St. Francis High School

Admissions » A Closer Look

A Closer Look

St. Francis High School
A Catholic Tradition of Enriching the Mind and Heart Since 1946.
A Closer Look
At St. Francis High School, we endeavor to enrich the mind and heart in the Franciscan tradition. Since the school's early days, we have ensured a strong Capuchin Franciscan presence on campus with friars teaching in the classroom, involved with our Campus Ministry and technology programs as well as actively engaged in the school's leadership. Spiritual development is essential to our educational program. We look to strengthen our students' relationship with God and encourage them to be of service to others. Our academic program prepares our students to enter the California University system as well as private universities all across the United States. Our athletic program fosters teamwork and helps students grow to be men of integrity and strong character. Within our Visual and Performing Arts Department, students are exposed to a variety of opportunities in film, stage, set design, chorus and drumline. St. Francis is truly a unique college preparatory experience for young men – one that offers something to match the interests of each individual student.
Franciscan Spirit & Life
Since St. Francis High School first opened its doors in 1946, it has promoted a Capuchin Franciscan tradition of education and celebrates sixteen specific Franciscan virtues. By integrating this philosophy into all aspects of student life, our college preparatory experience not only serves as a means to college and career, but as training for a life of service. One of our primary goals is to integrate the theory taught in religion classes with the practical dimension of our Campus Ministry Program, through retreats, monthly student-body liturgies, quarterly highlights of a Franciscan virtue as well as Christian Community Service. We require each student to make an annual retreat in hope that he will find Francis and follow Christ. In addition, as part of its Refining the Vision Strategic Plan, St. Francis coordinates a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome for approximately thirty students during the Easter break. Fr. Tony Marti, SFHS President and the Franciscan Spirit and Life Department Chairperson along with other faculty and staff accompany the student pilgrims on this special journey. The spirit of Franciscan values is readily infused in all areas of student life.

In the Franciscan tradition, the St. Francis Athletic Department fosters a community where players, coaches, and parents work for personal development of its student-athletes through a commitment to team goals and the school’s philosophy. The Athletic Department believes that through the pursuit of athletic excellence, important life skills are taught and personal character is emphasized.

Fall Sports
Cross Country (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Football (Freshmen, Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Water Polo (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Winter Sports
Basketball (Freshmen, Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Soccer (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Spring Sports
Baseball (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Golf (Varsity)
Lacrosse (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Swimming (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Tennis (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Track & Field (Frosh/Soph, Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Volleyball (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
Extracurricular Activities
Students are encouraged to become involved in special interest clubs in order to further their experience in areas beyond the classroom setting. Faculty members serve as moderators and help student officers establish schedules for meetings and activities. Our Director of Activities has information about various opportunities for student involvement in school clubs and organizations.
A true Christian gentleman is a well-rounded person, not only academically developed, but graced with an appreciation of the arts. To this end, each student is required to take an Introduction to the Visual and Performing Arts course. Advanced Art, Drama, Chorus, Drumline and Mass Media: Television and Film Production are offered as electives.
Students enjoy a new state-of-the-art theater and classrooms for music and art. With the completion of the 12,000 square foot Degheri Performing Arts Center in 2002, students are exposed to a variety of offerings within the arts and gain valuable hands-on experience in a facility that is dedicated solely to the production of artistic performances.
Recognizing the increasing important role technology plays in education and the work environment, St. Francis has implemented, over the last several years, a broad-based technology program to meet the needs of its students. The campus is networked with high speed internet access, wireless access and has two computer labs dedicated to its students. In addition, the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Labs are equipped with computers for internet use and students use curriculum-based software. All faculty have laptops to enhance their lectures and classroom learning.
To ensure that our students are well prepared for a successful college education, freshmen are taught word processing and PowerPoint skills as part of their social studies curriculum. Our faculty is committed to building that skill-set and collaborative assignments are given which require students to use a variety of software including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Flash. The possibilities of integrating computer technology into their studies and co-curricular activities are limited only by the imagination of our students.
Program of Study (Sample)
Freshman Year
The Bible
Jesus Christ
English 9 or Honors English 9
Geography or AP Human Geography
Latin I or Spanish I
Algebra I or Honors Algebra or Geometry
Principles of Science or Biology
Physical Education
Technology Skills
Sophomore Year
Paschal Mystery
The Church
American Literature 10 or Honors American Literature
World History or AP European History
Spanish 2 or Latin 2
Geometry or Honors Geometry or Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2/Trig
Biology or Honors Biology
Physical Education
Introduction to Visual & Performing Arts
Junior Year
Christian Morality
Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3 or Latin 3
Junior Year 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
Chemistry or AP Chemistry or AP Biology
Senior Year
Spanish 4 or AP Spanish or AP Latin
British Literature or AP English
AP Human Geography
U.S. Government/Economics or AP U.S. Government/AP Micro Economics
Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus or AP Statistics
Physics, AP Physics, Chemistry, AP Biology or Kinesiology
AP Computer Science
Mass Media
Men's' Chorus
Theatre Arts