St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory

St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #1 - 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 #2 - 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 #3 - 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 #4 - 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 #5 - 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 #6 - 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 #7 - St. Francis celebrates a lively student life program with 5 dances a year, rallies for each sports season and Christmas, 20+ clubs, ASB leadership opportunities, and our world famous school wide class competition...Battle for the Paddle!
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Photo #8 - Students can choose from a wide array of visual and performing arts choices: choir, drama, music ministry, drumline, band, pep band, drawing, painting, computer graphics and design, and AP Studio Art 1 & 2.
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 2019-2020 school year, there are 56 freshmen, 73 sophomores, 61 juniors, and 50 seniors. 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 have been enrolled from the following counties: Mexico, China, Columbia, Brazil, South Korea, France, and Germany.
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 (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling

Top Placements

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

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Visual Perceptual, Visual Motor Deficit, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
The summer program for sports is free but summer bridge for incoming freshmen is included
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
240 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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, Government, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art, US History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Polo shirt and khaki pants or skirt for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
This includes an iPad, retreats, field trip travel, and sports/arts travel
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Haydee Lemus
Admissions Associate
Neri Madrigal



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
30 extracurriculars
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: FAITH. FAMILY. SERVICE FOR JUSTICE.
  • 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 2019 had 64 students who recieved %5.2 million in athletic and academic scholarships; the Class of 2018 had 60 students and 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
Profile last updated:

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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.
- Posted by
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!
- Posted by
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, 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.
- Posted by

Endorse St. Francis High School - Salesian College Preparatory. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

What A Teacher Does
What A Teacher Does
A teacher wears many hats. Here's a look at her duties and responsibilities.
How Diverse Are Private Schools?
How Diverse Are Private Schools?
Decades ago private schools could have been accused of being elitist. You had to have money to attend. The student populations were fairly homogeneous. Fortunately that has changed.
Private School Job Searching 101
Private School Job Searching 101
Here is a guide for teachers and administrators seeking employment in private schools. Think of it as a roadmap for the job search process.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 15 / Jan. 31 / rolling

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz County, CA is $14,090 for elementary schools and $21,834 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Cruz County, CA is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Quick Links