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St. Francis Academics

St. Francis High School is committed to preparing all of its students for life-long learning. The school provides a strong college-preparatory academic environment. The curriculum provides a full range of college preparatory courses, including Advanced Placement courses. See our Course Catalog. Academic support includes supplementary courses, summer school, tutoring programs, and Guidance Department services.

The fully accredited program of studies fulfills the entrance requirements of the University of California, the California State University, and private and public universities.

 

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Summer at St. Francis Catholic High School
Sacramento, CA (June 12 - July 21, 2017)

Whether you are looking for educational, enrichment, or sports programs this summer, St. Francis Catholic High School has it all! Camp Troubie (June 12-July 7) for rising 5th-8th grade girls offers half day and full day programs from Creative Computer Coding, Math in Action, Math Mastery to Dance and Yoga and Art Exploration. With one of the top female sports programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section and the state, athletes in 5th-9th grade are sure to love learning from our coaches in St.

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Guidance & Counseling

The Guidance Department of St. Francis High School shares in the general philosophy of the school in its respect for the uniqueness of each student and her right and responsibility to achieve her potential.  Our commitment is to educate the whole student by providing an environment where students achieve their highest potential through intellectual, social, and spiritual development.

The Department strives to encourage individuals to grow in awareness of their potential and to become lifelong learners with the capacity to be successful in a rapidly changing world. A distinguishing strength of the St. Francis Guidance Department is our model of assigning students a consistent counselor to work with throughout the entire high school experience. This connection nurtures our students as they transition through the academic and social expectations of high school. Additionally, this four-year perspective makes the college counseling process more personal, enabling our students to find the best individual college fit.

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St. Francis Library

The library serves as the information and resource center for faculty and students.

Our mission is to teach students to develop the research and technology skills necessary to find, analyze and communicate information effectively. Through books, media, and technology, students are encouraged to be lifelong readers and learners.

Library Hours
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30am – 3:45pm

* Exceptions include Late Start Days

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Bookstore

St. Francis High School partners with ESCO to provide and online one-site bookstore for course materials. Students may purchase books from other sites, but the ISBN must be an EXACT match to the ISBN listed on our ESCO bookstore.  However, due to publisher restrictions, some books/ebooks may only be purchased through ESCO.

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Haiku Learning

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Course Registration/Scheduling

St. Francis High School students register for courses online using Naviance Family Connection. Parents and students with questions or who are having trouble logging in to Naviance should contact  a counselor  in the Guidance Department.

The Course Catalog is posted under Academics. Parents are asked to review the catalog selections with their daughter (note prerequisites for specific courses) and work together on building her four-year plan. They should consider the academic course graduation requirements for SFHS as well as any additional courses needed to attend more selective colleges and universities.

After submitting requests online, each student meets with her counselor to finalize her selections. After the counselor approves the course selections, a course registration form will be sent home with the student for parent review and signature.

Class schedules will be mailed to students in early July. All schedule changes will be processed during a two week schedule change window in July, and the last day to request a schedule change will be included in a letter mailed with the student schedule. Requests must be received by this date to be considered. Once school has started, only schedule corrections will be considered during the first week of classes.

Course Scheduling Policy

Every effort is made to accommodate legitimate course requests. However, course availability, prerequisites and departmental guidelines may result in some requests not being fulfilled.  

Students must register for a minimum of six (60 units) classes and may not exceed eight (80 units).  Exceptions to credit maximums are made for one (1) credit Academic Teams.

Students may not request a schedule change based upon teacher preference.  Schedule changes are only allowed under the following circumstances:

  • Students are cut from a sport and must add PE. (see PE Policy)
  • A teacher or counselor initiated the change, determined through student performance in the class.
  • Adjustments are determined necessary by a licensed physician/psychologist, or a St. Francis Formal Education Plan.
  • St. Francis High School erred in scheduling; for example, a schedule that is missing a required course.

Dropping Courses

Students may request a drop if initiated by the teacher at the end of 1st/3rd quarter (year long/semester long), within 5 days of the report card being posted.

  • No grade will show on the transcript for a class dropped at the end of the 1st quarter.
  • After the first semester, a teacher- initiated drop can occur again at the end of the 3rd quarter within 5 days of the 3rd quarter report card being distributed.
  • Students may not drop a Theology, Social Studies, or English class.
  • Students on Academic Teams may request a drop if initiated by the teacher by half way through the team’s season and at the discretion of the Academic Team coach.  Because each Academic Team season differs in duration, each team’s half way point is determined by the number of meetings held in that season per the team syllabus.

Retaking Courses

If a student receives a “D” or “F” semester grade and retakes the course, both courses and grades will remain on the transcript.  However, the higher grade will be used in GPA calculation and receive the credit.

Honors and Advanced Placement Policy

Students may enroll in no more than three Honors or AP classes per semester at St. Francis high school. Students may petition the Assistant Principal for a waiver of this policy under special circumstances. Students may be asked to appear before a review panel.

Advanced Placement Exam Policy

All students enrolled in AP classes are expected to take the AP exams. Students must pay the non-refundable registration fee by the end of the second week of instruction in February or obtain a partial fee waiver from the business office.

Any student who does not take the AP exam for her course will be required to take a departmental final, regardless of the student’s grade in the course or grade level. The departmental final will count for 25% of the semester grade for that student.

Physical Education Policies

Students participating in any level of a St. Francis High School athletic team will be exempt from taking Physical Education in the semester during which their sport competes. Fall semester Contract P. E. is offered for Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Water Polo, and Volleyball. Spring semester Contract P. E. is offered for Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Lacrosse and Track.  Each student-athlete must maintain good standing on the team for the duration of the season.

A senior who has acquired 15 credits, and on a Spring sport must complete the season entirely. If she gets cut from a team or quits within the first two weeks of the semester she must join a St. Francis non cut sport or will be placed in cardio or rec-fitness.  If she chooses to not try out, or quits after the first two weeks of the semester, she will be placed in a cardio or rec-fitness class with a grade reduction commensurate with the amount of class time missed.  

Courses Taken at Other Academic Institutions

St. Francis High School will accept credit toward graduation from WCEA/WASC accredited High Schools under the following conditions:

Students must consult with their Guidance Counselor and subject-area Department Chairperson prior to registration to ensure that the class is acceptable. Classes taken from other institutions may not be compatible with the St. Francis High School curriculum; students assume the risk and responsibility for these discrepancies.

The required courses for graduation in English, Theology, History and PE must be taken at St. Francis High School. Students may take additional summer school courses at other institutions in these subject areas as electives.

Community college and on-line courses are not accepted in lieu of graduation requirements or for prerequisites. These courses will not be included on the St. Francis transcript (the student will be responsible for reporting these courses to the colleges to which they apply).

Approved high school classes taken at WCEA/WASC accredited high schools other than St. Francis (excluding online courses) will be recorded on the student’s transcript, and included in the GPA calculations.

High school level courses in Mathematics and Foreign Language taken prior to the summer before freshman year will be included on the transcript, but will not receive credit towards graduation and will not be included in the GPA calculations.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is designed to provide educational opportunities at the community college and state university levels for students who can benefit from the experience. In order to participate, a student must:

  • Have parental and administrative approval.
  • Request courses which constitute an expansion of her high school courses, or courses not available at the high school.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Community college and online courses are not accepted in lieu of graduation requirements, nor can they count as prerequisites. College courses and on line courses will not be included on the St. Francis High School transcript.

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