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SFHS Admissions Process
Thank you for your interest in joining St. Francis Catholic High School!  


Class of 2025 Admissions (current 8th grade students)

Thank you for your interest in joining the St. Francis Catholic High School Class of 2025! A complete application for admission consists of the following: (1) Online application for admission and $50 application fee, (2) Academic Record Report (transcripts and standardized test scores), (3) Principal, English and Math Recommendation Forms, (4) Pastor Recommendation Form (optional),  (5) Applicant Introduction Video, and (6) Applicant Writing Sample.

1. Application for Admission
Please click here to complete the application for admission. The application has sections for both the student and a parent/parents to complete. When completing the application for admission you will create a login that you will use to access your online parent portal for all the other steps in the admissions process. The application does not need to be completed in one sitting; you can save it and return to complete it when convenient. There is a $50 application fee. After submitting the application, please wait 24 hours for the application to process, then log in and proceed to Step 2. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

2. Academic Record Report
Click here to download and print the Academic Record Request. Complete your information and sign for the release of transcripts and standardized test scores. Give the completed and signed form to your daughter’s current school; a school representative will then directly submit the requested documents to St. Francis High School. 

3. Recommendation Forms:  Principal, Math, English
After obtaining the email addresses for the applicant’s Principal/Counselor, Math teacher, and English teacher, sign on to the parent portal and submit the recommendation form to each recommender.

4. Clergy Recommendation Form (optional)
After obtaining the email address for the applicant’s pastor/minister/faith leader, sign on to the parent portal and submit the pastor recommendation form. Alternatively, you may click here to print out the Pastor Recommendation form and ask that your clergy member complete the form and return it to the St. Francis Admissions office. Families who choose not to submit the Pastor Recommendation Form will be asked on the application for admission why they wish for their daughter to attend a faith-based high school.

5. Applicant Introduction Video
In lieu of a traditional student-parent interview, we are asking all Class of 2025 applicants to submit a short (30-90 second) video that answers the following questions:

(1) What are you most excited to experience in high school? Let us know who you are, what you love to do, and if there are new things you want to try in high school. 
(2) Our SFHS schools pillars are Faith, Excellence, Leadership and Service. Please pick one of our pillars and describe what it means to you.

A few pointers for the Applicant Introduction Videos:

  • Please say your name and the school you are currently attending at the beginning of your video.
  • R-E-L-A-X and be yourself! You can be creative or traditional, straight-forward or silly. This is our opportunity to get to know what makes each future Troubie unique.
  • There are no “right” answers to these questions — only your genuine responses!
  • You can click here and here for sample videos.

Applicant Introduction Videos should be uploaded to the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal. If you have questions or are having difficulty creating or submitting your Applicant Introduction Video, please reach out to us at

6. Writing Sample
Applicants customarily complete a thirty-minute writing prompt during the administration of the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Since we are not administering the HSPT in January we are asking applicants to submit a writing sample of approximately 500-750 words. 

All applicants will upload to the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal a writing sample that responds to the following prompt:

Civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” What is one way you would like to change the world, and how can you help to bring about this change? Use specific details and examples in your response.

Please make sure the student’s name and current school are at the top of the writing sample.

Writing samples can be in a .doc or .pdf format and should be uploaded to the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal.

7. Financial aid application
Please click here for more information on tuition and tuition assistance. An affiliated company (TADS) processes the financial aid applications. If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact the business office at (916) 737-5042. The application for financial aid opens October 15, 2020 and closes December 18, 2020.

Placement Testing
We will be administering the High School Placement Test (HSPT) after the admissions process is complete and admissions letters have been sent to applicants. New members of the Class of 2025 will be taking the online HSPT on February 20th or February 21st. The results will help us plan for important individual supports as well as letting us know how we may need to modify curriculum to better meet the needs of our incoming class.


Admissions Policy

St. Francis Catholic High School, in the Diocese of Sacramento, mindful of their primary mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school. St. Francis Catholic High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nation and/or ethnic origin, age, or disability in the administration of education, policies, scholarships and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.