Join us on the St. Francis path
"It is not fitting, when one is in God's service,
to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.

St. Francis of Assisi

We wish you a joyous New Year. How important is joy in high school?  If your child loved shadowing at St. Francis, take note, because there is no greater motivator for high school success than loving school.       
The fact that St. Francis students enjoy school is key to achievement. SFHS fosters a mindset for growth. Students strive and extend themselves, refueled each day by our supportive community. We are the beginning of the story for students who earn acceptance into 80% of the colleges to which they apply and impressive ACT scores (Class of 2016: top 10% - 34, top 25% - 32, top 50% - 31, overall 27). St. Francis is rigorous and still a place of peace, love, pardon, true faith, hope, light, and joy.  It is a place where AP® classes begin sophomore year and 98% of students are involved in extracurricular activities. This diversity contributes to a student profile that colleges find most appealing.
Register this week for our Entrance Exam, which is Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 a.m. Visit for more information. We invite you to join our impressive community, where minds & spirits thrive and students achieve success.  

I also welcome you for coffee and a tour of St. Francis High School.
Tuesday Tours are 9:00-10:00 a.m. Please call (630) 668-5800 x1120 to reserve your space, for Tuesdays or any other convenient day.  
-Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

"I Am St. Francis"
The Senior Perspective: College Acceptances and Plans
5 Questions for Drew Harper & Lilly Rodriguez

What grade school did you attend?
Lilly: St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood
Drew: St. Michael, Wheaton

What activities are you involved in this year?
Lilly: Senior Class Officer (Student Government), National Honor Society, Student Ministry Team, Math Team
Drew: Volleyball, Student Host Program, IT Intern (configure Surface Pros for incoming freshman, fix hardware and software issues, great on-the-job training)

Best experience at SFHS?
Lilly: The retreats. I absolutely loved them and have grown in my faith so much; Kairos [Senior Retreat] was amazing. I also led Kairos this year and learned so much about myself, faith and classmates.
Drew: Classes are the best here. My favorite teacher is Mr. Olaszek (Chemistry). I understood the curriculum because he is such a great teacher. He always put in effort and made class about learning.

How did SFHS prepare you?
Lilly: All of my teachers were helpful to incoming freshman.  I slowly transitioned and remember thinking by the time I got to finals freshman year that I was really prepared. Also, my teachers always spoke to what we would be doing in college, particularly English and research papers. Math is my favorite subject; I always feel challenged. I love Math Team. It really prepared me for the ACT.

Drew: St. Francis is all about learning. I wouldn't be as prepared for college anywhere else. There is a real sense of community here, and I've thrived in it.  My friends and support system are great, and Mrs. Rigney [Director of Guidance and Counseling] has been the best.  She works super hard for me.  I visit her office twice a week, for schedule changes, sending info out to schools. It's a welcoming atmosphere.

What college and why?
Lilly: University of Notre Dame. I plan to major in engineering, learning toward mechanical. Last summer, I was at an Introduction to Engineering camp where I stayed on campus and met teachers and students. I loved the sense of community and faith there. I want to continue my Catholic schooling and plan to attend Notre Dame.

Drew: Syracuse University.  In my research, I found it is the #3 Architecture school in the nation.  The college atmosphere is a lot different than St. Francis, but having been here I feel it will be a smooth transition.

Only at St. Francis High School
17 Daily Herald Leadership Team Awardees

St. Francis High School boasts 17 winners to the Daily Herald Leadership Team, the most awardees of any Catholic high school in the Diocese of Joliet since the contest started in 2002. When determining SFHS's nominees each year, "We are looking for students how have shown outstanding service and achievement," explains Trudy Rigney, Director of Guidance and Counseling at SFHS.
"The St. Francis students who have been chosen say a lot about quality and level of commitment, initiation, and follow-through," explains Diane Mercadante, Director of Pastoral Ministry. SFHS's most recent winners are 2017 A.J. Panganiban and 2016 Nicole Popow.
The Daily Herald Leadership Team recognizes successful high school students who demonstrate leadership through service to community. Each school is limited to two applications. Applications are open to all public and private high school students in the Daily Herald coverage area. A panel of independent judges review applications and use a point system to rate nominees in various areas related to leadership and volunteerism.

Pictured: The Daily Herald Leadership Team Finalist Nicole Popow '16 and Leadership Team Honorable Mention Madison Barella '16 with St. Francis High School President Tom Bednar.

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

January 14, 2017
Pre-registration is encouraged.  
Walk-ins are welcome 
7:30-8:00 a.m.

January 20, 2017
Band Junior High Night

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
31 Honors courses
13 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 the athletic programs 

Provides opportunity for prayer and worship, retreats, justice and service, ministry leadership formation, pastoral care, and community building
SFHS Bus Service This Fall
SFHS will offer bus service in 2017-2018.

Routes will run as far north as Bartlett and Roselle, as far south as Naperville and Lisle.  There will also be a west route that will run from St. Charles to Batavia.  Further options will be based on need.

Students to arrive by 7:25 a.m. (Homeroom begins at 7:40 a.m.) and leave following Activity Period at 3:15 p.m.
Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen Who Test at SFHS

Thanks to generous donors, more than 100 students will be awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships and financial aid this year.

The typical gift award will run between $1,000 and $3,500. 
Scholarships are merit and need based.

In order to be eligible for scholarships, students must take the High School Entrance Exam at St. Francis High School.

for more scholarship information


St. Francis High School, 2130 West Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone (630)668-5800 | Fax (630) 668-5893 |