Join us on the St. Francis path
 "Let us always and everywhere cling to our faith, and believe humbly and firmly all that it teaches.
Saint Francis of Assisi

Last week, a religion teacher asked her sophomore students, "What advice would you give your eighth grade self?" The question got me wondering. What advice would their parents have appreciated when choosing a high school? I believe the following three factors can help parents see how St. Francis High School prepares students for academic success and excellent college placement.


1. Academic structure. The St. Francis School Profile and Program of Study will help you envision your child's journey and understand the academic opportunity St. Francis affords students. They are available on the website at  


2. Courses and access to them. St. Francis High School students may choose among 15 Advanced Placement (AP), 34 honors, and foundational classes as well as AP Art and Business and Technology options. They may take honors and advanced options as freshmen and APs as sophomores. They also can move up to higher level classes any year without tracking. Seniors present competitive college applications because St. Francis High School has elevated them to their highest academic potential.


3. Technology. Distinguished as a Microsoft Showcase School, St. Francis High School uses the Surface Pro 3 device for each student. This valuable tool is designed for classroom use, suits various learning styles, teaches marketable computer skills, and brings learning to life in countless, unique ways.


 "A school's mission is to develop the sense of the true, the sense of the good, the sense of the beautiful," said Pope Francis in May 2014. A college-prep experience the way high school should be-this is the St. Francis path. If you would like to discuss the St. Francis path further, please call or visit me any time for an admissions meeting and school tour. 

-Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

"I Am St. Francis"
The Alumni Awardee Perspective:  Awards and Recipients at this month's 60th Anniversary Dinner 

PACE E BENE AWARD: Honors those who emulate Saint Francis through exceptional service and distinguished community leadership.  Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi used "Pace e Bene" as a greeting, which translated from Italian means, "Peace and all good!"

1. Illinois State Senate President John J. Cullerton '66: Graduated St. Francis High School in 1966 and earned both Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate from Loyola University. 


Experience: For more than 30 years, John has served the Illinois General Assembly and currently is a partner with the law firm of Thompson Coburn. He has dedicated his career working to advocate for the people of Illinois.

The Mission: John continues to embody the mission and values of St. Francis in his life and as a lawmaker. "It is about giving a voice to the poor and less fortunate."

At St. Francis High School: "I developed lifelong friends. The closeness of associations you don't fully recognize and appreciate until later in life," said John, and he advises current St. Francis High School students to "get involved in public service. You will learn from any failures, and you will have successes that will shape your life and the communities you live in."

SAN DAMIANO AWARD: Honors those who have answered God's call through service to the Church. In the church of San Damiano, Saint Francis heard a voice from the cross, "Francis, go and repair my church, which is all in ruins!" Saint Francis repaired that church's physical structure, then answered God's call to restore His greater church. 

2. Sr. Barbara Nelson, IBVM '62: Graduated from St. Francis High School in 1962 and completed her student teaching there. 


Experience: Her career included teaching junior high and high school students, serving as a high school administrator, assuming the role as the Regional Superior of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and teaching both Math and Religion at St. Francis High School.  As a teacher, Sr. Barb said, "it was a pure joy and an honor to give back to St. Francis."

The Mission: Through her work, Sr. Barb "embodies the mission and values of Saint Francis by working for justice, caring for others and encouraging others to become all God intends them to be." 

At St. Francis High School: Sr. Barb's experiences as a St. Francis High School student shaped her career choices. "I had wonderful, caring, excellent teachers. Sr. Eleanor (Mother Alberta) Holland gave me a love for science and math, which influenced me to major in math and science and become a teacher.  Mother St. Aedan gave me an understanding of Church that has allowed me to question and to explore Jesus' message more deeply in my personal life. Of course, St. Francis is where I met the sisters of the religious community I eventually entered, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

3. Fr. Herb Essig '64: Fr. Herb Essig was a student at St. Francis High School during a time of great historical change. Ordained a priest in November 1974, Fr. Herb is currently the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Bolingbrook where he continually answers God's calling to serve the Church. 


Experience: Catholic values and Christian social teaching set St. Francis apart.  I carried those values on in the various parishes I have served to this day."


The Mission: "The Prayer of St. Francis has been with me every step of the way, first saying the prayer often at St. Francis High School, then having the prayer on my Ordination card, and having it on my 40th anniversary holy card. If your life is centered on Jesus, who looks to you from the San Damiano cross, you will be following the path of St. Francis, patron of St. Francis High School."

At St. Francis High School: "Of course, we had enjoyable times in sports, music and other activities. I was on the cross country and golf teams. I tried to center my life on Jesus while accepting guidance from both the Christian Brothers and lay teachers." 

LA VERNA AWARD: Honors individuals whose philanthropy has deeply marked St. Francis High School as a place where young people can grow spiritually, intellectually, artistically, and athletically.  La Verna is the site where Saint Francis received the stigmata. A most important Franciscan monastery, LaVerna was given to Saint Francis by Count Orlando of Chiusi della Verna, who was impressed by Francis's preaching.

4. Ron '65 and Teri Franklin '67 Kuhn: Ron and Teri Kuhn recalled their time at St. Francis High School with fond memories. After high school, Ron attended University of Southern California and then worked for and assumed ownership of the family business, Harry W. Kuhn, Inc., a construction and cement company. Teri owned an interior design business and was a former member of the St. Francis High School Board of Directors.  


Experience: Currently, they own the Pillar Rock Vineyard in Napa Valley.  Both Ron and Teri believe it is important to give back when one has the means to do so.

The Mission: Ron explained, "My mission was always to be philanthropic." The Kuhns' continued philanthropy to St. Francis High School has enabled the school to build the cultural arts center, music room, biology lab, athletic stadium, and parking lot, among other projects, to support the needs of the students and families. They encourage students to continue their education, never stop dreaming, and always remember to give back.
At St. Francis High School: "St. Francis High School was the highlight of my formative years," said Ron. "The great clubs, athletic conferences, socials, and academia made those four years some of the best."  Teri recollected the "very good Religion program.  We were taught to apply religious teaching to our everyday life.  Those years have given me the ability to deal with all aspects of life, and even though goals are difficult, we stay the course."



Only at St. Francis High School
Rock Concert
With low lights and high volume, St. Francis High School student musicians emerged like rock stars to a screaming student-packed house and "mosh pit" in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center stage at Friday night's Rock Band Concert. Three student singers performed rock anthems from Ramones to Red Hot Chili Peppers backed with the wailing electric guitars, horns, drums, percussion, and keyboards of the St. Francis High School Rock Band.

Rock Band students are selected from the Music Ensemble elective class at St. Francis High School. The musical selection, performance, and student talent not only electrified the stage May 12, but also pumps up school spirit all year as an unparalleled Band at basketball and volleyball games, as the as the Liturgies.

Taking the stage with students in special performances were guest lead singer Dr. Tom Juliano, who teaches Honors AP Physics by day, and guest bass guitarist Mr. Jay Olaszek '91, Honors AP Chemistry teacher and St. Francis High School alum. "In addition to the Rock Band, Chamber Choir joins in, there are multiple costume changes," says Junior Ellie Curtis. "We are pumped. We've spent so much time working on it. Being part of such a talented group is amazing."

Senior Peter Hevrdejs (Attending University of Illinois next year and St. John the Baptist alum) credits teacher Mr. Bob Mamminga with Rock Band success. "Mr. M has made Rock Band fun. He chooses music we want to play." 

Although this Rock Concert was the last performance of the year, fans can catch more performances next school year when the Pep Band begins to play for volleyball home games in Spyglass Athletic Center.





Upcoming Events
Every Tuesday
Tuesday Tours for prospective parents 
9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 18
Senior/Faculty Dinner
May 21
Graduation Mass,
St. John Neumann Catholic Church, St. Charles
May 22-25
Second Semester Exams

Admissions Video

Feast of St. Francis
We hope you enjoy our talented choir singing the prayer of St. Francis

Thanks for reading 


Director of Admissions
Contact me at misphording@ or (630) 668-5800x1120
St. Francis High School Fast Facts

Enrollment: 750
CLASS OF 2016-
100% of graduates were accepted to colleges or universities
Earned $33 million in college scholarships

79% of faculty have advanced degrees
Class of 2016 average ACT score = 27
Top 50% = 31
117 Full year and semester course offerings
34 Honors courses
15 Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses (81% of last year's students scored 3 or better)

98% student participation in at least one activity
24 sports programs: 12 boy and 12 girl
9th Place Division 2A State Math Team
63% of students participate in the performing arts
65% of students participate in athletic programs 

Provides opportunity for prayer and worship, retreats, justice and service, ministry leadership formation, pastoral care, and community building
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SFHS Bus Service This Fall
St. Francis High School will offer a transportation option to students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  The school will provide two-way bus service in the northern, western and southern suburbs, with students arriving to St. Francis High School by 7:25 a.m. and departing school after the Activity Period at 3:15 p.m.   
For more information, fees, route schedules or questions, please contact Bob Gorski at (630) 668-5800 x1138 or at