Join us on the St. Francis path
"Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to His beloved is that of overcoming of self.
St. Francis of Assisi
Welcome
When I ask current students to share reasons they love St. Francis High School, three common themes emerge. St. Francis students say they 1) are challenged academically, 2) love coming to school every day, and 3) love being part of our community. I'd like to share with you further information for each theme. 1) St. Francis students are challenged academically and prepared for the next level, getting into 80% of the colleges they apply to and typically exceeding the qualities colleges seek. 2) Students love coming to school every day because St. Francis embraces a uniquely supportive learning environment. While our ACT scores are impressive (Class of 2016 Average ACT Scores: top 10% 34, top 25% 32, top 50% 31, Class overall 27), the spirit of welcome is equally impressive and encourages each student's character development. 3) Students thrive in our community and grow by getting involved, with 98% participating in at least one of our many activities.
 
If these themes resonate with you, we invite you to come and visit St. Francis High School. Please join us for our final weekday Open House to be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.  You're invited to experience academic department presentations and a Curricular and Co-Curricular Information Fair.  Come see everything St. Francis High School has to offer!
 
The Admissions team encourages your son or daughter to visit St. Francis High School for a Shadow Day, taking place on select days this fall through spring.  Please visit 

Parents of prospective students are invited to Tuesday Tours, Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m., for coffee and a tour of St. Francis High School with the Director of Admissions.  Please call (630) 668-5800, x1120 to reserve your space.
 
  
-Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

 
"I Am St. Francis"
Luke Armbrust '18 and Abbi Momot '17

When junior Luke Armbrust headed off to state golf championships, he walked the path of all state-bound Spartans, surrounded by the Drumline in heart-pounding St. Francis tradition. The Drumline led Luke through the school, from one end of the jam-packed main hallway to the bus waiting at the far exit, as teachers and students cheered in support. "The send-off was great. It really got me in good spirits," reports Luke, who placed first in Individual Competition at the 2016 IHSA State Golf Championships. "My goal was to win for the team." Luke describes the "amazing environment" as a reason he loves St. Francis High School and even wants to return by the end of each summer.  "I feel part of the family, and I was treated kindly right off the bat," he remembers. When asked why he is happy he chose St. Francis, Luke answers, "Faculty, staff and students make it fun. I am prepared academically, especially in math." Luke welcomes even the main hallway into the equation as a place where he can always see his friends. He advises future high school students to, "Go where you think you will fit in; where you will thrive."


Abbi Momot was a junior high shadow from St. John the Baptist School when she saw the St. Francis Rock Band and decided, "I want to do that!" Now a senior, Abbi has scaled the heights to Rock Band singer and soloist. Rock Band students are part of the Music Ensemble elective class at St. Francis High School. Their musical passion culminates in a spring Rock Concert featuring wailing electric guitars; rattling percussion; and covers from Queen to Carrie Underwood, Nirvana to Fall Out Boy. Excited about the Choir Program when she decided to attend St. Francis, Abbi since has exceled in Chamber Choir, One Acts, and "all musicals since freshman year" in addition to Music Ensemble. She also shines as Vice President of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Senior Class President, and even Ping Pong Club. What will Abbi miss most about St. Francis, when the curtain closes on her senior year? "I'll miss my teachers, classes, theater, going to games with friends, and all of the people and opportunities St. Francis offers."



Only at St. Francis High School
Science Department

"Education is not the learning of the facts but the training of the mind to think," said Albert Einstein. This theory reflects the essence of what makes science exciting at St. Francis High School. When I asked Patty Dahle, Science Department Chair, what makes SFHS science stand out, she described the Vernier equipment teachers use to bring science to life. "It's on the cutting edge of technology, allowing creativity in the classroom," explains Dahl. The esteemed Vernier resources enhance St. Francis's comprehensive instruction with active, hands-on experiments. It hooks into students' MicroSoft Surface Pro 3 devices designed for classroom use and exposes them to the future of technology.
 
In addition to enhancing classroom instruction, Vernier equipment helps faculty prepare students for their next level of science, namely ACT preparation, college-level Vernier usage, and careers in science-related study. Vernier resources are used in the Honors Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry, and Physics classes at St. Francis High School. "However, Vernier is being phased into all level classes so that by the time students graduate, they will see 16-20 advanced data experiment labs with the Vernier equipment," Dahl explains. "Students must complete formal lab write ups. By the time our students get to college, they report back that college-level science is 'easy' because of their preparation here at St. Francis."
 
The Engineering Club, which will be operational next semester, is another advantageous addition for St. Francis. Dr. Tom Juliano, club leader, currently teaches Honors AP Physics 1, Honors Physics, and Physics at St. Francis. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago. The club will focus on building and career exposure and host featured speakers from the field.
 
We invite you to visit the Science Department during our weeknight Open House Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

 
 
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Every Tuesday
Tuesday Tours for prospective parents with coffee and tour of SFHS 
9:00-10:00 a.m.

November 5 
November 16 
Open House begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

November 24 
Happy Thanksgiving from St. Francis High School

December 7
9:00 a.m.

January 14
 
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Admissions Video


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




Thanks for reading 

 
Maureen
Isphording

Director of Admissions
Contact me at misphording@ sfhscollegeprep.org or (630) 668 5800x1120
 

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