St. Francis High School

Admissions » Admissions Orientation

Admissions Orientation

Date of Open House: Saturday, January 5, 2019 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Date of Entrance Exam (HSPT): Saturday, January 12, 2019 (8:30-noon, meet in theater by 8:15 a.m.)
(Students may bring in application and fee that day and take the entrance exam.)
Date of Interviews: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Admission Letters Mailed: Friday, March 1, 2019
Date of Registration: Saturday, March 9, 2019 (In person between 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Application Fee: $75.00 until January 12, 2019 ($100 after January 12, 2019)
Current Tuition (2018-19): $16,900 (New tuition cost will be included in the decision letter)
Current Fees: $700 plus books, and some class and athletic fees dependent upon what classes they take.

IPad Fees/Specifications: Cost varies
Specifications: IPad4 or IPad Air/Air 2, 32 GB Min, WiFi Only (no cellular or data plan)
Interview Information:
- Interviews will only be conducted on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
- Student and at least one parent must attend the interview.
- Length of Interview is 20 minutes.
- Verification of interview time will be emailed on Monday (01/28/2019) prior to the day of the interviews.
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, however this process is separate from the admissions process. An application must be sent to an outside agency no later than Jan 30 in order to apply. Awards are distributed in March, based on need. Awards range from 5% to 50% annually and are re-evaluated each year.
Do you offer Scholarships?
Yes, we offer merit awards to the top 10 scorers on the HSPT. These awards are renewable each year a student maintains a 3.5 GPA and enrolls in honors/AP coursework at St. Francis high School. These awards are entirely based on merit; there is no financial need component. The awards are only available to students who take the examination on our campus. Here is a summary of the awards:
·      Top Scorer will receive a 75% scholarship
·      #’s 2, 3, and 4 will each receive a 50% scholarship
·      #’s 5, 6, and 7 will each receive a 33% scholarship
·      #’s 8, 9, and 10 will each receive a 25% scholarship
Does my son have to test at St. Francis?
If you are applying to St. Francis but wish to test at another site, you must submit a written request to the school where the test is taken to transfer the scores to St. Francis no later than February 1, 2019. (Parents are responsible for verifying that the test given will be the HSPT test, as we do not accept the ISEE. They should also verify that the other school will forward results to us in a timely manner, if at all) The student will not be eligible for a St. Francis Merit Scholarship if he does not test here. If students test here and want scores sent to another school, we must also have a parent request in writing the day the exam is given.
What test do you use?
We use the Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test (HSPT), which is the one generally given at Catholic High Schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Does St. Francis offer extended time on the entrance examination?


Here are the requirements that applicants must fulfill in order to be granted extended time:

  1. The student must have submitted an application to St. Francis High School.
  2. The student must submit a letter from their current principal, on school letterhead, indicating that they have met the qualifications for extended time and receive it regularly in their current school.
  3. Both the application and letter requesting extended time must be received by the Registrar at St. Francis no later than Friday, January 4, 2019, at noon.
  4. A student who receives extra time on the entrance exam may be considered for admission to the Directed Studies program at St. Francis.  There are a limited number of openings in this program.
  5. Due to the planning required to implement this, we regret that we will not be able to offer extended time to those who do not meet our requirements and/or deadlines.

The granting of extended time on the entrance exam will not guarantee that a student, if he is admitted, will receive such an adjustment at St. Francis.  We expect families to submit documentation of complete psychoeducational testing by a licensed professional within the previous three years that diagnoses or reconfirms a previous diagnosis of an LD and/or ADHD and demonstrates that the condition impairs the student’s academic functioning.


Listed below is a sample of the appropriate wording that we must have in order to grant extended time on the entrance exam:


“I certify that (student name) has qualified for extended time at (current school name) and receives this adjustment regularly in our school.”

How do I get transcripts to St. Francis?
Be sure you have completely filled out the “Authorization to Release Records” form on the back of the application before submitting it to St. Francis. Our office will forward this form to his current school and request all the necessary information. If the child has attended more than one school in the past three years, a separate form is required for each school.
What if I would like to have additional letters of recommendation sent?
Teacher recommendation will be automatically sent to your son’s school with the request for transcripts. We will gladly accept up to three additional letters you wish to forward to us (from former teachers, coaches, alumni, etc).  There is no form.
What is the basis for admission?
We use 6, 7, and 8th grade standardized test scores (including the entrance exam), 6, 7, and 8th grade transcripts (academic, work habits, conduct grades, disciplinary records, and attendance), teacher recommendations, pastor recommendation, and notes from the interview. No decisions will be made until all of the necessary information is complete.