Arts & Culture
Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, made teaching the arts a priority for every school he founded. Since its founding in 1955, Saint Francis High School has carried on this tradition by offering a comprehensive visual and performing arts curriculum.
“Many of our students experience the benefits of music and appreciate the time-out from their studies to express themselves. Research has shown that singing and playing music not only improves study habits but also builds a better sense of self and community. Music informs our sense of well-being and improves our quality of life.”
-Margaret Durando, choir director
The band program at Saint Francis High School boasts four bands (Concert, Symphonic, Jazz and Marching) as well as a number of small group ensembles. If you are looking for a comprehensive music program where you can participate in a wide variety of ensembles and perform all over the world, the Saint Francis Lancer Band is the place for you!
The choral program provides students with solid musicianship skills as they perform creative and challenging choral repertoire. Students have won several performance awards for sacred and secular music. Performances include school liturgies, stage concerts and competitions. Our choir has also traveled abroad to welcoming audiences everywhere.
“There’s nothing like being on stage. The performing arts allow for self-expression from the heart. When students learn to present themselves on the stage, they grow in their self-confidence.”
-Tom Johantgen, performing arts teacher
Dancers of all levels are invited to participate in the dance program. The dance curriculum encompasses instruction in technique as well as historical studies for various dance styles, including ballet, jazz and modern dance.
Students in the drama program explore all aspects of the theater, from performance to technical crew. Many Saint Francis alumni have gone on to pursue successful professional careers in television and theater.
“Art is a way to make contact with your soul. It is important to find that space and time for reverie and total absorption.”
-Sylvan Adams, art teacher
Fine Arts & Digital Arts
Our visual arts program offers a variety of classes that engage our students and spark their desire to connect with the world as independent thinkers. In addition to exploring the principles of design, students can also express themselves creatively with technology and learn real-world skills, such as storytelling, branding, videography, photography and product design.