We are thrilled that you are interested in Saint Francis!
The online application for the class of 2025 is now available through Ravenna Hub!
The application process includes five parts:
- Online application
- Two academic letters of recommendation
- 6th, 7th and 8th grade transcripts
- High School Placement Test (HSPT) - please note we are still determining the status of the HSPT for the upcoming Admissions Season and have provided more information below.
The first step of the application process is creating an account through Ravenna Hub.
After you create your account with Ravenna Solutions, select San Francisco Bay Area as your school region and search for Saint Francis High School.
The Online Application includes extracurricular interests, three essays, and registration for the HSPT and interview. This application must be submitted by Friday, December 11.
The High School Placement Test (HSPT)
The Catholic high schools in the Diocese of San Jose that offer the High School Placement Test made the decision to host the test virtually in January 2021.
The decision to administer the test virtually was based on the following factors:
The physical health of our prospective students
With the changing landscape of the county ordinances and ongoing response to the novel Coronavirus, the online option allows for all students to test in a socially distant environment away from large groups of students.
The mental health of our prospective students
Ultimately, we wanted to give clarity and peace-of-mind to families to know that there is one unified way that the schools will proceed. Further, the online option prevents any last minute change of plans due to changes in county ordinances.
For many families, the reality of remote learning within the pandemic has led to student familiarity with online resources and wifi accessibility. Each high school is committed to providing support to any family that needs reliable wifi access or device access and will work directly with families that have those needs.
As a reminder prospective students may only take the HSPT one time and scores will be sent to any school to which the student is applying. Students will not see their results until after admissions decisions have been made and communicated on March 19, 2021.
Saint Francis is hosting the test virtually on Saturday, January 9 and on Saturday, January 23. Both tests will begin at 9:00 a.m. Students can register to take the HSPT at Saint Francis by completing the HSPT registration form in Ravenna. Further testing information will be provided, including login information and testing procedures, to students who registered for the test prior to their selected testing date.
Every applicant is required to sign up for an interview as part of the online application process. During this casual 15-minute interview, students will have an opportunity to talk with a Saint Francis teacher or administrator about their interests and goals for high school.
Interviews will be offered in mid January, 2021 and will take place in the evening after school and will be either conducted virtually or in person. Students will register for their interview on the online application.
Academic Letters of Recommendation
- Saint Francis requires two academic letters of recommendation. These letters may be completed by one of the following people: principal, counselor or 7th or 8th grade teacher of a core subject (English, math, social studies, etc.)
- These letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically with the online application.
- Non-academic letters of recommendation are not required, but if you would like to submit one, we will add it to the applicant’s file.
Under current COVID conditions, the High Schools in the Diocese of San Jose are requesting the 6th, 7th and 8th grade transcripts.
While this is a change from previous years, the rationale behind the request is so that we have more data by which we can access the growth of the applicant. For many students and schools, the Spring semester of 2020 involved disrupted learning and assessment. It is reasonable to forecast that the Fall semester of 2020 will be, for many schools, a transition time as well.
*We are not looking at the 6th grade report in isolation, but as a starting point to track student growth from 6th grade through the first semester of the 8th grade year.
Please print and complete the Request for Academic Records Form (available on your student's Ravenna profile) and give it to your school's registrar.
The transcripts need to be either submitted electronically or e-mailed directly to Saint Francis High School.