Class of 2025

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We’re so glad you’re here!
On this page dedicated to all things Troubies 2025 you will find helpful information about freshman year. Welcome Troubies!

Troubie Parent 101 Presentation:  Troubie Parent 101

Click here for a special message from some of our SFHS Ambassadors!

Performing Arts Information

PowerPoint overview of performing arts at St. Francis:  
Pick a St. Francis Performing Art!

SFHS Visual and Performing Arts Overview (printable)

SFHS Class of 2025 Audition Schedule

Click here for a fun video about our choral program!

Freshman Courses

St. Francis utilizes an 8 block schedule, but a recommended schedule for an incoming freshman includes 7 classes and 1 free block. 

Freshman classes are organized as follows:

  • Required classes assigned to all freshman students: English, Social Studies, Theology
  • Required classes students are placed in based upon test scores: Math, Science
  • Required class that allows for student option: Modern & Classical Languages
  • Required classes needed before graduation that can be taken in Freshman Year: PE/Sport, Fine Arts, Health
  • Electives: Technology, Leadership

Students will receive a Google form to submit with their freshman course requests. 

Required Classes Assigned to Freshmen: 

ENGLISH  [Eight semesters required for graduation]

English 9 is a literature-based class that develops the skills students need to interpret, analyze, discuss and write about literature. Students participate in the “shared inquiry” method of literary analysis, which develops their literary interpretation skills. Seminar discussions promote clear communication and the use of textual support to answer interpretive questions. The writing component of the class develops competence in fundamental grammar, rules of usage, and basic paragraph and essay writing. (2 semester class)

SOCIAL STUDIES [Seven semesters required for graduation]

Early World History and Geography (Grade: 9, Credit: 5)  This course develops the fundamental historical-thinking skills of chronological reasoning, evaluating cause and effect relationships, identifying historical significance, as well as examining various perspectives and historical interpretations in order to provide students a more diverse and inclusive view of the world. The course will focus on primary and secondary source analysis to promote critical thinking and writing skills and will also incorporate geography and current event presentations throughout each unit of study: Muslim Empires, Medieval Africa, the East Asian World, Pre-Columbian America, and the Age of Exploration. This class will cover approximately from 500 C.E. to the late 1700s C.E. and is designed as a precursor to the sophomore level World History course.

THEOLOGY [Eight semesters required for graduation]

Christology (Grade: 9, Credit: 5) This course follows the Fall course, Introduction to Scripture, and continues the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Christian Bible. By studying the four Gospels, students learn about the birth and public ministry of Jesus as teacher, prophet, and compassionate healer. Students will also explore Christian beliefs of Jesus as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Incarnate Word of God, and hoped for Messiah. (1 semester class)
 

Introduction to Scripture gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Bible. In the course, they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and its value to peoples throughout the world. Students will learn how Catholics interpret the writings found in the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections and books of the Bible. There will be a particular focus this semester on the Hebrew Scriptures, understood both in its original Jewish context, as well as in its contemporary Christian context. (1 semester class)

Required Classes Students are Placed in Based Upon Test Scores:

SCIENCE [Six semesters required for graduation]                  

Based on test scores, freshman are placed in one of the following three science classes:

Integrated Science is a survey course that engages students in scientific inquiry while developing their natural curiosity about the world around them.  Students participate in discussion, projects, and lab investigations.  The curriculum of this course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for future lab sciences.  The class devotes one academic quarter to each of the four sciences: chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. (2 semester class)
 

Biology  is a laboratory science course that focuses on the study of life.  The course begins with an inquiry into the chemistry of life and proceeds to an examination of the fundamental concepts of cellular biology, including in-depth study of cellular structure and function.  Biology students study photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell growth and division, the fundamentals of DNA and RNA, genetics, evolution, and the anatomy and physiology of the human immune and reproductive systems.  The Biology course introduces students to bacteria, viruses, fungi, animals, and plants, focusing on their cellular similarities and differences.  Scientific thinking, analysis, and laboratory skills are emphasized along with Biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines.  Students practice scientific writing skills and learn to think deeply in order to apply what they have learned.  A time equivalent of approximately one period per week is spent in the laboratory. (2 semester class)
 

Honors Biology is designed to teach the student the fundamental principles of Biology and to prepare her to succeed in future biologically based courses on the high school and college level.  The curriculum is covered in greater depth and at a more accelerated pace than Biology. Honors Biology engages the student with numerous demonstrations, laboratory exercises, microscopy and dissections as they discover Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cytology, Molecular Biology, Genetics,  and Anatomy and Physiology.  The course aims to teach students the necessary laboratory skills needed for success in science courses, such as observation, analysis of data, microscopy, and dissection.  Critical thinking and communication are an integral part of this course. (2 semester class)

MATH  [Six semesters required for graduation]

Freshmen are placed in one of the following seven math classes:

In Integrated Math 1 students formalize and extend the mathematics learned in the middle grades and explore the relationships between the standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. In this course, students will begin to develop a deep understanding of the concepts of congruence and equality.  (2-semester class) Freshmen will be automatically placed into Integrated Math 1 unless they have already taken Integrated Math 1 OR Algebra 1, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 2 (or Geometry for students who have taken a course titled Algebra 1), Integrated Math 3, or Precalculus.
 

Geometry continues to review basic Algebra skills but focuses on completing the common core standards for Geometry.  Major topics include geometric proofs, properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, basic properties and area, and volume of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures, similarity and proportions, basic trigonometric functions, constructions, and coordinate Geometry.  (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Geometry if they have taken Algebra 1 and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Geometry.   *Important for Incoming Freshmen: The UC and CSU college systems require Geometry or Integrated Math 2 on a high school transcript.  Students taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 in 8th grade may submit their 8th-grade report card to the university when applying but the report card must state Geometry or Integrated Math 2, not just Math.
 

Integrated Math 2 will culminate the conceptual standards of traditional Algebra 1 and Geometry courses, preparing students to matriculate into Integrated Math 3. The focus of Math 2 is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, and comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Math 1. In addition, it will introduce complex numbers, explore the link between probability and data, the relationships of right triangle trigonometry, and prove basic theorems (using a variety of methods) about circles, similarity, congruence, and triangles. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 2 if they have taken Integrated Math 1 and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 2.   *Important for Incoming Freshmen: The UC and CSU college systems require Geometry or Integrated Math 2 on a high school transcript.  Students taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 in 8th grade may submit their 8th-grade report card to the university when applying but the report card must state Geometry or Integrated Math 2, not just Math.

Integrated Math 3 is the culminating course in the Integrated Math series and develops analytic math skills. This course will focus on analyzing data and statistics to draw conclusions, analyzing functions and relationships, apply right triangle trigonometry to general triangles, and synthesize geometric and algebraic reasoning to create models. Throughout this course, the following topics will be explored: Geometric Modeling, Linear and Quadratic Functions, Polynomial Functions, Rational Exponents and Radical Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic functions, Rational Functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry of triangles, Trigonometric functions, Trigonometric Identities, and Data Analysis. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 3 if they have taken Integrated Math 2  OR Algebra 1 and Geometry, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 3.

While the pacing of Honors Integrated Math 3 is not dramatically different from Integrated Math 3, the depth of understanding and level of difficulty of problems done for homework and exams is significantly different, as well as requiring a commitment to 45 minutes of homework per night.  The student is being prepared for Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 3 if they have taken Integrated Math 2, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test, scoring high enough for placement into Honors Integrated Math 3.

Precalculus is designed to help students understand and extend the fundamental concepts of Algebra and Trigonometry. Algebra and Trigonometry will be used to model and solve real-life problems through extensive mathematical analysis. A successful student will be prepared for Calculus. Freshmen will be placed into Pre-Calculus if they have taken Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 and qualified with optional Math Challenge test for Pre-Calculus.

Honors Pre-Calculus is designed to help students understand the fundamental concepts of Algebra and Trigonometry, and is an honors math course, requiring a deep level of understanding and a commitment to 45 minutes of homework per night.  Algebra and Trigonometry will be used to model and solve real-life problems. A successful student will be prepared for Calculus or AP Calculus AB. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Honors Pre-Calculus if they have taken Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 and qualified with optional Math Challenge test for Honors Pre-Calculus.

Required Classes that Allow for Student Options:

MODERN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES [Four semesters required for graduation]

Freshmen select between:

  • French 1 (2 semester class)
  • Italian 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Spanish 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Latin 1  (2 semester class)

Students may take an optional challenge test to place into a second-year or higher language program. 

P.E. REQUIREMENT [Three semesters required for graduation] 

P.E. choices are:

  • Dance Styles  (1 semester class) 
  • Introduction to Show Choir (1 semester class)
  • Recreational Fitness  (1 semester class) 
  • Yoga (1 semester class) 

Audition Classes that meet the PE requirement include Dance Company (2 semesters), Apprentice Dance Company (2 semesters), Intermediate Dance (1 semester), Hula Club (1 semester), and Show Choir (1 semester). 

Participation in any level of a St. Francis High School Athletic team fulfills the PE requirement in the semester the sport is played.

HEALTH 

Required for graduation, may be taken any time during 9th-12th grades or in summer school. (1 semester)

FINE ARTS [2 semesters required for graduation] 

  • Drawing 1, Painting 1, Figure Sculpting 1 and Digital Photography 1
  • Theatre Arts
  • Concert Choir
  • Audition classes that meet the Fine Arts requirement include Chamber Singers, Orchestra
  • Theater Tech and Design (after school class)

Elective Classes: 

Freshmen may select (if room allows) from among the following options:  

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

  • Computer Graphics (1 semester)
  • Computer Programming with C-STEM (2 semesters)
  • Computer Science Discoveries (2 semesters) 

LEADERSHIP

  • Ministry Leadership (1 semester; open to all students)
  • Student Leadership (2 semesters; required for freshman officers)

Uniforms

SFHS Uniform Style Guide

St. Francis High School uniforms are ordered online through School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger. Click here for an ordering instructions pdf that has a convenient QR code you can scan to go directly to the SFHS uniform site, or follow these steps:

1. Go to www.globalschoolwear.com
2.  Where it says Find Your School, enter the code for St. Francis High School:  STFR03. You will be prompted to choose grade (all), gender (girls) and program (daily uniform).
3.  The website will automatically apply the St. Francis logo to uniform items.
4.  If you have questions about sizing, please reference the SFHS Uniform Sizing Chart 2021.
5.  Please allow 10-12 business days for your order to be delivered.

SAVE THE DATE!  You’ll get 10% off your entire order and free standard shipping from June 21-June 28, 2021.  You shouldn’t need a promotion code, but if it asks for one please use STFR03SALE10.
Please considering using Scrip for your uniform purchases!

St. Francis is pleased to announce we are participating with Shop with Scrip this year to help raise funds for SFHS.  We are encouraging parents to purchase escrip when purchasing your school uniforms for your daughter as they offer a 5% rebate back to SFHS for all purchases. 

To get started, you’ll need to:

1. Download and create and account on the RaiseRight app using our organization’s enrollment code: 1L9895B484439

2. Buy gift cards for ”School Uniforms by Tommy Hillfiger”

3. Get and use your gift cards. eGift cards are delivered to the app within minutes—view them in your Wallet. 

Redemption instructions:  At checkout, enter the eGift card code into the “EGift Number” field.
Note: eGift card numbers will not work in the Promo Code field.

Any questions? Contact: Ann Gregory, agregory@stfrancishs.org

Freshman Class Council

Please click here for the Class of 2025 Freshman Class Council overview and application:  2025 Freshman Student Council Application 

Important dates:

June 2, 2021- All freshman council applications, including Google Slide Presentations are due by 4:00 pm. 

June 9, 2021 1:30 – 4:30 pm -OR- June 16, 2021 1:30 – 4:30 pm: Interviews for freshman class council candidates. You will be contacted to schedule your interview day.

2021-2022 Academic Year Dates

First day of instruction:  August 10, 2021
Thanksgiving break:  November 24-26, 2021
Christmas break:  December 17, 2021-January 2, 2022  
Easter break:  April 11-22, 2022

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Interested in Carpooling Next Year?

Are you interested in possibly joining a carpool for the 2021-2022 academic year? Fill out the carpool interest form! All families who complete the form will receive a spreadsheet in mid-May of all participating families, sorted by zip code. Whether you want to join a carpool or you anticipate having room for additional students in your current carpool, this is a great way to make connections with other St. Francis families in your area.