Join us on the St. Francis path
 "Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully.
St. Francis of Assisi

These challenging weeks of Lent before Easter remind me of the journeys I see each day, of students on the St. Francis High School path rising to their next level. The St. Francis path provides opportunity for excellent college placement, because before students thrive in college, they must first thrive in high school. And St. Francis High School is the perfect community to foster academic success, personal confidence, well-rounded maturity, and faith formation.
St. Francis High School prepares the whole student to rise to his or her highest potential and earn a "personal best place" within the overall class profile, something colleges review. Attentive teachers also help each student maintain an upward grade trend, which colleges seek. And a balanced curriculum of core, honors, and Advanced Placement classes offer students the academic opportunity to take personally challenging classes in their areas of strength without tracking. With 100% graduation and 100% college attendance rates, St. Francis High School fulfills the hope of excellent college preparation because students experience the light of academic opportunity, joy of extracurricular involvement, peace of supportive faculty, love of community belonging, and faith of the gospel message in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
Find out more about opportunities to thrive at St. Francis High School. Join me for coffee and a school tour to discuss your child's path. We welcome parents of incoming freshmen, transfer students, and middle school students for Tuesday Tours from 9:00-10:00 a.m. (or any convenient day/time). We also welcome your 7th or 8th grader for a full or partial Shadow Day. Call to schedule an admissions meeting at (630) 668-5800 x1120.

-Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

"I Am St. Francis"
The Alumni Perspective: Questions for "Almost College Graduates" (May 2017)
Jack Keefer '13, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University & McKenna Kelsay, '13, Women's Volleyball at University of Illinois

1. What grade school did you attend?

Jack: St. Patrick Catholic School, St. Charles
McKenna: St. Michael School, Wheaton

2. How did St. Francis prepare you for your university studies?

Jack: St. Francis taught me the importance of communicating with your teacher and forming relationships that extend beyond the material taught in class. Academically, St. Francis provided a core that I was able to build upon at Indiana University. (Special mention to current St. Francis Religion teachers Kristen Ras, Michael Page, and John Schuller; English teacher Mary Pratscher; History teacher Mike Harper; Math teacher Dr. Bob Bonvallet; Science teacher Jay Olaszek; Band teacher Bob Mamminga; and Physical Education teachers Bob Bennett and Peg Kopec.)
McKenna: St. Francis gave me not only the academic knowledge that I needed in college but also the organizational and time management skills, as well. The teachers always pushed me to be the best I could be, whether that be in academics or as a human being. That gave me knowledge and confidence as I entered college.

3.  What activities/clubs/athletics were you involved in at SFHS?

Jack: I was active in Band and Theater. In Theater, sound was my focus, but I worked in all tech departments. In Band, I played the tuba, and senior year I was Drum Major. Both were an incredible amount of fun and shaped me into the person I am today.
McKenna: I was involved in Volleyball, National Honor Society, and Choir.

4. What is your favorite memory during your time at SFHS?

Jack: My favorite memories include the band/choir/theater trips to Disney World, the spring musicals, and basketball games with the Pep Band.
McKenna: My favorite memory during my time at St. Francis was winning the State Volleyball Championship my senior year. We came together so much as a team, had a blast the whole year, and ended it the best way we could by winning.

5. What do you hope to accomplish after college graduation?

Jack: Literally an hour ago, I accepted a Management position with The Walt Disney Company. I will be working in Hollywood Studios at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, starting in June. While there, I hope to pursue my passion for Customer Service and helping others. I previously did an internship at The Walt Disney Company from May 2016 to January 2017.
McKenna: After graduation, I plan to become a high school teacher in Social Studies. I cannot wait to start the next chapter of my life!

6.      Jack: "I AM ... CREATIVE."
         McKenna: "I AM ... PROUD."



Only at St. Francis High School
Forming Faithful Students with Pastoral Ministry's Franciscan Formula

Each St. Francis High School student completes a minimum 15 hours of service per year to complement the religion curriculum as part of a meaningful formula to form students of faith. "We think of Christian service differently," explains Diane Mercadante, SFHS's Director of Pastoral Ministry. "It's formational. It complements the curriculum. It's integrated. You learn, read stories, take tests, but until you experience God in your life ... that's where the transformation happens."
Christian service at St. Francis High School is an outgrowth of spirituality based on the examples of St. Francis of Assisi. "There sometimes is a confusion between volunteering and service. Service focuses on the Corporal Works of Mercy and going to the margins," Mercadante continues. "To serve on the margins, we meet people who are not like us. Spiritually speaking, that is where change happens. St. Francis students go to the margins each week-feeding those who are homeless, tutoring neighbors at Marian Park-in addition to serving individual hours. "The Student Ministry Team facilitates many opportunities. Much of what we do comes from the students," Mercadante continues.
In addition, St. Francis develops and forms faith with thematic Class Retreats each year, monthly All-School Liturgies, student-led Daily Communion Services, and prayer before school and classes.
The popular St. Francis All-School Liturgies are student driven, from lecturing to hospitality, art, and Band/Choir music. They also are contemporary, with celebrants who speak directly to students. Fr. Jim Murphy (St. Isidore Parish Pastor, Bloomingdale) serves as St. Francis High School's Chaplain, celebrating most masses and retreats. Franciscan Fr. Ed Shea (St. Peter's in the Loop Part-Time Friar, Chicago) also celebrates All-School and Mother's Club Liturgies.
Quite simply, "at St. Francis, it's about forming faith in students and forming the whole person," concludes Mercadante.




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Upcoming Events
Every Tuesday
Tuesday Tours for prospective parents 
9:00-10:00 a.m.

April 6
Class of 2021 Spartan Welcome Night, 6:30 p.m.

April 13
12:05 p.m. Dismissal

April 14
Good Friday, No school

April 17
Easter Monday, No school

April 20
Art Show

April 22
Incoming Freshman Placement Test Mathematics at 8:30 a.m., World Languages at 10:00 a.m.

April 26
Band Concert

April 27
All-School Liturgy
8:00 a.m., Senior Institute Day

April 29
60th Anniversary Dinner, Happy Hour 6:00 p.m., Dinner and Awards Presentation 7:00 p.m. in Slant Dome Gymnasium
April 30
Choral Concert
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Feast of St. Francis
We hope you enjoy our talented choir singing the prayer of St. Francis

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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 


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