St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory

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St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #1 - The Athletics Department hosts an annual Golf Tournament the first Friday in August to support all men's and women's sports. Many alumni, alumni parents, and local businesses both sponsor and play in the annual tournament.
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St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #1 - The Athletics Department hosts an annual Golf Tournament the first Friday in August to support all men's and women's sports. Many alumni, alumni parents, and local businesses both sponsor and play in the annual tournament.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #2 - Experience the biomedical science pathway or computer science in a small, personal learning environment. We have a 12:1 student-teacher ratio and class sizes averaging 20.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #3 - St. Francis is a welcoming and inclusive school that celebrates diversity. Since we serve families from 2 dioceses, 4 counties, and multiple countries outside of the US, we are blessed with a diverse population that mirrors the world of college and adulthood our students will experience as they mature.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #4 - St. Francis is a Catholic co-ed high school that is steeped in values-based education. We celebrate mass monthly as well as all holy days of obligation. Though we are 84% Catholic, one does not have to be Catholic to attend and feel welcome.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #5 - St. Francis is a high performing academic school where 100% of our students graduate and qualify for 4-year universities. 86% choose to attend 4 year schools while 14% choose 2-year colleges. 100% who apply to college are accepted.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #6 - Students have the opportunity to take college-prep curriculum that includes: Honors, AP, over 200+ online classes, and either a biomedical science pathway and/or visual arts and performing arts pathway. The biomedical science pathway was recently recognized by NEWSWEEK Magazine as a Top USA High School STEM program.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #7 - In the last 3 years we have celebrated over 170 graduates who have earned $17.1 M in college athletic and academic scholarships. Our graduates include a Super Bowl 50 winner, an X-Game medalist, a broadway performer, and a recently signed Oakland A's baseball player among many doctors, teachers, lawyers, and social workers.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #8 - Since 2012, the St. Francis Parent Association annually runs a very successful Gala - the Burgundy & Gray Gala. Each year the school recognizes important faculty/staff and a donor/foundation to celebrate their contributions each makes to ensure all students have access to great opportunities.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #9 - Each year St. Francis welcomes alumni back for men's and women's alumni basketball games. There is also a reception and meet-and-greet for all alumni during and after the games.
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #10 - A hallmark celebration of current, alumni, and future students happens each spring - the annual Battle for the Paddle! Each class prepares a 10-minute dance that culminates with an array rally-style games to determine the winning class. All are welcome!
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
For the 2021-2022 school year, there are 215 students. Approximately 52% of the students are young men and 48% are young women.
International students annually make up 2-5% of our total population. We welcome students who independantly seek admission and those who utilize the assistance of a recruiting agency. International students this year include students from the following counties: Mexico, China, Columbia, Brazil, and Japan.
St. Francis is a high performing college preparatory school that offers a comprehensive English Language Learners program, IEP/ISP/504 accommodations, Response to Intervention services, daily tutorial services on site, monthly all school studies, NHS/CSF peer tutoring, and 2 college/career counselors, to ensure every student is successful and qualifies for 4-year universities.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Visual Perceptual, Visual Motor Deficit, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder
Year Founded
2001
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
240 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
44%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
87%
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
18 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Government, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Spanish Language, Studio Art, US History
Average SAT score
1160
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
29
(Out of 36)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Polo shirt and khaki pants or skirt for girls

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
This includes an iPad, retreats, field trip travel, and sports/arts travel
Summer Program Cost
$250
Summer Program Cost Notes
The summer program for sports is free but summer bridge for incoming freshmen is included
% on Financial Aid
65%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$5,250
Acceptance Rate
93%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Mrs. Haydee Lemus
Admissions Associate
Mrs. Neri Madrigal

Sports

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. Our theme is: BELIEVE:Education is a Matter of the Heart!
  • St. Francis High School's vision is to ensure every student is prepared to attend a university 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 2022 had 64 students who recieved $9.9 million in college athletic and academic scholarships; the Class of 2022 had 8 student-athletes sign to play sports in college.
  • 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, 99.5% of St. Francis graduates attend college, with 85.5% 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, 3 students playing baseball in the MLB, and an average of 3-8 student-athletes annually signing Division 1-3 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 visiaul and performing arts pathway - along with all of their honors and AP classes in a rigorous college prep environment
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ty Sambrailo - College: Colorado State NFL Draft: 2015 Round 2 Pick 59 Career history Denver Broncos 2015–2016 Atlanta Falcons 2017–2019 Tennessee Titans 2020–2021 Career highlights and awards Super Bowl champion (50)
    • Sahid Valenzuela - MLB Draft 2019 Oakland Athletics Round 13 Overall Pick 404 College Cal State Fullerton
    • Ruben Noe Ibarra - MLB Draft 2021 Cincinnati Reds Round 4 Overall Pick 119 College San Jose State
    • Charles Bradley Watkins - MLB Draft 2021 Chicago Cubs Round 9 Overall Pick 274 College: College of Central Florida
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory cost?
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory's tuition is approximately $15,000 for private students and $250 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory?
The acceptance rate of St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory is 93%, which is higher than the national average of 84%.
Who are famous alumni from St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory?
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory famous alumni include: Ty Sambrailo, Sahid Valenzuela, Ruben Noe Ibarra and Charles Bradley Watkins.
Does St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory offer a summer program?
Yes, St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory offer?
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory offers 17 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory's ranking?
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory?
The application deadline for St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory is Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
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I am a parent of a student who transferred to St. Francis for her sophomore year. Both my daughter and I are very pleased with St. Francis. The school offers an engaging and challenging curriculum, as well as, amazing and caring teachers. The administration is very responsive and it's clear that all the staff want to see each student succeed. The school promotes an atmosphere of cohesion, respect, and engagement in all aspects of schooling (academic and extra-curricular) and my daughter feels very safe at St. Francis. We look forward to sending our other children to St. Francis.
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This is my son's first year, and he is academically improving every day. The campus is great, and the teachers prioritize the student's well-being and academics for a bright future. All around this is a great school and has students that strive to be well-educated.
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As a parent of St. Francis, I could not be happier with the education my child has received. The teachers and staff are dedicated to guiding the students to success especially in preparing them for college. With a small campus, my child has always felt safe and has been able to stay busy with all the clubs and sports offered at the school. It's been amazing, thanks, St. Francis!
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I have two children who graduated from St Francis in 2013 & 2015 and one currently attending. We are so fortunate to have this school in our area. The academics are top quality, the campus is beautiful & safe, and the entire school staff takes the time to know each student by name. The students are kind & supportive of each other, even across class levels. Love this school!
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This is our first year at St. Francis High School. As a parent, I can honestly say this school is amazing. The teachers and staff all care about every student. They go above and beyond to make the learning environment fun, exciting, and enriching. We have also met amazing parents that have become lifelong friends.
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I'm Adam Hazel and I work for St. Francis High School in Watsonville, CA. I'm in my 8th year here at the school and am very lucky to be here. I hope to be here for many more years and my own young children can go here when they're in high school as it's the best of both worlds as we're a small school so small class sizes and great teacher interactions. We play sports in the PCAL (Pacific Coast Athletic League) against big and small schools, so kids who want to play in college have the opportunity to play against some of the best schools in the CCS (Central Coast Section). Our students are prepared for college when they graduate from our school and we also have many students/athletes who've gone into play in college athletics.
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Each of the 16 years I have taught here has brought me a new and exciting perspective in teaching. Collectively, the faculty always finds a way to make each new year better. I love meeting our freshman for the first time and building a relationship that lasts beyond the day they graduate. I'm looking forward to many more!
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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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