Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep

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Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep
The Kolbe Academy Logo.
2055 Redwood Road
Napa, California 94558
United States
Coordinates 38°19′13″N 122°18′44″W / 38.32028°N 122.31222°W / 38.32028; -122.31222Coordinates: 38°19′13″N 122°18′44″W / 38.32028°N 122.31222°W / 38.32028; -122.31222
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
(For the Greater Glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1980
Founders Lucille Cortese, Vince Cortese, Fran Crotty, Marge Crotty, Dianne Muth, Jerry Muth, Jack Kersting, Tony Ryan
Principal Brian Muth
Faculty 13
Grades K–12
Enrollment 95
Color(s) Blue and Red         
Mascot Crusader
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools [1]

Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep is a private school in Napa, California. It offers grades from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade and embraces a classically based Catholic educational model. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa, though it operates independently.


The logo of Kolbe Academy Homeschool.

Kolbe Academy was established in 1980 by Fran & Marge Crotty, Jerry & Dianne Muth, and Vince & Lucille Cortese in Napa, California.[2] In 1995, the academy's homeschooling program began.[3] Trinity Grammar and Prep was established in 1995 by Jack Kersting, Tony Ryan and others.[2]

The two schools merged in 2008, and the homeschool program split off into an independent homeschool program.


The school's curriculum is grounded in the Ignatian tradition. The spoken arts of grammar and rhetoric are emphasized.[2] Grade levels at the school are combined in pairs — first-and second graders are in one classroom, third-and fourth graders are in another, for example. Students are exposed to the greatest works of Western Civilization and also study Latin and public speaking.[4]


Kolbe Academy was founded in 1980 as a 1st through 7th grade school, with a grade per year added until it was 1st-12th Grades. Trinity Education Center, Inc. was founded in 1991 in Fairfield, California as a home school. In 1995 it began doing business as Trinity Grammar and Prep as a 1st through 12th Grade school with 50 students.

In 2008, the two schools united to form Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep.

Alumni Accomplishments[edit]

Kolbe-Trinity graduates have been accepted at state and private schools both large and small. The school’s graduates have been accepted at such schools as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, Gonzaga University, West Point, the University of Dallas, Thomas Aquinas College, Christendom College University of San Francisco, Hillsdale, UC Davis, Wheaton College, Pepperdine, Notre Dame School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, University of Texas School of Law, Ave Maria, St. John’s Annapolis, Fordham, USC, Catholic University, St. Louis University, and Franciscan University. They are actively recruited to attend and often receive generous scholarships. Nearly 100% of the school’s graduates who have attended four-year colleges have completed college. Graduates have received awards such as Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List, graduating Magna and Summa Cum Laude, etc.[citation needed]

Graduates include a priest, a religious brother and a religious sister; chief of staff for a former California Senate Minority Leader; a National Sales Manager for a leading resort; several PhD candidates; a West Point graduate currently serving as an engineer in the army (and who served a tour in Iraq); a doctor; a medical school student; several Registered Nurses; a mechanical engineer; law students; nursing students; several teachers; owner of an event management company; a two-time Jeopardy champion; a Director of Marketing for the leading legal publisher in the U.S.; and the Principal of the school.[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NAPCIS. "NAPCIS Accrediting Commission" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Christopher Zehnder. "Authentic Catholic Schools, Part 2". Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission. Retrieved 2008-01-11.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Authentic_Catholic_Schools.2C_Part_2" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Catholic Homeschooling Programs". Love2Learn.net. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ Dills, Isabelle (September 1, 2011). "Kolbe-Trinity touts traditional approach". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 

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