St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory

  • St. Francis High School: Salesian College Preparatory expresses the educational philosophy of reason, religion, and loving kindness of the Salesians of St. John Bosco and works to create a community that fosters emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth. In partnership with families, St. Francis High School provides male and female students with the foundations of lifelong learning: logical and creative thinking skills, promoting awareness of social justice and peace, and appreciation and respect for others.
  • The faculty and staff actively seek to provide students in grades 9-12 with an experience of home, where they feel welcome; school, where they learn 21st century skills for life; church, where they find meaning; playground, where they celebrate life and others
  • We annually welcome 255 local and international students. For the 2018-2019 school year, there are 65 freshmen, 69 sophomores, 61 juniors, and 60 seniors. Approximately 50% of the students are young men and 50% are young women. International students annually make up 10-12% of our total population and we annually welcome students from the following countries outside of the USA: Mexico, China, Columbia, Brazil, South Korea, France, and Germany.
  • St. Francis is a hiugh performing college preparatory school that offers a comprehensive English Language Learners program, ADD/ADHD accommodations, Response to Intervention services, daily tutorial services on site, monthly all school studies, NHS/CSF peer tutoring, and 2 full time college/career counselors, to ensure every student is successful and qualifies for 4-year universities

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedVisual Perceptual, Visual Motor Deficit, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder
Year Founded2001

Student Body

Total Students256 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
35%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeSt. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
87%
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Language, English Literature, Government, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art, US History
Average SAT score1120
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Polo shirt and khaki pants or skirt for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 30 / May. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,850
Tuition NotesThis includes an iPad, retreats, field trip travel, and sports/arts travel
% on Financial Aid
61%
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,250
Acceptance Rate
93%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMarie Marheineke
Admissions AssociateHaydee Lemus

Sports

Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBadmintonBaseball,
BasketballCheering,
Cross CountryFootball,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballSurf Team,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.30 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.ASB Student Council, Astronomy Club, Badminton Club, Bowling Club, California Scholarship Federation, Campus Ministry, Chess Club, Dance Committee, Ecology Club, Music Ministry, National Honor Society, Peer Tutoring, Photography Club, Poetry Club, Pro-life Club, St. Francis Ambassadors, Surfing Club, Sushi Club, Weight Lifting Club, Yoga Club

Club or Organization:
Film/Videography Club, National English Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Project Lead the Way - Biomedical Science Pathway, Project Lead the Way - Computer Science Pathway, Science National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Website and IT

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir Club, Drumline

School Notes

  • St. Francis High School Salesian College Preparatory is a community of faith that fosters excellence through the charism of St. John Bosco
  • St. Francis High School's vision is to ensure every student is prepared to attend a 4-year college and possesses the values of a good Christian and an honest global citizen
  • Annually, 100% of our students are prepared for and qualify for university acceptance. 100% of the students who apply to 4-year universities are accepted to a university. The graduating class of 2018 was awarded $7.1 million dollars in college athletic and academic scholarships.
  • Annually, 100% of our students meet or exceed their 80 hours of service learning projects. This last summer students completed service projects outside of our local community in Idaho, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Costa Rica, and Ghana.
  • Annually, 99% of St. Francis graduates attend college, with 85% choosing to attend a 4-year university and 14% choosing a 2-year university.
  • Annually, 82% of the total student population participates on one or more athletic teams, and 54% of all varsity student-athletes maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. These scholar athletes are recognized annually at a Breakfast of Champions ceremony.
  • In the last 5 years we have celebrated an alumnus winning the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, an X-Games Champion, and an average of 3-5 student-athletes annually signing Division 1 athletic scholarships.
  • St. Francis students test well above average on the AP, PSAT, and SAT exams. The 5-year SAT average for St. Francis is 1608, 110 points higher than the national average. The AP pass rate is 79.9%, 59% higher than the national average. In the past 5 years, a 100% pass rate has been achieved one or more times in AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Spanish, and AP Studio Art.
  • Students can choose from 2 unique pathways in partnership with Project Lead the Way - a biomedical science pathway or computer science pathway -  along with all of their honors and AP classes in a rigorous college prep environment

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School Reviews

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In our 3 years at St. Francis, as a parent, our experience has been nothing short of amazing. The environment the faculty, staff and students embark on fostering is one of caring, compassion and loving kindness coupled with an extremely rigorous curriculum and an emphasis on students participating in all aspects of their live...church, family, work and play. While every school has it's flaws, the few that are at St. Francis are minimized and issues are addressed immediately and directly with respect to all involved. It has been a wonderful environment for our son to fall down or sometimes struggle and subsequently learn and grow in his young adulthood...relatively safely. A bonus is because of it's small student population, just about any sport or activity your student considers, they will get playing/performance time...too small a school to ride the bench for too long...oh and pretty well despite our size both in league and CCS.
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