged to meet effectively the diverse opportunities of tomorrow with the knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual integrity that s/he has learned as a vital component of the school community.
SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
Saint Jeanne Students are:
We make choices according to Gospel values.
We know and live our faith.
We honor the life and legacy of Mary and Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac.
We celebrate our diversity.
We strive for social justice.
We respect ourselves, others and our world.
Active Lifelong Learners
We aim for academic excellence.
We learn and think independently and cooperatively.
We participate in the Fine Arts.
We are peacemakers.
We practice sportsmanship and good health habits.
We learn to LEAD and SERVE.
We express ourselves compassionately, appropriately, and respectfully.
We speak and write clearly and creatively.
We are active listeners.