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Why St. Francis High School
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Exceptional  COLLEGE PREP

St. Francis attracts academically focused students who engage, excel, and explore through our comprehensive curriculum. Students engage in foundational classes, excel in rigorous honors/AP coursework, and explore academic electives that open them up to discovery. Our graduates attend a gamut of excellent colleges, from highly selective to state universities and small schools in between, an impressive mosaic of personal choices that reflect the guidance of an attentive community.

Aspiring valedictorians, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes all feel at home at St. Francis. Our esteemed Business & Technology department offers academic electives in accounting, business law, computer programming, to name a few. Our Visual Arts program offers four years of coursework at two levels, for basic instruction and AP portfolio preparation. An impressive 98 percent of students participate in our dynamic club, performing arts, and sports programs.

Alumni describe St. Francis as a cooperative, caring environment. They say you never really leave St. Francis, because your heart stays here after graduation. They say St. Francis values what kind of person you are as much as what kind of student you are and St. Francis prepared them for college and for life.

Why Parents Choose St. Francis

College Preparatory
Class of 2017: 100% of St. Francis High School graduates were accepted to colleges or universities.
Class of 2017: Earned $30 million in college scholarships.
Class of 2017: 26% named Illinois State Scholars (Reserved for the top 10% of students in the state and students scoring a 30 or higher on the ACT.)
Student to teacher ratio is 14-1 and classroom size range is 15 to 28 students.

Numerous Advanced Placement and Honors courses are available within a college preparatory curriculum for qualified students.

80% of St. Francis faculty members have advanced degrees.

Parents are part of the family. The St. Francis community is a fantastic place for parents who want to support their child's education while developing long-lasting friendships with other parents. We invite you to visit, meet our faculty and staff, attend our events, and experience the community of St. Francis High School families. It is an amazing, welcoming group with a supportive spirit that extends beyond words.

We partner with families to help nurture our students’ spiritual growth, the heart of Catholic education. And jointly, we strive to guide students toward living the values that will make a difference in their world. We offer optional parent retreats and opportunities for parents’ spiritual growth, as well.

Student Participation
Thanks to our academic schedule, which includes an activity period prior to athletic practices, all students are able to be involved in sports as well as participate in our performing arts programs and any of our more than 20 clubs and activities.
Why Students Choose St. Francis
Advanced Placement and Honors courses challenge students with rigorous workloads and dedicated teachers. Our National Honor Society Student Tutoring Program available for students needing extra help. Although these academic schedules are challenging, students are happy here. There is a joy around campus you can feel. 

Campus activity offerings include 24 varsity sports, 20 plus clubs, multiple all-school dances each year, class retreats, frequent pep rallies and all school assemblies, and more.

Students build lifelong friendships while at St. Francis High School.

Students can plan for their bright future with frequent opportunities to meet with your guidance counselor for course selection, college planning and career planning.

School community is made up of close friends and is very welcoming.

Students have the unique opportunity to build partnerships in education for life with their teachers.

Elective offerings are plentiful and include computer technology and hardware, theater, band and instrumental music courses, multiple choir ensembles, and a full Visual Art Curriculum.

Facilities are second to none including a state-of-the-art, brand new track and field stadium with an all-weather turf field for football, soccer, band, dance team, cheer team, and lacrosse.

A challenging, rigorous, balanced high school experience. Students grow academically, physically, and spiritually as they explore their talents and prepare for college.

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