St. Francis High School

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St. Francis High School endeavors to develop in its students moral and spiritual maturity, intellectual growth, responsible citizenship, social awareness, physical well-being, and an understanding of the alternatives in their vocational and educational futures. Specifically, the school attempts to develop the intellectual growth of each student by:
  • Instructing him to utilize different cognitive processes, reasoning and thinking exercises;
  • Acquainting him with the basic structure of the English language so that he can manipulate those elements with ease in oral and written communications;
  • Developing his capacity for understanding mathematical and scientific concepts;
  • Introducing him to a knowledge of human history from ancient to modern times;
  • Exposing him to the knowledge and thought patterns of foreign languages;
  • Providing a well-equipped library learning center and a program of library orientation; and
  • Giving recognition to his intellectual achievements through membership in the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, and through participation in the annual Scholastic Awards Night.
  • Imparting Catholic doctrine
  • Using technology ethically and responsibly
Graduation Requirements:

To receive a diploma from St. Francis High School, a student must successfully complete the following minimum requirements:
  • Religion: 4 years / 40 credits (plus the Christian Service requirement for each year)
  • English: 4 years / 40 credits
  • Social Studies: 4 years / 40 credits
  • Foreign Language: 2 years / 20 credits
  • Mathematics: 3 years / 30 credits
  • Science: 2 years / 20 credits
  • Physical Education: 1 year / 10 credits
  • Technology Skills: 5 credits
  • Fine Arts: 5 credits
  • Electives: 50 credits - Including science, mathematics, foreign language, social studies
Program of Study (Sample for 2017 -18 Academic Year)

Freshman Year:
  • The Bible
  • Jesus Christ
  • English 9 or
    • Honors English 9
  • Geography or
    • AP Human Geography
  • Latin I or Spanish I or Spanish 2
  • Algebra I or Honors Algebra I
    • or Geometry or
    • Honors Geometry
  • Principles of Science or
    • Biology or Honors Biology
  • Physical Education
  • Technology Skills
Sophomore Year:
  • Paschal Mystery
  • The Church
  • American Literature or
    • Honors American Literature
  • World History or
    • AP World History
  • Latin 2 or Spanish 2 or
    • Honors Spanish 2 or Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3
  • Geometry or 
    • Honors Geometry or Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2/Trig
  • Biology or 
    • Honors Biology
  • Chemistry or
    • AP Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Introduction to Visual & Performing Arts
Junior Year:
  • Sacraments
  • Christian Morality
  • Latin 3 or
    • Honors Latin 3 or Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3 or Spanish 4 or AP Spanish Language
  • British Literature or
    • AP Language and Composition
  • United States History or
    • AP United States History
  • Algebra 2 or
    • Honors Algebra 2/Trig or Trig/ Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus AB
  • AP Biology
  • Chemistry or
    • AP Chemistry
Senior Year:
  • Ecumenism
  • Vocations
  • AP Latin or Spanish 4 or
    • AP Spanish Language
  • World Literature or
    • AP English Literature
  • U.S. Government/Economics or
    • AP U.S. Government/AP Micro Economics
  • Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus or
    • Statistics or AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics or AP Physics or
    • Chemistry or AP Chemistry
Electives:
  • Art
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Psychology
  • Drumline
  • Kinesiology
  • Graphic Design
  • Mass Media Production
  • Men's Chorus
  • Psychology/ Sociology
  • Theater Arts
University of California Requirements:
  • Social Studies: 2 years (Must include one year of both U.S. History and World History or Cultures)
  • Mathematics: 3 years; 4 is recommended
  • Foreign Language: 2 years; 3 recommended (Must be in the same language)
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years; 3 recommended (Must include one year of both physical and life science)
  • English: 4 years
  • College Preparatory Elective: 1 year (This elective is to be chosen from one of the following areas: history, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language, and social science.
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year (Must be in one discipline)