Mission & Philosophy

About St. Francis

Founded in 1946 by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars, St. Francis High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades 9-12 and is fully accredited by WASC and WCEA. St. Francis High School of La Canada-Flintridge, a non-profit religious corporation, is operated by the Board of Directors under the sponsorship of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of the Western America Province. St. Francis High School is committed to enriching the mind and the heart through a challenging academic curriculum, dedicated Franciscan Spirit and Life program, and wide variety of opportunities through arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

Mission Statement

St. Francis High School develops faithful men, loving brothers, virtuous leaders and dedicated learners in the Capuchin Franciscan tradition of love, discipline, and prayer.


St. Francis High School strives to:
  • Enrich the mind and heart through the teachings of Jesus Christ and Francis of Assisi.
  • Strengthen the Franciscan values of respect for others and self through humility, prayer, and service, especially to the poor and marginalized.
  • Create a brotherhood for young men of diverse backgrounds.
  • ​​​Envision a Franciscan education not as an end in itself, but as a means of forging men of virtue.