The 2014-2015 enrollment is 1700 students who have entered from over one hundred elementary and junior high programs. In keeping with the mission of the school, Saint Francis is committed to serving the Catholic community and gives admission preference to Catholic students and to students with family or alumni association.
A commitment to service is an integral part of the school’s curriculum; the service program encourages the students to develop a social consciousness to effect social change. This commitment to service strongly reflects the school’s mission to educate the “whole” individual. Students are encouraged to become involved in projects that promote positive change in their communities.
There are 110 faculty members; 51% have advanced degrees.
Saint Francis offers a wide selection of courses in a traditional college preparatory curriculum, with more than 120 courses in eight academic departments. All courses that are not designated as honors or Advanced Placement are presented at the college preparatory level. Beginning in 2012-2013 enrollment in most honors and AP courses is open to students who understand the suggested prerequisites for the course and the academic commitment required to be successful. Enrollment contracts are required for these courses. Some courses (Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry Honors, Chemistry Honors and Physics Honors) still require a qualifying exam for entrance. Marks earned in honors (H) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are given an extra grade point in the weighted GPA. Students at Saint Francis typically take seven academic courses per semester; seniors generally enroll in six. Eight semesters of Religious Studies are required, and these courses are considered academic solids.
Saint Francis High School offers over 60 clubs and activities for students, all sponsored and moderated by Saint Francis faculty. Some of our clubs compete in regional, state and national competitions; some perform, publish, and serve the local community; others provide ways for students to explore new talents. The South-West Province of Holy Cross annually sponsors a leadershipconference for students from each Holy Cross School.
Saint Francis has over a 50-year history of extraordinary athletic success. Our student-athletes play in the WCAL (Western Catholic Athletic League), one of the most competitive athletic leagues in the state of California. As of June 2012 the school has accumulated 11 state team championships, 3 individual state championships, 24 Nor Cal championships, 136 CCS (Section) championships, and more than 350 league championships.
Campus Ministry offers students a wide variety of ways to live out their faith, from student liturgies and prayer groups to service, retreats, and immersion programs. Students have annual opportunities to attend class and individual retreats, including student-parent retreats. Summer immersion programs at home and abroad give students a chance to work alongside the poor in many different environments. The South-West Province of Holy Cross annually sponsors an immersion trip for students from each Holy Cross School.
Counseling is an essential component of the educational program at Saint Francis High School. Our Guidance and Counseling Department provides academic and personal counseling, college planning services and a comprehensive parent education program. Students are assigned to a counselor as a freshman and work with that person through the college application process. The result of our counseling program is an increased awareness of self, others, and the ability to make realistic and mature decisions in one’s academic plans, college and career goals and personal life.